Opposition leader accepts Qld shadow police minister's resignation over COVID get together

STEPPING DOWN: LNP MP Trevor Watts resigns from Queensalnd Opposition front bench after breaking COVID-19 regulations.
STEPPING DOWN: LNP MP Trevor Watts resigns from Queensalnd Opposition front bench after breaking COVID-19 regulations.

Trevor Watts, the LNP MP and Opposition police spokesman has stepped down from his front bench post after being fined for attending a gathering.

It's understood that two police officers also were fined $1300 in relation to the same incident.

Opposition leader Deb Frecklington announced this evening that Mr Watts had told her that he had attended an event on Saturday and subsequently been fined.

She said she expected the highest standards from her MPs, especially one with such a senior role.

The announcement comes after an attack late last week by prominent LNP MPs on Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young over her advice to government on two COVID-19 matters.

Deputy Opposition leader Tim Mander said the senior public servant was power hungry and inconsistent.

He was concerned that Dr Young had granted a COVID-19 exemption for an Aboriginal elder's funeral yet cancelled an Anzac Day flyover by four pilots.

LNP MP David Crisafulli told radio commentator Alan Jones that Dr Young's decision was unrealistic. "This is punch-drunk bureaucrats who are power hungry and it needs to be called out," he said.

Dr Young said the flyover itself was not a health risk, but set a precedent for others who might try to follow suit with other celebrations.

Ms Frecklington said she accepted Mr Watt's resignation.

"I want to thank Trevor for his shadow ministerial service and his honesty in advising me of this issue," she said.

Ms Frecklington said she had appointed former police officer Dan Purdie, the MP for Ninderry, to take up Mr Watt's role.

"Since being elected in 2017 Dan has campaigned strongly against Labor's soft-on-crime approach and in support of the LNP's sex offender register and tough child killer laws," Ms Frecklington said.

She also appointed Marty Hunt, the MP for Nicklin, treasury spokesman.

"I am determined to see the Queensland economy restarted as soon as possible and to do that everyone needs to follow the coronavirus directions," she said.

The embarrassing situation for the LNP follows a debacle for the NRL as it tries to restart the game on May 28.

Two prominent players, Josh Addo-Carr and Latrell Mitchell, have been charged after ignoring NSW COVID-19 regulations by attending a bush gathering.

The NRL has been trying to convince governments that the competition can re-start safely because players will adhere to travel and socialisation regulations.

A NSW government minister also has stood down for breaking rules.