May 23, 2014 – 6:10AM
State political reporter
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says he did not call the people of Logan “bogans”. Photo: Andrew Meares
Premier Campbell Newman does not think “the people of Queensland, in any electorate, are bogans”.
Mr Newman took to the floor of parliament in the first minutes of Friday morning to make the unusual claim, after Labor MPs and political opponents did their best to have part of a Hansard transcript from Wednesday’s question time hit the social media outrage sphere.
Following a sitting day that included a dissenting MP and topics which swung wildly from boot camps to concentration camps to electoral reforms and left no side of politics unscathed, Mr Newman moved to correct the record as quickly as possible.
“On examining the footage, it is evident that what I said was different to what was recorded in Hansard,” he said.
“Let me be clear, the interjection I made was in reference to Mr Palmer and the member for Gaven’s comments on what he thinks about his constituents.
“…I do not think the people of Queensland, in any electorate are bogans.
“I understand the mayor of Logan, Pam Parker, has taken offence to what was reported in Hansard and again, I would like to set the record straight.
“My interjection was not correctly reported.
“My government has worked hard for the people and city of Logan since coming to government.
“I look forward to continuing working with the mayor in the future and for the people of Logan.
“I would like to remind the house, professional members of the parliamentary media gallery were in the house at the time of the interjection and no one reported anything untoward in my comments at that time.
“I reiterate, my interjection was not to cause anyone offence, nor did it when it was made and Hansard has since been corrected to correctly reflect my comments at the time.”
Hansard, the official and historical record of the Queensland parliament, now records Mr Newman as interjecting with “in Logan”, followed by a line from Mr Nicholls, and then “the bogans”, which Mr Nicholls accepts as a reminder of the original “Logan bogans” controversy.
Parliament will not resume until early next month, when the budget is handed down.
Source : The Brisbane Times