Lister booted for farmer support
SOUTHERN Downs MP James Lister has been exiled from parliament after a heated question time.
Mr Lister was thrown from the house on Tuesday after shouting interruptions at Queensland Agriculture Minister Mark Furner.
He accepts the Speaker's decision but has lashed Mr Furner over his perceived 'inaction' to support farmers.
The outburst came after discussions about 70 protesters storming a feedlot at Millmerran at the weekend, sparking a biosecurity scare.
Mr Furner said there was no doubt the feedlot attack was insidious, when other MPs started to interrupt.
"I'm not dissenting from the speaker's decision,” Mr Lister said. "My concern is the minister and the government are doing nothing at all to improve protections for our farmers from trespassing activists.”
Mr Lister said his words during the tense scene were: "It's your act, minister. Beef it up! Throw the book at them!”
"The minister was waffling on about writing to the Federal Government, but it's him who needs to take action, he's responsible for the Biosecurity Act.
"That's not on. He needs to get tough.
"The only person who has criticised my stance is Labor's Joel Richters. Other than that I have had universal support from the community for my stand.
"I stand with hard working primary producers.”
It's the second time he has been ejected from parliament but he stands by his actions.
"The speaker was within his right to do that. I guess I was pretty loud, but I'm standing up for my constituents.
"The minister (Furner) does not have a reputation as being a competent and connected agriculture minister.
"I don't think the industry can take seriously a minister with so little understanding of the people who live and die under his portfolio,” Mr Lister said.