FIERY DEBATE: Member for Southern Downs James Lister raised opposition to the premier’s choice in parliament today.
FIERY DEBATE: Member for Southern Downs James Lister raised opposition to the premier’s choice in parliament today.

Lister kicked out of parliament for Premier row

A FIERY debate with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has seen Member for Southern Downs James Lister thrown from the chamber this afternoon.

While Mr Lister is no stranger to being kicked out of parliament, this time it was in opposition to the Premier's choice of Bradfield Scheme proposal examiner.

MP Lister called Professor Ross Garnaut, who is reportedly on record for calling farmers to produce kangaroos over cattle and sheep, a "dead wrong" choice.

"Is Labor trying to stop the Bradfield Scheme from ever happening? By choosing Ross Garnaut, who advocated for farmers to produce Kangaroos instead of sheep and cattle, Ms Palaszczuk's plan must surely be to scuttle it," he told the Warwick Daily News.

"Gee this angers me. Doesn't Ms Palaszczuk understand that Queensland is still in drought and that farmers, workers and small businesses are doing it hard?

"Queensland needs new water in the bush, but I think she'll look for any excuse not to build a scheme that would provide it."

The LNP had announced its support for the Bradfield Scheme over 12 months ago, but today, the Premier signalled Labor's intention to back the plan.

The scheme would see floodwaters from north Queensland diverted down to Lake Eyre, using dams, pumps and pipes.

Mr Lister said he refused to see the appointment of Professor Garnaut go without opposition.

"I can't stand by and let this go unchallenged. The government has savagely cut back my speaking opportunities in parliament, so I have to give the government a serve and raise a wind over this when I can," he said.

Professor Garnaut is an Australian economist, currently serving as a vice-chancellor's fellow and professorial fellow of economics at the University of Melbourne



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