Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

MP VOWS: I'LL CROSS THE FLOOR ON ASSETS SALE ISSUE Miller Criticises MP on A[euro][approximately]assets' Position; Choat Says He Won't Backdown, but Miller Says He Should Resign

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

MP VOWS: I'LL CROSS THE FLOOR ON ASSETS SALE ISSUE Miller Criticises MP on A[euro][approximately]assets' Position; Choat Says He Won't Backdown, but Miller Says He Should Resign

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Byline: Joel Gould joel.gould@qt.com.au

IPSWICH West's sitting LNP member Sean Choat says he is prepared to cross the floor in future if his government attempts to sell electricity, water or transport utilities.

But in responding to Mr Choat's bombshell, Labor's Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller said he must now resign from the LNP and become an independent or a member of a minor party.

Mr Choat said he understood there was "nothing up for sale and hopefully it won't come to that", but said he would vote against his LNP colleagues if necessary.

"I am opposed to the sale of electricity, water and transport- related utilities - I want to be very clear about that - it's no secret and I'd use my vote in the parliament to that end," Mr Choat said. "I am basically saying in essence that I will cross the floor if necessary.

"IT IS not common for someone to go against their party, but that was my view back in 2009 when privatisation happened under Labor and my attitude hasn't changed.

"If, in future, the government said it was going to sell Stanwell (power station), I would say, a[approximately]No, I don't support that'.

"I do understand there are financial pressures on our state as a result of poor decisions of the previous government and we need to sort that out - we just need to consider a full range of options."

Mrs Miller said if Mr Choat was serious about his stance, then he should inform the parliament next week and leave the LNP.

"He needs to make his position clear in the parliament next week in adjournment debate or in matters of public interest debate, because you only need to cross the floor if there is a division," she said.

"And if that is his position, he should resign from the LNP because he won't be able to support the LNP's views on asset sales."

Mr Choat said the LNP had no plans to sell assets, but Mrs Miller disagrees. …

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