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I did not mislead parliament: Frecklington

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May 16, 2018

Qld Treasurer Jackie Trad has accused three opposition MPs of deliberately misleading parliament.

Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad has accused the state's opposition leader and two of her frontbenchers of deliberately misleading parliament by claiming she ignored corruption allegations against Ipswich City Council.

Ms Trad will write to Speaker Curtis Pitt asking him to refer Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington and two shadow ministers to the ethics committee for deliberately misleading parliament on Tuesday.

Ms Frecklington, her deputy Tim Mander and education spokesman Jarrod Bleijie accused the deputy premier of ignoring 326 complaints when she was local government minister between 2015 and last year.

Their claim was based on a Right to Information request for material relating to complaints received by Ms Trad about the scandal-plagued council.

"It is beyond belief that we have got a government that is again showing its secrecy, and cover ups," Ms Frecklington later told reporters.

"We've now heard about 326 odd complaints about Ipswich's Labor council, and what has the premier and deputy premier done about it?"

Questioned over the number of complaints, Ms Frecklington called on the government to release the documents and said she would apologise if the figures were wrong.

Ms Trad says the figure actually refers to the number of pages in a document relating to just three accusations, which were all referred to the state's corruption watchdog.

"This notice clearly stated that there were 326 pages of material located as being within scope," she said under parliamentary privilege.

"It did not state that there were 326 complaints as was claimed."

The finer details did not stop rogue Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller attacking Ms Trad over the issue, saying little appeared to be done about the complaints.

"It is a disgraceful situation that complainants were treated in such an offhanded manner," the Ipswich-based MP told the House on Tuesday night.

"Such behaviour constitutes continuous reckless decision-making, reckless judgement and perhaps even reckless political favouritism, bearing in mind that many of the councillors in Ipswich were elected ... as Labor councillors."

The furore comes just two weeks after a second mayor of Ipswich was charged with corruption offences after an investigation into the council which has also netted two CEOs.

Corrupt Queensland councils, councillors and mayors will face immediate dismissal by the state government under laws expected to pass this week.

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