Whitsunday council pushes to ban Qld MP Jason Costigan from schools after harassment complaint
The Whitsunday Regional Council has passed a motion seeking to ban embattled MP Jason Costigan from visiting schools in the region.
- The Whitsundays council unanimously passed a motion to write to the Education Minister
- Whitsundays councillor Mike Brunker says he does not want Jason Costigan attending schools
- Mr Brunker said he had discussed the proposal with parents and teachers
The move comes in the wake of harassment allegations raised in State Parliament against the Member for Whitsunday under parliamentary privilege yesterday.
LNP MP Jarrod Bleijie used parliamentary privilege to raise a list of complaints against Mr Costigan.
The Whitsunday council on Wednesday unanimously voted to write to Education Minister Grace Grace to seek a ban, or at best clarify the guidelines.
“Council resolves to write to the Education Minister to clarify if the Independent Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan will still be allowed to attend schools in his electorate,” read the motion.
“And if so, what protocols or procedure are going to be implemented to protect students, teachers and principals who might not want him to attend.”
Councillor Mike Brunker told ABC News he does not want Mr Costigan attending any school functions or awards nights.
“I don’t know what the protocols are for state members going into state school grounds,” he said.
“I don’t know if they’re allowed to turn up at any time if they wish or they have to be invited.
“There’s different awards nights that happen throughout the year.
“I just don’t want [Mr] Costigan to be invited.”
Mr Brunker, who stood as an ALP candidate for the seat of Burdekin at the 2017 state election, said he had discussed the proposal with parents and teachers.
“It’s been floating around for a while, I’ve had some discussions with some parents and teachers about it,” he said.
“I just thought I’ll take up the challenge and find out what the Minister can do,” he said.
“It’s just not behaviour becoming of a state member.”
ABC News has repeatedly approached Mr Costigan for comment.