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No-show MP Driscoll sparks call for new attendance rules

THE number of Parliamentary sitting days a Queensland MP can skip looks likely to decrease following embattled MP Scott Driscoll's sporadic Parliament attendance.

Mr Driscoll is the subject of police, Crime and Misconduct Commission and Parliamentary Ethics Committee investigations into his dealings with a taxpayer-funded community association in his electorate.

He has made only fleeting appearances at Parliament House - three in the past six months - since the allegations came to light.

The absences have ruffled Premier Campbell Newman's feathers.

He told reporters on Wednesday he hoped the Redcliffe MP was expelled from Parliament.

Speaker Fiona Simpson tabled a Committee of the Legislative Assembly report on Wednesday recommending the number of days a member can miss without leave be reduced from 21 sitting days to 12.

The report states an issue has arisen in regards to Mr Driscoll who attended Parliament for short period after being absent for 13 consecutive sitting days and therefore reset the timeframe he could be a no-show.

Mr Driscoll's case highlighted the fact the 21-day requirement meant a MP could be absent from Parliament for up to six months before attending for one day and the not having to show up for another six months, the report outlined.

Currently, a MP can miss 12 consecutive sitting days before providing written notice to the speaker.

The committee has recommended reducing the sitting days missed before notice is required from 12 days to four.

It also proposes introducing a new rule that written notice - along with a medical certificate or other plausible documentation - be given when a member will miss four consecutive sitting days.



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