News

Gibson 'unaware of suspension'

IN an address to media former Police and Corrective Services Minister David Gibson said he made the decision to voluntarily resign because he felt he fell short of the standards of the new LNP Government.

In the media conference held just outside his office in Channon St, Mr Gibson refused to answer questions.

Instead he read a prepared statement.

Mr Gibson said he simply forgot to pay to the fine and was not aware that subsequently his licence was suspended.

"I can say unequivocally, that at no time did I receive any notification that my licence was suspended or about to be suspended for not paying a fine," he said.

He did say that he was committed to serving the Gympie electorate and Queensland in his role as Member for Gympie.

Mr Gibson would not answer questions about how many times he was caught speeding.

'I feel very sorry for him'

Premier Campbell Newman said he regretted losing Mr Gibson, who resigned on Monday nightApr16 amid claims he was caught speeding while driving unlicensed, but he had to take a firm line on ministerial accountability.

"The first thing he did is sped, he's broken the law. That is not a hanging offence but then he has failed to pay the fine," he said.

"Every Queenslander should respect the law and pay a fine, he's failed to do that and there were multiple notices.

"He then, it appears, completely ignored the process of the State Penalties and Enforcement Register organisation and then ended up being suspended.

"Then he may well have driven while suspended and then allegedly he committed another driving offence.

"I'd hoped we wouldn't have anything like this happen, certainly at this stage of this administration.

"I said during the campaign that we would set a standard that people from Queensland could look up to, that the ministers would be people the community could admire, could look up to, people there to lead the state and take Queensland forward.

"So we have set a high benchmark and we must deliver on that benchmark

"(Mr Gibson) was unable to give me a satisfactory explanation, sadly.

"I'm totally satisfied he did see at least one item of correspondence from SPER and I can't understand why he would not take action to pay the fine.

"I therefore had no alternative but to point out his position as a minister in this government, part as police minister is untenable.

"I feel very sorry for him, feel sorry for his family and friends as well.

"I know David feels he has let a lot of people down, but he will have to live with that."

Mr Newman would not rule out Mr Gibson returning to the ministry down the track, but his role now was to look after issues in his own electorate.

"At the moment he has to reflect on what's happened. I like Mr Gibson, I think he is a man of ability," he said.

"He's a person of great capability, that's why he was made police minister, but sadly he has let everybody down by these actions.

"Now he's got to go away, sit in the sin bin, contemplate life for a bit and serve the people of Gympie.

"That's what I want him to do, but we'll see what happens in the future."

In an interview with APN before Easter, Mr Gibson said he was committed to the Westminster system of ministerial accountability.

"I was elected by the people of Gympie to represent them, I was appointed by the Premier to fulfil a role to the people of Queensland," he said.

"If I don't fulfil that role and I'm not diligent in my duty, I don't deserve to hold those roles.

"That's not to say I won't make mistakes. But not every mistake is dismissible."

During a press conference before Easter, Mr Gibson urged people to be safe on the roads.

"The smallest mistake you make, driving in conditions that are inappropriate, speed being as factor or even just forgetting to have your seatbelt on can actually have major implications to the point of taking someone's life," he had said.

Timeline:

May-June 2011: David Gibson caught speeding on the Bruce Hwy between Brisbane and Gympie.

June-November: SPER issues at least five notices asking him to pay the fine.

November: SPER issues a notice Gibson's licence is suspended for three months to February 18 because of the outstanding fine.

February 16, 2012: Gibson is caught speeding on the Bruce Hwy in a hire car.

April 3: Gibson is sworn in as Police and Community Safety Minister.

April 5: Gibson learns he has an unpaid fine.

April 16: Gibson resigns as minister amid allegations of speeding while driving unlicensed.
 

Gympie Times

Topics:  campbell newman, david gibson, police minister


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Brahmans claim win over Sarina in their own backyard

IN ACTION: The Brahmans vs Sarina A Grade game on Saturday.

Brahmans shoot to a victory over Sarina in their backyard.

'Finer points' ground international flights, for now

DELAYED: Council now aims to welcome international flights into the Whitsundays in 2017.

Customs demand more to get international flights to the Whitsunday

Tim Gilbert returns to Airlie with Today Show team

The Today Show's sports presenter, Tim Gilbert will join the rest of the team when they visit Airlie Beach on Wednesday, June 1 for their We Love Australia tour. Supplied by Channel 9. Photo contributed.

Tim Gilbert is heading to Airlie Beach tomorrow with the Today Show

Latest deals and offers

Brahmans claim win over Sarina in their own backyard

Brahmans shoot to a victory over Sarina in their backyard on the weekend.

Insider info on the local war on drugs

INFORMATION: Proserpine Police are giving locals an inside look at their war on drugs.

Insider info on the local war on drugs

'Finer points' ground international flights, for now

DELAYED: Council now aims to welcome international flights into the Whitsundays in 2017.

Customs demand more to get international flights to the Whitsunday

New runner in Dawson race

STANDING: Steven 'Fred' Large has thrown his hat into the ring for the seat of Dawson.

There is a new runner in race for Dawson.

State of Origin is back baby

RIVALRY: Michael Newman and Adam Smith are getting ready to cheer their teams on for Game I if State of Origin.

State of Origin is back baby.

Today Show sees big crowds gather

ON AIR: Karl and Tim from the Today Show wearing their Origin colours in Airlie Beach.

The Today Show is live from Airlie Beach.

Caitlyn Shadbolt, Sara Storer join Gympie Muster bill

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at CMC Rocks in March 2016.

AWARD-winning singers star in third line-up announcement.

Shark Hunter warns of Attack

Shark hunter Joel merchant hooks a Tiger shark.

Joel Merchant says more sharks on the way as temperature drops.

Beyonce is better than Beethoven according to your dog

Sony research shows that dogs prefer Top 40 over classical.

Research commissioned by Sony shows that dogs like Top 40 more than classical.

Kevin Walters has done his homework on Moylan

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29:  Coach Kevin Walters during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session on May 29, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Qld Couch Kevin Walters is aware of NSW fullback.

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked