Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s reminder to MPs after Mark Furner ‘women’ slur

Premier stands by her minister after he’s kicked out of parliament for labelling a rival politician a ‘dopey, stupid woman’

  • Queensland Agriculture Minister Mark Furner has apologised for the comments
  • Mr Furner called opposition frontbencher ‘a dopey, stupid woman’ on Thursday
  • Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk reminded MP to be more ‘respectful’
  • She called the incident a ‘timely reminder’ that politicians should be respectful

The Queensland premier has reminded her Labor MPs to be ‘respectful’ after a cabinet minister was kicked out of parliament for calling an opposition frontbencher ‘a dopey, stupid woman’. 

Queensland Agriculture Minister Mark Furner directed the comment toward Liberal-National Party MP Ros Bates in parliament on Thursday.

He was removed from the house by the deputy speaker for his comment.

‘The minister has unreservedly apologised to the house,’ Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Thursday.

Agriculture Minister Mark Furner (above) 'unreservedly apologised' for calling an opposition frontbencher 'a dopey, stupid woman' on Thursday

Agriculture Minister Mark Furner (above) ‘unreservedly apologised’ for calling an opposition frontbencher ‘a dopey, stupid woman’ on Thursday

‘And I have reminded all caucus members about being respectful in this chamber.

‘It’s a timely reminder for all members across all political parties and everybody in this chamber to bring more respect and decorum into this house.’

Attorney-General and Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman echoed the premier’s comments.

‘The minister has unreservedly apologised. I think that’s the end of the matter,’ Ms Fentiman said.

‘But as the premier has said this is about respect and I think all of us can do better to make sure that as leaders in the community we are making sure that we are setting an example of respect.

‘We are rolling out respectful relationships in all of our schools and it is incumbent on all of us to make sure that we are respectful to one another in this place.’

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (above) reminded MPs to be 'respectful' of one another after Mr Furner's comments

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (above) reminded MPs to be ‘respectful’ of one another after Mr Furner’s comments

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