A second woman has approached Queensland’s Labor government to make domestic violence allegations against dumped MP Billy Gordon.
The premier’s office says it was contacted by a woman on Monday, and the woman’s concerns were immediately referred to police.
“Information came to us by another person and we’ve referred that to the appropriate authorities,” a spokesman for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told AAP on Tuesday.
AAP is seeking comment from Mr Gordon.
On Sunday he issued a statement asking to be afforded natural justice pending a police investigation into the first woman’s claims he’d assaulted her when they were a couple.
Mr Gordon was forced to quit the Labor party on Monday after he failed to tell the premier and the party about his criminal history as well as allegations he’d assaulted his former partner and not paid child support.
Ms Palaszczuk also wants him to quit parliament to allow a by election in his far north Queensland electorate of Cook.
The controversy over Mr Gordon has put the future of the Palaszczuk government in doubt.
Without Mr Gordon, Labor only holds power with the support of independent Speaker Peter Wellington.
AAP has sought comment from police about whether it has received a referral from the premier’s office.
Ms Palaszczuk is in the far north Queensland region on Tuesday and is expected to be quizzed later in the day about the second woman’s allegations.
Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg is also headed to the region, saying voters will want to tell him what they think of the political paralysis gripping the state just two months after the general election.
“Many people will want to talk to me about how they feel very let down, I would imagine, about Labor and their selection process and the fact we now have a government which is in turmoil because of their inability to sort out their own affairs,” he told the ABC.
Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott says Mr Gordon has lost the trust of the voters who elected him, and must resign from the parliament.
“Unfortunately, because these things have come to light, I think people have lost trust in Billy. That is, to me, the primary reason why he has to consider resigning now.”