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War of words continues over Queensland parliament comments

The bitter dispute between queensland The Labor Party and the LNP have exploded today with insults, personal attacks and threats of legal action.

The Premier has stepped up attacks on Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates, accusing her of being the most unpleasant MP in Queensland Parliament.

“She’s immature, mean, nasty and insulting,” Miles said today.

Health Minister Shannon Fentiman
Health Minister Shannon Fentiman. (Supplied)

The furor erupted over an incident in which Shadow Health Minister Bates shouted “cross your legs” while Health Minister Shannon Fetinman was speaking in the Queensland parliament.

Fentiman and the media posted videos of the outburst on social media and they have since been viewed more than a million times.

But some LNP members are furious – because some videos do not include the context of the remarks – which came during a motherhood debate about sending pregnant mothers to distant hospitals.

“It has had vile and threatening consequences,” Queensland MP Amanda Camm said.

But the Prime Minister says Bates’ initial comments should not be forgotten either.

“The focus should be on how inappropriate it is to throw an insult like that at a woman anywhere, let alone on the floor of Parliament,” he said.

This is not the first confrontation between the two parliamentarians.

Member for Mudgeeraba Rosslyn Bates
Member for Mudgeeraba Ros Bates. (Supplied)

Bates has frequently attacked the Health Minister in press conferences.

Bates once said that “Shannon Fentiman is a fraud, a fake and a failure.”

But the LNP has argued that social media abuse directed at Bates has made this incident much more serious and legal action will be taken.

“Ros will send a note of concern to the Minister of Health,” said opposition MP Jarrod Bleijie.

This afternoon’s videos were removed from the Minister of Health’s social networks at the request of the President of Parliament.

Bates also asked Fentiman for an apology and $5,000 for his legal fees.

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