Queensland independent MP Billy Gordon landed in hot water after being charged with unlicensed driving and drunk driving in the far north of the Commonwealth state. He, however, admitted to illegal driving and stated that there should not be any excuse for poor judgment in his case.
His arrest did not prevent him from following through his political endeavors. While he feels apologetic about his recent callous driving, he promised to stay focused on his role and passion for representing his people of Cook. “At a time when my community needs me, I allowed personal life matters to cloud my judgment,” he said.
Brisbane Times reported that Mr Gordon would not be obliged under any circumstances to resign from his office while facing charges. As of now, he has been issued a notice, according to which he will have to appear at Mareeba Magistrates Court on June 27.
Instead of defending himself, Mr Gordon praised police officers for their professionalism.
According to The Australian, Mr Cook requested privacy for his family because the MP lost an immediate member in his family. He further emphasized that the incident does not change his desire to continue serving his people, particularly at a time when a substantial part of the indigenous community is going through difficult times.
The MP, who is in his forties, was stopped and arrested by police at a traffic stop at around 11pm on the Kennedy Highway at Kuranda, adjacent to the Atherton Tableland west of Cairns.
When quizzed about Gordon’s latest misdeed, Road Safety and Main Roads minister Mark Bailey said that the alleged incident was “very disappointing.” He said to ABC, “When you put other people at risk, it is totally unacceptable- it is very disappointing.”
Mr Gordon is one of the three crossbench MPs at the Queensland Parliament. He entered the parliament last year, but resigned shortly after charges of domestic violence by a former partner were made against him.