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'Pub fight' accusations hit Qld parliament

AAP logoAAP 15/09/2016 Jamie McKinnell

Labor MP Brittany Lauga has weathered personal attacks in Queensland parliament after denying her husband was involved in an ugly bar fight at the weekend.

The first-term Keppel MP was at the Keppel Sands Hotel, east of Rockhampton, on Saturday night when the incident unfolded.

Her husband initially refused to leave the pub after a male friend was involved in a fight during which a staff member was hit, News Corp has reported.

Ms Lauga made an emotional statement late on Wednesday night, anticipating media coverage, denying the couple was asked to leave.

"I am deeply upset and hurt by the way this story has been depicted," she said.

Ms Lauga admitted things "got rowdy" but insisted the pair was not involved.

"It is always disturbing to have your private life displayed on the front page, but my marriage, my integrity and my work representing the people of Keppel continue to be my top priority," she said.

The opposition seized on the incident in question time.

"How does the government's policy on alcohol-fuelled violence accord with the Member for Keppel's alleged behaviour on the weekend?" leader Tim Nicholls said.

Mr Nicholls also questioned whether Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had made Ms Lauga aware of the government's alcohol-fuelled violence initiatives.

"I believe the Member for Keppel to be an honest and decent person," said Ms Palaszczuk, referring to her statement.

The premier added all Labor MPs were aware of her expectations "when it comes to these serious issues".

Deputy LNP leader Deb Frecklington tabled a speech Ms Lauga made in February supporting alcohol-fuelled violence reforms and urging MPs to think about families affected by alcohol abuse.

Ms Frecklington linked the statement with the weekend incident.

"What does the premier say to the families, including young children, who reportedly witnessed the member for Keppel's husband smash a glass on a pool table?" she said.

Katter's Australian Party MP Rob Katter said the personal attacks were disappointing.

"It's just an unsavoury topic that we'd rather completely avoid and don't think it belongs in parliament," he said.

Independent Cairns MP Rob Pyne noted some of the commentary came from 50 to 60-year-old MPs.

"What were they doing when they were that age?" he said.

"None of us are saints or angels."

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