Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga Chris Ison ROK130318csolar1

UPDATE: Lauga fights back after integrity attack

UPDATE: Brittany Lauga's opponent in next year's state election has weighed in to the debate.

One Nation's Wade Rothery said Reports in April 2018 clearly state the Shanghai developers intent to further develop land at Zilzie, making it difficult for Ms. Lauga to argue against a breach of the Electoral Commissions prohibited donor guidelines, despite no specific development application.

"In April this year, Labor's ban on developer donations were upheld in the High Court, making it illegal for any political party or Member of Parliament to accept state donations from developers or anyone with ties to property development," he said.

Opposition leader, Deb Frecklington says accepting accommodation and not declaring it from a Chinese billionaire property investor for an investment in your own electorate does not pass the pub test.
 

EARLIER: Claims of a breach of property developer laws during a trip to China earlier this year have been denied by Keppel MP Brittany Lauga in Parliament this morning.

Ms Lauga said media reports did not set out the complete circumstances of the trip and that it was important she "correct certain matters".

Mrs Lauga flew to China with Livingstone mayor Bill Ludwig and deputy mayor Nigel Hutton and the principals of two Yeppoon secondary colleges.

She said undertook the trip in her capacity as Assistant Minister for Education to, "amongst other things", sign a sister agreement on behalf of the Yeppoon State High School and Jiangsu Province Yangzhong Xinba Middle School.

"I paid my own airfares - a matter the article neglects to mention - (and) there was a process agreed upon where the Livingstone Shire Council would invoice me for accommodation costs," Mrs Lauga said.

"Upon receiving an invoice from the council, I paid this invoice.

"Upon completing an audit of my finances for last financial year, I became aware that the invoice received from the Livingstone Shire Council was missing reference to one night's accommodation.

"It was at this point I immediately remedied my register."

Mrs Lauga told Parliament the article failed to mention that the Electoral Commission Queensland website states that Members of Parliament are not considered to receive a political donation in circumstances where members receive modest hospitality, perishable food or tickets to sporting or cultural events (under $200 as a guide), of which have no enduring value, and are received during the course of official duty.

"On this basis I maintain that I have not breached the property developer laws," she said.