Queensland MP Scott Drsicoll has referenced movie character Dr Evil and Jedi mind control in his resignation letter to the Liberal National Party.
The Redcliffe MP will sit on the crossbenches after resigning on Friday night, the day before he was to be expelled from the party.
In his resignation letter he lashed out at allegations that he secretly controlled a community group in Moreton Bay and paid his wife tens of thousands of dollars in consultancy fees.
“I supposedly sit there like Dr Evil and get confused between how many millions, billions or trillions are being made while stroking some hairless cat,” he said.
“We’ve heard various utter rubbish allegations that I’ve basically exercised some sort of special Jedi Mind Control over people on private boards that I’ve never even sat on myself.”
Driscoll blamed “Team Labor plus a few other attention seekers” for attacking him.
He has been accused of running a “secret Bat Cave” out of his Redcliffe electorate office, he says. “…apparently operating in a secret wall cavity of my Redcliffe office with massive rivers of gold and diamonds basically flowing through to companies my family is linked to.”
On his Facebook page, he told his nearly 3,000 friends and supporters that he looked forward to continuing to serve as the MP for Redcliffe.
“I’ll do so in our Parliament on the “crossbenches” but I’ll work professionally with the Queensland government to get the best outcomes for my electorate of Redcliffe,” he said. “
It is and always should be about better outcomes for the people, not political games directed at families.”
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman responded to the news of Mr Driscoll’s resignation by saying,
“It is a matter for the party”.
The Crime and Misconduct Commission is looking into claims of Driscoll’s involvement with the community group in Moreton Bay.
The Clerk of the Parliament and parliament’s ethics committee are investigating allegations that Driscoll misused his electorate office.