Robert Schwarten demands Keppel MP’s official denial

A DENIAL outside the Queensland Parliament chambers is not enough for Robert Schwarten.

The former Labor MP has called on the LNP's Bruce Young to state his innocence in Parliament regarding the departure of Main Road's Terry Hill.

Mr Schwarten has even promised to publicly apologise to the Keppel MP if he does so. Controversy has surrounded Mr Hill's resignation last week.

The Newman government has denied claims the LNP blamed the Fitzroy regional director for Mr Schwarten and former mayor Brad Carter's cutting the ribbon at the $50million Gracemere Overpass.

Mr Young earlier this week said he had stood tall and told the truth, as his father had taught him, in denying there was anything political behind Mr Hill's departure.

The moment Cr Margaret Strelow called for former mayor Brad Carter and former local member Robert Schwarten to help with cutting the ribbon of the new overpass. Photo: Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
The moment Cr Margaret Strelow called for former mayor Brad Carter and former local member Robert Schwarten to help with cutting the ribbon of the new overpass. Photo: Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK140613opening1

"I have no desire to enter a slanging match ... until Mr Young follows his father's advice and stands tall in the Queensland Parliament where members are forced by law to tell the truth, then he is bound to attract suspicion and criticism," Mr Schwarten said.

He even suggested the two simple sentences for Mr Young to say.

"His statement could take only a couple of seconds he could merely say 'I had no knowledge nor involvement in the removal of a senior public servant from the Department of Main Roads in Rockhampton. Furthermore I place on record my appreciation for all his achievements on behalf of taxpayers and request that his resignation not be accepted'," Mr Schwarten said.

"Those few words would not only lift the doubt from his shoulders, but also cause me to publicly apologise to him. I have had my say on this issue and regret accepting the invitation to attend this function as I believed none of this would have happened had I not been present."