LNP has too many members on committees: Hopper

BUOYED by a new leader and LNP defector Ray Hopper, Katter's Australian Party launched two separate attacks on the government on Thursday.

Mr Hopper accused the LNP Government of having too many members on parliamentary committees, a tactic he said was to keep them from growing dissatisfied with the party.

Leader of the House Ray Stevens dismissed the allegations saying no changes were necessary at the last sitting because there was fewer than 14 non-government MPs.

Changes must now be made since three members defected from the LNP, two of whom have become independents.

Mr Stevens said because changes must go through Legislative Assembly, no adjustments could now be made until the new year.

The second attack was less direct, with Mr Hopper flagging he would ask Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley AC to not formalise new legislation designed to keep the KAP in the political wilderness.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney introduced the amendments which meant party status was based solely on election results, meaning the KAP would not qualify if it scored extra seats through defections.

The change will deprive the party of $40,000 in extra funding.

Mr Hopper said he and KAP's two other sitting members Rob Katter and Shane Knuth had written to Governor Wensley to ask for an intervention.

"This is a very dangerous situation," Mr Hopper said.

"We have a government with a massive majority using its absolute power to remove rights obtained under the law from its political opposition.

"The Queensland Governor has previously refused to give assent to a Bill passed by the Parliament so this situation is not without precedent."

The Bill was passed with the support of the Labor Party.

The governor, however, appeared unmoved.

Her office responded to inquiries from APN by saying it was not something for the Office of the Governor to comment on.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said he was disappointed the Katter Party would drag the Governor into what he described as an "opportunistic grab for money".

Each of the three who defected from the LNP said their decisions were made in the interests of their electorates.

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