Police minister resigns
NEWLY appointed Police and Community Safety Minister David Gibson has been forced to resign after allegedly being caught driving unlicensed.
The Member for Gympie has claimed he would never have knowingly driven while his licence was suspended but felt compelled to step down after Premier Campbell Newman asked him about it on Monday night.
"I have tonight tendered my resignation as Minister for Police and Community Safety," he wrote on Facebook.
"It was brought to my attention yesterday that my driver licence was suspended under State Penalties and Enforcement Register on November 18, 2011, for three months.
"While I would never have knowingly driven while my licence was suspended, it is alleged that I was the subject of a speeding camera detection on February 16 this year.
"Knowing the high standards that are expected of ministers I believed I could no longer fulfil the role as Minister for Police and Community Safety and tendered my resignation.
"In the brief time I have served the people of Queensland as a minister I have endeavoured to do my best and fulfil my duties with dignity and diligence.
"I deeply regret this incident and intend to take some leave over the next few weeks and ask the media to respect the privacy of my family and myself."
On Twitter responding to comments from a fake Premier account that an apology and rectification should have been sufficient, Mr Gibson said it was "untenable for me to remain as police minister".
"Offering my resignation is the only option with any integrity," he said.
Mr Gibson was sworn in as Police and Community Services Minister 13 days ago.
He had been touted as a future LNP leader.