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Queensland MP closes office after threats

Queensland Labor MP Brittany Lauga has closed her electorate office after her staff were threatened.

Queensland Labor MP Brittany Lauga has closed her electorate office after her staff were threatened. Photo: AAP

Queensland Labor MP Brittany Lauga has closed her electorate office due to her staff being threatened weeks after she said she was drugged and sexually assaulted.

The member for Keppel has revealed two female staff members at her office in Yeppoon, in central Queensland, have been threatened several times.

As a result, the state’s Parliamentary Services asked Lauga to close the office.

“The safety of my staff is absolutely my No.1 priority,” she said in a Facebook post on Tuesday night.

Lauga said her hard-working and passionate staff were employed to support her community, not be threatened.

“I will not tolerate threatening or harassing behaviour and as such, the office will remain closed until further notice,” she said.

Both staff are working remotely.

Lauga revealed earlier this month that she had gone to hospital reported to police after saying she was drugged and assaulted on a night out in Yeppoon on April 28.

“It’s not OK. We should be able to enjoy socialising in our town without the risk of being drugged or assaulted,” she said on May 4.

Queensland Police confirmed officers were investigating a sexual assault complaint about an incident in the regional town.

Officers were also aware of claims of similar incidents and urged anyone who had their drink spiked or experienced something similar to formally report the matter to police.

Lauga has taken leave from parliament to recover from the alleged incident.

– AAP

Topics: Queensland
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