Brisbane City councillor Kate Richards is demanding the resignation of Liberal National Party members after being cleared by Queensland’s corruption watchdog.
Ms Richards was referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) in December, and dumped as an LNP candidate for the Pullenvale Ward.
Her lawyer Terry O’Gorman said on Friday the CCC had advised “there is not sufficient evidence to substantiate any allegations” against Ms Richards or to “proceed with criminal offences against any person”.
Ms Richards said: “I’m seeking an immediate apology and resignation from key LNP members, who have actually defamed me, they have lied, they have threatened and they have blackmailed me.”
Earlier this month, LNP party president David Hutchinson said Ms Richards was not fit to be a candidate for the party.
‘Should be a criminal offence’
Mr O’Gorman said as a civil libertarian he had previously opposed law changes making it a criminal offence to make a politically inspired complaint to the CCC.
“But, having regard to the significant career and personal damage done to Councillor Richards by the LNP’s behaviour, I now consider publicising making a complaint to the CCC about politicians in the lead-up to an election should be a criminal offence”, Mr O’Gorman said.
Ms Richards is now running as an independent to defend her position as the councillor for the Pullenvale Ward.
The ABC understands Ms Richards was referred to the CCC over allegations she sought donations from a property developer, something she vehemently denied.
She said the leaders of the party and what she called “their fellow goons” needed to offer a full explanation.
“The LNP need to apologise to my family,” she said.
“Their so-called powerbrokers have broken the constitution of the LNP and bring shame on democracy.
“I call on the Lord Mayor to personally respond to the disgrace these thugs of the LNP have done to me, my family, and my right to stand as an LNP councillor … which has now been taken away from me.
“As everyone in the team knows, I was innocent from the beginning and they now need to state so.”