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MP fined over drunken brawl apologises after Premier’s furious call

A Queensland Labor MP has apologised after he was fined over a drunken brawl inside a nightclub while celebrating his birthday that left him knocked unconscious.

Les Walker faced the cameras this morning, still sporting marks from the fight, and revealed his phone call with a furious Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

The first-term Townsville MP said he had no memory of the fight in the Mad Cow Tavern in the north Queensland city’s CBD at 1am on Saturday.

MP Les Walker has apologised after being banned from Townsville CBD due to a drunken brawl. (9News)

“I was knocked unconscious, so I can’t recall the incident,” he said.

Mr Walker was celebrating his birthday at the bar – and it ended with him being knocked out, fined, and banned from Townsville’s CBD.

He said his phone call with Ms Palaszczuk had been “frank” and he accepted the standard for MPs had to be “very high”.

“Just to be mindful of the position I carry in the community,” he said.

Mr Walker was celebrating his birthday when the incident took place. (9News)

His behaviour was condemned by Ms Palaszczuk and opposition leader David Crisafulli.

The latter said he condemned alcohol-fuelled violence and that Mr Walker had a standard to set as an MP.

Ms Palaszczuk said she was “very disappointed”.

“I don’t think he wants another conversation with me like that because I’m not happy,” she said.

Source: 9News | World News

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