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CCC To Probe Gladstone Subcontractor's Suspension

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Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

LATEST | The corruption watchdog has reportedly been asked to probe the suspension of a Gladstone worker who spoke to the Federal Opposition Leader during a visit to the electorate of Flynn on April 23.

News Corp reports the CCC has been asked to examine whether the decision to suspend him for approaching Bill Shorten, was a politically-inspired hit ordered by a former Labor candidate-turned Port boss or Palaszczuk Government ministers.

Gladstone Ports Corporation is State-owned and issued a statement saying that it did not suspend a port worker or terminate their contract for talking to the Opposition Leader.

The port worker, a sub-contractor, is still employed by the contractor and carrying out work for their employer.

GPC did not instruct any employees or contractors to attend the visit.

But State Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has demanded an inquiry.

There is no suggestion that Bill Shorten had anything to do with the aftermath of the incident.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad told News Corp the Government had no hand in Gladstone Port's decision.

"I understand that this was action that was taken entirely by the Port of Gladstone Authority," Ms Trad said.

She added that Treasury would now look into the matter.

EARLIER | Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has issued a statement saying that it did not suspend a port worker or terminate their contract for talking to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. 

The port worker, a sub-contractor, is still employed by the contractor and carrying out work for their employer.

GPC did not instruct any employees or contractors to attend the visit.

The worker is a sub-contractor, and as such GPC cannot comment on any decisions made by their employers.

EARLIER | A subcontractor who asked Bill Shorten about tax breaks for higher income earners has been suspended. 

News Corp reports the Gladstone Ports contractor asked the Federal Opposition Leader the question during his visit to the area back in April.

The following day the man's pass did not work and he was told he was in breach for speaking to the media as the conversation was filmed.

The 49-year-old electrical engineer had asked a question about Labor’s tax plan for high-income earners.

News Corp said the father of three also had his desk packed up for him and his property delivered to his home.  

The next day the father-of-three’s pass did not work and he was officially told he was suspended. Last week his desk was packed up and delivered to his house.

Both major parties have been targeting Queensland's many marginal seats, ­including Flynn, which takes in Gladstone.