QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman will appoint a new police minister today, after the resignation of David Gibson.
The police minister of less than two weeks yesterday resigned after informing Mr Newman that in November last year, due to an unpaid speeding fine, his drivers licence was suspended for three months.
During that time, it is alleged Mr Gibson drove a motor vehicle once, and now faces a possible unlicensed driving charge, Mr Newman said in a statement.
"Mr Gibson maintains he was unaware of the correspondence informing him of his licence suspension," he said.
"However, Mr Gibson knows of the high standard I expect from my ministers, and so he has tendered his resignation, which I have accepted."
In a statement, Mr Gibson said it was brought to his attention yesteday that his licence had been suspended by SPER (State Penalties Enforcement Registry) for three months on November 18 last year.
He said he would never have knowingly driven while his licence was suspended, but he was allegedly detected by a speeding camera on February 16.
"Knowing the high standards that are expected of ministers I believed I could no longer fulfill the role as Minister for Police and Community Safety and tendered my resignation," Mr Gibson said.
"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."
Mr Gibson's Facebook page drew dozens of comments of support, encouraging him to stay on amid an apparently innocent mistake.