MP assaulted at NQ watering hole
Jason Costigan has been left 'shaken up' after being assaulted and labelled a paedophile at a North Queensland hotel on Friday night.
Mr Costigan was at the Hotel Metropole Proserpine just after 8.30pm with a group of friends when he was approached by another male.
The Whitsunday MP said the man was "rough and ready to go from the outset".
"A bloke comes up to me and he had an issue from the start," Mr Costigan said.
"He started questioning me on a law brought in by John Howard years ago, one to do with sex offenders I believe.
"He was really fired up. I told him I wasn't too familiar with the bill as it's federal and asked him if he had spoken to the Member for Dawson (George Christensen).
"He didn't seem interested in that so I told him to come into the office during staffed hours for a chat. He was belligerent at this stage and ready to go the knuckle.
"I felt intimidated, I was a bees dick away from being put on the floor.
"It was a bit like the Wally Lewis and Mark Geyer scene in Origin, we were eyeball to eyeball.
"If Reg Reagan was there Friday night he would have loved it."
Mr Costigan said the man returned to another part of the hotel soon after but it didn't take him long to return.
"I began eating my rump steak and veggies at the bar and I was whacked in the back.
"The bloke had come over, thumped me and said "see you later paedophile" and left the hotel.
"I was in shock, and it takes a lot to shock me."
Mr Costigan said he rang Triple-0 and told was told to stay inside the venue.
Local police arrived 90 minutes later to deal with the incident. Mr Costigan said he was in the process of providing a formal statement.
The MP said he was informed by hotel staff the offender had only been recently allowed back in the hotel after being banned.
The former rugby league commentator said he may have dealt with the man in the past.
"I've been in the job for eight and a half years now and have seen a lot of people over a lot of issues.
"Perhaps he came into the office sometime and didn't get what he wanted."
The 49-year-old said he was overwhelmed with the support on social media since the alleged assault.
The incident comes only two months after Mr Costigan's Prado was rammed by a stolen car in a Townsville street.
A Queensland Police Service spokesman confirmed they were conducting investigations into the alleged assault.
Originally published as MP assaulted at NQ watering hole