Peter Dutton and Meaghan Scanlon weigh in on calls for Redlands Mayor Karen Williams to resign

The federal Opposition Leader and Queensland’s Environment Minister have echoed criticism of a south-east Queensland mayor who admitted to getting behind the wheel and crashing her car after drinking “several glasses of wine” on Thursday night.

Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams said she was “deeply sorry” but had no plans to step down from the top job, which she had held for 10 years.

On Saturday, state MP Don Brown urged Ms Williams to tender her resignation over the incident and fellow councillors have condemned her actions.

Minister for Youth Affairs and the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Meaghan Scanlon on Sunday echoed those comments.

“It’s good that she has acknowledged at least that she shouldn’t have driven under the influence,” she said.

“But it’s pretty untenable for a mayor to remain in that position — particularly given some of the horrible things that have happened to families in her own community that she said that she would advocate for.”

Ms Williams recently joined the families of Matthew Field and Kate Leadbetter in calling for tougher youth justice laws, after they were struck and killed by a stolen car driven by a teenager under the influence of drugs and alcohol in 2021.

She was the principal petitioner behind an online petition to appeal the sentence of the now 18-year-old driver, which has more than 50,000 signatures.

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