News Queensland Queensland minister Mark Ryan defends cameraman comments

Queensland minister Mark Ryan defends cameraman comments

Queensland Minister Mark Ryan told a cameraman he "might have to get a restraining order out". Photo: AAP
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Queensland’s police minister says there’s more to footage that shows him telling a news cameraman he’s being “almost creepy” by filming him too much.

Mark Ryan told the cameraman at a media call in Townsville last week that he “might have to get a restraining order out”.

The minister had just finished speaking with local SES officials about funding initiatives and was about to front a press conference when he made a beeline for the cameraman.

“I was coming over to give you an autograph, you seem to be wanting to film me all the time,” Mr Ryan said.

The cameraman replied that he was just getting the shots he needed when the minister replied that it was “almost getting a bit creepy”.

“I might have to get a restraining order out, hey,” he said.

Mr Ryan was asked about the incident at another ‘doorstop’ on the Gold Coast on Saturday, where he was announcing the results of a police trial involving the use of metal-detecting wands to combat knife crime.

The film clip of the Townsville episode did not tell the full story, he insisted.

“Obviously you didn’t see the 15 minutes before and you didn’t see what was said afterwards,” he told a reporter who asked if he regretted the incident or had offered an apology.

“What I perceived was not appropriate behaviour. I perceived there was disrespect towards volunteers that were putting on a demonstration there,” he added, but did not elaborate on what the alleged behaviour entailed.