Mr Berkman said Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll was unable to answer his questions during a parliamentary hearing, but later answered him in a Question on Notice.

He said he held “grave concerns that this answer is deliberately misleading” as it makes reference to Greens councillor Jonathon Sri, who Mr Berkman said was not in the videos he provided.

“At best, this response from QPS is lazy, ill-informed and prepared without having reviewed the footage provided – instead, it appears the response is a direct reference to other footage posted by Cr Sri on social media,” Mr Berkman wrote in a statement of reservation to a parliamentary inquiry into the Queensland government’s health response to COVID‐19.

“At worst, the response may be construed as a deliberate attempt to mislead the committee, and distract from the issues raised in the question about police practices that are clearly evident in the footage provided.

“Misleading a committee is a serious matter, which constitutes a contempt of Parliament and a criminal offence. I intend to write to the chair to raise these issues and seek to have them considered by the committee”.

Cr Sri was charged with not obeying a police direction at one of the protests, but the charges were later dropped.

Comment has been sought from the Queensland Police Service, but said in its response to Mr Berkman police had directed protesters to the footpath and off the road.

“Any concerns around social distancing, however brief, were appropriately mitigated by using face masks and hand sanitiser supplied to the protesters by the organisers.”

About 120 men are being held at the Kangaroo Point hotel, which has been used to house asylum seekers transferred from offshore detention for specialist medical treatment.

Protests had been held outside the hotel for months but things flared up in June, after some of the men were moved to a more secure facility at Pinkenba.

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