Political hostilities will be put aside at the first sitting of Queensland Parliament for 2013, with MPs instead focusing their attention on disaster victims.
Instead of clashing in Question Time, Premier Campbell Newman says MPs will start the parliamentary year speaking to a condolence motion for the victims of the floods and storms.
"We saw six people lose their lives and other people were injured," Mr Newman said.
The Opposition says Ms Bates should have included a lunch organised by a lobbying firm on her lobbyist contact register.
Yesterday, Ms Bates was asked if she should have erred on the side of caution, given that last year she tabled an incorrect contact register in Parliament.
"Obviously there's a learning curve for everybody," Ms Bates said.
Mr Newman stood by Ms Bates yesterday, saying she just gave a speech and was not lobbied to change Government policy.
"She has fully complied with the law," he said.
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk says she will be asking Ms Bates more questions in Parliament.
"To show just how incompetent this Minister is," Ms Palaszczuk said.
She says Ms Bates has had plenty of time to learn.
"She's been a minister for nearly a year," she said.
Dr Douglas and Mr Judge are planning a loose alliance with other independents.