Palmer funding anti-Newman campaign PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 December 2012 09:58

Clive Palmer has admitted contributing funds towards anti-Newman government TV advertisements.


Former government MP Alex Douglas is organising the ads after quitting the LNP last week.

His decision followed his removal from the parliament's ethics committee, which is investigating sidelined transport department chief Michael Caltabiano.

Mr Palmer says he is not the sole financial backer but is contributing funds to Dr Douglas' campaign, which will be critical of the Newman government.

"I'm contributing to them. I make no bones about that," Mr Palmer told ABC Radio on Friday.

"I certainly support the stand that Alex Douglas has taken."

Mr Palmer, who threw in his LNP membership last month, denied he was cranky with the government for overlooking his Galilee rail project for a competitor's.

"I'm concerned about the processes and that's why I supported Alex Douglas," Mr Palmer said.

"We need to have fair and open processes."

He said the Newman government favours lobbyists.

Despite being a major employer in Queensland, Mr Palmer said he's been unsuccessful in gaining a meeting with the Premier or ministers while he was able to do that with the previous Labor government.

Mr Palmer still hasn't decided if he will set up a new political party.

He also wouldn't say whether he was trying to recruit Dr Douglas and Yeerongpilly MP Carl Judge, who quit the government on the same day as Dr Douglas after refusing to pledge loyalty to Premier Campbell Newman.


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