Monday, 12 November 2012 14:42
Billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer plans to take legal action against the Liberal National Party (LNP) for suspending him.
Mr Palmer said his lawyers will write to the executive to push for his suspension to be withdrawn, claiming he's been denied a fair hearing.
Mr Palmer, a life member of the LNP, was suspended late on Friday after he launched a tirade against Queensland treasurer Tim Nicholls and deputy premier and state development minister Jeff Seeney, and called for them to step down.
He labelled Mr Seeney a "thug" who had waged a campaign of intimidation against him over a coal project.
Mr Palmer had also lodged a complaint against Mr Nicholls for allegedly misleading the public over the state's debt position and cooking the books to pursue asset sales.
Only two and a half hours after the complaint was lodged, Mr Palmer was suspended.
"What this demonstrates (is) that the decision that was made was not impartial, because, why did it have to be made so quickly?" he told AAP.
"I'm not getting a fair go."
Mr Palmer's lawyers will argue that his suspension is invalid because only four people on the 26 member state executive carried it out; Mr Palmer received no written notification of how he'd breached the LNP's constitution and he had not been given the chance to appear before the executive to defend himself.
Mr Palmer says he's shocked he was suspended without the LNP executive looking at his complaint against Mr Nicholls, and he's concerned it will now be ignored.
The state executive on Friday said LNP did not concur or endorse Mr Palmer's criticism and his suspension would be considered at its next meeting on 23 November.
Mr Palmer says he is now being threatened with expulsion to further silence any criticism of the government.
"I think they think by suspending me they'll silence me, like it's a threat, if you don't do this we'll chuck you out," he said.
"It won't silence me."
Mr Palmer said he made it clear on Friday that any criticism he made was coming from his position as a Queenslander and as chairman of Waratah Coal, not as an LNP member.
The LNP in September asked Mr Palmer to reconsider his membership after he publicly criticised the government over job and services cuts.
Mr Palmer, who is one of the LNP's largest donors, says he hasn't considered if he will keep on donating to the party if he's expelled.
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk says the LNP is basically tearing itself apart.
"The premier needs to show leadership, he needs to step up to the plate and he actually needs to sort this mess out once and for all," Ms Palascauk told reporters on the Gold Coast.
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