Sunday, 02 December 2012 13:12
Clive Palmer says Queensland's Liberal National Party (LNP) will cost Tony Abbott the next election if the federal opposition leader doesn't bring it into line.
In his latest tirade against the Newman government, the mining magnate has called on Mr Abbott to intervene.
"It's quite clear the LNP is acting in a most disgraceful manner which will have major repercussions at a federal level unless Tony Abbott shows some leadership," Mr Palmer said in a statement on Sunday.
"Tony Abbott must intervene and clean up the LNP mess or (Prime Minister) Julia Gillard will be re-elected as a result of the disgraceful antics of the Newman government."
But Mr Abbott last week rejected similar claims, saying Premier Campbell Newman and his team were doing an "outstanding job" and facing tough challenges.
Mr Palmer's comments follow a horror final sitting week for the LNP, which saw one backbencher defect to Katter's Australian Party (KAP) and another two leave the party to become independents.
Mr Palmer also criticised legislation which passed through state parliament last week that denied KAP receiving official party status despite meeting the requirement of having three sitting members after Condamine MP Ray Hopper's defection.
He said it was "highly disturbing" the Labor opposition, which stood to lose $40,000 in funding, voted with the government to pass the bill.
"This is a blatant move to rig parliament, suppress fair opposition and crush democracy," he said.
Mr Palmer has been vocal in his opposition to the Newman government in recent months and has called on the premier, his deputy Jeff Seeney and Treasurer Tim Nicholls to resign.
His outbursts saw him quit the LNP after initially being suspended from the party and then reinstated.
The billionaire will announce next week whether he is setting up his own political party after rumours circulated about the plan last week.
Mr Newman is currently in India on a trade mission.
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