The federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, says Queensland Premier Campbell Newman’s fear of a proposed Senate inquiry into his government had him “wriggling like a worm” over major implementations.
“He’s running scared about the potential inquiry into various aspects of his government since coming to power, as seen by his dramatic about face on reforms to Queensland’s corruption watchdog and the anti-bikie legislation,’’ Mr Palmer said.
“It is obvious that he and his leadership group of Tim Nicholls and Jeff Seeney, who have become the party and the cabinet, are now under pressure from the rest of their LNP colleagues following the disastrous results of the Stafford by-election.
“Now he wants to reinstate bipartisan appointments to the corruption watchdog and scrap laws making bikies wear pink in jail. He has even apologised to voters, so desperate is he to win back their support.
“The facts are Mr Newman has lied and he will lie again. The people of Queensland know what he is capable of and they will never forget.”
Mr Palmer said Queenslanders were growing sick of the disdain and arrogance displayed to them by Campbell Newman and his leadership group, which was just as bad under Labor.
“Under the Bligh government and now the Newman government there has been a crusade to sell off public assets as a magic fix for the economy when the real answer lies in growing jobs and productivity,” he said.
“Only the Palmer United Party can give the people of Queensland the future they deserve. It’s not the Liberal way or the Labor way, it’s the right way.”