Federal Leader of the Palmer United Party, Clive Palmer, has announced John Bjelke-Petersen as the party’s leader in Queensland ahead of the next Queensland election.
Mr Bjelke-Petersen was endorsed earlier this year as the Palmer United Party candidate for Callide to stand against the electorate’s current member and Queensland Deputy Premier, Jeff Seeney.
Mr Palmer said John, a former Liberal National Party member and son of past Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, is a man of integrity who puts Queensland and Queenslanders first.
“Mr Bjelke-Petersen is just the person the party needs, he is a real leader who will be able to deliver real results for all Queenslanders,” Mr Palmer said.
Mr Bjelke-Petersen said he was honoured to be announced as the party’s leader and is ready to take on Premier Campbell Newman at the next election.
“Campbell Newman and his government have failed Queensland and Queenslanders,” Mr Bjelke-Petersen said.
“It is time that Queenslanders were represented by a government who is focused on building the state’s economy, creating jobs and providing opportunities for local industries.
“Instead the Newman government has sacked thousands of public servants, is planning on selling and leasing the state’s assets and has provided foreign companies with taxpayer funded financial contributions.”
“As the Queensland leader of the Palmer United Party I will commit to Queenslanders and ensure the state’s best interests and assets are protected.”