The federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, has called on Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney to apologise to Queenslanders for making false allegations to the state’s corruption watchdog.
Mr Palmer said the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) decision not to take any action over Mr Seeney’s allegations he corruptly tried to influence the state government made a fool of the Deputy Premier.
“Jeff Seeney has been caught out making false allegations and wasting taxpayers’ money with his complaint to the CCC,” he said.
“He is a disgrace and a liar and he should apologise to the people of Queensland and his party room for bringing the LNP into disrepute.”
Mr Palmer said Mr Seeney has lied about him submitting a draft bill at a meeting held between them on April 13, 2012, that would supposedly give Waratah Coal control over the Galilee Basin in central Queensland.
“Waratah Coal never sought to obtain exclusivity over the Galilee Basin or seek to exclude others,” Mr Palmer said.
Mr Palmer has commenced legal proceedings for defamation against Mr Seeney and also Queensland Premier Campbell Newman. Any damages awarded will be donated to charity.
The Palmer United Party is pushing for a Senate inquiry into the activities of the Newman government.