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Palmer says he won't be silenced by suspension

MAVERICK mining magnate Clive Palmer says his suspension from the LNP will not silence his attacks on the State Government.

Mr Palmer's suspension follows a day of fiery stouches with Treasurer Tim Nicholls and Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney.

His suspension was confirmed by LNP state director Brad Henderson who said the suspension of Mr Palmer's party membership was "effective immediately".

The issue will go before the next LNP State executive meeting on November 23.

A spokesman for Mr Palmer said he would not be silenced by the suspension.

"You'll certainly be hearing a lot more from Mr Palmer next week," he said.

Mr Palmer earlier said he would submit an official complaint to the LNP executive against Mr Tim Nicholls claiming he "cooked the books" to reflect the state's $62 billion debt level to justify job and service cuts.

Mr Palmer is also displeased with Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney but seems satisfied with the fact a complaint was lodged three months ago to the LNP executive regarding Mr Seeney on "very serious and disturbing grounds".

While remaining coy on the exact nature of the complaint against Mr Seeney, Mr Palmer said it dealt "with a lot of things that are against the LNP constitution".

Mr Nicholls and Mr Seeney labelled Mr Palmer's lclaims a "temper tantrum".

At a press conference in Brisbane on Friday, Mr Palmer said he had lodged a formal complaint about Mr Nicholls to the LNP executive - signed off by Susie Douglas, LNP MP Alex Douglas' wife - calling for disciplinary action.

The Sunshine Coast-mining identity claimed the Queensland Government actually had a net debt of $11 billion contrary to the Commission of Audit's findings gross debt was $62 billion.

Speaking at a Queensland Media Club event, Mr Nicholls said unless the entire Treasury had got it wrong and applied a standard not acceptable to the Australian Accounting Standards Board, the figures were right.

Mr Palmer's complaint comes a day after a media report his company Waratah Coal disrespected indigenous heritage laws at a proposed site in the Galilee Basin.

As a result, Mr Seeney ordered an audit of Mr Palmer's mining activities.

Mr Seeney said on Friday he would not be answering every "stupid" statement Mr Palmer made.

"I think what we saw this morning was a temper tantrum from a billionaire who has not accepted that he can't get his own way," he said.

"We made it very clear from the beginning he would be treated like everybody else.

"Nothing will change and no amount of temper tantrums can change that and it does not matter who Mr Palmer is friends with at LNP headquarters, he will be treated like everybody else."

Mr Seeney claimed to know nothing of the complaint Mr Palmer referred to and said he had not been approached by the LNP executive about the matter.

 

Seeney using bullying and intimidation tactics: Palmer

THE release of information alleging mining billionaire Clive Palmer's company Waratah Coal disrespected indigenous heritage laws to expand a mine in Central Queensland was part of a bullying and intimidation tactic, the outspoken magnate claims.

Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney announced an audit of Mr Palmer's mining activities across Queensland following the release of a letter accusing Waratah Coal of building roads and camps without consulting with local indigenous groups about cultural significance.

Mr Palmer rejected the accusations.

"The allegations contained in this document are totally factually false. That was a document prepared for a consultant for an aboriginal group for the purposes of negotiating with us a land right access agreement over three years ago," he said.

"As such it was lodged with the government.

"It should have never saw the light of day until somebody, under the direction of I believe of Mr Seeney, leaked it to the press so he could announce he was going to have an investigation by his stooges against people in our company..."

Mr Palmer said Mr Seeney "stepped across the line of decency" when he tried to use government officers to intimidate, scare and bully his company.

"I am not going to be intimidated by someone like Seeney in any way," he said.

"I won't be backing down un any circumstances. It doesn't matter how long it takes it doesn't matter what happens the people of this state deserve to have a reasonable government."

Mr Seeney told reporters in Brisbane on Friday Mr Palmer was throwing a temper tantrum because he didn't get what he wanted.

"We made it very clear from the beginning he would be treated like everybody else.

"Nothing will change and no amount of temper tantrums can change that and it does not matter who Mr Palmer is friends with at LNP headquarters, he will be treated like everybody else."

 

Palmer calls for disciplinary action against Nicholls

QUEENSLAND mining billionaire Clive Palmer will lodge a complaint with the LNP asking for disciplinary action to be taken against the State Treasurer.

The action is on top of a separate complaint lodged with the LNP seeking Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney's expulsion.

Mr Palmer would not divulge the details of his complaint against Mr Seeney, but said it was on very "serious and disturbing grounds".

"All I know is it deals with a lot of things that are against the LNP constitution and I hope those things do see the light of day," he said.

Speaking to media in Brisbane on Friday, Mr Palmer accused Treasurer Tim Nicholls of misleading Queensland on the State's debt levels.

"First of all, Queensland does not have $65 billion of debt," he said.

"The public take that to mean we owe $65 billion and we are in trouble, that is not the case.

"For example, in this so called $65 billion of debt there is over $41 billion set aside for superannuation entitlements.

"The Queensland Treasury Corporation has a portfolio of stocks and shares that are valued over $28 billion today..."

"These books have been cooked by the biggest crooks that have ever taken office in the state of Queensland," Mr Palmer said.

"I am a person who is used to looking at balance sheets of many millions of dollars."

Mr Palmer said Queensland's net debt was $11 billion, compared to NSW's net debt of $31 billion.

The mining billionaire is a staunch member of the LNP who strongly supported the Newman Government in their election campaign.

Mr Palmer conceded he did "all he could to get Mr Seeney elected" believing the LNP policies would be followed.

In another explosive claim, Mr Palmer revealed a LNP motion was put forward calling for his expulsion, but it was voted down.

Earlier this year Mr Palmer got a wrap over the knuckles from his long-supporting party for critcising the State Government and their widespread cost-cutting policies.

 

Seeney a 'bully' and should be sacked: Clive Palmer

COAL magnate Clive Palmer has launched yet another grenade at the Liberal National Party - this time calling for the Queensland Deputy Premier's head.

The Waratah Coal Chairman has accused Jeff Seeney of bullying and says he should be sacked, after the deputy premier took action on reports the mining company had ignored indigenous heritage legislation.

Mr Palmer has also called Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls a liar and says the Queensland governments needs to overhaul its leadership.

Mr Seeney instructed his department to conduct an audit of Professor Palmer's mining activities after suggestions Waratah Coal ignored legislation at one of its project sites in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland.

The audit followed media reports from a leaked ARCHAEO Cultural Heritage Services Pty Ltd letter about Waratah Coal's exploration activities at its Carmichael East project.

"The facts presented to the journalist were not true and properly represented yet Mr Seeney has taken upon himself to elevate these false accusations," Mr Palmer said.

At the same time, Waratah Coal has a Supreme Court action against Mr Seeney in relation to a mining rail project.

Earlier this year, Waratah Coal lost out to rival GVK-Hancock to build a rail corridor to link the Bowen and Galilee basins with the Abbott Point coal terminal.

Mr Palmer's argument for the legal action is that Mr Seeney failed to explain the reasons for the decision.

"He has continued to bully and misuse his powers of public office and show contempt for the judicial process, I would have thought," Mr Palmer says of Mr Seeney.

I call for Jeff Seeney to resign immediately or the parliamentary members should consider his removal from office.

"Tim Nicholls has lied to the people about the state of Queensland's finances and he's also a close friend of Santo Santoro who is subject to a current police investigation.

"Mr Nicholls and his family have a long association with assisting Mr Santoro's political campaigns and under these circumstances he should also be stepping aside.

"I will be lodging a disciplinary complaint against the treasurer with the LNP tomorrow".

Mr Palmer is a life member of the Liberal National Party, which has been a beneficiary of his enormous wealth over many years.

But his membership may be under threat.

LNP president Gary Spence wrote a letter to Mr Palmer in September advising him to reconsider his membership.

It followed months of public slinging from Mr Palmer who is railing against Campbell Newman's public sector job cuts.

Topics:  clive palmer jeff seeney tim nicholls waratah coal



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