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Jiving with Clive

Palmer's pickled Peta patter. With Rocco Fazzari and Denis Carnahan and apologies to the Bee Gees.

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Clive Palmer has called Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney a “f---ing liar” after being referred to the Crime and Misconduct Commission over allegations he previously tried to convince the Queensland Government to act in a “corrupt” manner.

But Mr Seeney claims that during a meeting with Mr Palmer in April 2012, the mining magnate requested exclusive access to develop the Galilee Basin because of support he gave the LNP before the state election.

Mr Palmer told Fairfax Media he denied the allegations and was “not concerned”.

Clive Palmer at Moo Moo The Wine Bar and Grill for lunch with AFR. Picture by Paul Harris.

Clive Palmer. Photo: Paul Harris

On Friday afternoon, Mr Seeney submitted documents to the CMC relating to the April 2012 meeting, which occurred weeks after the government was elected.

He told the ABC’s 7.30 that during the meeting, Mr Palmer gave him a draft bill “that would give him the exclusive right to build a port and a railway and have control of the Galilee Basin”.

“I rejected that completely so I didn’t even read it,” Mr Seeney told the program.

Acting Premier Jeff Seeney

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney Photo: Glenn Hunt

“I pushed it back across the table and told him that wasn’t the way we would be doing business. 

“Clive Palmer wanted specialist treatment on the basis that he had been a supporter of our government. He wanted to bypass the proper processes and we weren’t prepared to do that.”

“I believe it would have been corrupt to make decisions in that way.”

Mr Seeney said Mr Palmer spoke about financial support he had given the LNP and that Mr Palmer said he “had a lot more money to give in the future”.

Mr Seeney said he regretted not referring the matter to the CMC but didn’t “see any point”. Later on Friday he changed his mind and informed the commission.

Speaking to Fairfax Media, Mr Palmer confirmed the April 2012 meeting took place. However he rejected Mr Seeney’s version of events and denied any impropriety.

“There was a letter sent out by the government requesting submissions on how the Galilee should be dealt with. All people in the Galilee Basin made submissions to them,” he said.

“The record will show what our submissions were and it will show he’s just a f---ing liar. You can quote me on that.

“I can say to you categorically, at no time did I mention to Mr Seeney anything to do with any donations to the LNP.”

Mr Palmer, now the federal member for Fairfax, said a potential CMC investigation wasn’t a concern.

Last month, Mr Palmer lodged a defamation writ in the Supreme Court against Premier Campbell Newman.

Mr Palmer is seeking $1.1 million in damages over comments Mr Newman made in a press conference when he described Mr Palmer as “a guy who tried to buy a government, my government”.

This week, Mr Newman filed a “notice of intention to defend” the defamation action. Part of his defence includes the documents which have been submitted to the CMC from Mr Seeney, which relate to the April 2012 meeting.