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Clive Palmer tells Seeney to 'show some guts'

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Amy Remeikis

Clive Palmer has hit back at Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney.

Clive Palmer has hit back at Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Clive Palmer says deputy premier Jeff Seeney needs to “show some guts” and give the Crime and Misconduct Commission a specific complaint about his dealings with the government, calling the government’s decision to pass on documents “a bit weak”.

Speaking to Fairfax Media, Mr Palmer said Mr Seeney could “refer everyone in Queensland to the CMC” if he wanted to and once again labelled the deputy premier “a liar and a criminal”.

Mr Palmer did not make specific allegations against Mr Seeney but said he had “nothing to fear” from CMC investigators combing through all the documents Mr Seeney’s office possesses related to either him, or his company, Waratah Coal.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney says he should had referred allegations to the CMC two years ago.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney says he should had referred allegations to the CMC two years ago. Photo: Glenn Hunt

“I think if Mr Seeney had any genuine complaints, of the type he says, against anybody, he would report them at the time it happened, right,” Mr Palmer said.

“It is not something you would do just when we have 13 per cent of the vote, [a Reachtel poll result reported on Sunday]...that straight away he comes out with this outlandish allegations. “It is just politics at its worst level in Queensland.”

Mr Palmer said Mr Seeney was “frightened” to make a specific complaint against him.

“Because he knows it is not true,” he said.

 “And if he makes a false complaint he goes to jail.

“...We’ll give Mr Seeney a bit more slack, like when you go marlin fishing,  you tend to let them out a little bit before you jolt them in, so we’ll give him a bit more slack to show Mr Seeney is a liar and a criminal,” Mr Palmer said.

But he added that his dealings with the federal government would not be adversely influenced by the latest stoush with the Queensland LNP government.

“Mr Seeney is just a crook and he is just a liar and not all Liberal and National Party people are liars,” he said.

“He is just an unique individual.  He has gone on television and you can see from his demeanour that he is lying.”

Has @JeffSeeney backed off? He's not complaining to CMC about me, just sending them documents. Consequences if he caught making false claims

Speaking in Redcliffe earlier in the day, Opposition MP Yvette D’ath said the government had been derelict in its duty by not reporting its concerns regarding Mr Palmer two years earlier when they first cropped up.

“They should not just should have, they are required under legislation to report any suspicious of official misconduct – and they didn’t,” she said.

“They need to answer why they are now coming out and doing it two years later.”

On Thursday Mr Seeney said “given the benefit of hindsight”, it “probably would have been better not to try and deal with him on the same basis as everybody else, just to reject him”.

But at the time, Mr Seeney said he considered Mr Palmer’s behaviour – allegedly seeking special treatment in exchange for campaign funding, or dropping legal action against the government – to be “inappropriate”.  

“To me it was inappropriate behaviour, I rejected it immediately, and I was prepared to deal with Clive Palmer exactly the same as anyone else to try and develop the Galilee Basin, to create those jobs for Queenslanders,” Mr Seeney said.

“Whether or not it is anything more than that is up to the CMC to decide and that is really up to them. 

“At the time, we were a new government, we were about creating jobs for Queenslanders, getting Queensland back on track and I consistently told Clive Palmer, every time I rejected one of his inappropriate advances, that I would deal with him on the same basis as everybody else.”

Mr Seeney said it was for the CMC to determine whether there had been any misconduct.

27 comments so far

  • Good that someone in Queensland is able to stand up to the LNP.

    Clive Palmer has plenty of guts. That's apparent to all and sundry.

    C'mon, can't Queensland do better than this sideshow?

    Commenter
    Wade
    Date and time
    June 11, 2014, 12:09AM
    • Good for Clive, but, in case you didn't know, one of his hobbies is listed as "Litigation", and he has the cash and lawyers to sue Seeney if Seeney steps out and makes the claim out of Parliment. Which once again shows the calibre of the LNP - hiding behind priviledge to make accusations, unwilling to back it up with any evidence, claiming "I should have" only when he sees a threat - smacks of corruption and payback.

      Vote this mob out, for the love of god. Bligh tried to warn us before Newman got in with the ads, and now we have this bunch of crooks running things.

      Can the LNP sink any lower?

      Commenter
      Honour
      Date and time
      June 11, 2014, 10:05AM
    • So can Labor now refer Seeney to the CMC for witholding or hiding information about corruption in the LNP?
      Seeney is basically accusing Palmer and if it occured the LNP must have been complicit?

      Commenter
      Scotty
      Date and time
      June 11, 2014, 2:54PM
  • Seeney is pathetic. A major player in the LNP backroom deals culture himself, he fears the populist style Clive Palmer has reintroduced into Queensland/Australian politics.

    Clive is daring to go where Jo and Pauline feared to tread.

    Seeney should either put up or shut up. These gutless allegations, the fear and smear he and others of his ilk are so practiced in just further sully the reputation of an already very seedy government.

    Commenter
    Clive
    Location
    Manly West
    Date and time
    June 11, 2014, 3:39AM
    • Clive has the resources to go where Joh & Pauline couldn't afford.
      The financial backing of both the ALP and Liberals is what destroyed the political chances of Hanson and ultimately Joh (The Nats don't have the money).
      Seeney dumping documents on the desk of the CMC is a bluff to try to get Palmer to back off. Fortunately for the rest of us, Palmer doesn't appear to be too concerned if he has to drop $10 million or so to continue to take the fight to the morally bankrupt farce that is Australian politics.

      Commenter
      Scotty
      Date and time
      June 11, 2014, 7:56AM
  • Seeney is quoted as saying, “At the time, we were a new government, we were about creating jobs for Queenslanders ..." What a loads of codswallop! No sooner in government, they set about axing jobs and programs that assisted people to transition into employment opportunities. It is up to Seeney to present his specific complaint first up, and not dump a truckload of documents onto the CMC for a team of its officers at taxpayers' expense to trawl through, in the hope of finding something that Seeney could then use as his specific complaint.

    Commenter
    Marion says
    Date and time
    June 11, 2014, 6:09AM
    • If Palmer has documents to, wonder if he would release them. Journalists dream if he released them coming into the next election. Why the long wait by Seeney? How is Abbott going to approach Palmer come July 1? Palmer is doing well out of this, more seats lost for the LNP

      Commenter
      wdawes
      Date and time
      June 11, 2014, 6:45AM
      • Aren't public officials required to report any suspected corrupt dealings? So if Seeney and his officials were aware for the last 16 months that Clive has acted corruptly, they have been in fact breaking the law by not reporting? The CMC if anything needs to get to the bottom of why public officials did not report the supposed corruption.

        I just find it hard to believe Seeney had documents reportedly showing corrupt activity and he sat on them until this point.

        Commenter
        NorthQ
        Date and time
        June 11, 2014, 6:49AM
        • Two years ago, Newman, Seeney & the LNP thought Palmer was a passing joke so his antics didn't warrant further response. Now they realise he is a serious threat they are dumping anything & everything on the CMC in the hope that there is something dirty the CMC can get Palmer on.
          Problem is, now that Newman & Bleije have planted their prefered players in the CMC, the CMC appears to be the lap-dog of the Newman Government, not an independant investigator, so anything it comes up with against Palmer will appear tarred with the LNP brush and will probably bite Newman & Seeney come the Qld election.

          Commenter
          Scotty
          Date and time
          June 11, 2014, 6:55AM
          • Seeney says “At the time, we were a new government, we were about creating jobs for Queenslanders, getting Queensland back on track ...', so we sacked 20000+ public servants - I don't trust Palmer to do anything but look after his own interests, but I at least trust him in that respect, and have NO trust in anything the LNP does. The CMC is nothing more than a joke now so don't be surprised if the outcome is in the LNP's favour.

            Commenter
            Science is still here, just nobody listens
            Date and time
            June 11, 2014, 8:14AM

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