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Clive Palmer threatens to sue Campbell Newman

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Clive Palmer sues Campbell Newman

Clive Palmer says "there will be no settlement" as he vows to pursue defamation action against premier Campbell Newman for claims Palmer "tried to buy his government".

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Clive Palmer says he will launch defamation proceedings against Campbell Newman "as soon as possible", claiming the premier has made claims which are "damaging to his integrity".

Mr Palmer made his announcement on Sunday night, following claims from Mr Newman earlier in the day that Mr Palmer had "tried to buy [the Queensland LNP] government" and was "on a rampage around Australia trying to buy other people and buy other people's votes".

Mr Palmer denied offering the "Newman government or any member of parliament any money or inducements".

Clive Palmer says he has been defamed by the premier.

Clive Palmer says he has been defamed by the premier. Photo: Glenn Hunt

"At no time have I sought favours from the Newman government for anything," Mr Palmer said in his statement.

"Campbell Newman's comments are defamatory and made for political purposes only.

"... I will commence legal proceedings as soon as possible on these defamation matters, and there'll be no out of court settlements in these proceedings."

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman. Photo: Harrison Saragossi/File photo

The Member for Fairfax will hold a press conference on the matter on Monday afternoon.

Mr Newman had made the claims during a press conference with Tony Abbott when the Prime Minister was asked about the defection of three Northern Territory Country Liberal Party MPs to the Palmer United Party.

Mr Palmer had accused NT Chief Minister Adam Giles of being " a liar".

Mr Newman responded "that is what he says about everybody".

He went on to say "this is a guy who tried to buy a government, my government, we said 'go away, we're not for sale'.  As a result he has gone on a rampage around Australia trying to buy other people and buy people's votes and we are seeing that in the Northern Territory today".

"What offers were made to get them to jump ship?  I reckon if he's consistent with the way he operates around the nation, he's busy trying to buy votes and buy people. That's what he does."

Mr Palmer said the three former Northern Territory CLP MPs had sought out meetings with his party and joined with no inducements.

Mr Palmer, once the Queensland LNP's biggest supporter, fell out with the government in late 2012, quitting the party ahead of an expulsion vote by the party executive.

Mr Newman stayed silent on the reasons for the fallout until Mr Palmer announced his political intentions.

Breaking his self-imposed policy of not commenting on Mr Palmer, Mr Newman said the former LNP life-member had demanded special treatment from the government and had sought to influence its decisions.

Mr Palmer, who had previously claimed Mr Newman had bipolar disorder, accused the government of corruption.

The feud has continued to play out in the media, with each continuing to make claims against the other.  Mr Newman has questioned Mr Palmer's commitment to his Sunshine Coast resort, accusing him of turning it into a "sad, sick joke" and his Townsville nickel refinery, which has been the subject of environmental concerns in regards to its tailings dams.

Mr Palmer has previously accused Mr Newman of being a "dictator" and has questioned the links between lobbyists and the government.

102 comments so far

  • Good old Glass Jaw strikes another own goal, will the tax payers of Queensland be paying for Newman's potty mouth again?

    Commenter
    Tim
    Location
    Inner City
    Date and time
    April 28, 2014, 6:34AM
    • We are of course seeing the rapid demise of right-wing politics in this country. The LNP makes the Alp look like Sunday School picnic when it comes to back-stabbing and back-scratching. The factionalism is now out in plain view for all to see.

      Tony Abbott may have stopped the boats but he will not stop the rot his own hairy-chested, bully-boy politics has spawned. As for Mr Newman the least said the better: the man scuttled from the BCC as soon as he could be parachuted into a job which is way beyond his capacity to handle.

      Commenter
      Clive
      Location
      Manly West
      Date and time
      April 28, 2014, 10:06AM
    • If Clive Palmer had his way, you would be looking at one of Australia's largest Casino complexes being built on the Sunshine Coast and the destruction the beach and foreshore. His tailings from his nickel mine would have drained off into the Great Barrier Reef and through this you still seem to support him. If Anna Bligh had one government back in 2012 and had made the same decisions to curb Clive, would your sentiments be the same?

      Commenter
      Oscar
      Date and time
      April 28, 2014, 10:38AM
    • Oscar: To quote Winston Churchill, "if Hitler invaded Hell, I would make at least a favourable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons".

      Commenter
      Mark
      Date and time
      April 28, 2014, 11:40AM
    • Both Campbell Newman and Clive Palmer are looking awful here. I;m certainly not impressed by Palmer's constant stream of hyperbole, but neither am I impressed by the savage anti-worker policies of Newman. So I'm happy to see them tearing strips off each other.

      Also of note is the fact that the Murdoch press is running hard against Palmer - something I've never seen them do with a business person before. This is significant.

      What's going on, then? It's because the forces of Big Business realise they need to harness Right wing populism in order to get an electoral majority, because Big Business can never get a majority in its own right. The populists, however, have to be kept safely inside the Big Business party and subordinated to the leadership. Palmer is threatening to take the populist vote away from the LNP, so that it is no longer subordinated to Big Business. Populism will then be a force which is no longer deployed when it suits Big Business and restrained when it doesn't, but instead will be a loose cannon hitting out at unpredictable times in all directions regardless of who is in the road.

      Palmer's bluster, however, is no adequate defence against Big Business. For that we need organisation. We need workers' organisation, on the job. We need unions controlled by their members and not controlled either by employers, State bureaucrats or unremovable ALP factions. If we rely on Right wing populists to defeat Big Business and its political servants, we'll be setting ourselves up for being cut and diced into persecuted minorities. And then we'd be nowhere.

      Commenter
      Greg Platt
      Location
      Brunswick
      Date and time
      April 28, 2014, 11:46AM
    • Generally speaking, politicians don't sue other politicians because neither of them want their dirty secrets aired in court, and the cost to their party would send them broke.
      Palmer on the other hand is not a 'normal' politician. He has his own money, not taxpayer money that is allocated after an election so he doesn't seem to care if he has to spend a dollar of his own to get his message accross.
      Newman is quite happy to spend millions of taxpayer dollars trying to convince us that the only answer is to sell assets and cut services.
      Who is the more credible?

      Commenter
      Scotty
      Date and time
      April 28, 2014, 12:51PM
    • Bizarre comment given he isn't in the LNP, it is two opposing parties feuding. The ALP back stabbed an elected prime minister. Twice in 3 years. How could the LNP beat that??

      Commenter
      Nick
      Location
      Perth
      Date and time
      April 28, 2014, 12:59PM
    • Lawyers salivate over loquacious types like Newman who open mouth before engaging brain. Lot of new Beemers and Benz's paid for out of defamation litigation fees!

      Commenter
      curaeus
      Date and time
      April 28, 2014, 3:38PM
    • This overweight fool sues everyone..it is his style…he is a litigious throw-up! This man pollutes the ocean with a neglected refinery, He ruins a business and livelihoods in Coolum . He lowers the already low level of political discourse with stupid inconsistent rants and with an assembly of grunting Senators. The voters will soon see through this self serving twit ( though possibly the equally foolish Anderson won't…she has just become a PUP leader). Please go away Palmer!!!

      Commenter
      gusferg
      Date and time
      April 28, 2014, 5:18PM
  • Characters like Clivasaurus Rex always appear to threaten tall and invincible, for hyperactive mascots like Newman, activating the nervous system always improves the capacity for a Great Big Drop of Anxiety.

    Commenter
    Geronimo
    Location
    Yippee Yi Yo
    Date and time
    April 28, 2014, 6:39AM

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