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Palmer resigns from LNP

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Clive Palmer says he is a proud life member of the LNP.

Clive Palmer says he is a proud life member of the LNP. Photo: Glenn Hunt

Clive Palmer says he has resigned from the Liberal National Party, despite receiving a letter that he said reinstated his membership to the Queensland party.

The mining billionaire said he was resigning from the LNP because he didn't want to "become the issue".

"It's important that with the critical issues facing the state, I don't become the issue," he told ABC's Lateline program.

"So I discussed the issue with my wife and at 8.30pm [Thursday] I thought the best course of action for me would be to resign from the LNP straightaway."

Mr Palmer said he had received a letter by the LNP president's executive committee confirming his suspension had been lifted as of Thursday morning.

Mr Palmer was suspended from the party on November.

The LNP executive was set to meet on Friday morning to decide whether the life member will remain in the party.

Mr Palmer said earlier on Thursday there was no way he would have been expelled from the party, because there had been no complaint made against him.

He said his resignation would now allow him to speak more honestly because he "wasn't restrained in any way".

"It's a bit of a shock to me to leave a party I've been a member for 43 years, and to leave in such circumstances.

"But I weighed everything up and I think it's very brave and courageous of the state executive of the LNP to restore my suspension and lift that as they did."

He reiterated earlier comments that the Queensland government was too heavily influenced by lobbyists and by business.

He said senior political figures had threatened his business interests because he'd spoken out politically.

"Well, I believe that to be true.

"I believe that our interests have been threatened because of the political stands that I've taken by people, and I think that's wrong.

"I don't want my employees to bear any burden because of the stands I've taken on what I thought was right."

But Mr Palmer did not rule out a future political role, including the possibility of setting up his own party.

"I certainly will remain interested and I certainly won't be silenced by anybody when I see people being persecuted in this country."

AAP

4 comments so far

  • Clive you have made a sensible decision for once. As a very wealthy man employing many people I believe you should not be a member of any political party. Be an independent with your own voice and no restrictions. At least now when you say something I will not immediately think it to be LNP propaganda or underhanded tactics.

    Commenter
    SAhane in QLD
    Date and time
    November 23, 2012, 8:25AM
    • This has all the appearances of a negotiated solution. Palmer gets his freedom of speech back, the LNP is rid of a divisive internal distraction antd both of them save the money they would otherwise have spent on a lawyers' picnic.

      Commenter
      Greg Platt
      Location
      Brunswick
      Date and time
      November 23, 2012, 8:43AM
      • Big Loss. Set up the Dinosaur party.

        Commenter
        Beetle007
        Date and time
        November 23, 2012, 12:26PM
        • When you are a billionaire, what does politics really mean to you. At the end Palmer found out that the LNP were a pack of hypocrites insensitive to the plight of the common worker.

          Commenter
          CC
          Location
          Maryborough, Qld
          Date and time
          November 24, 2012, 10:28PM

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