Director slams lobby claims
SPRINGFIELD Land Corporation managing director Bob Sharpless has hit back at claims their use of a former Labor politician as a lobbyist gave them preferential treatment from the state government.
Member for Beaudesert Aidan McLindon made the claims in parliament on Tuesday under parliamentary privilege, raising the ire of Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale in the process.
Mr Sharpless said his group donated equally to both major political parties and only used former politicians as lobbyists for their expertise, not their political connections.
“Springfield Land Corporation believes in the political process and making sure we have both a strong Government and Opposition, so when requested by either the ALP or LNP we do on occasions support their fundraising events,” Mr Sharpless said.
“Springfield Land Corporation donates to both sides of politics at a State, Federal and local level.
“We expect a comprehensive understanding of Greater Springfield rather than receiving any favours or special treatment.
“Springfield Land Corporation places a premium on raising the profile of Greater Springfield and securing a better understanding of the project, and as such has recently used some former politicians as consultants on a retainer basis to achieve this objective.
“These consultants are competent business people in their own right with extensive networks across both government and the private sector and we use this expertise to attract community infrastructure to create employment opportunities within the project and the Western Corridor.”
Cr Pisasale yesterday challenged Mr McLindon to repeat his claims outside of the privileged parliamentary precinct and repeat the allegations- an offer the Member for Beaudesert backed out of.
“The challenge remains in the government's court to initiate a royal commission and my concerns do not lie with the mayor of Ipswich,” Cr Pisasale said.