Jeff Seeney labels Clive Palmer a 'crook'

QUEENSLAND Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney has called Federal MP Clive Palmer a "crook" in State Parliament further souring the relationship between the two former political allies.

Mr Seeney, who was using parliamentary privilege, was responding to a question on Thursday (May 08) posed by Palmer United Party state leader Alex Douglas during question time.

"I never get one from the opposition so it is good to get a question from the leader of the best party that money can buy," he said.

"We saw in the paper this morning that it is not even Australian money.

"It is the best party that Chinese money can buy.

"The best party that fraudulently obtained money can buy, the best party that a crook using other people's money can buy."

Mr Seeney was referring to a report in The Australian today which claimed Mr Palmer's private company Mineralogy had been accused of wrongfully siphoning more than $12 million from his Chinese business partners.

Furthermore it claimed the funds were allegedly used to cover political expenses for his party's costly federal election campaign.

Mr Palmer told APN Newdesk that he was not too concerned with what Mr Seeney had to say.

"It does not worry me to much," he said.

"He knows I am taking the Premier to court for similar comments.

"He is just too gutless to say them outside the parliament."

The relationship between the LNP and Mr Palmer, once the party's biggest political donor, hit rock bottom this week after his representatives lodged papers in the Brisbane Supreme Court this week seeking more than a million dollars in damages after claiming Premier Campbell Newman defamed him last month.

Mr Palmer says he was defamed during a press conference on April 27 in Brisbane where he claims Mr Newman falsely accused him of trying to "buy" the LNP State Government and implied he had offered incentives to Northern Territory MPs to join his political party.

In the Supreme Court documents Mr Palmer claims Mr Newman said the following when Primer Minister Tony Abbott asked him to make some observations in response to a question from a reporter.

"This is a guy who tried to buy a government, my government," the writ claims Mr Newman said.

"We said we are 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.

"I ask, what inducements were offered to these three MPs? What cash? What jobs? What financial support for elections? What offers were made for them to jump ship?"

Mr Newman made the comments in question after it was revealed earlier in the day Northern Territory MPs Larisa Lee, Francis Xavier Kurrupuwu and Alison Anderson had joined the Palmer United Party.



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