Palmer calls on backbenchers to rally against leaders

Clive Palmer
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MINING magnate Clive Palmer wants LNP backbenchers to rally against their leaders as he declared new party policies were undermining "the very fabric of political parties in this state".

Mr Palmer, who was suspended from the LNP after claiming Treasurer Tim Nicholls and Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney were "crooks who cooked the books" over Queensland's debt, called a press conference on Tuesday to affirm his financial and moral commitment to the party.

But he said he was unimpressed with resolutions passed in the party room on Monday, including plans to pass political party funding direct to electorate chairs and to re-endorse all sitting members at the next election.

He said MPs should not have "their snout in the trough of the public purse to take money to spend as they want in whatever capacity".

"This is a very bad situation," he said.

"As a life member of the LNP, I take exception to these thing because they undermine the very fabric of political parties in this state.

"They undermine the checks and balances the Fitzgerald Inquiry brought about.

"We've got dishonest people occupying the executive positions in this state and something needs to be done to remove them.

"I know the majority of the backbenchers of the LNP are honest people, many of them are religious people who have a sense of morality in doing the right thing.

"I am sure they will take the appropriate steps over the next two weeks to resolve this issue for the benefit of all Queenslanders."

But Mr Palmer said he would continue to donate "as much as it takes" to ensure the LNP's survival.

He said the party should not be blamed for the "sins" of Premier Campbell Newman, Mr Seeney and Mr Nicholls

"I'm concerned about its financial viability to ensure illicit funds shouldn't be flowing about in exchange for approvals or anything else," he said.

"There's a number of disturbing acts and bills prepared by the government that threaten the liberty and good governance of all Queenslanders.

"We shouldn't blame the organisation for the sins of these three individuals who have acted dishonestly and against the interests of all Queenslanders.

"I will continue to support, both financially and morally, the LNP as the organisation struggles to free itself from the activities of these three individuals."

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said Health Minister Lawrence Springborg could be the only person capable of keeping the under-siege LNP together.

"It's always interesting when Clive does a press conference. But once again the LNP just is ripping themselves apart…" she said.

Mr Palmer said he was confident the LNP would not expel him next week because he had "faith".

Topics:  campbell newman clive palmer jeff seeney lnp tim nicholls

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