Slurs fly in right-wing meltdown
WHAT started out as a question about Bob Katter's past as a mining minister has ended in accusations of revenge - but Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg is having none of it.
Mr Springborg asked Mr Katter about his three-month stint as Minister for Mines in 1989, when he said Mr Katter introduced legislation which denied farmers the right to veto mining companies from entering their properties.
That led to Katter's Australian Party state leader Aidan McLindon describing Mr Springborg as an "irrelevant backbencher" and asking why he was doing Campbell Newman's job.
"Springborg was sideswiped 12 months ago by Campbell Newman, and now is clearly plotting his revenge," he said.
When questioned about whether or not he could possibly take on the top job if the LNP came to power in the upcoming state election and Campbell Newman failed to get the numbers over sitting member Kate Jones, Mr Springborg remained tight-lipped.
"That's just too ludicrous," he said.
"I don't get into wild speculation.
"I am absolutely committed to seeing Campbell Newman elected."
Mr Springborg said Katter's Australian Party needed to take a "double dose of truth serum" and stop with conspiracy theories.
"The next thing they'll have a Martian coming out of the sky to kidnap our children," he said.
"They have more bends in them then a mountainous road. He just needs to answer the question, why did he deny farmers to have the veto power over mining companies entering there land? He still didn't answer the question (yesterday)."