The Queensland Greens today criticised mining billionaire Clive Palmers latest comments as proof of his contempt for democracy.
Clive Palmer admitted to journalists today that his bizarre comments last week about the Greens and about the president of the Lock the Gate Alliance were designed to take attention away from negative aspects of the LNP’s Queensland state election campaign.
“In the lead up to the election media personality Allan Jones referred to the mining industry as the effective upper house of the Queensland Parliament,” Queensland Greens state spokesperson Libby Connors pointed out this afternoon.
“Clive Palmer’s enormous funding of the LNP and his boast about his overt interference in their election campaign indicate that we now have a system bordering on oligarchy in Queensland.
“Not a single leader of the LNP, or the Liberals or Nationals at the national level, had the courage to criticise Clive Palmer’s appalling comments last week.
“They did not have the courage to stand up and deny the man’s patently false and defamatory statements.
The Queensland Greens’ state wide support fell slightly during the election campaign. They had been consistently polling 9% but in the last week of the campaign after Clive Palmer attacked them fell to 7.4%.
The Greens say that they are still reviewing their campaign and that it is difficult to know whether Mr Palmer’s comments contributed to the surprising drop in their vote.
“The important point to note is that Campbell Newman made several promises about restricting coal and gas projects across the state including not allowing mining in areas of high conservation value.
“We are calling on him to fulfil that promise by announcing the protection of the Bimblebox Nature refuge and the redrawing of the boundaries of Clive Palmer’s China First coal mine as soon as possible.
“Failure to do so is proof that Clive Palmer’s influence matters more to the new premier than his promises to the people of Queensland.”
Contact: Libby Connors 0429 487 110
Queensland Greens, PO Box 661, Albion BC, 4010