Thursday, 8 May 2014

The clamour against Clive should worry Tony Abbott

The verbal onslaught against Clive Palmer by members of the Liberal National Party government in Queensland just keeps getting stronger. Today the state's Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney used this report in The Australian to declare Mr Palmer "a crook":
CLIVE Palmer’s private company Mineralogy has been accused of wrongfully siphoning more than $12 million from his Chinese business partners, with some of the funds allegedly used to cover political expenses for the costly federal election campaign by his Palmer United Party.
CLIVE Palmer’s private company Mineralogy has been accused of wrongfully siphoning more than $12 million from his Chinese business partners, with some of the funds allegedly used to cover political expenses for the costly federal election campaign by his Palmer United Party.
Under parliamentary privilege Mr Seeney described the Palmer United Party as "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."
Strong words indeed and surely an indication of just how concerned the LNP is about its new competitor,
I wonder, though, about the political wisdom. The judgment voters eventually make of PUP will have more to do with what actually happens at law rather than statements made in the parliamentary coward's castle.
And this is not just a state issue. Mr Palmer would not be human if he didn't see the state LNP and the federal Liberal-National coalition as being two sides of the same thing. After every attack like today's, Tony Abbott will be finding PUP a more and more difficult party to rely on.
From earlier this week: If Clive is defamed presumably the Queensland taxpayer will do the paying. Other PUP stories are in the Owl's archives HERE.
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