Newman accuses Palmer of pressuring him over Coast casino
PREMIER Campbell Newman has accused Clive Palmer of seeking preferential treatment from the LNP on business projects, including his $2.5 billion Sunshine Coast resort plan.
Mr Newman said the former LNP life member and donor made a number of false statements about the party and the Queensland Government, the ABC reports.
He said that the mining magnate sought preferential treatment during a meeting on July 1, 2012 in Melbourne's Sofitel Hotel at the time of the Liberal Party conference.
The Premier says Mr Palmer showed him plans for a high-rise resort development, that incorporated state land and a monorail to the Sunshine Coast Airport, and also requested a casino licence.
"We're talking buildings at least 20-39 storeys high, on the waterfront there at Coolum, right on the dunes, and a monorail going to the airport," Mr Newman said.
Mr Palmer allegedly also told Mr Newman that he wanted the airport upgraded.
"He was proposing to build stuff on public land owned by the people of Queensland and I felt, as a significant member of the party, that I was under quite a lot of pressure to somehow say yes, even at this meeting," Mr Newman said.
"Subsequently he has claimed that he never wanted a casino licence - now it's completely false.
"Clive Palmer says things all the time that frankly I can't agree with and I don't believe are true."
Mr Palmer has repeatedly changed his story on the casino issue - and his plans for a major resort.
At one point, he rubbished a front page story by the Sunshine Coast Daily on the plan, before announcing the same plan a couple of weeks later.
Mr Newman also rejects the claim that Mr Palmer held a fundraiser for him at the mining magnate's home on the Gold Coast.
Mr Palmer claimed that Mr Newman may not be telling the truth.
"He could be [lying]. He wasn't present at that dinner but he was present at a separate dinner," he told reporters today.
"When you've got a bipolar disorder you tend to confuse things."