Schwarten slams LNP as hypocrites

THE political war of words between Robert Schwarten and Campbell Newman sparked up again yesterday with the future of Central Queensland's coal ports in the spotlight.

The Rockhampton MP slammed Mr Newman, accusing him of wanting to privatise the state's remaining coal terminals, which would include Gladstone and Port Alma.

He also said the former Brisbane Lord Mayor wanted to outsource jobs, especially in the electricity industry, with all Ergon jobs on the line.

Mr Schwarten based his attack on an article that ran in The Weekend Australian on March 26.

It reported Mr Newman saying there would be room for more sell-offs including the remaining coal terminals in Queensland.

After being attacked by LNP members for Labor's privatisation of some coal ports and Queensland Rail's coal network, Mr Schwarten called the Opposition a “pack of hypocrites”.

“I stood in parliament and copped abuse about privatisation. I want those hypocrites to stand up against Campbell,” Mr Schwarten said.

“The ETU (Electrical Trades Union) ran a campaign against me for two years. They ought to put a billboard up today calling on everyone to shun Campbell Newman,” he said.

Mr Newman said it was time for Mr Schwarten to stop the nastiness and mudslinging and explain “to the people of Rockhampton why in the past 20 years he has done nothing to floodproof the city”.

The LNP Member for Flynn, Ken O'Dowd, said he wanted to see the ports stay public while Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham said Mr Newman “had rocks in his head”.



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