Clive Palmer has launched another attack
on Campbell Newman. Photo: Clive
palmer mingles at the Fairfax festival weekend at Palmer
coolum resort.28th of June 2014. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
Clive Palmer has labelled Campbell Newman a
“Nazi”, a “criminal”, less popular than Hitler, and a
“demagogue” in yet another public attack against the Queensland
Mr Newman, fresh from holidays, attempted to
laugh it off.
“I think his comments, well, people will make
what they will of them,” he said.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.
Photo: Ken Irwin
Mr Palmer launched straight into his attack as
he entered Parliament House in Canberra with his senators on
Monday morning, after an interview with the ABC where he called
Mr Newman a “Nazi”.
He showed no remorse.
“He is a Nazi, of course he is a Nazi, he
wants the Gestapo,” Mr Palmer said.
“Look at his popularity, he is just below
Hitler when he got elected.”
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, who himself is no
stranger to verbal combat with Mr Palmer, also tried to shrug
off the comments.
“We’ve come to expect that of Clive Palmer,”
“Litigation is Clive Palmer’s hobby, it is not
ours. Getting Queensland back on track is what we’re about.”
Mr Palmer and the Queensland government have
waged a very public war against each other since the mining
magnate quit the Liberal National Party in spectacular fashion
in November 2012.
The government said it was forced to stand its
ground when Mr Palmer asked for favoured treatment.
In response, Mr Palmer accused the government
of being corrupt and started his own political party, which has
since become a growing force, with Mr Palmer winning the federal
seat of Fairfax from the LNP and three Senate spots.
Palmer United also holds two seats in the
Queensland parliament after former LNP MPs Carl Judge and Alex
Douglas defected to the party.
But the growing popularity of Mr Palmer and
his party has only inflamed tensions between senior government
members and the man who wants to bring back the Titanic.
After a policy of 'no comment' in response to
Palmer questions, Mr Newman broke the floodgates accusing Mr
Palmer of attempting to buy his government.
He reiterated the comments several times after
and Mr Palmer launched legal action. He added Deputy Premier
Jeff Seeney to his litigation list last month, accusing both
senior ministers of defaming him.
Mr Seeney turned over documents relating to
his office's dealings with Mr Palmer to the Crime and Corruption
Commission, asking it to review the files, but did not make an
With the Palmer Party continuing to grow in
popularity in Queensland and polls showing it is picking up
voters disenfranchised with the LNP government, the animosity
between the Mr Palmer and the government shows no signs of
While Mr Newman has demurred from commenting
as strongly on Mr Palmer has he has in the past, Mr Palmer shows
no signs of slowing down.
“I am the only political leader in Queensland
standing up to the Queensland Premier as he puts people in jail,
as he abuses their rights, as he backdates legislation to get
his mates off and he takes corrupt payments from people,” Mr
“He hasn’t sued me, I am suing him, he is
going before the Supreme Court, so is Mr Seeney, they don’t like
it, they want to abuse their power further and create Queensland
as a police state.”