Federal MP and leader of the Palmer United Party (PUP) Clive Palmer speaks during a press conference in Brisbane, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Mr Palmer was commenting about the Senate inquiry into the Queensland Government, initiated by PUP Senator Glenn Lazarus.
Federal MP and leader of the Palmer United Party (PUP) Clive Palmer speaks during a press conference in Brisbane, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Mr Palmer was commenting about the Senate inquiry into the Queensland Government, initiated by PUP Senator Glenn Lazarus. AAP Image - Dan Peled

Palmer: regions worse off under state LNP

THE LNP Government's impact on regional cities will be a focus of the Palmer United Party-driven Senate inquiry.

In a press conference today, Fairfax MP Clive Palmer denied his feud with the LNP Government had personally motivated him to seek an inquiry.

The MP dubbed the Senate inquiry the "Lazarus inquiry", after Glenn Lazarus - the Palmer United Party senator who will chair it.

Mr Palmer said Queensland towns like Toowoomba and Rockhampton were worse off due to the LNP Government's actions.

"If you visit the regions you see whole government services have broken down and our regions are going backwards," he said.

"Places like Townsville, Rockhampton, Toowoomba; they're all suffering because of this Newman government."

Mr Palmer said the inquiry would visit regional cities including Ipswich, Kingaroy and along the coast.

The Queensland Government has slammed the Senate inquiry, stating Mr Palmer's feud with the LNP had motivated it.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney this week said Mr Palmer was "hellbent on revenge" after the government did not grant him a "sweetheart deal".

It's a claim Mr Palmer denied, stating the inquiry had been demanded by Queenslanders.

"It's been hailed as my inquiry," he said.

"I point out I'm not even a member of the Senate, yet what we saw in the Senate was the majority of senators, of the Australian Senate, decided to vote for this inquiry.

"Certainly it's not about me, it's not about things we've been doing, it's about issues.

"It's not about people, it's not about Campbell Newman, it's not about Jeff Seeney, it's about the citizens of this state.

"They may find Campbell Newman has been an upstanding, strong premier who's done the best for the state and it should help him get re-elected in that case."

- APN NEWSDESK



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