Palmer tried to bully us: Newman
PREMIER Campbell Newman has accused Clive Palmer of trying to bully his government into supporting controversial $2.5 billion Sunshine Coast development plans.
''Mr Palmer talks about influence,'' Mr Newman told ABC radio on Monday.
"Well Mr Palmer has sought to use his contacts in the LNP to lobby myself, the deputy premier, members of the cabinet, over some of his proposals which frankly are inappropriate,'' an angry Mr Newman said.
He referred to Mr Palmer's plans for a tourism development on the Sunshine Coast.
''The government will not be bullied into building something that is frankly over-the-top on the Sunshine Coast.''
Mr Newman said Mr Palmer was not going to get any special treatment, and if he didn't like it he should consider abandoning his membership of the party
The comments came after Mr Palmer said the government's program of public sector job cuts wouldn't put a dent in the state's debt, and the premier needed to focus on growth.
''We've got a whole government policy which relies on cutting and putting people out of work,'' Mr Palmer told 612 ABC Brisbane.
If we get rid of 20,000 (public servants) that will save $1.8 billion which isn't even enough to pay the interest on a $100 billion debt," Mr Palmer said.
"What the State needs is a growth policy as well as a cutting policy.''
Mr Palmer had laid out plans for beachfront accommodation with 1000 rooms and a 5000 capacity convention centre over the top of frontal dunes and a 30,000-year-old east-west sand dune opposite the existing Palmers Coolum Resort.
The plans have been widely condemned in the local community and by environmentalists, though many have supported the need for a big project to kickstart the ailing Coast economy.
Mr Palmer has promised to fund a $400 million expansion of Sunshine Coast Airport as part of the deal.
But Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson told the Daily earlier that while she was keen to see appropriate investment, such an agenda was a "no go" if it adversely affected sand dunes or vegetation.
"It's not appropriate in its current form in this location," Ms Simpson said.
"Mr Palmer needs to listen to the community and he will understand we all share custodianship (for the environment)."
She said that stance was not about doing nothing on the Sunshine Coast, but about ensuring new projects delivered jobs sustainably.