LNP asks Palmer to leave party

Clive Palmer
Clive Palmer

THE LNP has called on life member Clive Palmer to leave the party in light of "his public conflict" with the Newman Government.

In a statement released on Friday, acting state party president Gary Spence said while Mr Palmer had been a respected life member of the party, it was clear he had a number of "significant policy differences" with the state government, on matters associated with his Queensland business interest..

"The party can't continue to allow such a public conflict involving one of its members to continue," Mr Spence's statement said.

"There are strong personalities and strong views being expressed, however our party constitution is clear on issues such as these.

"Nobody on either side of this issue has the right to bring the interests of the organisational wing of the party into a public conflict."

Mr Spence said Mr Palmer now had to choose between his position leading the mining industry, or his LNP membership.

"Our party acknowledges the rights of individuals and organisations to put their case to government but the dilemma for Professor Palmer is that situations like the one in which he finds himself bring him into conflict with the Constitution of the party," he said.

"Professor Palmer is a strong and loyal LNP supporter and so it is with a degree of sadness that we find ourselves in this position.

"However, our duty to the LNP is clearly set out in the party's constitution which has to be applied without favour or affection."

The ultimatum comes after Mr Palmer this week publicly criticised the state government for public service cuts and a budget measure to increase royalty charges for mining companies.

The billionaire mining magnate had said job cuts the government announced this week were based on a misinformed report, and the government should be a "service provider, not a profit maker".

A spokesman for Mr Palmer said he would "consider his position" over the weekend.

Topics:  campbell newman clive palmer lnp politics queensland government

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