GKI casino bid: Listen as Nicholls lets fly in parliament

FORMER Treasurer Tim Nicholls has launched a scathing attack on the government's handling of a planned development on Great Keppel Island in parliament this morning.

The LNP Member for Clayfield accused Deputy Premier Jackie Trad of exercising her numbers with her "leftie-greenie" mates in not backing Tower Holding's bid for a casino licence, which the company says would enable it to proceed with the significant development.

Mr Nicholls said the government was destroying job prospects for the Capricorn region.

He said the "poor old Member for Keppel" Brittany Lauga was being kept in the dark.

"We have got the Member for Keppel who is not getting on with the Member for Rockhampton," Mr Nicholls said.

"Do they want a resort there, don't they want a resort…are they talking to each other?

"We know the poor old Member for Keppel is in trouble because last Wednesday…the Member for South Brisbane flew to Keppel and met with the  Mayor for Livingstone Shire Council, Bill Ludwig, and the Deputy Mayor, Graham Scott, who is a pretty good fisherman, but did she meet with the Member for Keppel during her visit?

"Did she take a call from the member for Keppel who said 'I'd like to talk about the most significant job creation project in the region, can we have a discussion', not a word.

"She left the poor old Member for Keppel …in the dark."

Responses from the government are being sought.


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