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MP queries 'deals' between LNP and casino developer

THE LNP has been accused of telling Tower Holdings its casino approval for a resort on Great Keppel Island would be next in line if one of the other proposed casinos fell over.

State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham also queried what deals had been done between the former Newman government and Tower.

He accused the LNP of being under pressure from the resort's owners.

In parliament on Thursday, Dr Lynham questioned if that pressure was because the owner thought the LNP "were going to form government again and he thought that a tidy deal would have been done".

"I do know that Tower Holdings had a dinner with the previous Premier," Dr Lynham said.

"I ask how much money changed hands at that dinner, if money changed hands at that dinner.

"I am also informed that allegations have been made that Tower was told that it would be next on the list if one of the other casinos fell over."

Dr Lynham turned the tables while under fire about Labor state secretary Evan Moorhead's involvement in Tower's application process.

Dr Lynham has repeatedly denied he knew of a conversation between Mr Moorhead and Tower.

Dr Lynham said his chief of staff had been told by Mr Moorhead of a conversation with Tower, and the chief of staff had apparently passed that on to Dr Lynham.

But Dr Lynham said he could not recall that conversation with his chief of staff.

"I believed that Tower Holdings had contacted the state secretary of the party, obviously to lobby through any mechanism it possibly could, in relation to the debate that was going on at that stage regarding the casino licence," he said.


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