Clive Palmer lying on where he lives: Seeney
DEPUTY Premier Jeff Seeney has launched a blistering attack on Clive Palmer, accusing him of deceiving voters over where he lives and spends his time.
Mr Seeney launched the attack in Question Time in Parliament on Friday morning, saying Mr Palmer had claimed he had lived in Coolum for the past 10 years.
But he said official records showed Mr Palmer had been living at Fig Tree Pocket.
Mr Palmer has more recently divided his time between a home on the Gold Coast and at Coolum.
He told the Sunshine Coast Daily today that he had lived at Coolum for the past 10 years.
But he's known to regularly jet into the Gold Coast.
Mr Seeney referred to the Daily's story pointing out that Mr Palmer had attended only 29 out of his 44 sittings.
The Palmer United Party leader had claimed he missed Parliament in Canberra this week because he was meeting with State MP Alex Douglas to discuss how pensioners were feeling about concessions being cut by the Newman government.
However, Mr Seeney said the only questions that PUP MPs raised after the meeting were not about pensioners but Mr Palmer's business interests in Queensland.
The deputy Premier accused the PUP MPs of selling out to a man who did not tell the truth.
"Clive Palmer is claiming that he lived in Coolum for 10 years and he lived in Fig Tree Pocket.''
"You can't believe anything that Clive Palmer says
"He bought the Member for Gaven (Alex Douglas) and Member for Yeerongpilly (Carl Judge) and started his own party,'' Mr Seeney told Parliament.
Mr Palmer has already lodged defamation action against Premier Campbell Newman for similar comments.
But it did not stop Mr Seeney in Parliament, repeating how Mr Palmer had tried to buy the Newman Government to get project approvals.
"Clive Palmer cannot be trusted to tell the truth.''
"They sold themselves to a man who cannot be trusted."
A spokesman for Mr Palmer said the Member for Fairfax was not interested in responding to Mr Seeney's ongoing attacks.
"It's just not true,'' the spokesman said.
"All he is interested in doing is inflicting pain on Queenslanders,'' he said of the deputy premier.
Is Clive's 'doing it for the voters' reasoning a good excuse to skip a parliament sitting?
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Yes I'd rather Clive focused on his own electorate.
No we need proper representation in Parliament.
I don't believe Clive's excuse.
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Palmer defends skipping Parliament so often
"MY ELECTORATE needed me more."
That is how Sunshine Coast maverick MP Clive Palmer has explained away his decision to skip another sitting of Federal Parliament this week.
He was defending claims he did not care about his Fairfax electorate and spent too much time either outside his constituency or away from parliament during sitting periods.
The mining magnate also pointed out he was giving his entire salary to be shared between community groups in Fairfax.
When the Daily spoke to Mr Palmer yesterday - after he had been on a trip to the Gold Coast and Brisbane - it was the ninth time the Member for Fairfax had missed a sitting this year and the 15th session he had missed of the 44 since the September 2013 election.
Coast region MPs Wyatt Roy (Longman, LNP), Mal Brough (Fisher, LNP) (Pictured above) and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss (Wide Bay, LNP) have missed none.
Mr Palmer said he failed to attend parliament on Wednesday because he was being briefed at the Queensland Parliament building in Brisbane.
He said he met with state MP Alex Douglas to discuss how pensioners were feeling about the concession issue.
Mr Palmer said he wanted to find out what the general mood of pensioners in Queensland was before meeting with a few of them in his electorate later that night.
"I can only give a speech once every two weeks in (federal) parliament and can only ask a question once every two weeks," he said.
"I think the people of Fairfax, and talking to them about the Budget, is more important.
"It was more important for me to be talking to people like them than to sit in parliament and listen to Tony Abbott."
Mr Palmer said he met with three pensioners in Fairfax on Wednesday about 11pm.
Earlier that night he had appeared on the ABC's 7.30 program from the Gold Coast.
Mr Palmer has also been criticised for spending too much time on the Gold Coast and not enough time in his own electorate.
While he acknowledged he owned a house on the Gold Coast, he said his home was at Coolum, where he had lived for the past 10 years.
When asked how many parliament sittings he thought he had missed since being elected, Mr Palmer said he had no idea.
The MP said he "couldn't be bothered" to estimate because he felt "it wasn't relevant".
When asked if he found parliament sittings boring, Mr Palmer said no. "I find Mr Abbott boring," he said.
Mr Palmer is yet to receive any salary from the Commonwealth, instead allowing it to accumulate and forgoing all allowances to which he is entitled, before distributing it to community groups in his electorate.
In the five months since his election, he has earned about $81,300.
A spokesman for the MP said given the intense pressure Mr Palmer was under ahead of his party's four senators taking the balance of power, even if the MP was inclined to do so it was not worth the risk of making any expense claim.
"They would jail him for a paper clip," the spokesman said. Mr Palmer said yesterday that almost 180 community groups would benefit from the first of two or three distributions a year as his salary accumulated.