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Don't smear Newman: Seeney

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney

DEPUTY Premier Jeff Seeney has delivered a "blunt" message to the Queensland's LNP executive that smearing the premier would not be tolerated.

He was responding to reports overnight alleging Premier Campbell Newman and Treasurer Tim Nicholls were laying the groundwork for an in-house fundraising scheme to garner electoral campaign donations.

Mr Seeney, who was about to enter LNP headquarters in Spring Hill, said he would be discussing the issue of public funding for political parties with the party's State Executive because political parties were not exempt from government cuts.

But he denied there had been any talk of a non-party fighting fund for re-election.

"On a broader issue I've got a very blunt message to deliver to party officials today," he said.

"It is completely inappropriate for party officials to be smearing the premier in the media as has happened overnight.

"If they have an issue with any decision this government is making then it is an issue that needs to be discussed behind closed doors.

"It has been a very distressing time for all ministers as they have been forced to look at making some terrible decisions in relation to a whole range of people who work for the government, who depend on the government for funding.

"Political party officials have to understand they are not exempt from the same financial constraints that apply to everybody who depends on the Queensland government for funding."

Mr Seeney said the decision to strip the party of millions of dollars in funding, which sparked headlines about Mr Newman facing an internal revolt, had been discussed in the Cabinet Budget Review Committee and further negotiations would also be conducted behind closed doors.

"Smearing the premier anonymously in the media as party officials have chosen to do overnight is not acceptable."

Topics:  campbell newman jeff seeney lnp


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