A QUEENSLAND government MP has used parliamentary privilege to accuse Liberal National Party leader Campbell Newman of being unduly influenced by donations from the waste industry.
During debate on the government's proposed waste levy, Everton MP Murray Watt said Mr Newman had changed his tune on the plan after the LNP received a combined $70,000 in donations from waste businesses.
The government is planning to impose a $35 per tonne levy on industrial and commercial waste in a move it says will help halve waste going to landfill in Queensland by 2020.
Mr Watt questioned why the LNP was now opposing the waste levy given Mr Newman's past support when he was Brisbane's lord mayor.
The claims come as the opposition accuses the government of becoming increasingly desperate and focusing on mudslinging and personal attacks against Mr Newman.
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