Palmer: We have enough members don't worry
CLIVE Palmer announced his candidate for the seat of Maroochydore as the countdown to the Electoral Commission's 5pm deadline for him to show a minimum 500 members draws closer.
In a press conference at his Coolum resort, Mr Palmer introduced James McDonald as the candidate for the seat occupied by Fiona Simpson.
He also used the opportunity to take a swipe at the Electoral Commission of Queensland, claiming the independent Commission was doing the work of the Premier and its request threatened Freedom of Association.
The Commission made the request after the resignation of Carl Judge, the Member for Yeerongpilly.
He said the "Liberal Commission in Queensland" wanted him to "write to each and every member to confirm they were a member of the political party.
"This is absolute intimidation on the rights of Freedom of Association in this country and is to be condemned".
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"That's the measure of the Newman Government, that's what they are all about," he said.
Mr Palmer also bad-mouthed the long-standing Member for Maroochydore, Fiona Simpson, whom he incorrectly identified as the Member for Kawana.
"The current Member for Kawana spends more time going to fetes and nodding on doors than she does standing up for the rights of people in this electorate," Mr Palmer said.
"You've got to remember by accepting the position of Speaker Fiona Simpson abrogated rights of a member of parliament to represent this area.
"She hasn't asked one question, she hasn't pursued one view, she has just sat there to agree with Newman time and time again while he takes away the rights of all Queenslanders."
Mr Palmer gave an assurance he would be able to prove he had the necessary 500 members by the 5pm deadline.
He introduced Mr McDonald as someone with "extensive international business experience" who moved to Coolum two years ago.
Mr McDonald also suggested Ms Simpson was "more interested in the perks of being the Speaker than she is being the member for Maroochydore".