The Senate Inquiry into the Queensland Government was to uncover the truth on matters of public policy and the federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, said today.
“The inquiry is not about individuals, it is issues-based and was set up by a majority of Australian senators from the Labor Party, The Greens and Palmer United Party,’’ Mr Palmer said.
“Let’s be clear, the inquiry received majority support in the Senate this week, which is why it went ahead. Senators responded to the wishes of their constituents who are rightly concerned about honesty and consistency in the Queensland government.
“The terms of reference do not involve personal issues, yet the personal attacks on me keep coming. They are unwarranted,’’ Mr Palmer said.
Mr Palmer said today’s Courier Mail story about himself and Senator Glenn Lazarus being heroes of outlaw bikies because of the inquiry was a cheap shot.
“This was another fictitious story and a cheap shot by News Limited to try and degrade me,’’ Mr Palmer.
“We have learnt nothing worthwhile from News Limited’s spiteful coverage of the inquiry in recent days other than it looks like they might have just discovered Photoshop,’’ he said.
Mr Palmer also responded to criticism that the Senate Inquiry into the Queensland Government was unprecedented, citing the Liberal Government-led 1993 Heiner Affair inquiry and 2007 Traveston Dam inquiry as previous examples.