Lots of Queenslanders voted for Campbell Newman at the last election because he promised to fix things up in Queensland.
But it seems already that he's more focussed on fixing things up for his mates than he is for the rest of us.
Campbell Newman says Queensland is broke, and that tens of thousands of jobs and vital community services have to be cut. But this week he announced he would spend $300,000 of our money joining a High Court challenge against the Mining tax – so his mates like Clive Palmer don’t have to pay the tax.
At the same time he is stripping funding from vital community services, it turns out he's agreeing to shell out $300,000 to help his mate Clive Palmer avoid paying the Mineral Resources Rent Tax. Clive thinks it's unfair that he should have to pay his share of tax on the super profits he makes off the resources we all own.
We are considering going to the High Court with a message: “Campbell Newman isn’t speaking for Queensland – he’s speaking for Clive.” If 1000 Queenslanders feel the same way we will go to Canberra representing the real people of Queensland – not just Campbell Newman’s wealthy mates. Together we can let the High Court know that Campbell Newman doesn’t represent Queenslanders when he opposes the mining tax, that he is actually representing the interests of a small group of people influential in the LNP.
At a time when Campbell Newman says we can’t afford to fund an Environmental Defenders Office, when pensioners are being told they have to share house, and when 20,000 people are losing their jobs – how can we waste $300,000 just to save the LNP’s big business backersfrom paying more tax?