Newman calls on old enemy to fight Labor
CLIVE Palmer has had "time to reflect" on how he helped elect the Palaszczuk Government and should turn his firepower on Labor, according to former premier Campbell Newman.
Mr Newman has urged his former nemesis to campaign against Labor and help save Scott Morrison's Government.
Mr Newman, whose reign Mr Palmer helped kill off, said the billionaire could have "quite an impact" if he started campaigning against Labor.
His comments come as the federal Coalition has reached a preference deal with the eccentric billionaire, in a move that could guarantee him a spot in the Senate and bolster the LNP's chances of retaining marginal seats in Queensland.
But the former premier also urged the Coalition to target minor parties with a message they would "cause chaos" .
"He (Mr Palmer) has had a lot of time to reflect on his actions in 2014 (and) 2015, which was part of a campaign that ultimately saw a Labor Government elected in Queensland," Mr Newman said.
"Whatever he thinks about the LNP, I'm sure he didn't like that outcome."
Mr Palmer was once the LNP's largest donor but fell out with the former premier, campaigned against him and launched legal action which later settled.
The businessman, who has spent more than $30 million on advertising for his political party, vowed last week to repay outstanding entitlements to former employees from his failed nickel refinery.
He has not clarified whether he will reimburse taxpayers for $66.86 million already paid to sacked workers.
Mr Palmer yesterday talked up his party's chances.
"There are 28% of Australians who have not yet decided who they're doing to vote for but when you're in the undecided column,it really means you've made a decision - that you're not going to vote Labor, you're not going to vote Liberal and you're not going to vote Greens, you're going to vote for someone else," he said.
He said he disagreed with some of Labor's policies.
"We'll be making our decisions on what policies we think are best for the country and what policies we have difficulties with, certainly some of Labor's policies are very difficult to accept for example negative gearing," he said.