Goodbye Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, goodbye.
That was mining magnate Clive Palmer’s message after being declared the winner of the Sunshine Coast seat of Fairfax on Thursday with a final margin of 53 votes.
The Palmer United Party founder told ABC’s 730 just hours after the declaration that he “had a certain amount of evidence” that he would table to federal parliament that would be of interest to Mr Newman and his Liberal National Party (LNP) ministers.
Mr Palmer has previously told the ABC that he believed there was corruption within the Newman government.
“I don’t have conclusive evidence, but it is in the public interest and we’ll put it out there in the political debate,” Mr Palmer said on Thursday.
“Wait for a while, I can’t give you all the news tonight. You’ll love it. Campbell will love it too.
“Goodbye Campbell Newman, that’s what I’m saying. Goodbye.”
Mr Palmer said the Queensland premier’s current stoush with the state’s judiciary system over the war on bikies was just a distraction to take the heat off what he was really up to – hurting the state.
“He’s sacking public servants at the moment at an ever increasing rate and destroying the Queensland economy,” he said.
“My election to parliament must sound an ominous warning to Campbell Newman and his cohorts that mercilessly, cowardly attack our judiciary.
“The only separation of powers we want is Campbell Newman out of parliament.”
Mr Palmer, who has made financial donations to the LNP in the past, had a falling out with the party and last year threw in his life membership.