Clive Palmer offers to bankroll Jones in Newman law suit
CLIVE Palmer says he will help pay Alan Jones' legal fees, after Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and his deputy Jeff Seeney announced they would sue the broadcaster for defamation.
Mr Newman and Mr Seeney are suing Jones and Brisbane Radio station 4BC for aggravated damages over comments Jones made in broadcasts this week during the state election campaign.
In a statement of claim filed on Thursday in the Supreme Court in Brisbane and obtained by the ABC, Mr Newman and Mr Seeney claim each of them has been "greatly injured in his credit and reputation" by Jones's broadcasts.
The pair are suing over three broadcasts, made on the mornings of January 19, 20, and 21, in which Jones said Mr Newman had lied to him about plans for the expansion of the New Hope coal mine at Acland on the Darling Downs in southern Queensland.
Mr Newman and Mr Seeney, who gave their addresses as Liberal National Party (LNP) headquarters in Brisbane, argue in the statement of claim that they were defamed by Jones when he claimed the LNP received a "bribe" of $700,000 from the owners of the mine in the form of donations to the party, and this induced Mr Newman and Mr Seeney to approve the expansion plan.
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SYDNEY shock jock Alan Jones is being sued for defamation by both Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and his deputy Jeff Seeney.
Mr Jones has been hitting the airwaves on 4BC radio, hammering the government over the Acland coal mine.
Fairfax reported that Mr Jones' accused Mr Newman of backflipping on a promise not to expand the coal mine after the federal Liberal party received $700,000 in donations from its parent company and listed several of government's broken promises.
"If you're prepared to say all of those things and none of them happen then Acland becomes a metaphor for the election campaign, where to I suppose keep people quiet, who might otherwise be critical, we promise them (what they want)," he said.
If Queenslander's believe what @theqldpremier says the deserve what is coming to them says Alan Jones— News Talk 4BC 1116 (@NewsTalk4BC) January 22, 2015
He also played a clip of Mr Newman speaking on ABC's The World Today in March 2012, saying they didn't support stage three of the mine.
"We've actually ruled out a number of projects, for example, we have in the election campaign said that we don't support Stage Three of the Acland open cut coal mine," Mr Newman said.
Alan Jones says @theqldpremier has filed a claim of defamation against him— News Talk 4BC 1116 (@NewsTalk4BC) January 22, 2015
Mr Jones told 4BC radio he had been served with legal papers.
"I have been waiting to hear from Campbell Newman for a long time - goodness knows how many times I've communicated with him on a range of issues and those communications have been unanswered," he said.
"So imagine my surprise yesterday when I did receive correspondence running to 35 pages from him and his sidekick, Jeff Seeney.
"The correspondence though doesn't address any of the concerns that I have been raising, it takes the form of a claim and statement of claim for defamation filed in the Queensland Supreme Court yesterday relating to comments I made about Mr Newman in relation to the Acland stage three coal mine."
In January, Jones took on the LNP for its embracing of coal seam gas, particularly around where he grew up -- the Darling Downs.
"I've forgotten more about the Darling Downs than Mr Newman and his so-called mates have ever learned," he said.
He turned to the expansion of New Hope Coal's Acland mine, outside of Ipswich.
The Premier visited Jones's home before the 2012 election, according to the Jones, and said there would be no "third stage" for the mine.
It was later approved, apparently after Jones went off air.
"Campbell Newman lied to me. I have no reason to believe anything he says.
"What was the price New Hope Coal had to pay to get Acland stage three approved?"
Mr Newman has denied Mr Jones' claims.