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Downs LNP candidates won't sue Alan Jones

DARLING Downs Liberal National Party candidates say they will not take legal action against Sydney radio host Alan Jones for labelling them prostitutes on-air.

The controversial shock jock launched a tirade against the LNP during his daily hour-long breakfast segment on Fairfax radio, criticising the government for the way it handled the Acland coal mine expansion approval process.

His comments between January 19 and 21 led to Premier Campbell Newman and Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney launching a defamation case against him.

Other media outlets have previously reported Nanango MP Deb Frecklington, Toowoomba North MP Trevor Watts, Toowoomba South MP John McVeigh and Southern Downs MP Lawrence Springborg were also parties in the case.

But court documents filed in the Brisbane Supreme Court on January 22 reveal none of those MPs are parties to the proceedings against the shock jock.

However, it is understood Mr Springborg is considering legal action against Mr Jones over other unrelated comments he made during the same period.

The court documents, which APN Newsdesk has viewed, reveal the details surrounding Mr Newman and Mr Seeney's defamation claim against the outspoken radio host.

The two claim Mr Jones defamed them on eight occasions across three breakfast shows and they are seeking compensation damages, aggravated damages, interest and costs.

The case is based on comments the radio host made claiming the two had lied, had been dishonest in their dealings, had prostituted themselves and had received bribes surrounding the Acland coal mine expansion.

Mr Jones and Fairfax have yet to file documents stating whether or not they intend to defend the legal proceedings.

- APN NEWSDESK



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