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Palmer wants Seeney apology over corruption claim

CLIVE Palmer has called on Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney to apologise to Queenslanders for making what he said were false allegations to the state's corruption watchdog.

Mr Palmer said the Crime and Corruption Commission decision not to take any action over Mr Seeney's allegations the mining magnate corruptly tried to influence the state government had made a fool of the Deputy Premier.

Mr Seeney alleged on the ABC's state edition of the 7.30 Report in June that in 2012 Mr Palmer had sought control of the Galilee Basin for his company Waratah Coal.

When challenged by presenter Matt Wordsworth about why he had not made a complaint to the Crime and Misconduct Commission, Mr Seeney said he would do that on the following Monday.

Instead of a formal complaint, the Deputy Premier handed the corruption watchdog a range of documents and asked it to investigate.

In a statement the CCC said it had been provided with information from Mr Seeney alleging that Mr Palmer and his private company had tried to corruptly influence Mr Seeney while seeking approval of a development proposal in the Galilee Basin, including a rail corridor and port facilities at Abbot Point.

"Mr Palmer denied there was any truth to these allegations,'' the statement said.

"When the CCC receives a referral, it first assesses the matter to determine whether it is in the CCC's jurisdiction and, if so, whether a CCC investigation is warranted.

"The CCC has assessed the information provided by Mr Seeney and other material and determined that the allegations are within the CCC's jurisdiction, however, the CCC will not investigate this matter.

"The CCC determined the prospects of proving any allegations of corrupt conduct to the requisite criminal standard were limited due to conflicting versions of events, the lack of corroborating evidence and the time that has passed.

"The CCC concluded that any investigation was unlikely to be conclusive or to produce any evidence to the criminal standard. The CCC therefore determined not to investigate this matter."

Mr Palmer said Mr Seeney had been caught out making false allegations.


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