NEW START: Former LNP MP Alex Douglas plans to start his own political party. - Photo Contributed
NEW START: Former LNP MP Alex Douglas plans to start his own political party. - Photo Contributed Contributed

Palmer's Queensland leader Alex Douglas calls it quits

THE Palmer United Party's Queensland leader has quit the role.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Alex Douglas, the member for the Gold Coast seat of Gaven, said he planned to leave the party and was resigning in protest of a "jobs for the boys" culture within the fledgling party.

It will be the second time he has quit a political party in this parliamentary term.

"I do not support 'jobs for the boys'," he said.

"When I resigned from the LNP in November, 2012, I publicly stated there was  a culture in the LNP, and there still is,  of looking after mates and relatives, and that I do not support these flawed ideas.

"The public are crying out for politicians to be open, accountable, honest and are looking for committed community champions to represent them.

"The people are asking politicians to listen and advance those things they wish for themselves and their families, and they seek fairness.

"I cannot support, nor will I endorse, actions taken that defeat principles that I strongly adhere to.

"I regret that I have had to take these actions, but I am reliably informed that a list of  pre-selected candidates for the Queensland State election, will be announced today on the Palmer United Party's website.

"I have had no involvement in the pre-selection of candidates.

"From my understanding,  this process does not reflect  principles  which I firmly support."

A short time ago, PUP leader Clive Palmer tweeted that the 'executive' of the party had appointed Carl Judge as the new Queensland leader.


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