PUP says leader’s profile means red tape for constituents

A STOUSH has erupted between rival Sunshine Coast federal MPs over the provision of access to local constituents in need.

Mal Brough, the LNP Member for Fisher, says constituents from neighbouring Fairfax have complained their Federal member, Clive Palmer, requires the completion of mountains of paperwork before agreeing to see them and discuss their problems.

The criticism came after Mr Palmer was accused this week of breaching his responsibilities to his electors by skipping parliament sitting days.

"I have had numerous people seeking support, seeking assistance, from his electorate," Mr Brough said of Mr Palmer.

"We're getting consistently that you have to fill out lots of paperwork just so he can decide if he will see you."

A Palmer United Party spokesman suggested, how-ever, the paperwork was necessary to better manage the high number of meeting requests.

"Because of his high profile a lot more people contact his office," the spokesman said. "Mr Brough wouldn't understand that.

"Clive is a lot more high profile than Mr Brough so he gets a lot more people contacting his office.

"To avoid wasting anyone's time, they do fill out a form and these requests are prioritised."

The spokesman went on to suggest Mr Palmer was popular because the Liberal-National Government had delivered a "painful" budget.

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