Simpson V Palmer: 'I'm tired of the dinosaur ways'
QUEENSLAND speaker Fiona Simpson has lashed out at Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer in response to his claim that she was "fully subservient" to Campbell Newman.
Ms Simpson told NewsCorp voters were tired of sexism and the 'dinosaur ways' of those who dished it.
In a media statement yesterday, Mr Palmer said if an election were held today Ms Simpson would poll less than 35 per cent of the vote.
"Fiona Simpson is fully subservient to Campbell Newman and his leadership group of Tim Nicholls and Jeff Seeney, and will pay the price for blind loyalty instead of good judgment,'' Mr Palmer said.
"She should show better judgment and speak up now before the ship sinks. Our polling shows she only has 35 per cent support, while at the 2012 state election she received 58 per cent of the vote.
"One wonders how she can support co-payments for doctors and limitations on other pensioners' rights with so many pensioners in her electorate.
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"Instead of being a cheerleader for the LNP and its leadership group, she should stand up for her constituents' rights, not the rights of the leadership group who want to privatise hospitals and schools."
Ms Simpson responded to NewsCorp this morning suggesting the comments were sexist.
"People support you regardless of whether you're a woman or a man," she said.
"But there are some people out there who still go back to their dinosaur ways and who are sexist and I think we've got to call it for what it is."
Ms Simpson said Queenslanders were not interested in "sexism".
"People are really tired of personal politics and name-calling and sexism and I'm not interested in it," she said.
Mr Palmer said the Queensland public were continually being let down by an untrustworthy government lead by Campbell Newman.
"We need a government that its people can trust and that puts the rights of its people first, not a government that reneges on its promises and fails to uphold its policies," he said.
"The Palmer United Party can give the people of Queensland the future they deserve. It's not the Liberal way or the Labor way, it's the right way."