Slipper not retiring, instead backs Clive Palmer
PETER Slipper has ruled out suggestions he is retiring, but has come forward to back Clive Palmer as a candidate for Fairfax.
In a text message sent to the Sunshine Coast Daily, Mr Slipper said, "contrary to what you have been told, I am continuing to service the people of Fisher as their member in the Federal Parliament."
He then went on to heap praise on controversial billionaire Clive Palmer and attack the former political party he has had allegiance to since being elected to parliament in 1993.
"Clive Palmer is a very successful businessman and I suspect his campaign would be well-funded and resourced," Mr Slipper said.
"I imagine his candidacy would be viewed by many Fairfax residents as being more attractive than that of the LNP.
"The LNP's five ministers and the Speaker at state level have failed to deliver the crucial infrastructure required by the Coat to meet the needs of its rapidly growing population, which will double in the next 10 to 15 years.
"The LNP takes the Coast for granted."