Newman sues Jones for defamation over New Hope Coal allegations

One week out from the Queensland state election premier Campbell Newman has filed a defamation suit against broadcaster and shock jock Alan Jones.

Jones has repeatedly attacked Newman over his changing position towards coal mining in Queensland, and allegations of corruption involving New Hope Coal.

As Lord Mayor of Brisbane in 2011 Newman expressed his opposition to coal mining, SMH reported.

“We are just saying this – it would be a great idea if rather than digging up huge piles of black stuff out of the ground a few hundred kilometres north of here to keep those lights on, perhaps it would be better in the long term for our children, our grandchildren and the generations to come that we set things up a bit differently,” Newman said at an Australia Day Awards ceremony.

Jones has demanded details of financial contributions made to the Liberal National Party made by New Hope Coal.

In five years New Hope Coal has declared only $3400 worth of direct donations to the party, however News Corp has reported the company donated more than $700,000 to the federal LNP over the same period.

Jones said the timing for the election was “perfect in relation to donations”.

“Donations for the year to July 2014 have to be declared by February 1 – the day after the election,” he said.

“So come election time next Saturday, the public won't know what money New Hope or any others have donated to the Liberal National Party since July 2013 – 18 months ago.”

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