Dickson blasted for job cuts, asset sales claim
ONE Nation’s Steve Dickson has been labelled “completely untrustworthy” for claiming it was Tim Nicholls who convinced Campbell Newman to cut jobs and sell assets.
Mr Dickson, who was sports minister in the Newman government, said it was “unfair” the former premier was “condemned solely and wholly alone for those decisions” because it was then-treasurer and now LNP Leader Mr Nicholls who was in charge of financial decisions.
“I was in the Cabinet room, I was a minister, I sat directly opposite Campbell Newman and I remember his point very, very clearly,” he told the ABC.
“When asset sales were put on the table, he said, ‘you B’s will rue the day you did this’ and he was right.”
Mr Nicholls slammed his former colleague but stopped short of saying Mr Dickson’s claims weren’t true.
“I think people know that Steve Dickson is completely untrustworthy,” he said. “He is untrustworthy in relation to his loyalty, he is untrustworthy in relation to the people of Buderim, he is untrustworthy to his former colleagues.
“I think people should take whatever Steve Dickson says in the light of his proven untrustworthiness.” TRENTON AKERS, JESSICA MARSZALEK
BROTHERS IN ARMS: Campbell Newman and Malcolm Turnbull at the LNP launch in 2009.