Dick­son blasted for job cuts, as­set sales claim

The Courier-Mail - - QUEENSLAND DECIDES -

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.

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