DOCTOR Alex Douglas has today announced his resignation as parliamentary leader of the Palmer United Party.
The Queensland leader also plans to leave the party in what will be the second time he has quit a political party in this parliamentary term.
Mr Douglas, also the member for the seat of Gaven, said he was resigning in protest of a “jobs for the boys” culture within the fledgling party.
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“I do not support ‘jobs for the boys’,” he said.
“When I resigned from the LNP in November, 2012, I publicly stated there was a culture in the LNP, and there still is, of looking after mates and relatives, and that I do not support these flawed ideas.
“The public are crying out for politicians to be open, accountable, honest and are looking for committed community champions to represent them.
“The people are asking politicians to listen and advance those things they wish for themselves and their families, and they seek fairness.
“I cannot support, nor will I endorse, actions taken that defeat principles that I strongly adhere to.
“I regret that I have had to take these actions, but I am reliably informed that a list of pre-selected candidates for the Queensland State election, will be announced today on the Palmer United Party’s website.
“I have had no involvement in the pre-selection of candidates.
“From my understanding, this process does not reflect principles which I firmly support.”