Gold Coast MP comments on cash for campaign

A Gold Coast MP has commented on reports her election campaign was partly funded by a wealthy businessman, jailed in August for raping a teenager in the 1990’s.

John Chardon, husband of missing Upper Coomera woman Novy, reportedly gave $80,000 to the Liberal National Party over four years.

Some went to Member for Mudgeeraba Ros Bates who said in a statement that she met Mr Chardon in 2008 at a Liberal function.


She said he donated $3,000 the following year, but stressed that it was a donation to the Party and not her personally.

Ms Bates said she had not had “any dealings with him since that time”.

Member for Fadden Stuart Robert is believed to have received close to $40,000 for his election campaign.  The Guardian Australia said in return he spruiked Mr Chardon’s lubricant business in parliamentary speeches.

Today Mr Robert’s media advisor says he would not be commenting on the story.

Meantime seven crossbench MPs will sign an accord to formally oppose the Queensland Government’s privatisation plans.

The Liberal National Party’s already announced it will lease public assets if re-elected in 2015 to reduce debt.