Queensland’s Deputy Premier, Jeff Seeney, today reiterated the LNP Government’s commitment to the probity process surrounding Queensland’s integrated resort development (IRD) process.
“The LNP government has given the highest priority to the probity of this process, which is why we have appointed Mr Len Scanlen as the probity advisor in the IRD process,” Mr Seeney said.
Mr Seeney’s comments follow Opposition questions in Parliament earlier today in which they deliberately sought to draw a link between Crosby Textor and proposals for new gaming licences in Queensland.
“A simple check of the Integrity Commissioner’s Register of Lobbyists shows that that Crown Developments Pty Ltd is a client of Crosby Textor,” he said.
“However another simple search of the ASIC register shows that Crown Developments is not related to the Crown casino and resort group, but is in fact an apartment builder based in Sydney.
“I can further confirm Crown Developments has no relationship to the Crown Hotel in Lutwyche, Crown Lager, the Queen’s Crown or the crown of thorns starfish.
“The Opposition’s astonishing attempt to sully the reputation of a casino proponent, a well-respected former Auditor General and a building company is not borne out by the facts.”
Mr Seeney said Queenslanders deserved better from the best-resourced Opposition ever.
“Queensland taxpayers fund Opposition staffers to the tune of $2.5 million a year in salaries and they can’t even manage to do a quick google search,” he said.
“This is an Opposition that continues to throw out unfounded smear in the absence of real policies.”
“They need to apologise to probity adviser Len Scanlen, a well-respected former Auditor-General who has served under governments on both sides of the political fence.”