Abbott and Howard enlisted to raise funds for LNP

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Queensland Premier Campbell Newman. Photo: Harrison Saragossi A copy of an invitation to the LNP fundraising dinner.
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Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

Queensland’s Liberal National Party is set to raise half a million dollars at an upcoming dinner and they won’t have to declare a cent or make public who attended.

The Four Leaders Dinner, featuring Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and former prime minister John Howard, is selling for $5000 a head and capped at 100 places.

Several other state and federal ministers, including Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, Barnaby Joyce  Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney and ministers Tim Nicholls, Scott Emerson and Tim Mander will also attend the October 9 event.

Under changes to the donation laws pushed through by the Newman government earlier this year, donations to political parties do not have to be declared unless they exceed $12,400, which means the party also does not have to declare who attended the exclusive event.

A donation declaration will only have to be declared if an individual or company purchases more than three tickets.

A company can purchase a table, but buy individual tickets in each attendee’s name, which would avoid the need for a declaration.

Those attending the event, organised by the party, will only be advised of the venue closer to the event.

The $5000 ticket price will grant access to the “four leaders” who will each speak at the event.

LNP state director, Brad Henderson said there was no issue.

“Unlike Labor, the LNP’s past and present leaders enjoy being in the same room together. They command deep respect among party supporters who are keen to hear them talk about strong leadership of united teams that are achieving real results for Queensland and Australia,” he said in a statement.

“The event, which is being organised by the LNP ahead of the 2015 state election, complies with all state and federal electoral laws.

“The LNP does not have the heavy financial backing of the unions as Labor does and instead relies on the general community for support.”

Ministers will be scattered across the tables.

Housing Minister Tim Mander, who is listed as on the LNP invitation as heading one of the tables, said he was yet to be made aware of the dinner.

But he said he didn’t have a problem with it.

“Those fundraising events have been happening for many years, people are coming to these events because they support the policies of this government and they want to see the government re-elected,” he said.

“Those laws are consistent with the federal laws, we’ve said to the federal government, if they are going to change those laws, we are happy to follow suit as well. The legal advice we got at the time was we needed to be consistent with the federal laws, so I am totally comfortable with it.”

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek, who is not listed as attending, said he would welcome a similar fundraiser in his electorate.

“It’s not for the electorate of Surfers Paradise,” he said of the October 9 dinner.

“But if someone wants to put one on then I’ll happily have it.”

Racing Minister Steve Dickson said the party would stick “to all rules and regulations”, but made sure to include the day’s talking points in his answer.

“We will stick to all the rules that are lined up with State and Federal politics,” he said.

“Unlike Labor, we’re out there talking to Queensland’s future.

“All Labor are interested in doing is recycling failed politicians who put this state in the financial mess its in today.”

Mines Minister Andrew Cripps, who is also slated to attend, did not answer questions about the dinner.

Neither did fellow attendee Local Government Minister David Crisafulli  despite his reputation for outspokenness.

Energy Minister Mark McArdle and Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey also avoided the question.

Notable attendees:Prime Minister Tony AbbottPremier Campbell NewmanFormer prime minister John HowardLord Mayor Graham Quirk

*Ministers heading tables:Local Government Minister David CrisafulliDeputy Prime Minister Warren TrussFederal agricultural minister Barnaby JoyceState agricultural minister John McVeighFederal industry minister Ian MacfarlaneState mines minister Andrew CrippsAssistant defence minister Stuart RobertDeputy Premier Jeff SeeneyTreasurer Tim NichollsTransport Minister Scott EmersonState arts Minister Ian Walker (a spokeswoman said Mr Walker would be out of town during the event) State housing Minister Tim Mander *The LNP has disputed this list as “inaccurate” but would not say which attendees were wrongly listed as it was a “private party function”.

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