Ipswich West MP says he is not one of the "sneaky six"
"I AM NOT one of the sneaky six."
That is the word from Ipswich West MP Sean Choat amid speculation he was one of the six LNP back benchers to approach the Queensland Police Union for financial assistance should they decide to run as independents at the next state election.
Electrical Trades Union (ETU) state secretary Peter Simpson said one of the six LNP bolters was "just outside of Brisbane and we suspect it is Choat".
"We suspect he is one of the six that has been talking to the police union about pulling the pin and running as an independent," Mr Simpson said.
"I put a Tweet out saying, 'This is you, isn't it Choat?' He didn't respond but I know he wasn't happy when he got a rap over the knuckles when he said he was going to cross the floor."
Mr Choat said claims he was one of the six were "a fanciful fantasy".
"No. I am not a bolter. I have delivered a lot of stuff and I am determined to keep doing that.
"I don't even know if this sneaky six exists. I am one of the outspoken ones and if anyone was feeling a bit antsy you think they'd come to me and say, 'Hey Choaty…', but no one has said anything to me.
"I have been grateful that the Premier and Treasurer listened to me and my community.
"With the Blacksoil Interchange I had to say, 'I've got $16 million for Blacksoil but I need $40 million'.
"I got that. I feel like Oliver Twist, but I have got a fair hearing. Most of the things I have asked for they have given me so why would I slap them in the face?
"The ETU can tweet as much as they like. The only tweeting I am interested in is in my son's birdcage."
ETU organiser Stuart Traill said Mr Choat's "words in public mean very little".
"So I don't have any faith that he is not one of the sneaky six.
"Choat has told me he has little chance of winning the seat in a town like Ipswich. This would be an opportunity for him maybe to get out."
Mr Traill has received three calls from LNP backbenchers following the lease announcement of the poles and wires.
"They have all said 'We disagree with it but we don't get any ability to have any influence from the back bench so it is better off keeping our heads down'.
"That would indicate there are a large number of them that know they are not going to get any say within the LNP and are looking at other political opportunities to save their sorry arse.
"But Sean Choat should get out of politics.
"We need politicians prepared to declare publicly what they stand for, and stick to those principles, instead of ducking and weaving like Choat does. Ipswich deserves better."
But Mr Choat has defended his backing of the lease of the state's electricity distribution and transmission networks.
"Nothing is getting sold," he said.
"Leases were my non-negotiable compromise. I am happy."