Elms says Gibson has not yet taken legal action

UNDER FIRE: Scott Elms says he has received a “threatening” letter from Mr Gibson’s legal team but nothing else.
UNDER FIRE: Scott Elms says he has received a “threatening” letter from Mr Gibson’s legal team but nothing else. Craig Warhurst

RENEGADE candidate for the safe seat of Gympie, Scott Elms, says no legal action has been taken against him by Member for Gympie David Gibson.

Mr Elms said he had received a "threatening" letter from Mr Gibson's solicitors but that was it and he didn't expect any legal action to be taken.

Last week Mr Gibson said he would be taking legal action against Mr Elms and Queensland Premier Campbell Newman had referred concerns about Mr Elms to the Police Commissioner.

Mr Newman said there may be a case that Mr Elms had tried to intimidate or blackmail Mr Gibson.

But as of yesterday Mr Elms had no legal action pending.

Mr Elms said he sent a threatening letter back to Mr Gibson's legal team with the help of billionaire Clive Palmer.

"I will be using Clive Palmer's solicitors," Mr Elms said.

Mr Palmer, the leader of the Palmer United Party came out in support of Mr Elms last week.

He said Mr Elms had shown courage in revealing Mr Gibson's past.

Last Tuesday Mr Elms released ACT court documents showing Mr Gibson stole more than $7000 from the army in 1999.

"Courage in politics is a rare commodity," Mr Palmer said.

"...Scott Elms has shown he is not afraid to shine the light on injustice when he sees it."

Mr Elms wouldn't make a comment on suggestions he may run as a candidate for Mr Palmer's party.

Yesterday MP Michael Crandon Chair of the Ethics Committee released a statement.

It said, "It has come to my attention that a number of media organisations have incorrectly been reporting that the conduct of the Member for Gympie, Mr David Gibson MP has recently been referred to the Ethics Committee.

"On behalf of the Committee, I wish to clarify that on 23 April 2014, Madam Speaker wrote to the Ethics Committee regarding an alleged attempt by Mr Scott Elms to improperly influence the conduct of Mr Gibson MP by way of a bribe or a threat constituting contempt of Parliament.

"There are no matters before the Ethics Committee regarding the conduct of Mr Gibson."

Gympie Times

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