The Australianâ€™s detailed exposition on Wednesday of just one of Michael Johnsonâ€™s business dealings was Â the final nail in the Queensland LNP MPâ€™s political coffin. He has now been expelled.
Before you read it as an â€˜exclusiveâ€™ elsewhere, Michael Johnson will not be a preselected Liberal candidate at the next election and while his execution will be delivered by long-time internal factional foes heâ€™ll have no-one to blame but himself.
Just one of Johnsonâ€™s business deals, conducted through his aph.gov.au email and his electorate office, was calculated to net him $12 million in commissions on a coal-supply contract.
VEXNEWS understands that there are many other deals of this nature.
â€œThis is the tip of the iceberg,â€ one LNP insider told us this morning.
Our sources familiar with Johnsonâ€™s dealings have revealed that the coal company with which Johnson was negotiating was the Queensland Coal Corporation, not Q Coal as earlier reported.
LNP sources suggest that Johnson could be â€œrissoledâ€ by Friday or even as early as tomorrow.
VEXNEWS exclusively reported the LNPâ€™s investigation into Johnson over fundraising and financial irregularities back in March. Other stories on the Johnson saga as itâ€™s unfolded are here.
MAY 20 UPDATE:
â– Tony Abbott has now withdrawn his public support of Michael Johnson, saying that his candidacy in Ryan is a matter for the LNP
â– There is a meeting this morning of the LNP which will consider expelling the MP over irregularities involving campaign funds. Johnson will have the opportunity to hear the charges against him and to respond to them, consistent with the principles of procedural fairness, in case the MP litigates the matter, as he has repeatedly privately threatened.
UPDATE 1pm: Word is starting to trickle out of the LNP meeting, looks like Johnson is gone as VEXNEWS sources have been speculating for weeks.