Miner and wannabe prime minister Clive Palmer says his party would resume without compensation any asset sold by the Queensland government if it won power in the state.
The Newman government has said it will consider selling the state's power generators, and the Townsville and Gladstone ports, if it wins the next election, to help pay down debt and return the state's triple A credit rating.
Mr Palmer hopes his promise will deter potential buyers.
"When we are elected to government, if any of the hospitals, the schools, the assets of Queensland have been sold after today, the parliament would immediately resume them without compensation," he told reporters in Brisbane.
Mr Palmer said he's the largest importer into the Townsville Port but denies there would conflict of interest in his proposal to keep it in government hands.
"There's no conflict of interest. I'm a citizen of Queensland, I don't receive any benefit from the port of Townsville," he said.
"We pay them money and we've got a long-term lease. You take our business out of the Port of Townsville, there won't be a Port of Townsville.
"It can't be sold if we're not there."