Federal Politics

Federal MP to join my party: Palmer

At least one federal MP will "jump ship" and join Clive Palmer's United Australia Party (UAP), the mining magnate says.

Mr Palmer last week re-formed the UAP and announced he would contest Queensland's Sunshine Coast seat of Fairfax.

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He will also run candidates in every lower and upper house seat at the September federal election.

In Sydney on Monday, Mr Palmer said he would announce his first endorsement – a sitting federal MP – on Tuesday.

Clive Palmer says a federal member of parliament will join his new Uniting Australian Party on Tuesday.
Clive Palmer says a federal member of parliament will join his new Uniting Australian Party on Tuesday. Photo: Glenn Hunt

"You'll find out tomorrow which MPs have joined the party," he told reporters.

One more candidate would be announced on Friday, and five more next Monday.

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Mr Palmer said he was also informed on Monday that the financial records of his company Minerology were stolen from a Brisbane office over the weekend.

"I had a telephone call from our financial adviser Michael Dahl, who said there's been a break-in to our financial section," he said.

"[Mr Dahl said] that his computer had been stolen and other items of the office had been stolen."

He believed the incident was politically motivated.

"When I was director of the National Party, [they used to say] if you can't attack the policy, attack the man," he said.

"This could've been a coincidence. This could've just happened after the polls were published showing that we had support from 30 to 40 per cent of the people."

Mr Palmer says his party would repeal the carbon tax and refund monies already paid back to companies.

He has trademarked United Australia Party but is yet to have the name registered with the Australian Electoral Commission.

AAP