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Palmer party candidates 'waiting to be paid back'

Wealthy political leader Clive Palmer has been accused of dragging his heels to reimburse some of his election candidates for campaign spending and of running a disorganised one-man show.

Fairfax Media has heard complaints from several unsuccessful candidates that the fledgling Palmer United Party - which is set to hold a powerful position in the Senate from July next year - has been slow to settle payments.

''He's not dishonest; he's disorganised,'' said one affected candidate.

Mr Palmer, who is still awaiting an outcome in the lower-house Queensland seat of Fairfax he contested on September 7, said he could not see a problem.

''Who cares if they're upset? It's only a couple of weeks after the election,'' he said.

''We're like any organisation. We do our accounts and payments monthly.''

It is believed Mr Palmer angered some candidates with his October 9 comments that the party did not want the $2.2 million in public funding the Australian Electoral Commission allocated based on the election results.

''We wrote them [the AEC] and said we didn't want any money and they've sent us a cheque [anyway], so I don't know how you can stop these public servants,'' Mr Palmer told the ABC at the time.

He also recently boasted about providing his scrutineers with champagne and caviar.

Several political hopefuls backed up the PUP and argued the dissent was an isolated issue. Victorian senate candidate Barry Michael said he believed the payment process had been held up because party officials had been involved in scrutineering the recounts in Fairfax and the WA Senate.

''What Clive has achieved in a short period of time is phenomenal. If anyone whinges, it's just sour grapes,'' the former world champion boxer said.

Banks candidate Jake Wellham said his campaign cost $25,000 to $30,000 but he had kept receipts and had been fully reimbursed the $10,000 he was promised.

Mr Wellham said people who believed the party's handling of the election was disorganised should take stock of what was achieved in an eight-week window.

But Matthew Palise, the candidate for Cook, said he quit the party after the election because it did not have any democratic processes. Mr Palise said he did not know he was about to be named as the party's shadow minister for Aboriginal employment and economic development until the morning of the PUP election launch.

''Whatever Clive says goes; and I wasn't prepared to be part of a party that has a leader that doesn't listen to anyone else,'' he said.

Mr Palmer said Mr Palise was just upset the PUP did not support his ambition to run in the NSW byelection in Miranda last weekend.

16 comments

  • So these fools thought Clive got rich by handing out money.

    The only thing dumber than those that put up their own money to deliver political clout for our Clive (so that he can influence and so reduce his taxes) are the ones who voted for him.

    Commenter
    Dennis
    Location
    Tarragindi
    Date and time
    October 26, 2013, 3:39PM
    • Let's not forget labor didn't increase the debit limit. Wayne Swan took treasury advice not to do it. OH well you all voted for this mess.

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      The Other Guy1
      Date and time
      October 26, 2013, 8:12PM
    • They put up their own cash in an attempt to win a 200K PA job. Being a stooge for Clive obviously didn't worry them.

      Commenter
      FjordBlue
      Date and time
      October 27, 2013, 7:25AM
  • Welcome to the PUPpy's madhouse.

    Commenter
    Muphin
    Location
    Tewantin
    Date and time
    October 26, 2013, 3:45PM
    • Did you think.of that all by yourself ? Or did you get help ?

      Commenter
      bert
      Date and time
      October 27, 2013, 8:26AM
  • Clive Palmer: "Who cares if they're upset?"

    Next to my PC I have a copy of the electoral DVD they distributed prior to the election. In big letters it says: "WE'RE FAIR DINKUM". That might be up to these guys to tell us if the big man is.

    Commenter
    Caffetierra Moka
    Location
    Sector 7-G
    Date and time
    October 26, 2013, 3:53PM
    • Have you watched the video, fair dinkum about what, the Titanic?

      Commenter
      No
      Date and time
      October 26, 2013, 7:08PM
  • Am not sure why Palmer couldn't just run as an LNP candidate because the reality is that's the way he and his members will vote. People who voted for him and his Party thinking he was an alternative to the LNP should keep a check of their voting record and then see him and his Party for what it is. Just another LNP front

    Commenter
    Alex
    Location
    Brisbane
    Date and time
    October 26, 2013, 4:13PM
    • Nothing like the LNP except the mining tax and then he wants to repay it.
      Have you looked at his policies, I doubt it

      Commenter
      No
      Date and time
      October 26, 2013, 7:06PM
    • People voting for Tony and his partner need to keep a check on their votes because as it stands the government is worse off now. Lets not also forget that labor didn't increase the debit limit to 500bil. Let's also not forget that we are living under a dictatorship who denies climate change. Oh well... will say it again you probably all voted for it.

      Commenter
      The Other Guy1
      Date and time
      October 26, 2013, 8:08PM

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