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Clive Palmer denies Q&A plant

Palmer United Party leader says that his candidate for the seat of Sydney, Tim Kelly, was not planted in the audience of ABC's Q&A program on Monday night.

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Clive Palmer has warned Tony Abbott that he must reform the electoral act or his Palmer United Party will block every piece of government legislation in the Senate.

Clive Palmer: "If Tony Abbott doesn't reform the electoral act, we'll just ... not pass anything. Nothing".

Clive Palmer: "If Tony Abbott doesn't reform the electoral act, we'll just ... not pass anything. Nothing". Photo: Michelle Smith

The mining billionaire's threat came after he officially requested a recount in the seat of Fairfax on Tuesday, as latest counting showed his lead over Coalition candidate Ted O'Brien had diminished to less than 70 votes.

If he is denied a seat in the Federal Parliament, Mr Palmer warned he will still exercise power via PUP's Queensland senator-elect, Glenn Lazarus. He said PUP's first political move will be to push for a reform of the Australian Electoral Act.

''From our point of view we'll have the balance of power in the Senate, so if Tony Abbott doesn't reform the electoral act, we'll just … not pass anything. Nothing,'' he said. ''I don't give a stuff about a mandate.''

Mr Palmer has accused Australian Electoral Commission workers of ''stuffing'' ballot boxes in the Sunshine Coast seat, after the sharp reverse from his 60/40 lead on election night.

''It's not what I regard as democracy,'' he said. ''Ted got 40 per cent of the vote on election night and I got 60 per cent, and we got 100 per cent of the preferences, yet somehow Ted's won it … a lot of illegal things have happened.''

Mr Palmer has gone to the Court of Disputed Returns to challenge the count, even though he considers it a ''pointless exercise''. His concerns centre on an extra 768 House of Representative pre-poll votes in the Coolum booth that did not have corresponding Senate pre-poll votes.

Asked if he felt disillusioned about the political process, Mr Palmer said: ''I feel a bit enlightened.'' Mr Palmer believes the alleged vote tampering is specific to his run in Fairfax. ''I think I'm a different category. They're a bit worried about us. We got 10 per cent of the national vote of the LNP, and they only got there on our preferences. They don't think I'm the sort of character they want to deal with.''

Mr Palmer has highlighted the ex-military background of some AEC officials and suggested they are trying to keep him out of politics to preserve the two-party preferred status quo in Australian politics.

229 comments

  • Yeah Abbott, make it easier for billionaires, can't you see this bloke is suffering.

    Commenter
    SteveH.
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 6:58AM
    • Steve h, Abbott is always for the billionaires despite the lies and pretend with the flouro vest he is for the workers.
      You'll remember Clive was a member of the LNP before he had a falling out with the right wing ideologues of the QLD LNP. Now Murdoch, Reinhardt, twiggy etc.. Have one less member in the elite club that is for the LNP.
      Just like dubya knew his "base" was the wealthy elite so does Abbott.

      Commenter
      Thaddeus
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 7:20AM
    • It's amazing Steve. The very rich Conservatives are not even sworn in as yet and the rumbling's have already started. The Nationals and the Liberals will be at each others throats over trade and foreign ownership before long.

      Commenter
      Rod
      Location
      the Coast
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 7:24AM
    • Steve H,

      Im not sure that constantly be an obstructionist is healthy. If Clive is the businessmen he says he is then he would be about to negotiate.

      It appears that maybe Clive was into something very naughty as a teenager and now suffers from paranoia?

      Commenter
      Buffalo Bill
      Location
      Sydneys Northshore
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 7:28AM
    • How did this guy get so rich selling our stuff?

      Commenter
      bronte1
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 8:32AM
    • Thaddeus, as far as I'm concerned he can join/start whatever party he likes, maybe he could sit next you and Eddie Obeid at the next branch meeting.

      Commenter
      SteveH.
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 8:32AM
    • Clive looks cactus, but don't write him off just yet, there could be millions in legal fees in this one.

      Buff - are you looking forward to today's "Day of Action" ?

      Commenter
      Hacka
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 8:39AM
    • Palmer has a point. After the 'lost' 1000 ballots in Indi it is clear the AEC is incompetent. These mistakes should not be dismissed lightly. Reform and modernising the electoral proces should be a pretty high priority.

      Commenter
      Bender
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 8:44AM
    • I don't think Clive described it too well, let me try, Fairfax vote discrepancies: How did a vote box from one booth get found in another suburb in Fairfax, how did same happen in coincidentally another knife edge seat of indi ? in the indi box were just solely votes for the 2nd runner, this means already counted usually, eg, counted box taken then found, and recounted again twice, did same happen in fairfax, was someone bribed to take out a counted box? how can a box be allowed to be removed from scrutineers, was it after hours, why did AEC not investigate why the box was removed? Why had every single candidate from all parties have all booths counted many days ago but only clives right this minute has one booth uncounted, why? is that box missing and cant be found? is it retained to tamper with it in case clive gets in by 5 votes? why was clive not per law informed of recount beginning to enable a scrutineer from the first vote count? how is it possible with senate and reps on one ballot paper to be missing over 700 of one type vote, WHY ONLY IN CLIVES SEAT, and AEC admit this discrepancy. WHAT THE IS GOING ON AND ISNT IT JUST TOO BRAZEN. Why did my seats last 4 booths average just 3 votes from 45 booths 45x3=135 votes but got over 1000 votes, the law of averages out the window. Why did several PUP candidates see AEC leave party name off their ballot papers and admitted it but no restart. Clive is right to request reform.

      Commenter
      Brian
      Location
      CHISHOLM
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 8:59AM
    • Brian - it must be a CIA conspiracy.

      Was there a lady named Wendy involved anywhere ?

      Commenter
      Hacka
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 9:10AM

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