19th Apr 2017

Palmer retires from politics, disbands Palmer United Party

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Palmer retires from politics, disbands Palmer United Party
Ben Hocking

Mining magnate and former federal MP Clive Palmer yesterday announced his resignation from politics and disbanded his political party – the Palmer United Party (PUP).

A statement released by PUP said “current political conditions were different from 2013 when the party was formed to oppose carbon and mining taxes”.

“I would like to thank the members and thousands of Australians in every state of the Commonwealth who have supported the party and its candidates during the last four years,” Mr Palmer said.

Mr Palmer, who became famous for his stunts in and out of parliament, rose to prominence quickly during the 2013 Federal election, winning the Federal seat of Fairfax, becoming the fifth largest political party in the country and holding the balance of power in the Senate with PUP members Jacquie Lambie, Glenn Lazarus and Dio Wang elected.



Things quickly disintegrated however, with his senators falling out with Mr Palmer and leaving the party. Things deteriorated further after the last Federal Election, when Senator Dio Wang failed to retain his spot and the party received less than 500 first preference votes at the ballot box.

Mr Palmer was regularly absent from Parliament and when he was present he was dogged by questions about his mining business. He chose not to re-contest his seat at the 2016 election.

Some of Mr Palmer’s more famous stunts included claiming he would build a life-size replica of the Titanic when announcing his decision to contest the 2013 Federal Election and ‘twerking’ during a radio interview.

In more recent times Mr Palmer has taken to uploading videos where he repeatedly says good-bye to political rivals. As yet, no politician has posted a YouTube video saying good-bye to Mr Palmer.

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KSS
20th Apr 2017
12:36pm
Does anyone care?
cranky
20th Apr 2017
1:00pm
Nope!!! :)
Polly Esther
20th Apr 2017
1:18pm
I just knew this chappy was joshing. A poor little rich boy who was just looking for a hobby. Should anyone care, not on your Nellie. Oh deary me I can't believe I sound so nasty. But hey Clive, why did you waste every ones time?
Sundays
20th Apr 2017
2:23pm
Unfortunately for those living on the Sunshine Coast he did absolutely nothing for the electorate (which he didn't really live in). Worse, he took a thriving concern that was the Hyatt Coolum employing 300'staff and completely decimated it as Palmer Coolum Resort. A con artist to say the least


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