And finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

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Come on down (to Canberra), Clive Palmer!

It’s been reported this afternoon that Clive Frederick Palmer, boating enthusiast, dinosaur fanatic and subject of far too many of my blog posts, has finally won the Queensland seat of Fairfax. Thumbs up.

The margin of Palmer’s win on first count was 36 votes, on a second mini-recount was seven votes and now it has been announced that he has triumphed by the still-ludicrously small margin of 53 votes. The official announcement by the Australian Electoral Commission will be made tomorrow morning, however the results are already raising questions – most notably by the voluminous man himself.

Clive has questioned how three recounts could have all returned different results … probably a fair thing to be wondering under the circumstances. Granted, the AEC had 89,000 votes to go through – but still. The consequences of any mistakes have the potential to be incredibly significant.

The Fairfax result has been announced alongside news reports revealing that 1,300 votes have gone missing from the recount of the contested WA Senate seat. The results of this will determine whether the final two upper house members will be ALP and PUP, or the Greens and some dude who likes sport. Again, there’s a fair bit at stake. Palmer’s deal with the dude who likes cars means that he’ll retain the balance of power in the new Senate regardless, but it will be a lot less certain.

Especially considering how bizarre the news coming out about Ricky Muir and his erstwhile Motoring Enthusiasts Party is proving to be:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-29/motoring-enthusiast-party-members-owed-thousands-after-election/5056236

Apparently he’s been doing his kangaroo poo-throwing in private recently.

Personally, I can’t wait for the resumption of Parliament. I’ll be setting up to watch Clive’s maiden speech in the chamber with popcorn and a frozen coke. Don’t interrupt me during it.

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2 thoughts on “And finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

  1. I’m a bit like you, Kate, being very curious as to how the new Parliament will run.
    Who will be the performers, and how will they perform ??
    I put a short post (and cartoon) on my blog about it the other day.

    Link = http://cartoonmick.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/and-so-it-begins/

    There’s other political cartoons on my blog, if that’s your thing (menu at the top).
    Clive will certainly add an unusual element to the arena.
    Beer and hamburgers at the ready for next Tuesday, 12th Nov.

    Cheers

    Mick

    • Thanks Mick. Great cartoon.

      The coming months will be very interesting. With an added Senate speculation sideshow, featuring the AEC. Doubt there’s any chance of Clive dropping off the radar anytime soon, which throws a significant shadow over your hopes for more statesman-like performances from the majority of MPs (both new and old).

      I guess we’ve got to keep the dream alive though!

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