Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Palmer 'Playing Tactics'; That's Why He's Voted 19 Times out of a Possible 202

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Palmer 'Playing Tactics'; That's Why He's Voted 19 Times out of a Possible 202

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Byline: Kathy Sundstrom and APN Newsdesk

CLIVE Palmer has explained why he is the least likely politician to vote in the House of Representatives - he is using strategy.

Figures gathered by the ABC show Mr Palmer has voted only 19 times out of a possible 202, putting his attendance rate at about 9.4%.

The next lowest was Bob Katter, who clocked 41.8%.

The average was 93%.

Member for Fisher Mal Brough has attended 434 out of a possible 491 votes, which gives him an attendance rate of 88%.

Mr Palmer told the Daily he was present on "70% of occasions in Parliament House".

He said because his party held the balance of power in the Senate "if I vote in the Lower House, then everyone knows how I vote".

"This then undermines my negotiating power in the Senate," he said.

"It was a deliberate decision not to vote in the Lower House.

"It does not have an impact (if I vote there) as I don't have the balance of power there.

"We have got negotiations going on in the government and opposition in relation to all laws,'' Mr Palmer said. …

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