Clive Palmer is back in parliament and he is nothing, if not interesting. His latest transmission from political Lala land is that Malcolm Turnbull is just a seat warmer for Tony Abbott and he will stand down after winning the next election and let Abbott regain the prime ministership.
Another comic turn: Clive Palmer doing a Les Patterson impersonation
It’s another one of those ideas that are so stupid, it’s difficult to know where to start explaining why. But then, it got Clive into the newspapers yet again, not for any useful contribution to policy or public debate but because he’s a clown.
In fairness to the man, he is not unpleasantly malicious in the way some members of the government have appeared this week. So give me Clive anytime of the day before Cory Bernardi, Luke Simkins or George Christensen.
Nationals MP George Christensen who seems to think that being an MP is a license to say the most outrageously offensive things he can think of
Then there was this other little zinger, Fairfax Media revealed that
Faced with electoral annihilation, Clive Palmer has held a secret meeting with two Senate crossbenchers in which he proposed dissolving the Palmer United Party and forming a super-micro party. Mr Palmer met with Liberal Democratic Party senator David Leyonhjelm and Family First’s Bob Day in Mr Palmer’s parliament office on Thursday.
This is to try to protect themselves against a double dissolution and political oblivion. We can probably safely assume that Palmer will stand for the Senate in the next election as his chances of being elected in his lower house seat are in the category of snowballs surviving in hell, so a coalition of cross bench senators makes some sense in terms of political survival.
The bizarre aspect of this is that this group of people have nothing in common beyond the desire to save their own political skins. The chances of them being elected in the first place are probably slim given the electoral changes that will probably be passed through parliament, but not as slim as being able to have a coherent policy view on the issues that face the nation..
Not long for this life: the cross bench senators. Only Xenophon has a chance of re-election
It’s been an interesting week, enlivened by news of the Prime Minister’s dinner for the cross benchers. Senator Jacqui Lambie stormed out of the dinner, somewhat predictably, as staying wouldn’t have got into the newspapers and then, Senator The Brick with Eyes left early because he wasn’t getting enough to eat and had to go to Macca’s for a decent feed.
Policy debate anyone?