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Palmer and Xenophon trade festive barbs

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Clive Palmer says Nick Xenophon is being greedy if he expects to get everything on his Christmas list.

Senator Xenophon called for Mr Palmer to publicly release the details of his deal with the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party (AMEP) on Friday.

The federal MP says he kept his promise to do so on Christmas Day, but he only released hard copies of the deal at his electorate office.

“It was released on Christmas Day, but he didn’t get a chance to come and see it, he was down in South Australia all day, the poor old bastard,” Mr Palmer told AAP by telephone from a boat on a tuna-fishing trip.

Senator Xenophon said there was huge public interest in the deal, which could decide if legislation was passed or blocked.

“My understanding of the Christmas present is that normally you have it delivered to you, you don’t have to pick it up,” he said.

“Releasing it on Christmas Day and then telling journalists to come and pick it up from his office is just silly, he should stop being cute. Clive, stop being cute.”

But Mr Palmer said Senator Xenophon was being greedy and he should be happy with the Christmas gifts he’s already received.

“It wasn’t just for Nick, it was for the people of Australia, I know he wants everything for Christmas, but that’s a bit greedy,” he said.

“I mean what did he get for Christmas already, I heard he got a hair-dryer and Brylcreem, his favourite things, but he wanted even more.”

Mr Palmer said the full details of the deal would likely be available on his website.