News State Queensland Palmer party won’t contest Rudd’s seat

Palmer party won’t contest Rudd’s seat

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The Palmer United Party won’t run in the Brisbane seat vacated by former prime minister Kevin Rudd because it wants to focus on a possible fresh election in Western Australia.

Clive Palmer says instead of contesting the seat of Griffith, he wants to give the WA contest his full attention.

He believes his party will secure two Senate spots in a fresh contest there.

“This is a great opportunity to join the balance of power,” the party leader told reporters in Brisbane on Friday.

“This is a great opportunity for Western Australia to stand up for itself.”

The High Court has yet to decide the fate of the candidates in the original senate election in WA, which was tainted by the loss of 1370 ballots.