Newly-minted MP Clive Palmer has defended himself being absent for another day of parliament, after travelling to Perth to announce a High Court challenge to the WA senate election result.
Mr Palmer has been conspicuous by his absence to several sitting days in Canberra, prompting social media jibes about the larger-than-life mining magnate being ‘missing in action’ as an MP.
But after previously saying he was now a full-time politician, the businessman said dealing with the challenge to the senate vote – which saw his PUP candidate win, then lose a seat – was important for the nation, and therefore his constituents in Queensland.
“I am here because this is a matter of national concern, and that is important for them,” Mr Palmer said.
Mr Palmer also had a list of political achievements ready to recite.
“I will be representing my constituents to bring about change, and already the Prime Minister has adopted our policy to eliminate lobbyists from the political process,” Mr Palmer said.
“He has already announced in relation to my electorate there will be (money) spent in upgrading the Bruce Highway.
“And I have announced in Canberra that we will launching a private member’s bill to stop GrainCorp being sold.
“That is not too bad for two weeks in parliament when he have had not time to prepare at all.”