(by Ray Dixon … the owner of two ‘pups’)
I’ve just watched Clive Palmer’s press conference in which he presented his three new Palmer United Party (PUP) Senator elects plus Motor Enthusiast Senator elect Ricky Muir, who has signed a memorandum of understanding that he will effectively join the PUP Senators as a voting bloc.
This means, in effect, that Clive’s party will hold the balance of power in the Upper House after July 1 next year and become an extremely important part of the political process.
No matter what you think of Palmer and his antics one thing is for sure:
He’s got power and he intends to use it. Watch out.
I have to admit though, that Clive came across as quite credible in the presser, as did his 3 (sorry, 4) Senators. Even Ricky knew his lines and made sense. And even the rough-sounding chick from Tassie handled herself pretty well, as did the meathead ex-rugby player.
I also watched Clive on Lateline last night and he was shooting nothing but pretty straight bullets.
Believe me, Clive Palmer is now a serious player and you will deride him at your peril.
I’m looking for a photo of the Tassie girl and I’ll put it up later but, meanwhile, any thoughts?
Joke away but Clive is no longer a joke. He’s arrived.
UPDATE: Here she is, ex-military policewoman and 42-year-old single mother of two boys, the Senator elect from Tassie Jacqui Lambie sounds ‘rough as guts’ and “won’t back down”:
And you’ve gotta love this quote of hers from the SMH:
“Tony Abbott will find out that, because of my military training, I don’t back down,” Ms Lambie said.
“I was a military policewoman, and so before I make a decision I want to see all the facts on the table.”
Her sights are currently set on policies such as the Coalition’s paid parental leave scheme.
“This is absolutely ridiculous,” Ms Lambie said. “You’ve got pensioners around me living off dog food, and who can’t afford heating. It makes me wild.“
She’s ‘wild’ alright. I would not want to lock horns with ‘Wild Jacqui from Tassie’. Wow!