Palmer prepares to tangle with Tony for seats in senate

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Vicki Wood

TONY Abbott will have to either call a double dissolution election or negotiate with Clive Palmer even if the billionaire may have only one vote in the House of Representatives if he wins Fairfax.

Despite being 1400 ahead of LNP's Ted O'Brien yesterdaywed Mr Palmer said he would wait to see the outcome of the postal vote count before declaring victory.

But he will be wasting no time developing a strategy for the inevitable showdown with Mr Abbott over which of his policies Palmer United Party's two and possibly three Senators will allow through the Senate.

Mr Palmer will sit down with successful Senate candidates Glen Lazarus (Qld) and Jacquie Lambie (Tas) to discuss where the line will be drawn on Palmer United Party policies.

He remains hopeful they will be joined by PUP's Western Australia senate candidate Dio Wang.

"What really matters is the balance of power in the Senate,'' Mr Palmer said.

"Nothing (of Coalition legislation) can get through without the support of six Senators (on top of the Coalition's) so he needs our two. We're the last sentries at the gate."

Mr Palmer said that with 40% of the count to go it only needed Rise Up Australia to bridge the 215 vote gap between it and the Sports Party for sufficient preferences to flow to allow Wang to claim a Senate spot.

"That would give us three,'' he said. "If Tony calls a double dissolution we'll get six. What a frightening prospect to have more time to campaign.

"We missed five or six House of Representative seats by around 2%.

"Here on the Sunshine Coast we've given the LNP a real shake. In a state election we would achieve my primary vote across the state.

"We've demonstrated we are competitive.

"We are an emerging major party not a minor party.''

Mr Palmer said by standing candidates in all 150 House of Representative seats he had given Fairfax voters an understanding that Palmer United Party was a national group with the capacity to bring about national change.

Topics:  clive palmer federal election 2013 senate tony abbott

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