Sunday, January 31, 2016

SMILES FROM ACROSS THE DITCH

The (Clive) Palmer United Party burst upon the political scene in Australia last election winning one seat in the House (Palmer) and three seats in the Senate (Lazarus, Lambie and Dio Wang) where they exerted a certain political force.   Palmer marketed himself a bit like Donald Trump ... a maverick with money to burn.

Since then the PUP has imploded, much like its predecessor, Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party.    Lazarus ( rugby league great) and Lambie (all I want for Xmas is a man with heaps of cash, a [big] package between his legs and I don't need him to speak) have quit the Party to sit as independents.   That leaves the PUP as a gang of two; Palmer in the House and Wang in the Senate.

Palmer himself is in a heap of trouble with his Queensland Nickel refinery in Townsville going tits up and laying off 237 workers.    Despite all this the company managed to donate $5.9m to the PUP last financial year.

Clearly though Palmer retains a certain sense of humor with the news that he has designated Wang as the PUP Whip in the Senate.   Just why he feels the need for Wang to indulge in self-flagellation quite beats me and perhaps Wang too.

1 comment:

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Pauline Hanson was smarter than Palmer. She knew how to cook fish and chips while Palmer is still trying to cook his books.