Blow to Canberra restaurants as Clive plans to commute

johnboy 25 September 2013 26

clive palmer

The Australian has the sad news the nation’s champion restaurant consumer Clive Palmer is planning to commute on his private jet rather then establish a residence in Canberra:

QUEENSLAND businessman Clive Palmer says he might be a fly-in-fly-out MP, commuting by private jet from his Sunshine Coast home on parliamentary sitting days.

Mr Palmer, who is ahead in a recount in the seat of Fairfax, said he might be able to represent his constituents better if he slept in his electorate.

“I could always fly down in the morning on my jet and fly back at night, really,” the mining magnate told the ABC.

Clive’s position remains the subject of a recount.

Meanwhile in the ACT Senate race the AEC is still pissing around.


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Blen_Carmichael Blen_Carmichael 6:21 pm 26 Sep 13

chewy14 said :

poetix said :

He will be around for lunch…However, I think that those of us who see $10 as a fair amount of dosh will be saved from competing with Mr Palmer for the last curry.

After watching an interview with him the other week, he likes to eat pies and sausage rolls for breakfast.

Yes, but he only does that to protect against being kidnapped via a Chinese submarine.

fabforty fabforty 5:00 pm 26 Sep 13

The man is mental. Anyone who voted for him should be ashamed.

noma noma 2:49 pm 26 Sep 13

chewy14 said :

poetix said :

He will be around for lunch…However, I think that those of us who see $10 as a fair amount of dosh will be saved from competing with Mr Palmer for the last curry.

After watching an interview with him the other week, he likes to eat pies and sausage rolls for breakfast.

I don’t think you’re in any danger at the salad bar.

But you don’t win friends with salad

Mr Evil Mr Evil 12:53 pm 26 Sep 13

But isn’t he worried that all those ex-military people working for the AEC (the ones who secretly rigged the election against him!) might try and take him out with a Stinger if he flies to/from Canberra???

Innovation Innovation 12:01 pm 26 Sep 13

IF he does get in after the recount and IF he does his job properly he shouldn’t be finishing work, at least on sitting days, until around 10pm or possibly even much later. Even if he had been serious he would get pretty sick of flying home that late only to turn around and fly straight back early the next morning. There’s only so much negotiating, lobbying and information gathering that he can do from the back of his plane or at home in Qld.

tuco tuco 11:22 am 26 Sep 13

IrishPete said :

simsim said :

Garfield said :

The other thing to note is … trained monkeys get slowed down quite a lot when every vote counted is being scrutineered by multiple representatives of political parties. I’m pretty sure that the RiotAct publishing empire would be slown down to a crawl if you had representatives of every candidate crowded into the room with you every time you wanted to do anything…

Surely only two parties are still interested and scrutineering. You could train the monkeys to ignore them. Or to bite.

IP

Oh please let this come to pass.
Imagine the excitement at the monkey cages when the election is called and they know they will be in business soon. Imagine the effort having to catch them after counting is done (or after sending them out to collect the election signs). On voting day they could man (monkey?) the sausage sizzles.

Clive – please note. I want my democracy monkey-flavoured from now on …

IrishPete IrishPete 8:58 am 26 Sep 13

simsim said :

Garfield said :

Declaration happens when the margin based on votes remaining to be counted makes it impossible for any other candidate to get up. That margin was fairly clearly established in Tasmania by now. Thus far in the counting in the ACT, it hasn’t been.

The other thing to note is … trained monkeys get slowed down quite a lot when every vote counted is being scrutineered by multiple representatives of political parties. I’m pretty sure that the RiotAct publishing empire would be slown down to a crawl if you had representatives of every candidate crowded into the room with you every time you wanted to do anything…

Surely only two parties are still interested and scrutineering. You could train the monkeys to ignore them. Or to bite.

IP

chewy14 chewy14 7:41 am 26 Sep 13

simsim said :

Garfield said :

IrishPete said :

JB – do you have a link to support your statement the the AEC is still pissing the ACT Senate vote around?

Surely a team of trained monkeys could have finalised the count by now, especially since the last postal votes trickled in last Thursday I think. It’s not like there were 110 candidates like in NSW.

IP

A good comparison is Tasmania where they had twice the number of candidates we did and 80,000 extra registered voters. Tasmania has already declared who has been elected.

Declaration happens when the margin based on votes remaining to be counted makes it impossible for any other candidate to get up. That margin was fairly clearly established in Tasmania by now. Thus far in the counting in the ACT, it hasn’t been.

The other thing to note is … trained monkeys get slowed down quite a lot when every vote counted is being scrutineered by multiple representatives of political parties. I’m pretty sure that the RiotAct publishing empire would be slown down to a crawl if you had representatives of every candidate crowded into the room with you every time you wanted to do anything…

What? The last two seats in the Tasmanian senate race went down to the wire. Its probably as simple as the ACT having less people doing the counting and data entry.

chewy14 chewy14 7:38 am 26 Sep 13

poetix said :

He will be around for lunch…However, I think that those of us who see $10 as a fair amount of dosh will be saved from competing with Mr Palmer for the last curry.

After watching an interview with him the other week, he likes to eat pies and sausage rolls for breakfast.

I don’t think you’re in any danger at the salad bar.

simsim simsim 5:55 am 26 Sep 13

Garfield said :

IrishPete said :

JB – do you have a link to support your statement the the AEC is still pissing the ACT Senate vote around?

Surely a team of trained monkeys could have finalised the count by now, especially since the last postal votes trickled in last Thursday I think. It’s not like there were 110 candidates like in NSW.

IP

A good comparison is Tasmania where they had twice the number of candidates we did and 80,000 extra registered voters. Tasmania has already declared who has been elected.

Declaration happens when the margin based on votes remaining to be counted makes it impossible for any other candidate to get up. That margin was fairly clearly established in Tasmania by now. Thus far in the counting in the ACT, it hasn’t been.

The other thing to note is … trained monkeys get slowed down quite a lot when every vote counted is being scrutineered by multiple representatives of political parties. I’m pretty sure that the RiotAct publishing empire would be slown down to a crawl if you had representatives of every candidate crowded into the room with you every time you wanted to do anything…

poetix poetix 8:24 pm 25 Sep 13

He will be around for lunch…However, I think that those of us who see $10 as a fair amount of dosh will be saved from competing with Mr Palmer for the last curry.

pierce pierce 4:00 pm 25 Sep 13

Aeek said :

Garfield said :

IrishPete said :

JB – do you have a link to support your statement the the AEC is still pissing the ACT Senate vote around?

Surely a team of trained monkeys could have finalised the count by now, especially since the last postal votes trickled in last Thursday I think. It’s not like there were 110 candidates like in NSW.

IP

A good comparison is Tasmania where they had twice the number of candidates we did and 80,000 extra registered voters. Tasmania has already declared who has been elected.

Don’t we have a later date when the senate electees become senators?
So finalising us last makes sense.

I think you might have it the wrong way around Aeek – territory senators generally go straight into parliament while the others usually wait until the next July 1

Aeek Aeek 3:12 pm 25 Sep 13

Garfield said :

IrishPete said :

JB – do you have a link to support your statement the the AEC is still pissing the ACT Senate vote around?

Surely a team of trained monkeys could have finalised the count by now, especially since the last postal votes trickled in last Thursday I think. It’s not like there were 110 candidates like in NSW.

IP

A good comparison is Tasmania where they had twice the number of candidates we did and 80,000 extra registered voters. Tasmania has already declared who has been elected.

Don’t we have a later date when the senate electees become senators?
So finalising us last makes sense.

Garfield Garfield 2:15 pm 25 Sep 13

IrishPete said :

JB – do you have a link to support your statement the the AEC is still pissing the ACT Senate vote around?

Surely a team of trained monkeys could have finalised the count by now, especially since the last postal votes trickled in last Thursday I think. It’s not like there were 110 candidates like in NSW.

IP

A good comparison is Tasmania where they had twice the number of candidates we did and 80,000 extra registered voters. Tasmania has already declared who has been elected.

p1 p1 1:43 pm 25 Sep 13

johnboy said :

My understanding is they’re doing data entry on the below the line votes to let the computer do the tally and the ACT had a massive below the line vote.

I know I voted below the line on all the ballots I submitted.

howeph howeph 1:29 pm 25 Sep 13

Back on the 16th Simon Sheikh tweeted: “AEC has informed me that this stage of counting will take until October 1st. Could be a few more weeks before preferences are distributed.”

https://twitter.com/SimonSheikh/status/379758762031988737

I don’t know if that is still accurate.

IrishPete IrishPete 1:12 pm 25 Sep 13

JB – do you have a link to support your statement the the AEC is still pissing the ACT Senate vote around?

Surely a team of trained monkeys could have finalised the count by now, especially since the last postal votes trickled in last Thursday I think. It’s not like there were 110 candidates like in NSW.

IP

    johnboy johnboy 1:14 pm 25 Sep 13

    Nothing’s been declared IP and they’re not responding to inquiries.

    My understanding is they’re doing data entry on the below the line votes to let the computer do the tally and the ACT had a massive below the line vote.

mezza76 mezza76 12:57 pm 25 Sep 13

Roundhead89 said :

I’m willing to bet Clive will be absent from the House most of the time and will hardly ever be in Canberra to sit in parliament. Does anybody know whether there is a statutory requirement for MPs to sit in parliament during their term of office and if there is a minimum number of attendance times? Methinks Clive only ever wanted his minions to sit in the Senate and never believed he’d win his seat in the Reps.

“A Member‘s place becomes vacant if, without permission of the House, he or she does not attend the House for two consecutive months of any session of the Parliament” (Constitution, section 38). Leave of absence rules would apply – I don’t see the other parties doing him any favours – although it’s hardly a difficult requirement.

Deref Deref 12:56 pm 25 Sep 13

Of course we’ll be paying for Clive’s commute.

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 12:37 pm 25 Sep 13

“Like anyone else, I could go to and from work every day.”
Hahahahahahahaha. They say Canberrans are out of touch! Or are we somehow now going to get a double helping of being seen to be out of touch because the news will show Clive’s plane at Canberra Airport?

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