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Blow to Canberra restaurants as Clive plans to commute

By johnboy - 25 September 2013 26

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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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Blow to Canberra restaurants as Clive plans to commute
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 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 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 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 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.

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.

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

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 12:56 pm 25 Sep 13

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

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?

Thumper 12:30 pm 25 Sep 13

Blow to Canberra restaurants as Clive plans to commute

Well played sir….

smcphill 12:05 pm 25 Sep 13

HiddenDragon said :

So the airport curfews will be lifted as the price of repealing the carbon tax?

Maybe Clive reckons all public servants – MPs included – knock off at 5?

HiddenDragon 11:55 am 25 Sep 13

So the airport curfews will be lifted as the price of repealing the carbon tax?

Roundhead89 11:46 am 25 Sep 13

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.

jase! 11:43 am 25 Sep 13

yeah, not the most accurate reporting of what he said. I heard the interview on news radio and the quote statement was connected to a joke about not sleeping at the police college with the PM

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