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CLIVE PALMER: Well firstly, we haven't approached anyone, right? Secondly, Senator Nick Xenophobia raised this issue the other day and he was going to bring in a Senate bill to have us show what the alliance agreement was, and I made a magnanimous offer to him that Christmas was coming and on Christmas Day we'd release the agreement so Nick Xenophobia would have it. So, I thought that was a wonderful thing to do. But what the agreement actually says is this, in essence, it says that Ricky Muir has fought hard and strong for the Motorists of Victoria and Australia, and he spent much time convincing Jacqui Lambie and Glenn Lazarus that they should support his policies. And although they were reluctant, after a lot of talk and discussion they finally gave in and said yes. If Motorist policy comes before the Senate, in accordance with the Motorist policies, they'll vote for it. But at the same time they asked Mr Muir to consider our policies on other issues, and he was prepared to support us on those issues as long as he satisfied himself that he could, and he did, so that was what the agreement virtually says. But you'll see it as Christmas time. We're going to give it to Nick with a nice bow on it, and he can have it, and you'll see that it's not really about much. I mean, I sneezed on Sunday and there were 640 articles in newspapers around Australia saying I wasn't coming to Parliament. Yesterday, I tried to come down here to avoid the press and I caught a taxi and there were 420 articles around Australia about me catching a taxi. So, you know, let's get the debate up a bit higher than that. JAMES MASSOLA: Mr Palmer, if the agreement is as unsuspicious, as regular as all that, why not release the details of the agreements now, given that say, for example, in the previous Parliament, the Greens and Julia Gillard, Andrew Wilkie and Julia Gillard, and the Independents, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor, released the terms of their deal, it was transparent. Why are you afraid of a similar transparency? CLIVE PALMER: See, I think your thinking's confused. The Senate doesn't come together until next June. We release the agreement in December, that's six months before the parliament session even starts. It's well before the Greens ever released anything. They only release things after Parliament started. So, you know, I think you need to not be biased, I'm not saying you're biased, but you're certainly not treating us with a fair bat. I mean, we say we're going to release the agreement six months before the parliament starts, that's pretty fair. COMPERE: Further to the thrust of James's question, do you think there's scope for Palmer United to do more deals with cross bench MPs, people like Cathy McGowan, people like Bob Katter? CLIVE PALMER: Well I think, you know, Ricky Muir was very tough on us regarding the motoring policy that we finally gave into him on. So, if other people want to come and convince us about their policies, if we support it, we'll certainly listen to them. If Tony Abbott feels he's got some policy he wants us to endorse, we'd listen to Tony or Bill Shorten. So it's up to them really. We haven't gone and approached anyone to come and talk to us at the moment. COMPERE: Next questions from James Gribble. JAMES GRIBBLE: James Gribble from AAP, Mr Palmer. Just further to this issue, can you clarify there are some reports around that Senator-elect Dropulich may be joining your alliance, is that true? And can you expand on the Motorists Party policies that you will support because during the election their website made it clear that they were interested in four-wheel driving in national parks, but all other policies they deliberately had no other policy? CLIVE PALMER: I don't think that's right. JAMES GRIBBLE: I'm trying to understand what exact policies are you supporting? CLIVE PALMER: Okay. Let's go to the first part of your question, on Wayne Dropulich, wasn't it?. I've had no discussions with Wayne at any time; I've never met Wayne until today. He's here, but I haven't met him. There's no proposal he joins our party, or forms our alliance, from me or from him. It's just a media beat-up. So I'm sorry to that, we do love you and care about you, but it's not something like that. The second one was about the Motorists policies. Well, you know, when we look at the GDP, in this country there's a lot The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 227


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