Clive Palmer’s political career looks to have come to an end after he ruled out a bit for the Senate at the July 2 election.
The outgoing member for Fairfax and the leader of the Palmer United Party said in a statement that he had not sought the party’s endorsement to stand for the Senate, and he also ruled out standing again in the lower house seat as polls showed he would likely lose.
— Clive Palmer (@CliveFPalmer) May 23, 2016
“There are some excellent people who have nominated to be endorsed to stand for the Palmer United Party in the Senate in Queensland and I am confident the party will continue to play a significant role in Australian political life,” Palmer said in a statement.
He went on to say “Only Palmer United can keep the bastards honest” referring to the Coalition and Labor governments.
The 62-year-old MP described the Federal election campaign as “the most boring and lacking in economic policy in Australia’s history”.
His decision not to run for the Senate and his withdrawal from the lower house comes after much criticism of his handling of his Queensland Nickel refinery collapse and more than 200 job losses.
Palmer also took the opportunity to say MPs and Senators should be stripped of taxpayer funding entitlements after leaving politics.