11/01/2021 - 15:08

We won't take Palmer's support: Kirkup

11/01/2021 - 15:08

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Opposition leader Zak Kirkup has refuted claims his party is an ally of mining magnate Clive Palmer, saying the state election was not a “plaything” for millionaires.

We won't take Palmer's support: Kirkup
Opposition leader Zak Kirkup says the Liberal Party will not be taking support from mining magnate Clive Palmer ahead of the upcoming state election.

Opposition leader Zak Kirkup has refuted claims his party is an ally of mining magnate Clive Palmer and his political party, saying the state election was not a “plaything” for millionaires with too much time and money.

The Liberal Party has made a commitment not to accept any money or support from Mr Palmer, who launched a defamation lawsuit against Premier Mark McGowan in August and another via his exploration company Mineralogy for damages in the order of $30 billion.

Mr Palmer has also been highly critical of the state’s hard border closure, arguing it is unconstitutional. 

Last week, Mr Palmer confirmed that his United Australia Party would not contest the upcoming state election.

But Mr McGowan said the state government was still bracing itself for Mr Palmer to launch a major advertising campaign against his government. He urged voters not to support Mr Palmer and his allies, which he said included the Liberal Party.

“We will still have to fight the Liberal Party and Clive Palmer, who have been very close allies in recent years,” he said.

Mr Palmer runs huge advertising campaigns against governments and he will against my government to support the Liberal Party - I don’t think [this year] will be any different.

“What we have seen over the last year is the Liberal Party supporting Clive Palmer in his efforts to bring down the border.

“They supported him, in part, to take the state to court for $30 billion.

“They are still joined, they are still friends, and it is a very bad relationship.”

Mr Kirkup rubbished the claims, telling Business News that he was glad that Clive Palmer would not be participating in the upcoming election.

“Our elections here in WA are not a plaything for millionaires with too much time and money on their hands," he said.

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