Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer.
Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer.

Palmer releases agreement with Motoring Enthusiasts Party

THE Palmer United Party has released its memorandum of understanding with Senator-elect Ricky Muir from the Motoring Enthusiasts Party, posting a copy of the document online more than two months after it was signed.

The move follows repeated calls from independent Senator Nick Xenophon for Clive Palmer, the party leader to release the details of the deal struck in October after the Federal Election.

The memo - signed by representatives from Palmer United Party and Australian Motoring Enthusiasts - sets out that each side would do their own media announcements and public comment but would work together "where it is practicable in the Senate".

Neither side would be expected to vote for legislation "that is against his or her party's policies and principles, or against their conscience".

The tenuous alliance between Palmer United and the enthusiasts will help create a four-person voting bloc when new Senators take their seats from July 1.

Senator Xenophon said today the one-page document lacked details.

On Friday, Senator Xenophon had accused Mr Palmer of breaking a pledge to release the details of the memorandum by Christmas, but Mr Palmer said the agreement had been available at his office on Christmas Day, "but no one turned up".

Mr Palmer won the seat of Fairfax on the Sunshine Coast in the September election, making him the only PUP candidate elected to the House of Representatives.


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