Businessman and former senator Clive Palmer has claimed credit for the Coalition’s election win, saying his scare campaign targeting Bill Shorten was responsible for the swing against Labor.
- Mr Palmer reportedly spent at least $60 million on advertising throughout the campaign
- Mr Palmer says the advertising was worth the cost, preventing a Labor victory
- Mr Palmer’s party failed to pick up any seats in the election
“Scott Morrison has been returned as Prime Minister and he’s only done so because of the 3.5 per cent vote of United Australia Party,” Mr Palmer said.
“That 3.5 per cent gives you a 7 per cent margin in play and that’s been the difference.
“Our Shifty Shorten ads across Australia … I think have been very successful in shifting the Labor vote.”
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Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek said her party’s cause suffered at the hands of the United Australia Party’s (UAP) advertising blitz, with the main objective being to “trash Labor”.
“We faced a very cashed-up scare campaign from the UAP,” she said.
However, despite spending a reported $60 million on the advertising campaign, Mr Palmer’s party failed to pick up a single seat in yesterday’s election.
As of 1:00pm on Sunday, the UAP had received 3.4 per cent of the vote, slightly more than Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, which had picked up 3 per cent.
LNP member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said this was a reflection of Australia’s opinion of Mr Palmer’s campaign tactics.
“I think that this is karma … can I put it that way,” he said.
“I don’t think that Australian democracy is for sale.”
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