Clive Palmer urges rogue WA National to side with Abbott

Mining executive Clive Palmer has called on Western Australian National Tony Crook to vote with the Coalition.

Mining executive Clive Palmer has called on Western Australian National Tony Crook to vote with the Coalition.

Crook claimed the seat of O’Connor in south-east Western Australia from longstanding Liberal member Wilson Tuckey – who served the electorate for 30 years – over the weekend.

He has since indicated he would sit on the crossbenches of the Lower House and was willing to help either major party form a minority government. 

The Western Australian Nationals are a distinct political party from their federal counterparts and currently hold the balance of power in a minority Western Australian Government. 

Crook has said he would be lobbying his vote in exchange for a Federal commitment to match the Western Australian Royalties for Regions infrastructure funding program, which the Nationals put in place after the last State election in 2008. 

He even said he would support Labor if they promised to abolish the Minerals Resource Rent Tax. 

However Palmer, who is one of the Liberal Party’s largest political donors, said Crook should take a stance reflecting the conservative leanings of his electorate. 

“I would urge him to do what is best by them and the country as a whole, by sitting down with Tony Abbott and discussing the best ways of taking Australia forward in a unified way,’’ he said.

This is the second time in 24 hours Palmer has offered his thoughts on the current electoral circumstances. 

He earlier questioned the ability of Governor-General Quentin Bryce to make an impartial decision on who should be Prime Minister. 

Bryce is the mother-in-law of Labor MP Bill Shorten, who was one of the key figures behind former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s demise. 

“We need to make sure that the Governor-General is totally impartial,” he told The Age.

“If the Governor-General finds she cannot be impartial, she should stand down and they should get someone else to fulfil that role.” 

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