Clive Palmer seen here addressing media at the Palmer Coolum Resort.
Clive Palmer seen here addressing media at the Palmer Coolum Resort. Brett Wortman

Palmer won't run against Swan

QUEENSLAND's richest businessman will seek LNP endorsement to run in the next federal election - but has opted against contesting the Federal Treasurer's Lillee seat.

While on a trip to Tahiti, Clive Palmer issued a statement on Tuesday afternoon announcing he would seek endorsement to run for the House of Representatives in 2013 - confirming he would not contest Wayne Swan's seat but declining to name which electorate he would contest.

Kirsten Livermore's Rockhampton-based seat of Capricornia - a marginal seat close to mining interests - could be a contender.

Mr Palmer said he decided to stand in a seat where he could do the most good for the LNP and Australia.

"It will be an electorate where I am known and people know what I stand for and the things I hold dear to me - an electorate which will play its part in the defeat of Labor," he said. "I have decided, therefore, not to nominate for the seat of Lilley at this time."

After withholding his intentions to run for pre-selection at a press conference on Monday, Mr Palmer has decided to draw out his plans a bit further by promising to announce his chosen Queensland seat "in the next few days."

The eccentric mining identity offered his interest in running for the seat of Lilley as the reason for the rise in LNP support in Queensland.

"Since I expressed an interest in standing in the federal seat of Lilley in Brisbane, support for the LNP has continued to grow in Queensland," he said. "The number of Queenslanders offering to serve the LNP as a candidate has more than doubled.

"The mission has been accomplished with more than 3000 voters from Lilley offering tangible means of support to defeat the sitting member and Treasurer Wayne Swan at the next federal election."

Mr Palmer has been a long-term LNP supporter but has failed to gain endorsement from Opposition leader Tony Abbott since voicing his federal parliament ambitions.

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