Warren Truss.
Warren Truss.

Truss says Palmer supporters putting ‘country at risk’

NATIONALS leader Warren Truss believes Clive Palmer may go the way of other political "saviours" such as Pauline Hanson.

The Federal Member for Wide Bay said those who voted for Mr Palmer in protest were ignoring their obligations to democracy and putting their country at risk.

Asked if Mr Palmer's Palmer United Party was just a "flash in the pan", the acting PM said there had always been independent parties.

"We have had plenty of saviours in the past, like Pauline Hanson and Bob Katter. They all made a little bit of an impact for a while," he said yesterday in Queanbeyan.

Mr Palmer was the big winner at the 2013 federal election, gaining his own seat and three Senate spots.

Pauline Hanson roared onto the Australian political landscape in 1996 but had only the one term in federal parliament.

"Sometimes these people will gain support from that element," Mr Truss said.

"Those who throw away their vote in some kind of protest are in fact ignoring their obligations to their democracy but also putting their country at risk."

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