Clive Palmer is said to be considering his options.
Clive Palmer is said to be considering his options. Warren Lynam

Clive Palmer: "I'm the best chance to win Fairfax"

UPDATE: Clive Palmer has declared himself the 'best chance' to win the seat of Fairfax on the Sunshine Coast despite his dismal showing in recent opinion polls.

Mr Palmer was questioned by reporters in Canberra on speculation he may bid for a Senate seat.

He was asked whether he may have more power and influence in the Senate than from the House of Representatives.

"I'm standing for the seat of Fairfax. That's where I live, that's where I like,'' Mr Palmer said.

"It's the community I represent.''

Mr Palmer claimed the LNP would love to see him vacate the Coast seat.

"I understand the Liberal Party would like to say I was not standing because they desperately want to take that seat,'' he said.

When asked if the Palmer United Party might try to find someone else for the seat, Mr Palmer seemed open to the idea.

But he said: "I think the reality of it is I'm the best chance to win Fairfax.''

"If I did find a better candidate than myself for Fairfax, I'd be happy to look at a better way for me to serve the Australian people.

"But it's not all about power,'' Mr Palmer said.

He said he still had great influence as an MP on the Sunshine Coat through his party.

He said the pre-selection process for Fairfax for PUP was open to others.

"So we will wait to see what happens.''

Is Clive Palmer considering a tilt at the Senate?

CLIVE Palmer is reportedly considering a tilt at the Senate as he faces a wipe out in his Sunshine Coast seat of Fairfax.

The mining magnate is said to be considering his options as Australia heads towards a July 2 double-dissolution election.

Mr Palmer, who won his Coast seat by just 53 votes, will face a massive defeat if he remains in the House of Representatives, based on polls which show his support at just 1 to 2%

His handling of the Queensland Nickel saga, which cost more than 550 jobs, and the closure of his Palmer Coolum Resort, costing hundreds of local jobs, have been incredibly damaging.

Mr Palmer has also faced criticism over his lack of attendance in Parliament and the fact that he is rarely seen on the Sunshine Coast.

He has homes on the Gold Coast where he is often doing television crosses from.

His main opponent, the LNP's Ted O'Brien ran a very strong campaign at the last election and has been active in the area.

Giant billboards featuring Mr O'Brien's face and a pledge of action for the region have demonstrated the LNP is serious about topping Mr Palmer, who used to be one of their biggest financial backers before setting up his own party.

The Australian reports today that Mr Palmer has indicated he intends to run for parliament but did not say whether he would run for Fairfax or the Senate.

In recent weeks, Mr Palmer has maintained he will run again in Fairfax.

According to The Australian, Glenn Lazarus, who broke away from the Palmer United Party last year, is likely to fight it out with Pauline Hanson for the 12th and final senate spot in Queensland.

Observers say it is unlikely the Palmer United Party will match its 2013 result in the Senate - where it recorded almost 10% of the vote.



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