Palmer United Party won third Senate seat in WA

Clive Palmer addresses the National Press Club.
Clive Palmer addresses the National Press Club.

EVEN if Sunshine Coast businessman Clive Palmer fails to win Fairfax in the vote recount, the mine owner will hold significant political power in Canberra with a third Senator under his control.

The Australian Electoral Commission on Wednesday confirmed Mr Palmer's United Party had won its third Senate seat, in Western Australia.

Unseating The Greens' Scott Ludlam, PUP candidate Zhenya Wang won the state's last Senate seat, taking his place on the red benches from July next year.

Mr Wang joins former rugby star Glenn Lazarus and former soldier Jacqui Lambie as the party's three successful Senators.

And while Mr Palmer himself waits for the news of the Fairfax recount, which rest on a mere seven votes, his team is likely to exercise significant power.

After July 1, when the new Senate is officially sworn in, the upper house will be integral for Prime Minister Tony Abbott to complete his political agenda.

But the extra seats won by the party have already raised concerns about how Mr Palmer will exercise his new-found political power, especially given his extensive mining and property interests.

Topics:  australian electoral commission clive palmer fairfax palmer united party

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