CLIVE Palmer has been unapologetic about throwing the Federal Government into disarray after his party's senators again refused to pass the carbon tax repeal bill, and last night was believed to be taking a break in New Zealand.
A spokesman for the Fairfax MP said the extraordinary moves on the floor of the Senate yesterday took place after several key amendments negotiated by Mr Palmer had not been properly included in the bill.
He said Mr Palmer was adamant the repeal of the tax should result in a subsequent reduction in costs for consumers - and any business that failed to pass them on completely within 12 months should be fined.
"It's most important with this repeal that 23 million Australians actually get a reduction in their energy and power prices," the spokesman said.
"We just want to make sure everyone on the Sunshine Coast and Australia is rightly reimbursed with a reduction in prices and, the way the bill was, there was no guarantee of that.
"These costs must be passed back to the consumers; if not, they (companies) would be hit with a fine of 250% of those amounts."
Mr Palmer had earlier said the government had "double-crossed" him by failing to include those requested changes.
He claimed the government had failed to circulate the latest changes in time for the Senate to consider them.
He was believed to be on a holiday in New Zealand last night and was not answering any further questions.
The bill rejection has caused embarrassment for the government, which had brought on the vote in the belief it had the PUP's support.
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Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Tony Abbott had said it was "the day when the carbon tax is finally scrapped". But Mr Abbott said there was no need to panic in the face of the bill's refusal, suggesting a reworking of the legislation would benefit all Australians.
Labor senator Penny Wong could not help but make a joke in the wake of the shenanigans, saying it appeared "the Palmer United Party might have been sold a pup" by the government.
"Sorry - I had to just say that once," she said.
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Clive Palmer storms out of TV interview with ABC 7.30 program
Clive Palmer stormed out of an ABC 730 television interview on Thursday night after being quizzed about his legal battle with a Chinese business partner, News Corp reported.
"There are no cases against me, there are no proceedings against me. There's no suggestion I've done anything wrong," he said.
"Don't talk to me about allegations and bullsh*t," he said when host Sarah Ferguson tried to press the issue, before he walked off the New Zealand set where he was holidaying.
"I'm not discussing it any further with you madame ... it's subject to court proceedings - we're suing them for $600 million," he said.
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