Palmer defends his parliament no-show

CLIVE Palmer has rejected claims he's a part-time politician, despite his extremely low attendance record in parliament since the August election.

Of 21 voting days in the House of Representatives since the election, records suggest the Member for Fairfax and PUP leader has been present only three times.

Mr Palmer said he could do more good by being out in the community than by sitting in the leather seats in parliament.

"You know, you make more progress in politics by talking to other members, coalescing support around things, and also the same thing with the community," Mr Palmer said at media conference yesterday.

"As a crossbencher in the House of Representatives I can only speak once every 14 days. I can only ask a question once every two weeks.

"I've only got one vote out of 150.

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"But as a member of parliament I can go to the great courtyard and talk to all you people and see what benefits that brings."

Mr Palmer rejected suggestions his lack of presence in the house was a negative issue.

"It's only part of what we do, you know," he said.

"The main thing is to serve the Australian people and get the outcomes that they want, and we think we're

doing that pretty well."

Mr Palmer said the people of Fairfax would decide if they thought he was not representing them properly.


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