Palmer United Party federal leader and Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer will abstain on voting on the Abbott government’s carbon tax repeal legislation package despite the party’s opposition to the carbon tax.
Mr Palmer said the Palmer United Party went to the September 7 federal election with a policy to abolish the carbon tax and also to make it retrospective.
Bur he said he would be abstaining from voting in the House of Representatives on the carbon tax repeal legislation to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
“I’m applying company director standards and stepping out of this debate as there’s currently a potential conflict of interest,” Mr Palmer said.
“If this carbon tax issue is still not resolved by the time the Palmer United Party senators-elect take their place in the parliament next July then they’ll deal with it.
“They do not have a conflict of interest.”
The Palmer United Party vowed to scrap the carbon tax if elected but from when the tax was introduced.
“Australians under the Palmer United Party policy would have received refunds for carbon tax paid,” Mr Palmer said.