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Sure some few people might that I am 'carrying on' about the 2013 Federal Election, like a rabid dog (as if  to claim that persistence were a bad thing for your community representative), yet the purpose of having this information here is for those that are interested.

Clive Palmer's lead over Ted O'Brien narrows to 64 votes

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  • 16th Sep 2013 12:56 PM
  • Updated: 18th Sep 2013

TED O'Brien looks increasingly on course to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in Fairfax with a likely margin of more than 100 votes.

He is now just 64 votes behind Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer but on trend can expect to finish around 133 votes ahead.

Tuesday morning's count confirmed the view that Mr Palmer's chances of winning are diminishing as the final few thousand votes are tallied.  

While remaining absentee votes that now number 780 continue to fall his way at the ratio of 57.01% to Mr O'Brien's 42.99, pre-poll and postal ballots are flowing strongly to the LNP.

There are 908 pre-poll votes still to be counted. They are now falling 57.47% to Mr O'Brien and 42.53% to Mr Palmer.

 It is expected that around 62.25% of the remaining 969 postal ballots will also go to Mr O'Brien.

Remaining in doubt is the fate of 692 provisional votes.

Whatever the outcome Mr Palmer has signaled he will go to the High Court's court of disputed returns to have the entire count placed under judicial scrutiny.

Late Tuesday, Mr Palmer called for a recount in the seat.

Mr Palmer said he had formally requested the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) recount votes in the Sunshine Coast electorate of Fairfax due to the evidence of alleged vote tampering and irregularities with the counting process.

"Although I still hold a slender lead in Fairfax at this time, I have formally requested the AEC undertake a recount due to the evidence we have found of major voting discrepancies," he said.

"It would seem on the basis of the evidence that a fraud has been committed and that the AEC is now seeking to cover up this matter by creating and/or transferring ballots between booths."

Mr Palmer said postal votes and pre-poll votes were also favouring his LNP opponent Ted O'Brien by an implausibly large ratio and the integrity of the process had been marred by lax or non-existent security over precast ballots.

You can check the latest count in Fairfax here

Palmer should offer 'grovelling'' apology to AEC staff

NICK Xenophon has called on would-be MP Clive Palmer to give a "grovelling, unqualified apology" to the Australian Electoral Commission following his allegations that the AEC and its staff were involved in electoral fraud.

Mr Palmer, candidate for the seat of Fairfax, asserted on the ABC's Q&A program last night: "I think they (the AEC) are rorting the polling booth system" referring to a seeming anomaly where there were more than 700 votes in the House of Representatives in the seat of Fairfax than for the Senate.

Mr Palmer said: "It doesn't matter how people vote; I am saying the total number of ballots in the Senate box were 760 less than the total number of ballots in the House of Representatives box and that indicates there has been interference in that House of Representatives box and not in the Senate."

The AEC has issued a statement saying approximately 750 votes were wrongly published on the Virtual Tally Room against the wrong pre-poll voting centre, and the error has no impact on the positions of the candidates involved.

The South Australian independent senator said Mr Palmer has also alleged a conspiracy of ex-military personnel who work for the AEC being involved in rorting-comparing them to the military in dictatorships.

"Clive Palmer would simply be a national laughing stock if his comments didn't impugn the integrity of the AEC," Mr Xenephon said.

"This follows his previous unsubstantiated and baseless statements that Greenpeace is funded by the CIA and Wendy Deng is a Chinese spy.

"Clive Palmer needs to pull his head in and provide an unqualified apology to the AEC and its staff.

"He also claimed on Q&A a court had 'agreed' with him yesterday on the issue-that's just not true. A Federal Court did not grant him an injunction to suspend counting in Fairfax and counting continues as it should.

"If he really had a problem with it, Clive Palmer should have gone about making a complaint in the proper way, through the High Court sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns.

"The integrity and decency of the AEC is beyond question, and to publicly impugn divisional returning officers simply because they're former military officers is grossly offensive to both serving and former military officers."

Sorting error blamed for missing Fairfax votes

A SORTING error has been blamed for a discrepancy of 768 votes in the tightly contested seat of Fairfax which has prompted Clive Palmer to call for a fresh election.

All Fairfax candidates were informed late on Friday about the anomaly that showed 3966 House of Representatives ballot papers were lodged but only 3198 for the Senate, a gap of 768 votes.

A spokesman for the Australian Electoral Commission said a sorting error during election night counting had been detected during "normal quality control checking processes".

"The anomaly detected makes no difference to the total number of first preference votes already recorded for each candidate in the Division of Fairfax, and also has no impact on the relative position of the candidates in the two-candidate preferred count currently proceeding,'' the spokesman said.

Mr Palmer claimed there is 'massive' evidence mounting of vote tampering.

The Palmer United Party leader unsuccessfully sought a court injunction to uphold the integrity of the counting process, citing alleged tampering by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

"Although I hold a slender lead in Fairfax at this time, the best thing to do in the name of democracy would be to suspend counting and call a fresh election under the tightest possible scrutiny,'' he said in a second statement on the issue on Monday afternoon.

"What we are seeing unfolding in Fairfax is a rigged election. The ballots have no security and the AEC is a national disgrace that needs to be held accountable.

"The AEC wanted to alter documentation showing the discrepancy. Our lawyers approached the Federal Court this morning for urgent relief and in response the AEC has given undertakings to the court that they will preserve the original documentation."

Palmer claims 768 ballots went missing from Coolum

Mr Palmer said 768 ballots had gone "missing" from the pre-polling voting centre at Coolum Beach and turning up at Buderim.

Mr Palmer has received correspondence from Divisional Returning Officer for Fairfax, David McKenzie, confirming an inconsistency in voting figures of 768 votes between the House of Representatives and the Senate counts for the Coolum booth.

Mr Palmer said the AEC has admitted that the discrepancy was found to be counter-balanced with a difference of around 768 votes for the House of Representatives and the Senate for the Buderim pre poll voting centre.

"What a farce,'' Mr Palmer said.

"Although I hold a slender lead in Fairfax at this time, the best thing to do in the name of democracy would be to suspend counting and call a fresh election under the tightest possible scrutiny.

"What we are seeing unfolding in Fairfax is a rigged election. The ballots have no security and the AEC is a national disgrace that needs to be held accountable."

The latest figures show Mr Palmer is now just 209 votes ahead of LNP candidate Ted O'Brien.

Mr Palmer had 50.13% of the two party preferred vote (39,879 votes), after preferences, while Mr O'Brien had 49.87% or 39,670.

Mr O'Brien had 41.54% of the primary vote, ahead of Mr Palmer on 26.6% while Labor's Elaine Hughes had 18.07% of the first vote.

Last week, Mr Palmer called for a full review of Australia's voting system after citing irregularities.

In that instance Mr Palmer said postal votes and pre-poll votes were favouring Mr O'Brien by an implausibly large ratio and the integrity of the process had been marred by lax or non-existent security over precast ballots.

Mr O'Brien declined to comment on Mr Palmer's claims.

Palmer calls for fresh election in Fairfax

By Melinda Howells

Updated Tue 17 Sep 2013

Businessman and political aspirant Clive Palmer has demanded a new election in the federal seat of Fairfax on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

His lead over the LNP's Ted O'Brien in Fairfax has narrowed to only 209 votes, with about 88 per cent of ballot papers counted.

Mr Palmer, who founded the Palmer United Party (PUP), says the election is rigged and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is a national disgrace.

He says 768 pre-poll votes from one booth went missing from the voting centre at Coolum Beach, and later turned up at Buderim.

AEC confidence in process

On Monday afternoon, the AEC released a statement saying the sorting error makes no difference to the count overall, and it remains confident in the integrity of its processes.

However, the Federal Court says the AEC’s media release on Monday suggested there was a reserved judgment. 

The court says today Justice Dowsett indicated he would reserve the question of costs in respect of Monday’s hearing, but otherwise Mr Palmer’s application was denied.

The AEC says there is a proper, transparent and evidence-based process for dealing with allegations of illegal behaviour via the Court of Disputed Returns.

Why do you fill it in with a pencil and not ink - so it can be rubbed out later? That's ridiculous.

Clive Palmer, founder of Palmer United Party

Mr Palmer has told the ABC's PM program he has other concerns about the electoral process, particularly about ex-military officers involved in the process of counting votes.

"You've seen what's happened in Egypt with a coup over," he said.

"In a free democracy we don't want military personnel in control of our election process.

"We are civilians and it should be a civilian election.

"It's just too much of a coincidence you've got so many ex-military people acting as divisional directors in House of Representative seats."

Scope for vote tampering

Mr Palmer says the court injunction is not just about whether he wins in Fairfax.

"I'm still leading the election, but whether I win or lose is not material," he said.

"We've got to have integrity in our voting system."

He is also unhappy with the way Australians cast their ballots, saying there is clearly scope for tampering once the polling booths have closed.

"You don't show any identification when you go into vote," he said.

"And then you're given a ballot paper which you fill in with a pencil.

"Why do you fill it in with a pencil and not ink - so it can be rubbed out later? That's ridiculous."

PUP Queensland Senate candidate Glen Lazarus is on track to claim a seat in the upper house.

But the party has fallen behind in the Tasmanian Senate race.

Palmer caught out while accusing AEC of conspiracy

Date: 17 September 2013 - 06:43am

Gold Coast businessman and political aspirant, Clive Palmer, is promising to sue the Australian Electoral Commission over allegations of vote tampering.

The billionaire founder of Palmer United Party is on the brink of winning his Sunshine Coast seat of Fairfax from Ted O’Brien (LNP).

Mr Palmer holds 50.22% of the vote on preferences - two candidates preferred. reports, Mr Palmer appeared on the ABC’s QandA show last night, accusing the AEC of everything from being out of date to suggesting there could be a military conspiracy secretly pulling the strings.

However, he was caught out on social media after fielding a question from Palmer United 2013 election candidate Tim Kelly without disclosing his relationship.

"Clive made a point earlier, why are we in 2013 still using pencils and in America they at least have a computer system and other countries," Mr Kelly asked.

Mr Palmer, who has extensively criticised the AEC for its failure to embrace technology, quickly jumped on the question.

"You can rub it out," Mr Palmer said. "You have to show your ID when you go on an aeroplane or when you go into a country. But when you vote you can come and vote 10, 20 or 30 times if you like."

But eagle-eyed viewers of the show quickly spotted the striking resemblance between Mr Palmer's questioner and his candidate for the seat of Sydney.

"Will #qanda disclose the questioner about pencils/pens is Tim Kelly the Palmer candidate for Sydney ? Just asking," freelance journalist Andrew Jaffrey Tweeted.


Clive Palmer claims AEC predictions may affect WA votes

Australian Associated Press 07 09 2013 

CLIVE Palmer has accused the Australian Electoral Commission of influencing WA voters, and has flagged a possible High Court challenge.

Mr Palmer says the AEC is "openly predicting'' the results of the election, and possibly influencing the election results in Western Australia and in South Australia, where booths are open after east coast venues have closed.

He said the AEC would be providing booths with an envelope in which two parties' names would be.

"These parties have been predetermined by an officer of the AEC and will be based on the 2010 election results,'' he said in the Sunshine Coast seat of Fairfax, where he is running.

"These results will be shown as the two party result and will be the basis for preference counting.''

He said the parties would be flashed on a screen at the AEC.

"Neither of these parties may have finished first or second in the ballet,'' he said.

"For sure our party is not going to be in the secret envelope.

"As a result of this, as voters go to the polls in Western Australia, they may assume a particular result and they may have the media calling the election based on AEC data and information which is wrong and incorrect.

"We don't think the AEC should be in that game.''

 Mr Palmer said the AEC was being prejudicial against his party, and other smaller parties.

"This is part of the whole story in Australia, where everyone assumes that this election is going to be fought between the two parties,'' the Palmer United Party leader said.

"All the media, all the debate, everything is only about two different alternatives.''

Mr Palmer said the AEC should only be providing information ``that is accurate, and correct''.

"If the agency continues to do this ... we will be challenging the AEC and the result of the election outcome in Western Australia in the High Court after the election, to seek that it be void,'' he told reporters.

Katter's Australian Party leader Bob Katter told the Seven Network he agreed the electoral system was unfair for smaller parties like his.

He said the AEC had done nothing to counter the LNP lie that a vote for the Katter party was a vote for Labor.
"The AEC did nothing about it - nothing whatsoever,'' Mr Katter told Seven.

"I can tell you people in my electorate actually believed it.''