Western Australian voters will go to the polls again after a ballot paper mix-up resulted in the Palmer United Party securing a Senate seat.
Australian Electoral Commission officials realised the error after large number of seemingly sensible Western Australians cast their votes for Clive Palmer’s party.
“As the ballot papers were marked PUP, a lot of people obviously thought they were voting for Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke,” said an AEC official. “We love our cricket here in WA and we all think Clive is a bit of goose.”
Although it was acknowledged that some of the tainted votes may have been for Palmer’s party, the AEC said the possibility that PUP could legitimately secure 15% of the vote in Western Australia was “fanciful”.
“Maybe Western Australians might have voted for Clive before the last election, but now people have actually seen him in Canberra, you’ve got to be kidding.”
An unfazed Clive Palmer said he was happy to take on Michael Clarke man-to-man, any place, any time.
“I’m a pretty handy fast bowler,” said Palmer. “And, let’s face it, Michael Clarke isn’t the batsman he used to be.”
If, as expected, a run-off is ordered between Palmer and Clarke, the AEC are likely to give Palmer a significant head-start given his weight and fitness issues.
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