Brian Burston defends Clive Palmer saying he ‘has a kind heart’

“The man’s got a very kind heart,” Senator Burston said, suggesting the timing of the trust fund plan was linked to the devastating floods that swept the region in February.

Mr Palmer says the entitlements are being held in a trust account to be administered after the election and claims this means he has “already paid”.


He said the party’s own polling indicated that it was a chance to pick up “one or two Queensland [lower house] seats and perhaps a couple in NSW” and secure “as high as a 14 per cent primary vote in some Queensland seats”.

Senator Burston dismissed suggestions the party’s electoral prospects were only possible thanks to a $30 million Palmer-bankrolled advertising campaign, saying: “I don’t think we’re buying votes”.

Senator Burston was elected as a One Nation senator in 2016, but resigned after a feud with the party’s leader Pauline Hanson, telling media he intended to sit as an independent before joining Mr Palmer’s United Australia Party.

Earlier this year Senator Burston first denied and then admitted to be being responsible for smearing blood on the door of Senator Hanson’s Parliament House following a physical clash with Senator Hanson’s chief-of-staff James Ashby.

Dana is health and industrial relations reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

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