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AEC gives formal approval for Palmer United Party

UPDATE: The Palmer United Party has achieved registration, putting leader and billionaire businessman Clive Palmer closer to reaching his political ambitions.

This is despite an objection to the Australian Electoral Commission made by the little-known United Party in South Australia.

The complaint appeared to have little effect, with the AEC giving formal approval to Mr Palmer's party on Friday afternoon.

The AEC would not confirm the endorsement, declining to discuss the registration until it was published via its website.

According to a PUP spokesman, the party would have candidates for every electorate confirmed by the end of next week.

There would also be contenders for the Senate covering each state and territory. (Palmer) was always confident," the spokesman said.

"He is not standing to be a minority party."

Earlier, it emerged objections surrounding the party's name could have delayed its registration until after the looming election.

 

EARLIER: Naming issues are again hampering billionaire magnate Clive Palmer's political ambitions.

An objection lodged with the Australian Electoral Commission by the little-known United Party must now be finalised before writs are issued for the upcoming Federal Election.

President Darian Hiles claims his party is now being confused with the Palmer United Party.

He told the AEC: "We do not want to be confused with the Palmer United Party, as our policies are quite different and, in many respects, in conflict".

"This is particularly relevant if I choose to contest as an Independent in the Federal Election," he wrote.

If the process drags on, it could banish any reference to Palmer's political party from the ballots.

For any party still vying for registration when writs are issued by the Australian Governor-General, the process is paused until after the poll.

Already, Mr Palmer was forced to change the party's name from the United Australia Party to the Palmer United Party after a Brisbane group applied for registration as the Uniting Australia Party.

Unfortunately, Mr Palmer's naming has fallen foul of a South Australian aspiring politician.

Mr Hiles wrote that the party had been repeatedly approached by confused voters wanting to join his party but addressing their application to Clive Palmer.

Others wanted to be candidates "for a confused combination of the two parties", Mr Hiles said.

The AEC is now investigating.

Mr Palmer has been sought for comment.



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