malcolm and clive go intimate...
HE insists it was a coincidental rendezvous, but two days after dining with Clive Palmer Malcolm Turnbull has admitted an “obvious” fact: the Coalition has to schmooze the PUP leader.
“We ought to be talking to him, engaging with him,” he said before adding “obviously not ceding ground”.
“But you don’t make any friends, you don’t win any votes, by being rude to people or being abrasive.”
“Engagement and charm is a very valuable thing in politics. You gotta do it.”
His advice comes after Treasurer Joe Hockey yesterday poked a little fun at Mr Palmer over his dinner date with Mr Turnbull and Treasury Secretary Martin Parkinson.
“Obviously Clive might have more than one meal a night so it is quite possible you will bump into him at a restaurant,” Mr Hockey joked on morning TV.
Later during Question Time he thanked the man he called “Professor Palmer” for a question on debt.
Mr Palmer’s party members have decided not to negotiate with Coalition members inside Parliament House in a display of protest.
They’re demanding more staff to consider budget legislation before any sit-down meetings.
The PUP leader will control a crucial voting bloc of four in the new Senate, his party’s Dio Wang, Jacqui Lambie and Glenn Lazarus, as well as the Motoring Enthusiasts Party’s Ricky Muir.
Note to whoever said: a "coincidental rendezvous"... A rendezvous cannot be coincidental...