Federal election 2022: Mark McGowan takes aim at Liberal Party’s ‘sneak deal’ with Clive Palmer

Mark McGowan made his most significant intervention of the federal election campaign after the Liberal Party revealed it would send senatorial preferences to Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party in every state except WA.

The Prime Minister, who is in a libel battle with Mr Palmer, seized on the revelation to claim there had been a ‘sly preference deal’ between the billionaire and the Liberals.

WA Liberal Senator Michaelia Cash hit back, accusing Labor of being “complete hypocrites” for putting the UAP ahead of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation on all her voting cards in the WA House of Representatives.

Liberal how-to-vote maps, released Thursday, encourage supporters in Victoria and Tasmania to place the UAP second on their Senate ballot, third in New South Wales and Queensland and fourth in Australia -Southern.

By contrast, in WA – where Mr Palmer remains unpopular due to his failed attempt to tear up the hard border – the Liberals are not sending UAP preferences.

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