Agreed, by being seen to cooperate on the removal of the carbon tax the Labor Party can absolve themselves of at least some of the responsibility if the double dissolution trigger is eventually pulled. Abbott's no fool, he won't want to drag people back to the polls too soon - everyone I've spoken to in the last week (even people who normally love talking politics) is heartily sick of the whole thing for the time being. If Tony does decide to push the button it will either be because he genuinely can't make parliament work or because he feels the timing and climate will be right to gain some advantage from it. Probably both.
Many very rich men have had a habit of making stupid public pronouncements; Palmer is another. "Rigged voting" won't cost him anything. Wendi Deng's alleged spying might find him in court, but even if he loses a defamation case, why would he care? Any payout would only be petty cash to him. I do hope he has enough left to build Titanic II.
I hope he gets around to building it too but it won't be anything like the original - there will have to be more lifeboats for a start! He's also planning on filling it up with pokies and a casino so it will pay it's way. Again, I don't recall any mention of pokies on the first Titanic.
I really don't know why he made that outrageous allegation about Wendi Deng, even when he said it on the radio he seemed to think it was just an internet rumour himself so why on earth he repeated it is beyond me. I think at that stage he was just upset because The Australian
had just run a very unflattering piece about him and he was venting his spleen at the Murdoch press but he should have just stuck to that instead of getting personal.