Indigenous MPs abandon CLP for Palmer United Party
THREE indigenous MPs have joined the Palmer United Party after abandoning the state's Country Liberal Party in a move that party leader Clive Palmer believes will be repeated nationally.
Mr Palmer confirmed Larisa Lee, Francis Xavier Kurrupuwu and Alison Anderson would join his team, after quitting the governing party and taking seats on the Northern Territory crossbench.
The fast talking mining magnate said told ABC's Insiders the three came to him, not the other way around.
"They come to support the policies we've got," Mr Palmer said.
He said he expected more sitting members in the NT and in other states to join the Palmer United Party.
"I think you will see our party hold the balance of power in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, and I think you will see other MPs in other states wanting to join us," Mr Palmer said.
It is not the first time a state-level conservative party has lost politicians to Mr Palmer.
In late 2012, Queensland's LNP government was struck by the defection of Dr Alex Douglas and Carl Judge who quit to join the minor party.