If Clive says it, it probably won't happen - a US presidential impeachment is as likely.
Clive Palmer hits out at 'failed' budget, calls for double dissolution
July 31, 2014
James Massola, Latika Bourke
Clive Palmer says the federal government's budget has crashed and he has challenged Prime Minister Tony Abbott to hold a double dissolution or implement a mini-budget.
The leader of the Palmer United Party also accused Treasurer Joe Hockey of lying by suggesting Australia could lose its AAA credit rating, and while he declared his in-principle support for the work-for-the-dole program, he was ''totally opposed'' to job seekers having to apply for 40 jobs a month.
MP and mining magnate Clive Palmer.
Key crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm also lashed the government's proposal to toughen work-for-the-dole requirements as bordering on exploitation. He called for ''proper'' industrial relations reform instead.
Meanwhile, fellow crossbencher Bob Day said the 40 jobs a month plan was ''nuts and insane''.
The comments came as Mr Abbott said on Wednesday the government believed looking for work should be a ''full-time job'', while noting that the measures were ''still subject to consultation''.
Warning that Australia's AAA credit rating could be at risk if Parliament did not pass the budget, Mr Hockey also called on Labor to help get the budget back to surplus, while ruling out a mini-budget this year.
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