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Palmer laughs off LNP print blunder

A CLERICAL error has resulted in Clive Palmer being listed as a life member of the Queensland Liberal National Party, nearly two years after he acrimoniously cut ties.

The mining magnate turned Federal MP, who has been a thorn in the party's side at both state and commonwealth level since his departure, remained listed in the party's annual report presented to its conference in Brisbane on the weekend.

The Member for Fairfax laughed off the blunder.

"They probably want to keep holding on to me," he told Fairfax Media. "It's just wishful thinking isn't it?"

An LNP spokesman blamed the error on the supply of an outdated list.

"An out-of-date list of life members was inadvertently inserted in the production of the annual report with 2013 additions included," he said.

"The error was not picked up in the editing process."

All attendees at the three- day convention at the RNA Showgrounds received a copy of the report.

Mr Palmer was made an LNP life member in 1992 and resigned in November 2012, when he quit the party.

He did not appear on the list of life members in the 2013 annual report.

The Palmer United Party leader, whose trio of senators last week blocked the Abbott Government's repeal of the carbon tax, was a long-time LNP supporter and major donor before his departure.

It came after his outspoken attacks on the Newman government and senior party members including Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney and Treasurer Tim Nicholls.

His attacks on the Queensland branch and Premier Campbell Newman intensified after his departure and following the establishment of his PUP.

Never far from the news, Mr Palmer last week hit the headlines again when he walked out of an interview with ABC TV's 7.30.



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