Clive Palmer in isolation

BRISBANE: Businessman and former federal MP Clive Palmer is believed to be isolating in Brisbane on his new yacht to avoid contracting the COVID-19 virus.

Mr Palmer said this week he had refused to be vaccinated against the virus and he has funded a long-running advertising campaign for his United Australia Party questioning government responses to the pandemic and the efficacy of coronavirus vaccines.

A spokesperson for Mr Palmer refused to confirm the exact location of the head of the United Australia Party.

But Mr Palmer is believed to have been on the rear deck of his new $40 million yacht Australia when it sailed into Brisbane yesterday. (main picture)

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CANBERRA: The Australian Federal Police says it is being hampered in its efforts to prepare plans to ensure the security of MPs and other participants in the next federal election.

This week the AFP said it was working urgently with Australia’s intelligence agencies to ensure better protection from extremists for members of parliament and candidates following the recent stabbing murder of British Conservative MP Sir David Amess.

However, AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw today admitted that efforts to assess the threat from extremists were being restricted by the refusal of Sky News to admit his officers to its Sydney headquarters to interview its “after dark” presenters.

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MELBOURNE: Organisers of the Women’s Big Bash League cricket competition have been left stunned this morning by the overnight decision by one of the league’s senior and most respected players to out herself as heterosexual.

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SYDNEY: Online betting company Sportsbet has defended its decision to continue offering its punters odds on a November federal poll even though that is now impossible under the Constitution.

With 33 days minimum notice required between the issuing of the writs and polling day, Prime Minister Scott Morrison would have needed to drive out to Yarralumla some three days ago to ask the Governor-General for an election on Saturday, November 27.

A spokesperson explained why the company this morning was still offering the very lucrative odds of 91-1 on a November poll.

“There’s one born every minute,” he said.

POSTSCRIPT: Sportsbet clearly hasn’t read the criticisms above – or if it has, couldn’t give a flying fuck – because in recent hours, it’s made the odds of a can’t-possibly-be-held November poll even better for the MUG punters out there.

Still, we note that the odds of a December poll are drifting out too, suggesting Sportsbet thinks that the chances of Smoko being chaired and cheered around the COP26 Glasgow conference floor before rushing home for a snap poll are not all that flash.