The Federal Court has thrown out Clive Palmer’s bid to stop counting at two polling booths in the sunshine coast electorate of Fairfax.
AAP reports Federal Court Judge John Dowset ruled against an injunction, though agreed the Australian Electoral Commission had made an error in sorting some votes.
Palmer sought the injunction after a labelling mishap on election night meant 760 votes were recorded as being from the Buderim polling booth instead of Coolum Beach.
The colourful businessman had repeatedly claimed the AEC is biased against him, and the election is unfair. He has said he will take legal action against the agency even if he wins the seat.
Palmer was just over 300 votes ahead of the Liberal National Party candidate Ted O’Brien on Tuesday morning.
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