Beware the economic perils of populist Palmer

It's all fun and games when populist politicians play sport with policy. They're not the ones who have to pick up the pieces.

Clive Palmer’s political theatrics might make Canberra more interesting, but beware of politicians with a populist agenda. In the scramble to be everyone’s best friend, Abbott’s opposition risks creating an agenda that simply doesn’t add up.

So far the opposition to the federal government’s budget has been steadfast. Last week the Labor Party announced plans to block $11.4 billion in budget savings, a position that requires cooperation from both the Greens and Palmer United Party.

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