Clive Palmer on the campaign trail.
Clive Palmer on the campaign trail.

Palmer to leave carbon tax decision to senators

APN NewsdeskCLIVE Palmer will let his party's senators decide whether to support or remove the price on carbon if a vote is delayed until next July.

Mr Palmer, who is challenging a $6 million carbon tax bill in the High Court, last week promised to abstain from a vote to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

But amid concerns about how he will exert his influence once the new senate changes hands in July, he said he would allow Palmer United Party senators-elect to vote as they wanted on the issue.

While party opposes the carbon tax, Mr Palmer said he would not be telling party members to abstain from the bill, as they had no conflict.

Mr Palmer said if Labor and the Greens succeeded in delaying the vote until the senators-elect took office, they would be free to vote on the carbon tax as they saw fit.