His last big announcement was in New York in February, when he unveiled his grandiose plans to build Titanic II, an exact replica of the ill-fated liner, in China later this year.

Clive Palmer, the Queensland mining billionaire, told the assembled media “the Titanic was a ship of dreams, Titanic II will be the ship where dreams come true”.  It would be set to sail in 2016.

Now Palmer, invariably described as “colourful”, “eccentric” or “controversial”, has another dream: to run for federal parliament in the upcoming election.


clive-palmerClive for Canberra? Queensland’s mining billionaire to run in this year’s election. Pic via The Courier Mail.

Palmer told Tony Jones on ABC’s Lateline last night that he had re-formed the Uniting Australia Party, which governed Australia in the 1930s and was dissolved in 1945, and would run in a seat in Queensland.

“It’s a reformation of the original party which has had three prime ministers in our history, and is a shining example of where we should go,” Mr Palmer said of the party, which ran under Joseph Lyons, Robert Menzies, and Billy Hughes.

Palmer said “we need to take away the game from professional politicians who say the same things … it doesn’t matter if it’s Tony Abbott or Julia Gillard, they’ve got the same lobbyists influencing them, the same focus groups.”

Mr Palmer, who quit as a member of the LNP last year and has been threatening to set up his own part since, said the party would contest 127 seats in the lower house and all Senate seats.

The party would not be confined to Queensland, but would be nation-wide, and that he did not presume to know in which seat he would run. There were a number of high-profile Australians ready to join party and run also, he said. They would be announced next week.


So what does Clive Palmer stand for? He said the UAP would be “nearly identical to the Liberal Party, with a few variations.”

He identified five core ideas.

  1. “The first one is that we don’t believe our party officials should be lobbyists. Tony Abbott does. So if you want Tony Abbott’s policies and you want lobbyists, vote for Tony Abbott. But if you think that I do, we need to have better proprietary and not have lobbyist running the government, give us your vote.
  2. “Second one is that we think we should abolish the carbon tax, but not abolish it when Tony Abbott or the next parliament’s elected, but retrospectively. So we want people and unemployed people in the La Trobe Valley to get their jobs back, we want electricity prices to come down and we want this nation to be more competitive.”
  3. “Number three I guess is about refugees. We think it’s crazy to waste $5 billion a year sending the fleet up to block refugees and we think it’s crazy that people that haven’t got a visa can’t board a plane for $800, come to airports in Melbourne and if they’re not legitimate immigrants, be sent straight back on the next plane.
  4. “Number four is that we think we should take the mineral resources we’ve got in Queensland and in Western Australia and have Commonwealth incentives where we set up downstream processing in NSW, Victoria and South Australia, and rather than export our minerals at $100 a tonne, we get $1,500 a tonne, create more revenue, more jobs, more tax and more facilities.”
  5. “The fifth one of course is we do think that Australia needs to have a system where people who create wealth in various parts of the country, that some of it goes back to that part of the country. Sort of that if a region’s creating a certain amount of wealth, they can be sure that that’ll flow back into their community. So we really develop the whole country, not just Sydney and Melbourne, but right across Australia because that’s where the wealth is.”

When asked by Jones if he would take a tilt at Prime Ministership at some stage, Palmer replied: “Well, it’s up to the people to decide. As you know, the people of Australia elected me as a living national treasure and that was their choice, not mine. And I accepted that award out of my respect for their judgment, not really for myself.

“So, whatever way it goes, I think I’m prepared to do. I’m not frightened to put ideas up there which I think can make this country better. After all, it’s really crazy to think a person that’s never run anything more than a tuck shop can run a trillion-dollar economy.”

This morning on the Sunrise program Kevin Rudd called it “a last minute stunt,” while in his sign-off last night Tony Jones said Palmer “may have changed the nature of politics in Queensland… perhaps around the country.”

What do you think Hooplarians, Palmer for PM?




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  • Reply April 26, 2013


    Echoes of Joh for PM? (As barmy a proposition!)

  • Reply April 26, 2013


    Can he pull the excess CO2 out of the atmosphere too??
    Can he repair the damage to Earth’s ecoology?

    If he can I’ll vote for him.

  • Reply April 26, 2013


    I have nothing against Clive Palmer , some of the things he says make sense but looking at these policies I’d say he must have spent OH
    at least 20mins to half an hour dreaming them up . Only in Queensland .

  • Reply April 26, 2013


    1/you may not have them in your party, but you sure as hell will be targetted by them
    2/self interest? a miner starts a party so he can dump the carbon tax for our good???? dont think so.
    3/ I would agree with this if you had said not legitimate asylum seekers.
    4/interesting but why would China be happy with that when they could buy it for $100 p/tonne and then process it for probably $400 p/tonne
    5/if it was equitable you could not argue with that, but in the form you put forward I can see a lot of miners etc getting a lot of infrastructure in an almost cost neutral manner, while the rest of the country goes begging.

    vested interest and self interest Clive. Nice touch of humility about the living treasure thing though

  • Reply April 26, 2013


    I only have one question.
    Why is it always Queensland?

  • Reply April 26, 2013


    a classic case of self publicity deficit syndrome.

  • Reply April 26, 2013

    Wendy Green

    HEAVEN FORBID!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply April 26, 2013

    Linda V

    The only good thing about the formation of his new party is that is will draw some extreme climate sceptics away from the Liberal Party and detract from that party’s base. His aim of repealing the carbon tax retrospectively and reinstating coal-fire power jobs is bizarre.

    Clive Palmer, have you heard about renewable energy yet? It’s time to catch up with 21st century technology.

  • Reply April 26, 2013


    Is this Clive performing his ‘a stunt a month’?

    Where are his preferences going?

    He’s got a 5 Point Plan while Abbott has a pamphlet.

    Will he sail the Titanic around the world solo if he does not get in?

    Geez, only in Queensland can we breed these loonies.

  • Reply April 26, 2013


    In my humble opinion it would be well worth listening to someone such as Clive , who may be a little eccentric in some peoples eye, but he is a very successful businessman, he has far more experience in finance than most of our politicians. If Clive can make Billions , then maybe he has something to offer.Hell if I had his money i would probably build a big ship to play on, we all need Dreams

  • Reply April 26, 2013


    Why do we keep giving this guy airtime? Newsradio mentioned this story at least 12 times in an hour this morning. It’s not news. It’s not news! It’s an attention seeking stunt!

  • Reply April 26, 2013


    Oh look, it’s Pauline Hanson, looney tunes policies but thankfully minus the nasty.

    Speaking of which. What are the odds of Ettridge v Abbott being headline material as the election campaign commences? Or will Uncle Rupert sort it out?

  • Reply April 26, 2013


    I seem to live in some kind of Bizarro world, where the dumber you are, the richer you become.

  • Reply April 26, 2013

    Maureen P.


  • Reply April 26, 2013


    It would be good if he divides the right wing votes and it helps Labor.
    Abbott’s not looking too pleased. If Clive’s party does well I wonder if Tony would start another slush fund to get them de-registered. This could be fun.

  • Reply April 26, 2013


    I like the idea for immigrants IF it stops the BOATS
    Not sure it will!

  • Reply April 26, 2013


    If he lived in the US he would get away with this – look at some of the past Presidents … sometimes Australian are a bit too … …. parochial … I agree with Wendy. I just wish he would give lots of his $$ to schools – so that they could ‘play’ more.

  • Reply April 26, 2013


    Only Queensland!!! What do they put in the water?.
    And a question, is he talking about illegal immigrants who come on planes, or is he meaning refugees who come here legally seaking a safe place to live?

  • Reply April 26, 2013


    Pulleaze explyne number 3. I have no idea what this is about.

  • Reply April 26, 2013


    Listening to this man’s self aggrandising inarticulate spiel this morning was cringe inducing. Making money is not an indication of intelligence or integrity, but it sure does give some an overly generous view of their own importance.
    I wonder what his health policies would be?

  • Reply April 26, 2013


    ‘sigh’ What can you say.

    One thing. Clive was born in Melbourne LOL

  • Reply April 27, 2013


    Well, that’s the good thing about Australia – anyone – rich or poor – can stand up and run for election if they want to. In some countries there is no option, particularly for women. We also have the term put up or shut up. Clive’s been doing a lot of talking and now it’s time for him to put up. I personally think it’s great to see everyone talking politics and policies instead of just whinging that they don’t like Julia or Tony. Now they may have another alternative. The public will decide. By the way, we do put stuff in the water in Queensland, that why we’re so special!

  • Reply April 27, 2013

    Marian Rumens

    I reckon Clive Palmer for PM is no crazier than Barnaby Joyce for Deputy PM. Jocularity! Jocularity!

  • Reply April 27, 2013


    Please no. Just no.

  • Reply April 27, 2013


    Who is going to back Abbotts slush fund this time have to be very deep pockets to be able to get Clive locked up.

  • Reply April 27, 2013


    we would have to be desperate for Clive to be P.M. Who would be his Deputy/?.Could Clive and Barnaby share centre stage?.

  • Reply April 28, 2013


    let’s hope he splits the conservative vote.

  • Reply April 28, 2013


    Does this mean Titanic 2 will be moored on Lake Burly-Griffin?

  • Reply April 29, 2013

    helen b

    Yep Narelle. Can’t help thinking about Titanic.

    Anyone who spends a small fortune on building a replica of a boat that sank, needs a hobby! Why not politics???

  • Reply April 29, 2013

    sue Bell

    Look it’s simple, cane toads release their poison into the water supply and that is why Queenslanders like Clive are so troppo.

  • Reply April 29, 2013


    Sue Bell, I agree, was going to say the same thing, yes this is why it’s always QLD. Bloody cane toads have ruined so much. 😉

  • Reply April 29, 2013

    sue Bell

    I used to live in the town where they first released the cane toad, they erected a statue in honour of the revolting pest. That’s Queenslanders for you.

  • Reply May 2, 2013


    Palmer for PM? Aaaarrrrgggghhhhhh!

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