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CLIVE FOR CANBERRA?

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 ...

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33 Comments

  • Reply April 26, 2013

    Robertf

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

  • Reply April 26, 2013

    JohnB

    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

    carole/m

    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

    oldfart

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
    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

    Nat

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

  • Reply April 26, 2013

    sullyofhay

    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

    NarelleM

    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

    Wendy

    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

    Kristy

    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

    David

    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

    Joe201

    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.

    No.

  • Reply April 26, 2013

    JoanneH

    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

    Roger

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

  • Reply April 26, 2013

    Jane

    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

    Anne

    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

    Lucille

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

  • Reply April 26, 2013

    Sharon

    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

    Rhoda

    ‘sigh’ What can you say.

    One thing. Clive was born in Melbourne LOL

  • Reply April 27, 2013

    Jenny

    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

    Sal

    Please no. Just no.

  • Reply April 27, 2013

    tee

    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

    margaret

    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

    sambo.

    let’s hope he splits the conservative vote.

  • Reply April 28, 2013

    NarelleM

    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

    neetz

    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

    Rangdalion

    Palmer for PM? Aaaarrrrgggghhhhhh!

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