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CLIVE WASTED: We so wanted to love Australia’s Ross Perot but he’s making it impossible


Clive Palmer could have been a contender if he’d positioned himself as a high-achieving champion of limited government, prosperity and aspiration. Instead his Palmer party is increasingly looking like a very silly, ill-considered vanity project that could leave him humiliated despite spending many millions of dollars at the next election. Is it too late for Clive Palmer’s party to avoid becoming the next Titanic?

If quoted correctly, Clive Palmer appears to have insulted millions of Australians by attacking PM Gillard and Opposition Leader Abbott on the basis they are foreign born:

“You wonder how two people, both born outside Australia, in foreign countries, cannot relate to the people that live in this country,” he said.
“They don’t think about what it means to live in this country, to live and to die, and to stand for what it means to be Australian.”
Mr Palmer then rattled off a list of his relatives who fought and died in war for Australia.
Ms Gillard was born in Wales and came to Australia aged five while Mr Abbott was born in London to expatriate parents who returned home when he was three.

All it lacked was a reference to Swans player Adam Goodes. If only Clive barracked for Collingwood.

Nearly a quarter of all Australians were born overseas, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

UPDATE: Indeed, VEXNEWS intrepid investigators have this morning revealed that even the Palmer party’s private jet – unveiled complete with party brand and logo yesterday – is foreign-registered, in the Isle of Man. You can only take faux uber-nationalism so far.


This deeply offensive – and apparently scripted – outburst came at a function where he unveiled a private jet bearing the Palmer party brand and logo. This does not strike us as being an effective means of attracting votes.

It followed the unveiling of the party policy platform which was essentially plagiarised from the Liberal party’s one. Clive’s defence was that he’d written most of that one himself. A blatant untruth, Liberal sources tell VEXNEWS.

It pains us to see a former party director turned apparent billionaire commit such political atrocities. Not since Ross Perot spent hundreds of millions running for US President in 1992, with an official campaign song “Crazy”, has there been such high-priced folly.

Because the Canberra Press Gallery is not treating him seriously, he probably won’t be called on the remarks, outrageous and sinister as they are.

Much like Ross Perot’s Presidential bids, Palmer’s effort reeks of someone who does not take advice from anyone who knows what s/he’s doing. Perhaps as a former party official to the once-feared Queensland National party machine, he perhaps figured he didn’t need it.

Memo to Clive: you need it.

The straight-to-camera TV ads for his party which we assume were timed to encourage people to join the party had inferior production quality to a late-night TV ad for Persian carpets. It all seems like a rushed job.

His most notable policy, one of picking up every intending asylum seeker in Jakarta and flying them over here at taxpayer expense is ridiculously ill-considered unless one plans to accommodate millions of refugees rather than the thousands we now do.

There are plenty of inner-city pleasing positions one could adopt on asylum seekers that are less stupid than that.

The other notable Palmer policy, that he’d confiscate privatised Queensland state government assets without compensating the buyer of them, is also ill-considered, would not survive legal challenge and is utterly inconsistent with the conservative values Palmer purports to have and probably does have when he’s not trying to get attention as the nation’s class clown.

These thought-bubbles are like the loud, certain policy pronouncements you can hear in most pubs if you hang around long enough. They are not credible and make Palmer look foolish.

We wanted to love the idea that a rich bloke, whose first professional passion was politics, would hope right back into it for a bit of fun. Variety is the spice of life.

There’s certainly plenty of scope for him in the truly economically and socially liberal space, that champions limited government without the conservative social policies that many associate with Tony Abbott. The rapdily growing inner-city yuppie market is there looking for a non-Greensparty/non-Labor alternative and Palmer if he’d been shrewd about it could have claimed it as his own.

Instead what he’s delivering is a bizarre fusion of old-style Queensland National Party economic and social conservatism, policy thought-bubbles that not even the ABC’s favoured Whitlam regime could have tolerated such are their irresponsibility and what seems to be a strange waste of money on TV time for poorly produced ads and on random things like painting up one of Palmer’s plane that just reminds people that the party founder is very rich.

Palmer didn’t need to be like a less lovable version of Bob Katter. He needed to be more like the IPA’s brand of genuinely limited government politics. It’s never too late for a new beginning but it does seem in this case that self-indulgence is preventing the Palmer party from having a serious crack at Australian politics.


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  1. I get that sinking feeling that his party will hit an iceberg in Tropical Queensland

    Posted by Palmer's Titanic Moment | May 31, 2013, 5:49
  2. One wonders if this stunt is to blunt that nutter katter??? If some do not want to vote for either major party nor the feral greens maybe katter is an option? If another off the planet party like clive’s is in the mix will some vote for him and he act as a spoiler.

    Posted by kfr | May 31, 2013, 9:56
  3. Palmer slags of non-native born Aussie politicians, yet the plane he’s touting around was re-registered last year (presumably when he purchased it) in the Isle Of Man.

    Extract from the Isle Of Man aircraft registration records:

    51 490 M-ATAR 10 February 2012 Bombardier Inc. BD-700-1A10 9060 43E917


    Palmer Aviation Pty Ltd
    Level 8, 380 Queen Street, Brisbane,
    Queensland, 4000, Australia

    Posted by Bushfire Bill | May 31, 2013, 10:40
  4. Posted by Bushfire Bill | May 31, 2013, 10:42
  5. [deleted]

    Posted by [deleted] | May 31, 2013, 11:02
  6. Well spotted Bushfire Bill.

    Posted by VEXNEWS | May 31, 2013, 11:05
  7. IT was actually spotted by Joe6pak, who runs the Pbxmastragic blog.

    He’s an avid plane watcher. I merely ran down the regostration PDF and posted here.

    Also tweeted by me last night and by Leroy Lynch.

    Posted by Bushfire Bill | May 31, 2013, 12:14
  8. We need you on that wall

    Posted by VEXNEWS | May 31, 2013, 12:53
  9. Bob Katter sounds a million times better than that ultra liberal clone. At least Bob makes a lot more scence.

    Posted by Brimbank Party hack | May 31, 2013, 14:12
  10. I read that the dinner last week to breathe a little life into Peter Costello’s failed post political career was a complete fizzer with 216 attendees including 76 freebies, 28 party officials ( also free ) 28 MP’s ( poor coots ) 42 discounted tickets to young libs and not many payers!

    Posted by ian | June 1, 2013, 11:01
  11. I was there. Kelly O’Dwyer disgraced herself with her gushing speech. She is an embarrassment of gigantic proportions. Another Shipton maybe?

    Posted by Necktie | June 1, 2013, 11:07
  12. Why don’t they just expel Costello and O’Dwyer and be done with it. It will save time later on.

    Posted by Anon | June 1, 2013, 11:23
  13. Can they expel the pie muncher Scott Ryan as well? He has the record for branch stacks. Shame on him. Now back to the cream pies Scott. Yum yum yum.

    Posted by Anon | June 1, 2013, 11:33
  14. Leave Ryan alone. He has a full time business pulling Tony Snell’s strings.

    Posted by Freddy | June 1, 2013, 11:39
  15. All the Costello crowd can come and join me. We have a lot in common. None of us like John Howard or Tony Abbott.

    Posted by Big Clive | June 1, 2013, 11:41
  16. But I don’t want little fat Scott Ryan. There is a food shortage already.

    Posted by Big Clive | June 1, 2013, 11:43
  17. Nor that little Briggs man. The meat pie god.

    Posted by Big Clive | June 1, 2013, 11:44
  18. Tax avoidance is patriotism.

    Posted by Aphrahat | June 1, 2013, 17:38
  19. Having bailed from the Batman preselection Ged K could always rethink options and jump onto Clive’s big powerful throbbing vanity project. It’s not like the ACTU has much on its plate at the moment…GENIUS!!!

    Posted by Sorry What? | June 1, 2013, 19:23
  20. I gave Cossie a glimpse of something Tanya hasn’t shown him for years just to make his night.

    Posted by KOD | June 1, 2013, 20:56
  21. Why would the ACTU President want to be a backbencher for 10 or 15 years if she can be in charge of the ACTU now?

    Feeny is to fat for Parliament – not a good look. The ALP need someone like Frank O’Connor for Batman.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | June 1, 2013, 22:03
  22. The ALP and Libs ganged up over the last twenty years to steal the assets of Australians to give to their globalist puppet masters.
    I see no reason why Australians can’t take them back.
    The ALP and Libs also ganged up against the wishes of the electorate to breed out the local Aussies and displace them with cheap and compliant people. That this level has reached 24% against the wishes of the locals is all the more reason we need to take our country back before Anglos are a minority.
    Good on you Clive. Sounds like the elitist insiders are crapping themselves.

    Posted by Fuck the Internationalists | June 1, 2013, 22:18
  23. I’m feeling confused. I think I may agree with David Marr’s assessment on Mr Feeney’s future leadership potential as presented on Insiders this morning. It’s not often that you see David M and Gerard Henderson agreeing on something.

    Posted by Niddrie Booth Captain | June 2, 2013, 19:20
  24. Is Palmer united a Football Club or what?

    Posted by anobody | June 2, 2013, 21:59
  25. Coppers looking to interview Clive P after talking to 13 year old.

    Posted by thanks chris | June 2, 2013, 23:18
  26. ***we so wanted to love Australia’s Ross Perot but he’s making it impossible***

    LOL. So wanted to hate, is more like it. Name one even vaguely positive article printed about his politics, Andrew.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | June 3, 2013, 0:16
  27. only one Freddy find your own tag

    Posted by Freddy | June 3, 2013, 23:49
  28. O’Dwyer’s speech at the Costello dinner was truly vomitous, but not as bad as her brown-nosing of Tony Abbott at State Council.

    When she acts like a star-struck witless sycophant towards Costello at least she is being honest. On the other hand, we all know what she really thinks of Abbott, and what he thinks of her.

    Posted by V for Victory | June 4, 2013, 7:52
  29. where oh where is the mighty conroy when battles mustbe fought over asbestos? Hiding from another shameful disaster.be gone my weary warrior

    Posted by judipa | June 5, 2013, 14:01
  30. Luke can you send c.p some suitable assistance, brother.

    Posted by Long gone | June 5, 2013, 22:32
  31. Costello can join my party anytime. I need someone to count my millions and he lost all his money in his failed bank when Nathan T wouldn’t pay him.

    Posted by Big Clive | June 6, 2013, 14:23
  32. H

    Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2013, 1:01
  33. I reckon the guy that wrote this letter (Reader Palszy)to Andrew Bolt writes in a very similar style to Andrew Slander-you. Everyone knows the Vex News creator is a rusted on Gillard supporter. http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/did_kevin_rudd_con_the_media_with_his_triumphant_tour/P0/

    Posted by Lola | June 10, 2013, 9:20
  34. Clive Palmer will soon create some semi-plausible reason for not funding the political party he founded – probably something along the lines that unfortunately due to its open membership philosophy it has been taken over by extremists and is no longer a representative mix of genuine Australian true believers.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | June 15, 2013, 1:17


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