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Palmer floats idea of new internet news website, 'Rage'

by: Kym Agius From:
AAP July 14, 2012

BILLIONAIRE mining magnate Clive Palmer says he is considering launching an online newspaper staffed by former Fairfax journalists, which he wants to call "Rage".

"One of the things we are thinking about very seriously is running an online news service across Australia and offering some hope to all the journalists that are being dismissed at The Age and Fairfax," he told reporters in Brisbane.

"We could have that online soon, so we can have more diversity in the media in Australia."
Mr Palmer also said if he chose to run at the federal election, he would try his chances for preselection in Fairfax, on the Sunshine Coast.

After abandoning his tilt at the Brisbane seat of Lilley, held by Treasurer Wayne Swan, Mr Palmer flagged challenging Bob Katter in his north Queensland electorate of Kennedy or running in Fairfax.
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Fairfax, where Mr Palmer has a home and owns the Coolum resort, is held by retiring Liberal MP Alex Somlyay.

"I've narrowed it down, probably to Fairfax being the seat I most favour at the moment," he said.

"I don't want to seek an office if I went for federal parliament, I don't seek to be a minister, I've got no ambition on being prime minister, I just seek to promote ideas."
He said he would seriously consider his intentions when the Liberal National Party calls for preselection for the seat.

He also hosed down reports he was planning to spend up to $4 billion to create an international hotel, casino and tourism destination on the Sunshine Coast on par with world-class facilities in Dubai.

Mr Palmer said he had no firm plans, but a $4 billion price tag wasn't realistic.
"I don't have that sort of money to spend," he said.

"We're certainly looking at a lot of options, drawing up a lot of plans, looking at different ways we can go about things.

"We're just still examining things, talking to the community, talking to the local government."


http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/palmer-floats-idea-of-new-internet-news-website-rage/story-fndo48ca-1226426018273


Edited by Joffa: 14/7/2012 05:00:52 PM
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Palmer's 'jaw dropping' plan for Coolum resort

DateJuly 14, 2012 - 8:18AM

Clive Palmer has detailed "jaw dropping" plans to spend up to $4 billion to create an international hotel, casino and tourism destination on the Sunshine Coast on a par with world-class facilities in Dubai.

The billionaire met Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson for almost three hours yesterday to reveal his plans which might include development of a chairlift or skylink to Mt Coolum.

Cr Jamieson revealed he had met Mr Palmer in response to a question at a Property Council luncheon yesterday. The Mayor told the luncheon it was a "very interesting discussion" but was coy on the details, saying they were confidential.

But Bill Schoch, general manager of the Palmer Coolum Resort, says the "multifaceted" plans involving a $3 billion to $4 billion investment would put the Sunshine Coast on the international map.

Mr Palmer wanted to "make a major destination of world-class significance" at Coolum similar to developments in Dubai.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/palmers-jaw-dropping-plan-for-coolum-resort-20120714-222d8.html

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You should just create a Palmer thread.
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How bout stop posting Palmer articles all together. Stop giving publicity to the greedy fat fuck.

WOLLONGONG WOLVES FOR A-LEAGUE EXPANSION!

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Roar_Brisbane wrote:
You should just create a Palmer thread.

Just change the name of this one, is he still building the titanic2?
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who is clive palmer?

never heard of him?
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Somebody is still updating the GCU facebook site, nice :d

http://www.facebook.com/goldcoastunitedfc
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Palmer maintains the rage with new areas of expertise
DateJuly 15, 2012

Clive Palmer. Businessman … mining magnate … (adjunct) professor … billionaire … tourism operator … self-confessed (''not as fat now'') fat cat. And now the man with many hats is thinking about adding two more to his growing pile: politician and media saviour.

Mr Palmer fronted the media at the LNP state convention in Brisbane yesterday, wearing a name tag which presented him as ''Prof Clive Palmer'', to discuss his latest plans.

While still not confirming a tilt at politics, Mr Palmer did indicate the seat he may run in, if he decides to pick up the political mantle.


Web of intrigue ... Clive Palmer addresses the LNP convention in Brisbane. Photo: Michelle Smith

''I've narrowed it down, probably to Fairfax [on the Sunshine Coast], as being the seat I most favour at the moment,'' he said.

Palmer's 'jaw dropping' $4b tourism plan

''Because I've had a house in Fairfax for over 15 years, it is an exciting area, it's got the Palmer Coolum Resort there, there are a lot of links there. We [are] the largest employer on the Sunshine Coast. So it's better, if I was going to stand for politics, which I haven't decided yet, to stand somewhere where the people know you and you know the people.''

But the announcements didn't stop there. In a seemingly jovial mood, Mr Palmer told the press pack he was ''seriously'' considering starting an online national news site, called Rage.

''One of the things we are thinking about, very seriously, is running an online news service across Australia and offering some hope to all the journalists who have been dismissed with The Age and Fairfax [publishers of The Age and The Sun-Herald] and we have now sought to trademark the name Rage. I thought that could be a good thing and we might have that online soon, so we can have more media diversity in Australia.''

The potential for the name Rage not to be available, as it is already synonymous with a late-night music program shown on the ABC for the past 25 years, didn't seem to faze Mr Palmer.

''They [the ABC] may not have the trademark and that is the potential thing,'' he said. So did the potential member for Fairfax want to save the media company Fairfax, asked a journalist.

''Well, that's right, you could put it that way, that should get you a headline,'' Mr Palmer said. ''You should get a promotion on that and a much better assignment next week.''

But Mr Palmer need not fear about that. When he was noticed standing in the back of the conference while the deputy Coalition leader, Julie Bishop, spoke, he was set upon by photographers.

Word filtered out he would speak to the media and its members covering the conference filtered outside to wait.

When word was received Mr Palmer would address the conference before speaking to the media, the press slid back inside the doors.

Mr Palmer, whose companies are the main sponsors of the LNP convention, commented on the friendliness of the delegates and media, remarking on the number of people who wanted to speak to him. Which, reading between the lines, seems to mean he is well aware he doesn't need to stand for Parliament to be heard.



Read more: http://www.watoday.com.au/opinion/political-news/palmer-maintains-the-rage-with-new-areas-of-expertise-20120714-223ef.html#ixzz20fWT0Uzy

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Safety first for Clive Palmer's Titanic II project

From: AAP July 17, 2012

MINING magnate Clive Palmer has released plans for his Titanic II, with the modern version of the ill-fated ship to feature a new "safety deck".

Mr Palmer, who is known for wild and spontaneous pronouncements, showed preliminary drawings of the luxury cruise ship to Brisbane reporters on Tuesday.

Mr Palmer says the Titanic II will include "proper life boats", safety chutes and slides on an extra "safety deck" to make it compliant with today's regulations.

The drawings depict nine decks complete with first, second and third class, officer and crew accommodation.

Mr Palmer says Titanic II will have a casino, but pensioners will be barred from it as he doesn't want it to suck money from passengers who can't afford to lose it.

''There will be strict restrictions,'' he told reporters.

.''No pensioners will be allowed to go.

''There will be some sort of screening to make sure people who do go there can afford to.''

Mr Palmer imagines those who travel with a first-class ticket will be able to afford to go to the casino but perhaps not those in third class.

But he says he'll be buying a third class ticket.

''It's more fun to dance with a Irish drunk than to sit in a casino,'' he said.

From deck D upwards, engineers Deltamarin have managed to keep the public rooms, passenger stairs, cabins and features in similar locations as in the original ship.

The board of his shipping company Blue Star Line is yet to approve the final design.

The first voyage is set for late 2016.

AAP

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/safety-first-for-clive-palmers-titanic-ii-project/story-e6frg6nf-1226427977769

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PENSIONERS will be barred from the casino on board Clive Palmer's re-imagined Titanic.

The mining billionaire on Tuesday gave a glimpse of the first drawings of Titanic II, a modern version of the original ill-fated liner.
Mr Palmer says Titanic II will have a casino, but he doesn't want it to suck money from passengers who can't afford to lose it.
"There will be strict restrictions," he told reporters.
"No pensioners will be allowed to go.
"There will be some sort of screening to make sure people who do go there can afford to."
Mr Palmer imagines those who travel with a first-class ticket will be able to afford to go to the casino but perhaps not those in third class.
But he says he'll be buying a third class ticket.
"It's more fun to dance with an Irish drunk than to sit in a casino," he said.
The Titanic II will also have a new "safety deck" that Mr Palmer says will have "proper life boats", safety chutes and slides to make it compliant with today's regulations.
The drawings depict nine decks complete with first, second and third-class, officer and crew accommodation.
From deck D upwards, engineers Deltamarin have managed to keep the public rooms, passenger stairs, cabins and features in similar locations as in the original ship.
The board of his shipping company Blue Star Line is yet to approve the final design.
The first voyage is set for late 2016.


Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/first-drawings-of-titanic-ii-show-new-deck/story-e6frfku9-1226427880258#ixzz20qTSmKJI


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But he says he'll be buying a third class ticket.
"It's more fun to dance with an Irish drunk than to sit in a casino," he said.


Just imagined Palmer dancing :-& :-&

Edited by Krackovich: 17/7/2012 05:07:43 PM
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I was just watching the news about Titanic 2 and it occurred to me, Clive can name his price for a ticket as that thing will be booked solid for as long as it sails. :roll: ..for want of a better word.
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[Clive Palmer denies he has been in talks for a Jurrasic Park style project.

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Gold Coast Bulletin August 02, 2012


TITANIC II is unbelievable enough. But would you credit billionaire Clive Palmer with trying to open a Jurassic Park on the Sunshine Coast?

The Sunshine Coast daily does. Much to Mr Palmer's ire.

On speculation he had been in talks with a clone research institute on the prospects of bringing dinosaurs back to life, Mr Palmer told the Gold Coast Bulletin: "It's just a beat-up of a story and untrue."

Editor of The Sunshine Coast Daily, Mark Furler, said: "Mr Palmer has changed his tune several times on this project and the people of the Sunshine Coast wait with bated breath to see what the real plans are.

"We've heard of everything from monorails to highrises to cloned dinosaurs. The rumour mill has gone into overdrive and a lot of those rumours are coming from Clive's camp."

A source inside the Palmer camp reportedly said the billionaire had been in talks with the Scotland-based scientists who cloned Dolly the Sheep at the Roslin Institute in 1996.
But Mr Palmer was adamant: "There was never any verification, the journalist never spoke to me."

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The Roslin Institute, which stunned the world when it created the world's first cloned mammal with Dolly, says resurrecting dinosaurs would be difficult because a suitable surrogate to carry a baby dinosaur would be hard to find.

It is also unlikely that whole dinosaur cells still exist - even if the carcass were frozen.
More than 100,000 whole dinosaur cells would probably be needed to even attempt to clone a dinosaur.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/clives-jurassic-park-idea-extinct/story-fndo2j43-1226441351758

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But he says he'll be buying a third class ticket.
"It's more fun to dance with an Irish drunk than to sit in a casino," he said.


Just imagined Palmer dancing :-& :-&

Edited by Krackovich: 17/7/2012 05:07:43 PM

Hypnotic....like a lava lamp.
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i'm with palmer on the titanic idea....it's awesome.....build the titanic 2 and give free tickets to ALL our politicians for the maiden voyage, then head down south a ram the fucker into an iceberg at full tilt and let all the gruby Kunts freeze to death....2 birds one stone...palmer loses the titanic 2 and we lose all the turd pollies.....

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
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Clive Palmer's hovercraft plans with casino complex on the Sunshine Coast
FIRST it was Titanic II then rumours of cloning dinosaurs - now mining mogul Clive Palmer has plans for a casino with hovercraft and airport.

Mr Palmer has unveiled plans for a multi-billion-dollar casino complex today, which include an international airport and hovercraft port, at his Coolum Palmer Resort on the Sunshine Coast, north of Brisbane.

A trademark for the name Coolum Casino and the domain name www.coolumcasino.com.au were registered in March, leading to speculation the billionaire was planning a casino.

Palmer's mini Las Vegas plans for sleepy town

The ambitious plans unveiled include a casino, as well as a hovercraft station, an international airport, a convention centre, a water park, a beachside amusement park, a wildlife park, a hotel with thousands of rooms and an aquarium.

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The planned hovercraft would hold a capacity of up to 400 passengers and would ferry tourists to and from Brisbane and the islands of Moreton Bay.

Mr Palmer said the new complex would be a boost for the regional tourism industry, employing 9000 locals and revitalising the sector across the state, which has struggled to lure visitors since the floods and cyclone Yasi.

The redevelopment would require state government approval to go ahead.

His latest plans come after he has continued to deny he was in talks with a clone research institute on the prospects of bringing dinosaurs back to life.
Palmer denies Jurassic Park style project

He is also in an ongoing war of words with Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan, who recently used Bruce Springsteen's Badlands ballad in his recent tit for tat warfare Mr Palmer.

While Mr Palmer continues to bait Swan with claims he will challenge him at the next Federal election, Mr Palmer, in true Australian fashion, criticised Swan's foreign music taste.

Stop singing to Clive Palmer's tune

"I rely on Redgum. Unlike the Treasurer, I don’t go to the United States for inspiration."

The eccentric Queensland billionaire also recently revealed detailed plans for his Titanic II project.

Mr Palmer has previously declined to say what the Titanic II project might cost, but he ruled out seeking any co-investors.

Drawings of Titanic II

"We don't want any partners. If you look for partners things mightn't happen. This is just for me to go for a little sail around the world in," he said.

The final design was still subject to approval by the board of Mr Palmer's shipping company Blue Star Lines.

It is due to make its maiden voyage in late 2016 after completion at China's CSC Jinling Shipyard.http://www.couriermail.com.au/business/clive-palmers-hovercraft-plans-with-casino-complex-on-the-sunshine-coast/story-fn7kjcme-1226442168966

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i'm guessing either mental illness or boredom
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I'm waiting for him to announce plans to build New Vegas on Mars...

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Joffa wrote:
i'm guessing either mental illness or boredom


either way I love reading these stories
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Thoughts of Chairman Clive
DateAugust 4, 2012

Deborah Snow

The mining magnate doesn't apologise for his wealth or his power but he wants to be remembered for more, writes Deborah Snow.

Listening to some of Clive Palmer's anecdotes over a 2½-hour lunch, it's sometimes hard to suspend disbelief. What to make, for instance, of his claim that he sat on Chairman Mao Zedong's knee, as a child?

Or that during the same nine-month interlude in China, in the early '60s, he also met legendary premier Chou En-lai, and came across the former emperor Pu Yi, tending the decrepit gardens of the Forbidden City in Beijing?

He insists these things are true.

''I remember looking down at the carpet and he [Mao] was sitting in a sort of old-style lounge chair with white tablecloths each side of it … [Later] Chou En-lai took me and dad to the Forbidden City. There was an old guy, cutting flowers; I remember his big hands and secateurs. He said when he was a young boy he used to live there and was very sad. Now he was cutting flowers and his life was full of happiness. That was Pu Yi, the last emperor.''

Exactly what Palmer snr and his family were doing in China at that critical time is nigh impossible to discover. Australia's most colourful billionaire just stonewalls.

George Palmer wasn't a spy, he says, and didn't speak the language but ''was concerned with the fact that 200 million to 300 million Chinese faced starvation''.

''I think he would have gone at other people's request.'' But as for the rest, Palmer says it's a secret he will probably take to his grave.

There's no mystery, though, about his own lavish admiration for the Chinese.

He even argues that the internal workings of the Communist Party are ''highly democratic - people vote for various leaders and things like that''.

Then again, why wouldn't you be fond of a country which has provided a good chunk of your billions? (BRW magazine most recently estimated Palmer's worth at $3.85 billion, down from $5 billion last year. Palmer won't give a figure but says ''don't believe what you read in the papers''.)

Like Gina Rinehart and Andrew Forrest, Clive Palmer can thank iron ore in Western Australia for some of his wealth, but he built his original fortune on Gold Coast real estate, amassing $40 million before he'd reached the age of 30.

He also has nickel and coal interests in Queensland and a stake in gas and oil claims off PNG which he claims could eventually rival the North West Shelf.

The mining press has pointed out that he has yet to actually ship any ore from the West Australian project, which has been plagued by delays and cost overruns. But Palmer says that will change next month, adding that if journalists weren't ''too lazy'' to travel to the Pilbara they would see for themselves the $6 billion Sino Iron port and mine construction being undertaken by his Chinese partner, Citic Pacific.

''I'll probably end up getting about 1½ billion dollars a year of income out of it,'' he states breezily. ''It's good enough to keep people away from the door.'' He insists he has never greased a palm to do business with China - ''I can honestly say that to you.''

When not tending his mining interests Palmer collects golf courses and resorts, has stables of vintage cars and trotting thoroughbreds and is fired with enthusiasm for his latest hobby horse, the recreation of the doomed 1912 ocean liner Titanic.

He says the idea sprang from a casual conversation with bosses at a Chinese shipyard, who were perplexed at buyers wanting their bulk shipping but not their cruise ships.

''I said 'people need to have confidence and faith in your project'. And they said 'how do we do that?' And I said 'well, you could build the Titanic'. It just popped out … We signed a memorandum to do it that day.''

Asked about the apparent randomness of this decision he replies, ''Why would you want to do the same thing all your life and be bored?''

The man who likes to style himself ''professor'' (he has an adjunct professorship at Bond University) meets the Herald for lunch at the Palmer Grill, inside the recently renamed Palmer Coolum resort on the Sunshine Coast, which he took over after a recent court battle with the Hyatt group. This weekend the 160-hectare resort is offering a ''Titanic Culinary Journey'' with ''lavish menus from the world's most famous ship''. But on a mid-week day the restaurant is empty of other diners.

Beyond the picture windows, the kangaroos outnumber the golfers on the championship course. Palmer points out, slightly defensively, that it is mid-winter.

Having made himself unpopular among locals with deep staff cuts, he has just announced plans for a $2.5 billion remake of the resort, with a proposed casino, theme park, water park, beachfront hotel and shopping centre linked by monorail to a new international airport. Environmental controversy looms.

Meanwhile he is trying to downsize himself, so lunch is an abstemious affair, apart from a shared bottle of red. He orders half a dozen scallops followed by a parma salad ''with extra tomato''. (He has lost 30 kilos, and is at 120 aiming for 100.)

As to why he hasn't tried the gastric bypass reputedly undergone by fellow weighty billionaire James Packer, Palmer says he is taking his father's advice to ''always go the hard way''.

George Palmer was infatuated with silent film as a child, and according to his son shot a Hollywood-acclaimed feature at the age of 16 with money he raised from five years of collecting bottles.

Palmer snr also pioneered the packaging of Queensland holidays, set up radio stations in Melbourne and Tasmania, and experimented with TV transmission.

''He was more talented then me, much more creative than I am,'' Palmer says. ''He started a lot of ventures but he sold them before they became really successful.''

George wasn't particularly impressed with the son's millions though. ''He took the view, and I take the same view, that anything you are given is only temporary.''

There's a lot of homespun philosophy peppering Palmer's conversation and it seems he hankers after being defined by more than his money.

Despite getting the cold shoulder from Tony Abbott, Palmer is still actively toying with running for a federal seat in Queensland, though he seems to have backed off targeting the Treasurer, Wayne Swan (who renewed his assault on the billionaire this week).

Palmer is adamant his own political ambitions shouldn't be dismissed.

A former spokesman for one-time premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen, he has been a National Party member since the age of 15 and a life member since he was 36.

''I have been the youngest life member, I have been the largest donor, the strongest supporter of the party,'' he says.

''Why shouldn't I be prepared to nominate? Why should I worry about what Tony Abbott says?

''I'm not a business person who has been interested in politics, I'm a political person who has gone into business.''

But he won't countenance mothballing his business interests should he ever find himself in Parliament.

''All I need to do is not vote on or take part in any decision that affects me. As a company director I do that all the time. This whole concept of giving up your business is designed to keep achievers in Australia out of politics,'' he says.

Asked what keeps him awake at night, Palmer at first deadpans ''television''. Then he adds ''and my [four-year-old] daughter. And the economy … and refugees that come to Australia. You worry why the Australian navy stood by while 40 people drowned [off Christmas Island in December 2010]''.

He is a strong advocate of onshore processing and believes the refugee policies of both major parties are ''morally bankrupt''.

A practising Catholic who says he attends Mass weekly, Palmer has two adult children from his first marriage to Sue, who died of cancer. His youngest child is the product of his second marriage to Anna, the widow of a friend who also succumbed to cancer.

He bristles at being asked how he reconciles his religion with his liking for litigation and his reputation for ruthlessness in business. ''I don't think I am ruthless, not at all … I'm trying to do the best I can in sometimes difficult circumstances to make a contribution to whatever I do.''

It's true Palmer has sometimes shown extraordinary generosity, once showering employees at his Townsville nickel plant with Mercedes-Benz cars and overseas holidays.

But he can show scant mercy towards business rivals and critics. He has a hefty writ against this paper over an investigative series on his Chinese mining deals, yet sings the praises of the quality media and talks of starting a website for out-of-work journalists.

Similar contradictions manifest in his political heroes: apart from Joh, former US Democratic president John F. Kennedy is another - and Palmer's son Michael was an intern for a year with Senator Ted Kennedy. He says he is concerned about global warming but opposes the carbon tax and is not the least bit queasy about being a coal baron. ''I'd be hypocritical if I was.''

So how would he tackle the problem of a warming planet? ''Change our diet - not eat so many sheep,'' he offers. Or promote the search for ''global answers'' through the Club of Madrid, an organisation of former world leaders to which he contributes through its ''president's circle'' of donors.

These are not measures likely to immediately impact on his coal fortunes, I point out.

''Worse than doing nothing is to do something that's ineffective and say you've done something,'' he shoots back.

''If you're a billionaire you are always the baddie.''



Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/thoughts-of-chairman-clive-20120803-23ks6.html#ixzz22UsWaFdO


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by: Robyn Ironside From: The Courier-Mail August 24, 2012 3:12PM

CLIVE Palmer is acting like a "spoilt billionaire" and seeking revenge against the LNP by donating to a union fund for sacked public servants, Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney says.
While acknowledging the $250,000 donation would be welcomed by affected workers, Mr Seeney said Mr Palmer's motives were suspicious.

"Clive Palmer's a billionaire, he can do whatever he likes with his money but I would question the motives of this today," Mr Seeney said.

"Everyone needs to understand what's going on here.

"Clive Palmer thought that he could get favoured treatment from the LNP Government, he hasn't been able to do that and he's sought out to attack us ever since.

"Hell hath no fury like a billionaire scorned - that's what we're seeing today."

Mr Seeney promised his Government would "do everything it can" to help axed workers, including offering generous separation packages so many would leave the public sector with more than one year's pay.


BIG SPENDERS: Donations from Clive Palmer's companies (and others) to the Liberal Party and the LNP are contrasted with the flow of funds to the federal Labor Party and the Queensland ALP.
He also rejected suggestions that changes made late yesterday in State Parliament to strip workers of job security provisions were Premier Campbell Newman's version of the much-criticised Work Choices laws.

"Absolutely not. That's a huge exaggeration," he said, also stressing the law change was "not at all" about avoiding Supreme Court action launched by unions.

"The changes that were made last night were about making sure that we can manage the business of Government in a way that every other business manages it's business," he said.



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ECCENTRIC Queensland billionaire Clive Palmer has announced a $250,000 donation to the public sector union Together Queensland to assist sacked public servants.

Two weeks after Professor Palmer attacked the LNP Government on radio for slashing jobs, he has "put his money where his mouth is" and set up the "Hope Fund".

It will be overseen by former National Party Premier Mike Ahern and former Labor Deputy Premier Jim Elder who will decide who gets the cash.

Professor Palmer said he was very concerned about the impact of the government's strategy to tackle the State's debt.

"The removal of tens of thousands of people out of work isn't going to make much of an impact on our $65 billion deficit," he said.

"But it will have an impact on the Queenslanders losing their jobs and will have an impact on the wider community, especially in regional areas outside Brisbane."

Alex Scott from Together said Prof Palmer's offer of support would provide workers with the hope of getting on with their lives during a very difficult time.

"Our members welcome the fact that Professor Palmer cares about all Queensland workers and we appreciate that he understands and is emphatic towards the unnecessary human cost of a mismanaged process of change," said Mr Scott.

Last night State Parliament passed legislation erasing job security and giving the government the ability to outsource nearly all public service jobs to the private sector.

The Public Service and Other Legislation amendment bill was introduced to negate Supreme Court being taken by unions against a directive removing job security.

Although the government claimed it was confident of winning the court case, any injunction sought by the union would have delayed the measures necessary to make extensive job cuts.

Unions and the opposition have condemned the Bill as "Newman's Work Choices".

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September 06, 2012 10:23AM

HE might not look like an iron man, but mining magnate Clive Palmer will receive a Bronze Medallion after qualifying as a surf lifesaver.
Mr Palmer qualified for his Bronze Medallion in 1973, but never received it, The Gold Coast Bulletin reports.

He was also part of a beach relay team that won the Point Danger Branch Titles in 1974.

The Tweed Heads Coolangatta Surf Lifesaving Club will on Thursday present Mr Palmer with the medallion he should have received as a teenager.



Read more: http://www.news.com.au/business/clive-palmer-wins-surf-livesaving-medal/story-e6frfm1i-1226466244791#ixzz25e6gjz3C

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Clive Palmer wins surf livesaving medal
SFrom: Gold Coast Bulletin
September 06, 2012 10:23AM

HE might not look like an iron man, but mining magnate Clive Palmer will receive a Bronze Medallion after qualifying as a surf lifesaver.
Mr Palmer qualified for his Bronze Medallion in 1973, but never received it, The Gold Coast Bulletin reports.

He was also part of a beach relay team that won the Point Danger Branch Titles in 1974.

The Tweed Heads Coolangatta Surf Lifesaving Club will on Thursday present Mr Palmer with the medallion he should have received as a teenager.



Read more: http://www.news.com.au/business/clive-palmer-wins-surf-livesaving-medal/story-e6frfm1i-1226466244791#ixzz25e6gjz3C


Probably used him as a life buoy. Floating raft sort of thing. Perhaps Bondi Rescue could hire him out as a floating platform for the Asians to hang on to when they're starting to drown in the surf.

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Is Gina Rienhart Clive Palmer with a wig?
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Is Gina Rienhart Clive Palmer with a wig?

Is Clive Palmer Gina Rienhart with lipstick and a wig?? :-k.

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Is Gina Rienhart Clive Palmer with a wig?

Is Clive Palmer Gina Rienhart with lipstick and a wig?? :-k.




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Speedster ... Queensland billionaire Clive Palmer / Pic: Jamie Hanson

LEAD-FOOTED Queensland billionaire Clive Palmer has lost 108 demerit points and been fined more than $5000 after racking up 35 speeding and other driving offences.
His latest speeding charge was dealt with in Southport Magistrates Court on the Gold Coast yesterday, where his three-page traffic history was described as "substantial".
Mr Palmer had indicated he would fight his latest $333 fine he received in January for driving his Mercedes more than 20km/h over the speed limit, but yesterday pleaded guilty through his solicitor.
He was caught doing 81km/h in a 60km/h zone at Biggera Waters on January 27.
Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll ordered the billionaire pay the original $411 fine plus $78 in court costs. A Palmer staffer was in court and paid the fine immediately.
Mr Palmer's traffic record shows the billionaire has been slapped with more than $5600 in fines for 35 traffic offences and lost 108 demerit points since 1988. Speeding tickets accounted for 24 of the fines, with Mr Palmer caught exceeding the speed limit by up to 44km/h in some cases.
The other fines were for using a mobile phone while driving, failing to wear a seatbelt, disobeying a stop sign and following another vehicle too closely.
The record showed Mr Palmer has made a habit out of contesting fines, taking 12 to court and having the Queensland government's debt collector take enforcement action against him which could have included suspending his driver's licence. He also has a history of stringing out paying the fines with some not finalised for up to 15 months.
There were several periods when Mr Palmer lost so many demerit points he came close to losing his licence.
In an 18-month period between May 1990 and November 1991 Mr Palmer was caught speeding eight times and lost 29 demerit points.
On five of those occasions, he was more than 30km/h over the limit.
He had a bad patch in 2004 when he was nabbed five times in 10 months and racked up more than $1000 in fines - he fought them all in court.
In May Mr Palmer said he planned to contest the fine despite the 28-day appeal period lapsing.
He was facing jail, with the State Penalties Enforcement Registry chasing him, demanding he pay up.
Days later, the Newman government stepped in and ordered police issue a summons against the generous LNP donor to allow him a second chance to appeal.


Read more: http://www.news.com.au/business/why-lifes-not-so-fine-for-super-loaded-clive-palmer/story-e6frfm1i-1226471368757#ixzz266QoFsCY




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Mr Palmer's traffic record shows the billionaire has been slapped with more than $5600 in fines for 35 traffic offences and lost 108 demerit points since 1988. Speeding tickets accounted for 24 of the fines, with Mr Palmer caught exceeding the speed limit by up to 44km/h in some cases.
The other fines were for using a mobile phone while driving, failing to wear a seatbelt, disobeying a stop sign and following another vehicle too closely.



Understandable...

Edited by farrand93: 11/9/2012 07:36:53 AM
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Mr Palmer's traffic record shows the billionaire has been slapped with more than $5600 in fines for 35 traffic offences and lost 108 demerit points since 1988. Speeding tickets accounted for 24 of the fines, with Mr Palmer caught exceeding the speed limit by up to 44km/h in some cases.
The other fines were for using a mobile phone while driving, failing to wear a seatbelt, disobeying a stop sign and following another vehicle too closely.



Understandable...

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