Clive Palmer's crazy talk: Campbell Newman is bipolar
CLIVE Palmer has earned the ire of the mental health community after claiming that Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has bipolar disorder and is unfit for office.
The aspiring prime minister and candidate for the Sunshine Coast seat of Fairfax made the claim at a business breakfast at Headland Golf Club at Buderim yesterday.
He said that former LNP minister and current United Australia Party state leader Alex Douglas had diagnosed the Premier with the condition.
Mr Palmer claimed that Mr Newman took offence and sacked Mr Douglas from the ethics committee, an episode that led to the Member for Gaven quitting the LNP.
In his speech to around 120 business people, Mr Palmer used Mr Newman's alleged condition as proof he was unfit for office.
"I think Campbell Newman basically has a bipolar condition," Mr Palmer said.
"Alex Douglas, a doctor, diagnosed that. Bruce Flegg diagnosed it. They both went to see him and explained he would have to get some treatment for it.
"He threw Alex out of the ethics committee and he got rid of Bruce Flegg out of the Cabinet.
"That's the true story. Campbell Newman doesn't make any decisions on what happens in the government. He's not capable of doing that."
Bipolar is a mood disorder characterised by peaks and troughs in which the patient experiences frenzied highs followed by bouts of depression.
It also can include psychotic episodes.
Premier Newman's office declined to comment.
"The Newman government stopped commenting on the outrageous things Clive Palmer has had to say long ago," a spokeswoman said.
Former chairman of the National Advisory Council on Mental Health John Mendoza labelled Mr Palmer's comments as ill-advised and said a mental health condition did not preclude someone from serving in public life.
"Campbell Newman has never disclosed that condition and it would be inappropriate for anyone in public life to label another person with a mental health condition," Dr Mendoza said.
"His comments seem to imply that Mr Palmer was suggesting that such a condition would make him unfit for office."
However Dr Douglas said he had never made a diagnosis, contradicting his party leader's version of events.
"I didn't diagnose him, I described what I saw," the Gold Coast MP said.
"And what I saw was very, very, very odd."