SIGNS featuring Clive Palmer, extolling 'Make Australia Great' have gone up in their hundreds around the country according to a spokesman.
SIGNS featuring Clive Palmer, extolling 'Make Australia Great' have gone up in their hundreds around the country according to a spokesman.

Patriotic Clive's Trump-boards have Australia talking

HUNDREDS of billboards going up around the country featuring Clive Palmer extolling us to 'Make Australia Great' were not political according to a spokesman.

They were, he said, an indication the former Member for Fairfax was very patriotic about the country.

"He loves Australia," the spokesman said of the multi-millionaire who's now enjoying a European cruise with his family.

Palmer United Party which after the 2013 federal election secured one House of Representative seat and senators for Queensland and Tasmania and then another in Western Australia in 2014, was formally dissolved in May, 2017.

The appearance of the high-cost billboards has sparked speculation the mining and property maverick was on the verge of relaunching the party ahead of a new federal election either this year or early in 2019.

 

SIGNS featuring an image of Clive Palmer and the words 'Make Australia Great' were not political but a sign of the multi-millionaire's patriotism, according to a spokesman.
SIGNS featuring an image of Clive Palmer and the words 'Make Australia Great' were not political but a sign of the multi-millionaire's patriotism, according to a spokesman.

The spokesman would not comment on that speculation, saying the billboards were not political and would have carried formal authorisation if that was their intent.

"Clive is abroad and is not back for a little while," he said.

Member for Fairfax Ted O'Brien said it he wasn't worried about the resurgence of the Palmer party in Queensland.

"I think anybody who thought that Clive was a conventional human being need their own heads' read," he said.

"If Palmer wants to have a crack then let him but what I like is that he's spending money.

"My only tip with those who he is spending money with is to make sure you collect the money upfront."

Minister for Small Business Hon. Craig Laundy said his message to Clive Palmer was simple.

"If you want to invest money then invest it in the old Hyatt Regency at Coolum," he said.

"Invest back in the local community. Not in billboards making a goose of yourself.

"Stop spending money carrying on like a clown and pay back the money you owe employees."

Mr Palmer's fortunes have been buoyed by last year's $200m court win against his Sino Iron partner, Chinese company CITIC.

He has lodged further court claims seeking $2.6bn in compensation from the company.

Last year he snapped up the Fig Tree Pocket trophy home of the bankrupt Peter Bond for a reported $7.5m, which was $2m under a $9.5m offer made when the home was passed in at auction the previous year and considerably less than its $11.9m original listing.

The Make Australia Great slogan is similar to the Donald Trump's Make America Great Again campaign slogan.



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