Jun 2, 2014

‘Colin Barnett hiding in the desert’: King Clive holds court

Say what you will about Clive Palmer; the man knows how to woo the public. Crikey headed along to see the Cult of Clive first-hand.

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

Clive Palmer received an early Christmas present on the weekend in the form of an outside attack on one of his favourite targets, Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian newspaper. Like the Reverend Ian Paisley and the Catholic Church, these two are locked in a toxic, co-dependent embrace that will surely last until the Apocalypse and consume at least one of the participants.


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12 thoughts on “‘Colin Barnett hiding in the desert’: King Clive holds court

  1. zut alors

    There are some stark & significant differences between Clive & Pauline –

    Clive gives us a laugh
    Clive is fearless, he doesn’t need the job or the salary
    Clive can fund all & any defamation cases, including against the News Corp gorilla
    Clive has compassion for refugees

    Australians see him as not liking politicians & certainly never kowtowing to them. Of course he’s in Canberra for self-interest but most of them are. Not all, but most.

  2. klewso

    A personal reference from Barnett – whose choice of heir apparent was Troy Buswell – “The Bloodhound of Bunbury””?

  3. paddy

    LOL “Outhouse rat”.
    You’re so polite Margot.
    (and a bit unfair to Rattus Rattus.)
    I’ve always felt Clive was more closely related to a
    razorback wild boar.
    Still, it’s fun to watch the dinosaurs ripping each other to shreds for a change.

  4. Salamander

    A smiley diversion he may be withiin our current execrable political landscape, but the worst thing about Clive is AGW denial, as per an ABC interview he did around election time last year.

  5. Margot Saville

    thanks to all of you for your comments. But Salamander, what is AGW denial? I’m intrigued.

  6. klewso

    anthropogenic global warming?

  7. AR

    When, not if, he comes crashing to earth it will be a sad day for those who loathe the political sausage machine with its indistinguishable extrusions.
    The electorate is famished for credible non aligned MPs – look at the constantly rising votes for the late Peter Andren, the very current Xenophon and the lost lights of Windsor, Oakeshott, Ted Mack.
    If they could, the LibLabs would abolish the People and govern unfettered in the interests of their Master/s.

  8. Bill Parker

    I would like to know what Clive thinks about the renewable energy sector. Right now, some mines in WA are spending millions on diesel. One answer is to provide small power stations to satisfy the demand round the clock. I refer of course to Concentrated Solar Power. CSP is alive, working and entirely suitable. And in some cases does not require any subsidy to build ( i.e. no gas pipeline nearby) And there, they can be built with the benefit of the RET. So there it is Clive. The RET can be seen as an indirect subsidy to the mining industry and zero power station fuel costs forever.

  9. Margot Saville

    Klewso, thank you! Yes, AR, Peter Andren is sadly missed isn’t he? And Oakeshott’s book makes it clear what a decent bloke he is. And now I know about CSP and RET – cheers Bill Parker.

  10. Liamj

    We need Clive, once we come out the other side of his 4th Reich then we’ll have a renewed interest in & appreciation of participatory democracy. Ok it didn’t work for post-Joh Qld, but i blame demographics & senility there.

    @ Bill P: CSP is a lovely idea, but if it is so affordable, why so few installations? Yes CSIRO invested lots in developing & trialed troughs & dishes, but then? are the dishes at Liddell NSW still running? i hear they have mothballed the facility near Bendigo. Generally isn’t it too expensive/high maintenance, & storing heat is leaky?

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