With four seats in federal Parliament to his party’s name and a government that sweats on his every move, Clive Palmer has good cause to feel pleased with the progress of the party he founded barely 18 months ago. Nonetheless, a number of Palmer’s stated aspirations continue to go unrealised. He is not, contrary to the ambition he proclaimed before the federal election, our nation’s prime minister. Nor did his party succeed in making its lead candidate at the Tasmanian election in March, one Kevin Morgan, the state’s premier — despite claims Palmer was making at the time from his secret internal polling.
But as any Palmer watcher can tell you, these are trivial details next to the ambition that really motivates him to get out of bed in the morning — ending the political career of Queensland Premier Campbell Newman. That particular date with destiny looms when Queensland’s state election comes due in the first half of next year.