Embattled MP Clive Palmer is defending his record in a YouTube advertisement labelling him a “political prisoner”. The advertisement, which features photos of Palmer behind razor wire, features a voiceover saying:

“Everyone’s entitled to a fair trial in Australia, unless you’re Clive Palmer, then it’s trial by media. They’ll stop at nothing to get him out of government. Release Australia’s political prisoner and see more of the real achievements Palmer United has made for our country.”

The ad is authorised by Declan Sheridan for the “Committee of Free Speech Brisbane”. The Australian reports Sheridan is a close friend and business partner of Palmer’s daughter Emily Palmer.

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