Clive Palmer hangs up on Jon Faine
Clive Palmer abruptly ends a phone interview with ABC's Jon Faine after being questioned about allegations of violence against women by two Palmer United Party candidates.PT1M36S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2spf5 620 349 August 28, 2013
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Prime ministerial aspirant Clive Palmer abruptly ended a phone interview with ABC's Jon Faine after being questioned about past allegations of violence against women involving two Palmer United Party candidates.
Look I can bring a charge against you for being a deadbeat.
Faine asked the mining magnate why he was running two senate candidates in Victoria, Barry Michaels and Doug Hawkins, who had "been to court in relation to allegations of violence against women".
Federal election candidate Clive Palmer did not take kindly to questions about two of his party's candidates. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
''Well of course that's not true,'' Mr Palmer replied, saying that neither man had been convicted – a charge Mr Faine did not make.
Faine told Mr Palmer that he had chosen his words carefully. ''They were relating to intervention orders and in each instance both had reason to return to court and respond to those claims,'' Mr Faine said.
''Look I can bring a charge against you for being a deadbeat,'' Mr Palmer said.
ABC 774 radio host Jon Faine. Photo: Eddie Jim
''They haven't been convicted of anything. They weren't true, the allegations weren't true,'' Mr Palmer said.
''Why don't you talk about policy? Why don't you talk about reducing the pensions?
''I'm not going to talk about things . . . which are not true. These were allegations in a court. The court dealt with them and found them to be no case to answer.''
Mr Palmer then said ''goodbye'' and hung up. Faine said that when his producers called Mr Palmer back, he told them to ''get stuffed''.
Faine said that he believed that the questions were relevant because they went to the candidates' characters.
Several callers lashed Faine for focusing on the past and failing to ask Mr Palmer about his policies.
According to the Palmer United Party’s website, Mr Hawkins and Mr Michael have joined the Party’s Victorian Senate ticket as ''sporting legends''.
Mr Hawkins, a renowned Australian football identity, notched up more than 300 games for Footscray Football Club during the 1990s.
In 2004, he was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame.
Mr Michael is a former boxing world champion who was inducted into the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003.
Mr Palmer's decision to terminate his interview with Mr Faine this morning follows a volatile media appearance on ABC's Lateline on Tuesday evening.
When questioned by Lateline host Emma Alberici over his involvement in the Ashby-Slipper affair, Mr Palmer labelled LNP candidate Mal Brough a liar before announcing his intention to sue him.
with Lisa Visentin