Clive Palmer: 'I don't want to talk about bulls@#%t'
The mining magnate denies his company siphoned millions of dollars from Chinese business partners to fund his party's election campaign and takes a swing at Rupert Murdoch.PT0M0S 620 349
Clive Palmer has denied his mining company siphoned millions of dollars from his Chinese business partners to cover the Palmer United Party’s federal election campaign expenses.
The mining magnate-turned-political powerhouse believes the allegations stem from his opponents who are concerned about PUP holding the balance of power in the Senate from July 1.
Speaking at a business breakfast in Sydney on Friday, he said his company Mineralogy did not siphon $12 million from the Chinese-owned Citic Pacific, as has been alleged in the Federal Court in Perth.
Clive Palmer speaks at a breakfast in Sydney on Friday. Photo: Nick Moir
He insisted the PUP’s campaign money came from donations to the party which "will all be detailed when they are declared in accordance with the act".
"All you’re seeing is a lot of dirt being thrown at me and my senators because they are all scared that they won’t have the power when it comes to July," he said.
He called on Rupert Murdoch, whose Australian newspaper has published the claims, to come to Australia and report the allegations to the authorities if they can be supported.
Siphoning claims: Rupert Murdoch. Photo: Reuters
"There isn’t any missing money," he said. "That’s just a fantasy. All of our accounts are fine. If they’re not why don’t you go to the police and report it? Have some guts. Why doesn’t Rupert Murdoch get on a plane and come over here and report it to the police? Because he’s just a gutless wonder."
Mr Palmer scoffed at West Australian Premier Colin Barnett’s claim that the Chinese hate him because of his legal battle with Citic Pacific, noting that his West Australian senator, Dio Wang, was indeed Chinese.
"Does Dio Wang hate me? I don’t think so."
With the shift in the balance of power in the Senate imminent, Mr Palmer denied doing deals with Malcolm Turnbull during a secret dinner at Canberra restaurant Wild Duck on Wednesday, saying they only agreement they came to regarded the beverages.
"I did ask him would it be possible if he filled up my wine glass and he complied with that request immediately," he said.
Mr Palmer used his address to the NSW Business Chamber to express his opposition to a number of the government’s budget proposals including the paid parental leave scheme, the increase to the pension age, the debt levy and the freeze on dole payments to under 30s, noting he had a spell on unemployment benefits when he was 18.
He described Parliament as a "mad house", admitted he was inspired to enter politics because he wanted to "throttle" Julia Gillard and thought Tony Abbott a "nice guy" who "avoids the real, hard decisions".
The 60-year-old Queenslander told the crowd of business people that he had no regrets about playing a part in the political process.
"It’s better being in politics than playing lawn bowls on the Gold Coast," he said.