It has become almost something of a national past-time to ridicule and make fun of Australian billionaire mining magnate, Clive Palmer. But we've been entirely wrong to do so.
Now Clive has been anything but reticent in making all sorts of press statements in recent times. To mention just a few:
- his company Blue Star Line Pty Ltd had just commissioned the state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard to build a near replica of the Titanic
- he was contesting the parliamentary seat currently held by Federal Treasurer and Labor Party power broker, Wayne Swan (announced the same day as the Titanic plans)
- he wants to launch an online newspaper to be staff by the journalists being laid off by Fairfax (possibly inspired by the failure of his mate, Gina Reinhardt, to get editorial control on the Board of Fairfax?)