Clive Palmer Twitter Account Clive Palmer, the wildcard contender for the Australian Election of 2013
With that, Mr Palmer is now popularly dubbed as the Wildcard Contender for the Australian Federal Election 2013, together with his party, the Palmer United Party.
Mr Palmer, is the richest man in Queensland. According to Forbes, he has A$895 million; Australia BRW Magazine said he has $2bn.
In an interview with The Independent, he was elusive when asked about his wealth but his words were wise.
"You can only sleep in one bed, eat one meal and - if you're a smart guy - only have one woman, That's about what I'm worth: one bed, one woman and one meal. I'm just a normal Aussie. Give me a pie and a sausage roll and I'm happy," said Mr Palmer.
The wildcard contender owned the five-star Palmer Coolum Resort on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. The resort has its own life-size statue of a Tyrannosaurus rex. The lobby of the resort has Mr Palmer's framed pictures with worldwide known leaders and personalities. Guests at the resort can indulge with expensive lobsters.
Never too late for the campaign, some voters were already eyeing him to be the next Australian PM.
"He may have some weird and wonderful ideas, but at least they're fresh. I'm fed up with the two main parties [Kevin Rudd's governing Labor Party and Tony Abbott's conservative Liberals]. Clive has got a vision which is out of the mainstream, so I'm going to give him a go," Gill Kube told The Independent.
As for his vision for Australia, Mr Palmer plans to give millions of dollars to health and education, pensions and to abolish the carbon tax.
When asked about where he would be getting the budget for all this, Mr Palmer has this to say:
"Who gives a stuff about the cost? Some things are more important than money," shrugged Mr Palmer.
Mr Palmer started to call attention when he announced that his company is already on its way in making the Titanic 2 cruise ship. He made the noise when he included a video promotion of Titanic 2 in a DVD campaign material given to voters.
Twerk like Miley Cyrus
Mr Palmer had been making louder noise this week for his infamous twerking like MIley Cyrus. Yes, he did twerked during an interview with Sydney radio station 2DayFM.
Hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O were asking Mr Palmer about his policies. "What about endearing yourself to younger Australians? I've got a really good idea if you want some tips," the hosts asked. Then Mr Sandilands suggested that Mr Palmer twerl like Miley Cyrus' raunchy dance at the MTV Awards. Mr Palmer had not heard of twerk before so Mr Sandilands demonstrated the move first. There was a pause in the show with everybody thinking that Mr Palmer will not probably give in to the prodding. But Mr Palmer, a big cuddly guy, put both hands on the desk and twerk like Miley Cyrus. And, Mr Palmer, the wildcard contender, from then on, became the newest talk of the town, with his popularity catching up with rivals Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott. Dance Showdown w Rudd Mr Palmer had courageously challenged Kevin Rudd to a twerk-off, saying that since mr Rudd had refused to debate him for seven times now, they might as well give voters one hell of fun.
The seemingly bubbly Mr Palmer showed his cranky side during an ABC radio interview in Melbourne.
He was asked why he was running two senate candidates in Victoria, Barry Michaels and Doug Hawkins who had was charged with violence against women more than 10 years ago.
Mr Palmer said that the allegations were not true and in fact neither of the man was convicted.
However, ABC 774 host Jon Faine became pushy about the issue that Mr Palmer was annoyed.
''Look I can bring a charge against you for being a deadbeat.They haven't been convicted of anything. They weren't true, the allegations weren't true. 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 said and then hung up.
Mr Palmer's reaction was motivated by his feeling of being subjected to biased media coverage. He said that Rupert Murdoch had vocally vouched for Tony Abbott and other media kept writing about Mr Rudd bringing in US president Barack Obama's advisers to plan for his campaign.