Clive Palmer on the campaign trail.
Clive Palmer on the campaign trail.

Clive makes blustery impression on Mackay taxi drivers

BLUSTERING angrily with aggressive finger-pointing, Clive Palmer did not make a great first impression on Mackay's taxi drivers.

"Wait, wait, wait," the Palmer United Party leader shouted from his taxi to another in his convoy.

"Hold on. Stop," he kept yelling amid wild gesturing.

The taxi driver said he understood he had to pull over but he was trying to pull to the side because he could not stop in the middle of the airport road.

"We had Bob Katter yesterday, he wasn't like that," the taxi driver said.

The leaders of Australia's two fringe parties had their own version of the make-up debacle.

Two weeks ago, the woman who tended to make-up for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott before a televised people's forum in Brisbane took to Facebook to share her experience with the two.

"One of them was absolutely lovely, engaged in genuine conversation with me, acknowledge that I had a job to do and was very appreciative. The other did the exact opposite! Oh boy, I have never had anyone treat me so badly."

Mr Rudd, who sparked the latter comment, said it was a misunderstanding that he was in the zone preparing for the forum.

Mr Palmer's blast came because he wanted to time his arrival at the Mackay Grand Suites for a breakfast function.

The first taxi in the convoy had already taken off with his team to set up the Palmer United Party "bringing people together" banner at the event.

In fairness, Mr Palmer had an early start - arriving in Mackay about 6.30am on his private jet after a late event at Jupiters hotel in Townsville the night before.

Perhaps he just got out the wrong side of the bed?



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