Clive Palmer put on an elaborate smorgasbord for the needy.
Clive Palmer put on an elaborate smorgasbord for the needy. john mccutcheon

What Big Clive wants to offer us

PRIME ministerial hopeful and mining magnate Clive Palmer has his eyes on an international airport for the Sunshine Coast and a ban on lobbyists in government as he begins his campaign to win the seat of Fairfax.

On Thursday night, Mr Palmer announced he was reforming the United Australia Party, which was dissolved in 1945.

He said he would put forward a candidate for each House of Representative and Senate seat in the federal election.

The political bomb-shelling continued yesterday when he revealed he would contest the Coast-based seat of Fairfax, his on-and-off home and the location for his Coolum Palmer Resort.

But he would not stop at a mere backbench position - Mr Palmer wants the top job. "I am running to be prime minister of Australia," he said.

The UAP has promised to scrap the carbon tax on winning office, including refunding taxpayers and processing minerals in Australia before exporting them.

Mr Palmer, the head of Waratah Coal, also confirmed he would support axing the mining tax.

He said the main points that set the UAP aside from the LNP and Labor is its policies on the carbon tax, refugees and lobbyists.

"There is no difference between Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott because they're all controlled by lobbyists," he said.

Mr Palmer has promised to push heavily if he gets into Parliament for a new international airport at Maroochydore, which he has already pursued as part of his vision for a mega-tourism development at Coolum.

Asked how Queensland's richest man could relate to the Fairfax constituents, Mr Palmer said he had "felt the pain" of other people on the Coast through his tourism interests. "I know their hopes and aspirations have been held back because of government inaction, inaction on the Bruce Hwy and on the airport," he said.



New threat to drivers who steal disabled parking spots

premium_icon New threat to drivers who steal disabled parking spots

HEARTLESS drivers who steal disability car parks could lose licence.

New questions arise over Rattler train's budgets

premium_icon New questions arise over Rattler train's budgets

Gympie company's transparency brings to light another discrepancy.

Gympie boy in terrifying brown snake attack

premium_icon Gympie boy in terrifying brown snake attack

A flash of brown was all four-year-old Jaxon Bird saw.

Local Partners