Downgrade for PM Clive

SUNSHINE Coast billionaire Clive Palmer says he will have to take a pay cut and put up with an inferior jet and car if he becomes PM.

But his biographer says that's unlikely, with the mining magnate unlikely to even win his seat of Fairfax.

Mr Palmer has been flying around Australia in a $70 million personal jet in a bid to rally support for his 150 candidates in the Palmer United Party.

"The Prime Minister's jet is not as good as mine," Mr Palmer told APN in the lobby of the Canberra Hyatt. "The Lodge is not as good as my houses."

And the PM's car is no match for his Rolls-Royce.

Australian journalist Sean Parnell, whose book Clive: The Story of Clive Palmer, has been released before the September 7 poll, says while the Coast resort owner is a "very unique character" and likeable, he's not sure he would vote for him.

"I don't think he will win his seat," Mr Parnell said, adding that there was only a "slim" chance a couple of contenders, like Senate candidate Glenn Lazarus, could get across the line.

Mr Parnell tells in the unauthorised biography how:

  • Mr Palmer missed his high school exams and barely made it to uni;
  • His first writing about politics (a full-page piece on the pending double-dissolution election in 1974 in his uni paper, Semper Floreat);
  • His future wife, Sue, gave him a weekly allowance after university when Clive was too lazy to get a job;
  • His anti-abortion crusades and work counselling pregnant women;
  • His desperate but unsuccessful attempts to save his wife from incurable cancer with experimental treatments;
  • The story of his falling-out with the LNP.

Mr Parnell, who spent six months researching and writing the book after being approached by an agent, said the billionaire had always been a fighter - and a headline hunter.

"I think he learnt the gift of the gab to talk his way out of situations," Mr Parnell said.

"He is always searching for that killer one-liner."



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