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Clive Palmer addresses the National Press Club JACQUELINE MALEY: Mr Palmer, Jacqueline Maley from Fairfax Media. You spoke before about journalist salaries in particular. CLIVE PALMER: They should go up. JACQUELINE MALEY: For which I thank you. Laughter I'm just wondering in particular your thoughts on Maurice Newman's comments reported overnight, Tony Abbott's adviser, who has said that the minimum wage in Australia is too high, and wages are too high generally, do you agree? CLIVE PALMER: Well, I mean - I don't like to avoid an answer, right, but it's a difficult one, because if you work on the assumption the economy is what it is, you can take that comment. But if you say, we have to look at what the economy could be and what we need to make it work, Government shouldn't be about pushing people down in their lives, it should be about lifting them up and setting an agenda for where we can go. And, of course, that's a difficult thing to do. We have to do it in business all the time, when we start out with nothing, to employ people. But my view is that our wages should be higher, that we should be producing more, and we should be more efficient. There wouldn't be one public servant in Canberra, there wouldn't be one, that wouldn't agree that he's not appreciated 224 The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia


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