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of believing in the country. It doesn't matter whether it's Liberal or Labor, and I'm not really too concerned what happens to me. JULIA HOLMAN: You don't think the newspaper has much influence and...? CLIVE PALMER: I don't really care. I mean, I'm a person in politics, if I never get re-elected so be it, but I'd at least rather say these things at a critical time in the nation's history. Because I think freedom and diversity is important for this country, I think we're a different country than the United States or Europe, we've got a proud tradition of our journalists that's - we should protect, and I think there's a great centralisation of 70 per cent of the media in this country, and I think it's not good for diversity and we need competition. You know, we need competition in the media, we need competition in parliament. I mean, our politicians all the time talk about competition, how it's good in industry but they don't like competition when it comes to politics, I can tell you that. COMPERE: Conveniently our next question is from Jason Tin from the Courier-Mail. CLIVE PALMER: Good on you Jason. Laughter JASON TIN: Mr Palmer, Jason Tin from the Courier-Mail. CLIVE PALMER: Hello Jason, how are you going? JASON TIN: Not too bad. In the lead-up to the campaign, you on a number of occasions said that what are now your fellow parliamentarians, did not deserve to run the Australian economy because they lacked real world experience, they lacked business experience. But at the same time you dismiss questions about your own wealth, about your own business interests as being irrelevant. Given that you've raised that as an issue about the credibility of your colleagues, why does that not apply to you and why wouldn't you release financial statements about your businesses so we can stop talking about them and perhaps talk about some of your ideas? CLIVE PALMER: Because if I did that, Jason, Hedley wouldn't run the beautiful stories he runs for Australia, and I wouldn't get half of Australians saying I'm being hard done by, you know. That sort of support you just can't buy. Laughter JASON TIN: But surely…? CLIVE PALMER: You got to give Hedley a job, and the give him something to do. I mean, he's, the national affairs editor of something or other, he needs to have some status. And if I can give him status, if I can make his family feel a bit better, I'll do it. I don't want to destroy all his news I can tell you that. JASON TIN: The question… CLIVE PALMER: But first of all, let me say, the critical point what you're making, it's not about what I've done; that's irrelevant. You shouldn't say any credibility comes from me, it doesn't. It comes from you as a citizen or a voter thinking about the proposition and thinking is that proposition good for me and good for my family? So what I'm saying is don't vote for Clive Palmer, vote for maybe things that I believe in, and that's what it should be about. For 20 years in this country our elections have been devoid of policy debates, policy ideas, and the last election was a disgrace wasn't it really? You had two guys sitting there frightened to discuss the issues that you journalists can write about, that voters can make a decision on. So all I'm saying is I'm an Australian, I haven't broken the law, I haven't done anything if I have, whether I'm wealthy, whether I'm bad, whether I'm good in business, or not, so what? That's what I think. JASON TIN: Perhaps, but the truth of the matter is people of Fairfax have indeed voted for Clive Palmer. CLIVE PALMER: Are we in Fairfax News or Fairfax… 230 The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia


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