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the challenge of what I've got to operate under or what I believe in. If that's the case we've got serious problems for Australia. But I could well understand why the Prime Minister might think that, having looked at his policy. I could well understand why the Leader of the Opposition would think the same thing. And I could well understand why both Labor and Liberal may do that, because there's a rising tide in this country of citizens that are sick and tired of the way governments have been operated on. They're sick of the people that have never done anything looking at each other across the chamber, and they want a change. COMPERE: Final question today from David Speers. DAVID SPEERS: David Speers from Sky News. I know this issue has gone around and around and around today, but as you say, it's our job to scrutinise these things… CLIVE PALMER: Scrutinise me. DAVID SPEERS: …and try to get an answer. At the end of the day, I guess, it's about how can we all be sure that your actions as an MP aren't influenced by your interests in business? How do you think we can be sure of that? CLIVE PALMER: Well, first of all, let me say that every person in Parliament is influenced by their past and what experience they've got, and that's what they bring to the public service and serving it. Firstly, I've got enough money to have a bed, a meal and I've got a wonderful wife. I can just tell you, that's all you really need in life. If you can pay for your meal, and your bed and a house, everything else is a fantasy, it's just a news story. They're the real important things in life to me. Because I've been such an unsuccessful businessman since I started in this country, it doesn't mean that I'm going to actually do anything to be successful. I've accepted I'm a failure, but like most people I've turned to politics by being a failure. Laughter And hopefully one day I'll be successful at something. That's why Australians voted me as a living national treasure. That's why the electors of Fairfax voted me as the member for Fairfax. That's why 750,000 Australians decided in eight weeks to vote for our party. That's why we've got three senators in the Senate, because they think the policies we've got are wrong. That's why we've got it. But that's up to them. I don't want to convince you of anything. COMPERE: And on that note, let's finish there. CLIVE PALMER: Thanks very much. Applause COMPERE: Clive Palmer thanks very much for addressing the Press Club, for dealing with some good robust questions form the press gallery. CLIVE PALMER: God bless them. COMPERE: We look forward to having you back at sometime in the future, please accept a membership of the National Press Club and also a lovely gift that might help you to, perhaps, sign up some of those… CLIVE PALMER: I would have signed the oath today, if I'd had it. I used the other one. COMPERE: Ladies and gentlemen, please thank Clive Palmer. CLIVE PALMER: Thank you. The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 233


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