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Clive Palmer and Senator Zhenya Dio Wang in Perth then so we are only talking about 5% that the politicians make out that it is very, very important in a 1.5 Trillion dollar economy is inconsequential. SR: So you’ve spent most of your life in business, when you look at that sort of situation with the business hat on do you worry that business don’t know what environment they are in so we end up with a lot of uncertainty and difficulty for businesses to make decisions because they are not quite sure enough about government decision? CP: Well certainly Government decisions are not made in a very businesslike way. What’s the most efficient way of doing things made for a lot of competing interests, you know, which is not a good thing, that’s our system of democracy. But I think it’s the best system in the world as Winston Churchill said he said he doesn’t know of a better one. It might not work too good but he doesn’t know of a better one and at the end of the day, having restraints on people stopping them from going excessive is a good thing I think. SR: So you’ve had to straddle business and politics and you got a large business empire and I am sure you have made efforts to keep arms lengths form it but you have a lot on your plate. Do you see yourself as a politician long term or do you see yourself as short term in politics but ultimately still a business man? CP: I am an Australian. Basically, I see myself serving the country, doing the best I can. Once you’ve got 5 or 10 million dollars, your life style remains the same even if you have 1 billion dollars or 5 billion. In 2009, they said I was the wealthiest person in Australia. The BRW reported that I had 6 Billion dollars or something. The Chinese rich list has me at 2.8 Billion and Forbes have taken me off at 700 Million. It has made no difference to my life style over that period, it is just that it’s a fallacy so you know once you get beyond that you really want to do what is right for the country. SR: And how do you deal with potential conflict of interests you have like you are required as a politician to be totally squeaky clean on these? How do you actually balance these things with business interests? CP: At the moment, I donate all my salary to charity so I am there serving the people and of course, there is a register of The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 243


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