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(17 mins 19 sec) My respect for Clive Palmer went up about 15 notches this afternoon after hearing him at a Press Conference in Brisbane at 3 O'Clock. One incredible contrast between Clive, and other old-school politicians is that whether you like his

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(17 mins 19 sec) My respect for Clive Palmer went up about 15 notches this afternoon after hearing him at a Press Conference in Brisbane at 3 O'Clock. One incredible contrast between Clive, and other old-school politicians is that whether you like his policies or not, you can actually believe him when he tells you what they are. There's a bit of pragmatism and charisma about the man which is a breath of fresh air in the current political mix. When he starts off by explaining that Abbott is lying over the budget crisis, and that the equivalent situation for the average person is that total debt is roughly equal to 3 or 4 months' pay, I started listening harder. "How many people in the room, or indeed listening around Australia can say that?" he asked. Clive got stuck into the coalition's "Direct Action" policy, saying it was an opportunity for Greg Hunt to maintain his "slush fund" for the benefit of Liberal Party cronies and lobbyists. He warned that his support of the Carbon Tax repeal bill was in doubt. He also said that despite it being in his own interests (although because of a conflict of interest he wouldn't be voting on the matter in parliament) the repeal of the Mining Tax may also not get his party's support. The reason for this is the linking of the mining tax repeal with the ditching of $16 BILLION of social welfare initiatives supposedly inseparable from the tax. "Politics is about priorities", he explained. He won't stand aside and see pensioners (old age and all others) and hospital patients have their needs put behind those of mining companies. This Press Conference is long - ABC News 24 cut it off before the conclusion, but I think Clive's media time quota today has well and truly been used up. Clive is expressing so many Green party views in this conference that his yellow background may not have been the most appropriate. He's certainly well placed to stand up to One Term Tony, and not frightened of doing so. Palmer suggested that he himself might only do one term in the Federal Parliament, but if that was the case - so be it. In Mainstream Media right now, only Sky News has covered it, but they are using the "ridicule" technique as their angle. I won't provide the link. But I do implore you to listen to what Clive has just said, and give thanks to whoever you choose that the Liberal/National coalition didn't get an outright majority in both houses. I've tweaked the audio and brought the level up for the reporters' questions - apologies for the occasions when Clive adds an "um" or "ah" when he's being asked a question. But I've spent too many hours editing this already - YOU NEED TO WATCH IT NOW. It doesn't feel like 17 minutes.