Self-Selling Australia's Reply To Trump Splashes Money In Election Bid


Clive Palmer, who seems like Australia’s reply to Donald Trump, has adopted the slogan “Make Australia Great” for his United Australia Celebration

The businessman has adopted the slogan “Make Australia Great” for his United Australia Celebration, repeatedly bashed China and is positioning himself as an upstart outsider forward of the nation’s parliamentary election on Saturday.

A brash, self-promoting billionaire with political ambition and a string of controversies in his wake, Clive Palmer not solely seems like Australia’s reply to Donald Trump, that’s precisely who he’s modelling himself on. 

A key distinction between the 2 populists is that the now-US president campaigned with the backing of a mainstream political social gathering, whereas Palmer has entered the electoral race on his personal phrases. 

Palmer is giving them a run for his or her cash, actually. 

Australian politics is historically dominated by two main political forces: the conservative Liberal-Nationwide coalition and the centre-left Labor Celebration. 

The mining magnate claims to be spending about Aus$60 million on election promoting — greater than the 2 main events mixed — working primetime TV advertisements, plastering his face on vivid yellow billboards throughout the nation, and sending unsolicited textual content messages to voters. 

The 65-year-old is at present constructing a modern-day reproduction of the Titanic, which he plans to place in service on the identical route because the doomed authentic vessel. 

His social gathering has entered candidates in all the 151 decrease home seats, though at the very least one was sacked after peddling 9/11 conspiracy theories. Palmer began within the property enterprise however made his fortune in Australia’s booming sources sector and is now value an estimated Aus$2.6 billion, in keeping with Forbes journal. 

He has been embroiled in a collection of high-profile authorized battles, together with with a Chinese language state-owned firm and employees at one in every of his personal mines, who haven’t been totally paid. 

No stranger to Australian politics, Palmer was elected to the Home of Representatives in 2013 on a wafer-thin margin of 53 votes.