A rich story to mine
But Palmer admits he won’t watch his ABC profile
GOLD Coast billionaire businessman and political aspirant Clive Palmer won’t be watching the next instalment of ABC profile series Australian Story in which he is the subject.
‘‘I am not going to watch it. I’m not brave enough,’’ he says in an interview byte released by the ABC and expected to make the final cut on Monday.
Australian Story allows highprofile Australians to tell their stories in their own words.
The Palmer profile has taken two years to make, with camera crews joining Palmer at business meetings, on his private jet and celebrating his youngest daughter’s birthday at home on the Gold Coast.
The program features home movie footage of Palmer as a baby, growing up on the Gold Coast and during pivotal months spent in Red China during the Cold War in the 1960s, filmed by Palmer’s father George, an avid amateur filmmaker and silent movie actor who went on to start Melbourne’s Radio 3AK.
Palmer and his second wife Anna talk about how their friendship began after both lost partners to cancer within weeks of each other.
Others featured include Palmer’s childhood friend Geoff Smith, his first boss/now employee Ian Ferguson, former Queensland premier Peter Beattie, Forbes Asia Magazine’s Rich List compiler Tim Treadgold and journalists Sean Purcell and Quentin Dempster.
Palmer has been described as a national treasure, philanthropist, a billionaire mining magnate who never mined, big noter and major political lobbyist. Most recently, he was at the forefront of a mining tax debate that damaged Kevin Rudd, engaged in public stoushes with Frank Lowy over the state of Australian soccer and played a key role in Anna Bligh’s recordbreaking election defeat.
He plans to run against Wayne Swan in the Treasurer’s federal seat.
Mondays, 8pm, ABC1.
Clive Palmer at the tally room for the state election.