A rich story to mine

But Palmer ad­mits he won’t watch his ABC pro­file

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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.

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