Clive Palmer is variously described as a national treasure, a philanthropist, a billionaire mining magnate who has never mined, a big noter and a major political lobbyist — among many other things.
In the last few years he has achieved an increasing national profile starting with the mining tax debate that damaged Kevin Rudd, public stoushes with people like Frank Lowy and taking on a key role in Anna Bligh’s record breaking election defeat. He says his next target is Julia Gillard.
So just who is Clive Palmer … what is his history, what is his personal story and what is he likely to do next?
Australian Story features exclusive, access all-areas to Clive Palmer’s life from business meetings on his private jet to celebrating his youngest daughter’s birthday at home on the Gold Coast.
The edition includes never-before-seen home movie footage and family photographs documenting Palmer’s early life including pivotal months spent in China with his father during the Cold War years of the sixties.
Palmer and his wife reveal the story of their developing friendship and marriage after both lost their partners to cancer within weeks of each other.
Palmer is joined by interviewees including his second wife Anna Palmer; his boyhood best friend Geoff Smith, his first boss, now his employee Ian Ferguson, former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie, Forbes Asia Magazine’s Rich List compiler, Tim Treadgold and journalist Sean Purcell.
Monday, May 7 at 8pm on ABC1.