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Australian mining mogul Clive Palmer rebuked for tirade against China

Clive Palmer's describing mainland government as 'bastards' who shoot their own people called 'hugely damaging' by the country's treasurer

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 August, 2014, 11:45am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 August, 2014, 10:08pm
 

Australian mining mogul and politician Clive Palmer was rebuked by the government yesterday for a tirade against China, in which he described its government as "bastards" who shoot their own people and want to take over Australia's resources.

The mining-baron-turned-politician is a member of parliament and head of the Palmer United Party that holds the balance of power in Australia's senate, the upper house of parliament.

WATCH: Clive Palmer attacks Chinese interests on an ABC network current affairs show

Treasurer Joe Hockey said the remarks aired on Australian television on Monday were "hugely damaging", noting that Palmer had benefited personally from doing business with China.

"Do not bring down the rest of Australia because of your biases," he said. "They are a business partner for Australia, they're our biggest trading partner, they buy a lot of our produce."

Palmer is locked in a legal battle with Chinese firm Citic Pacific over cost blowouts and disputed royalty payments at an iron ore port in Cape Preston, Western Australia.

When asked about the case while appearing on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Q&A programme, Palmer launched into an attack on what he called the "communist Chinese government" and its attempts to take over Australia's ports.

"I don't mind standing up against the Chinese bastards and stopping them from doing it," Palmer said. "I'm saying that because they're communist, because they shoot their own people, they haven't got a justice system and they want to take over this country. We're not going to let them do it."

Palmer tweeted a clarification yesterday: "My #qanda comments not intended to refer to Chinese people but to Chinese company which is taking Australian resources & not paying."

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she planned to contact the Chinese embassy to stress that the Australian parliament did not share Palmer's "abusive" views. "It really isn't appropriate for him to use a national television programme to vent his bitterness about a legal dispute he is having with a Chinese company," Bishop told Fairfax radio.

Palmer told ABC that he was "owed about A$500 million (HK$3.61 billion) by the communist Chinese government".

"We'll be suing them and they'll be answering the questions," he said.

"We've had three judgments in the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Western Australia and an arbitration against these Chinese mongrels.

"I'm saying that because they're communist, they shoot their own people, they haven't got a justice system and they want to take over this country.

"And we're not going to let them," he added.

"The Chinese government wants to bring workers here to destroy our wage system... They want to take over our ports and get our resources for free.

"So far they've shifted AU$200 million worth of iron ore out of this country without paying for it. I don't mind standing up against the Chinese bastards."

Earlier this year, Citic Pacific president Zhang Jijing warned that legal issues with Palmer could have broader implications for Chinese business in Australia.

One of the tycoon's Palmer United Party senators came to his defence, with Jacqui Lambie telling reporters China was led by "an aggressive, anti-democratic, totalitarian government".

Anyone who "ignores the threat of a Chinese communist invasion — you're delusional", she said.

Meanwhile, Palmer's comments provoked outrage on Chinese social media.

One user of Weibo said he was "using nationalism and chauvinism to stir up Australian hostility to China, which could help cover up the truth that he stole money from Chinese companies to win the vote".

Palmer's headline-grabbing business projects have included building a replica of the Titanic and adding a Jurassic Park-style collection of mechanical dinosaurs to the grounds of his five-star resort.

Reuters, Associated Press, Agence France-Presse

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jnwilson@utas.edu.au
I can't really understand how he can be labelled a racist. Palmer did support a mainland born Han Chinese to be elected to the Australian Senate. The SCMP has conflated the Chinese Government with the Chinese people which is quite unfortunate and causes misunderstanding. Many foreigners and overseas Chinese have a deep and thoughtful love of China and the Chinese people while at the same time being very concerned about the legitimacy, crimes and other excesses of a non democratic totalitarian government that has directly and purposely caused millions and millions of deaths. Unfortunately for the CPC, Clive Palmer has said out loud what every other government in the democratic world thinks and says privately and quietly.
mymak
Twenty to thirty years ago they (Australian protectionists) were saying the same thing about the Japanese. It is a peculiarity of Australia that while so many of them are now of Asian ethnicity it is always successful Asian economies that are the target of their fear.
53f3307c-c904-49e7-9235-08ec0a3209ca
Words are sure tacky but they are directed to the communist government who did shoot down their own people! Even a rightist Chinese Australian will agree with him It is not about racism! At least read the entire article and watch the clip maybe? I am sure you get more than 50c for English comments especially with this depth of knowledge in Australian politics, show some effort china stooges!
chaz_hen
Just like you represent the "real face" of Chinese people? I doubt it.
mymak
1930s bodyline series - English manager Plum Warner complaining to Australian captain Woodful that one of the Australian players called him a bXXta%d. Woodful's question to Australian dressing room - Which one of you bXXta%ds, called this bXXta%d a bXXta%d. ****** at 1.21pm - you will always place yourself at a disadvantage with your racism. As a racist you are too stupid to understand different standards across different countries that have the same racial make-up. A bXXta%d in Australia is not particularly offensive whereas in the UK it would be. In the US I'm not sure that they even use this. So ******* try and get out a bit more. Get some real world experience. This after all is nothing more than a tycoon's business fight. We, none of us will gain whoever wins.
A Kuro
Clive Palmer stole US$ 12 million from Citic Pacific and instead of admitting to his CBT crime, he calls the Chinese people mongrels! What a thieving liar mongrel!
michaelhctam@gmail.com
if i were him I'd just retire and enjoy my wealth. why stress?
TigerJ
Actually, he may be showing the real face of Australia.
simonsafe
oh please, this guy is a fool
simonsafe
This guy is a fool.. pure and simple.. he is also dangerous

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