Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer has outlandishly accused the United States Government of funding environmental group Greenpeace via the CIA to undermine Australia’s coal mining sector. Palmer made the extraordinary claim over Greenpeace’s plan to use the court system to tie up coal mining applications.
Palmer is apparently angry at Greenpeace’s plan to use lawyers to thwart future coal mining projects and claims funding is coming from US environmental charity the Rockefeller Foundation. He alleges it is funded by the CIA and says it is trying to harm Australia’s industry and help American interests.
Palmer referred to a paper produced by environmental group Greenpeace which calls for action to stop the expansion of the Queensland coal industry. Greenpeace’s plans were leaked to the media earlier this month as it organises a campaign to raise $6 million to fund legal battles against controversial coal mining projects across Australia ::::
“You only have to go back and read the Church Report in the 1970s and to read the reports to the US Congress which sets up the Rockefeller Foundation as a conduit of CIA funding,” Palmer said. “You only have to look at their secret budget which was passed by Congress last year, bigger than our whole national economy, which the CIA’s got to ensure that. You only have to read the reports to US Congress when the CIA reported to the president that their role was to ensure the US competitive advantage and economic advantages. That’s how you know it’s funded by the CIA.”
Mr Palmer says Greenpeace should be under far greater scrutiny. “If you’ve got anyone funding directly, political parties funding lawyers to obstruct our laws in this country, it’s something you should be ashamed of,” he said.
He then picked out veteran Greens campaigner Drew Hutton. “Drew Hutton is a tool of the US government and Rockefeller, and so are the Greens; everything they say. It’s as simple as that,” Mr Palmer said. “I think the Greens in this coming state election, all their candidates should resign if they are being funded by an offshore political power,” Mr Palmer said. “It is tantamount to treason. Something needs to be done about it.”
Mr Hutton, who was consulted in the document by Greenpeace, says there is no money from the Rockefeller Foundation. “I have no idea where he got that amount of money from,” Hutton said. “Certainly there’s no amount of money that I’m aware of that’s come to my organisation, or for that matter any organisation that I’m aware of, by the Rockefeller Foundation or anybody else. (This is) the first I’ve ever been accused of having any links with the CIA, I can assure you.”
Hutton says Mr Palmer’s claims are bizarre. “I just think that’s a bridge too far, I don’t even understand the argument, to tell you the truth.”
In a statement, Greenpeace senior campaigner John Hepburn rejected Mr Palmer’s comments as “ludicrous”. Hepburn said Greenpeace would not accept money from any government, corporation or secret service.
Clive Palmer is overtly active both politically, as well as within the courts system. Palmer is one of the Liberal National Party’s – Australian Right Wing Political Party – biggest financial donors and a member of the Liberal National Party. Palmer last week announced his companies were preparing legal action based on advice the Government’s carbon tax legislation was unconstitutional.
However, Palmer won’t be joining any High Court action to stop the Federal Government’s mining tax despite saying it is bad for the economy.
“It probably won’t cost me anything because I’m not mining anything that comes under the classification of it,” Palmer said.
Palmer is set to sue international hotel operator Hyatt for $60 million over its management of the Sunshine Coast Hyatt resort, which Mr Palmer owns. The mining magnate is alleging the company has been siphoning profits from the resort and sending the money to the US rather than the resort’s owners.
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Weatherstone, who owns the Sparkling Chandeliers brothel in Sydney’s notorious Kings Cross, disputed the girls claims, telling the court she thought the girl looked least 19, that she’d found a Facebook page which listed the girls age as 24 and that the girl had first presented herself drunk.
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Clive Frederick Palmer (born 26 March 1954) is an Australian businessman, politician and owner of Mineralogy. He has iron ore, nickel and coal holdings. Palmer’s net worth was estimated by Forbes magazine to be US$550 million as of January 2014; while the BRW magazine estimated his wealth at A$1.22 billion as of June 2014.
Palmer owns Mineralogy, Waratah Coal, Palmer Industries, Queensland Nickel at Townsville, Palmer Coolum Resort on the Sunshine Coast, Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course at Port Douglas, Palmer Colonial Golf Course at Robina, and the Palmer Gold Coast Golf Course, also at Robina. He owned Gold Coast United FC from 2008 to 2012.
In April 2012, he announced that he had signed a memorandum of understanding with CSC Jinling Shipyard to construct a replica of RMS Titanic, the Titanic II. The ship will be built in China and will set sail in late 2016. This date has since been moved back to 2018. Palmer also added over 100 animatronic dinosaurs to his resort in Coolum, creating a simulated Jurassic Park.
In 2013, he established the Palmer United Party and contested the federal election. Palmer won the Queensland seat of Fairfax in the Australian House of Representatives.
Palmer was born in Melbourne on 26 March 1954, and spent his early years in the suburb of Williamstown.His family moved to Queensland in 1963 and Palmer was largely raised on the Gold Coast, where he attended Aquinas College and Southport State High School, although he also attended Toowoomba Grammar School. Palmer’s father, George, was a successful travel agent, and the family traveled the world extensively.
Palmer studied law and journalism studies at the University of Queensland from 1973 to 1975, dropping out before completing his degree.
Palmer is the owner of Mineralogy, a company which has 160 billion tonnes of iron ore reserves in the Pilbara Ranges, in remote Western Australia.
In 2008, Palmer bought Waratah Coal.
In 2009, he bought Queensland Nickel and the Palmer Nickel and Cobalt Refinery. The following year, the company increased production by 30 percent, prompting him to give $10 million worth of Christmas bonuses to staff including 55 Mercedes-Benz B-Class cars and overseas holidays.
In June 2002, Palmer was appointed adjunct professor of business at Deakin University’s Faculty of Business and Law, a role he held until 2006. During that time, he delivered a series of lectures as part of Deakin’s MBA residential programs. In 2008 Palmer was appointed adjunct professor of management at Bond Universityon the Gold Coast.
In December 2012, Palmer was appointed secretary general of the World Leadership Alliance, a democracy-promoting council that includes former US president Bill Clinton, Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Palmer was named president of the alliance’s business chapter, the World Economic Council.
In December 2012, on Christmas Day, Palmer hosted a buffet lunch for 650 disadvantaged people, mostly children and their families.
On 4 March 2012, Palmer was named, amid controversy, as a National Living Treasure by the New South Wales Branch of the National Trust of Australia.
Palmer was instrumental in the split of the South Australian conservatives in the 1970s, and was active in the Liberal Movement headed by former Premier of South Australia Steele Hall. Palmer joined the Queensland division of the National Party of Australia in 1974, having been influenced by the policies of Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Premier of Queensland at the time. From the early 1980s onwards, he was involved in state politics, serving as the National Party’s campaign director during the 1983 state election and as media spokesman during its 1986 election campaign, both of which were successful.
The following year, Palmer was a supporter of the “Joh for Canberra” campaign, which unsuccessfully attempted to get Bjelke-Petersen elected as Prime Minister of Australia at the 1987 federal election. He was elected to life membership of the party in 1992, which he retained after the state branches of the National Party and Liberal Party merged to form the Liberal National Party of Queensland in 2008.
In late April 2012, Palmer announced that he would contest Liberal National Party preselection for the Division of Lilley at the 2013 federal election, which is currently held by Wayne Swan, the former Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer. However, later that year, in July, he announced his intention to seek preselection for a different seat, including possibly the Division of Kennedy, held by Bob Katter of Katter’s Australian Party (formerly sitting as a National and an independent).
Several months after announcing his intent to seek preselection, Palmer resigned his life membership of the Liberal National Party. His membership of the party had been suspended on 9 November, following comments on the actions of state government ministers. He was re-instated to the party on 22 November, but resigned the same day.
On 25 April 2013, Palmer announced a “reformation” of the United Australia Party, which had been folded into the present-day Liberal Party in 1945, to stand candidates in the 2013 federal election, and had applied for registration in Queensland. Another political party, The United Party, lodged a formal objection to registration of the name ‘Palmer United Party’ (PUP) with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). The AEC determined that the names ‘Uniting Australia Party’ and ‘Palmer United Party’ were distinct and the name ‘Palmer United Party’ was not prohibited.
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Palmer ran as the candidate in the Division of Fairfax for his party. In the election, he won the first count by just 7 votes and an automatic recount was started.
Palmer accused Drew Hutton and Greenpeace of receiving funding from the CIA, due to his involvement in the preparation of a Greenpeace strategy titled “Stopping the Australian Coal Export Boom”. His claims were dismissed by Greenpeace senior campaigner John Hepburn as “ludicrous”, who said that Greenpeace would not accept money from any government, corporation or secret service. His claims were also rejected by the CIA.
In his maiden speech to federal parliament, Palmer implied that the government was “deaf to the everyday struggles of all Australians” and stated that “the entrenchment of the two-party system in this country not only threatens democracy but destroys the creativity of the nation.”
Palmer lives in a residence in the waterfront Gold Coast suburb of Sovereign Islands. News Limited reports that property records reveal “Mr Palmer, his family and associates own a total of 11 homes in the Sovereign Islands, a gated enclave developed on reclaimed land on the banks of the Southport Broadwater”. Palmer also owns homes at Broadbeach Waters on the Gold Coast, Fig Tree Pocket in Brisbane, a large villa at the Palmer Coolum Resort and in Sofia in Bulgaria. Other holdings include properties in Brisbane, Jandowae on the Darling Downs, Queensland, Port Douglas in Queensland and Bora Bora, French Polynesia. In addition, his wife, Anna Palmer owns an undisclosed number of properties held in trust.
Palmer was married to his first wife for 22 years. He has two adult children: a son and a daughter. His first wife, Susan Palmer, died from cancer in 2005. In 2007, he married Anna. They have two daughters. Palmer is a devout Roman Catholic, and was a prominent member of Right to Life Australia while at university, organising anti-abortion rallies on campus.
While watching a soccer game in October 2009, Palmer was thought to have suffered a heart attack, and was taken to hospital. However, doctors dismissed it as merely a heart palpitation. Palmer has also suffered from sleep apnoea.