THE LAST GASP: Tycoon touch-up

This week Clive Palmer cops a political punching, tobacco gets whacked and the Senate says 'baa baa'.

Perhaps sick of getting along fine with everybody, mining magnate Clive Palmer has become entangled in yet another public spat this week, this time with Queensland Premier Campbell Newman. The latest battle surrounds criticism from the premier over Palmer’s attempts to use his Liberal Party clout to win political favours. Because no old, rich white guy has ever used money to influence politics. In the world. Ever. Newman has accused the billionaire, a well-known LNP financial backer and hopeful federal politics candidate, of attempting to "bully" the state government over a number of issues including a development proposal. It appears that to the Libs, when these billionaires use their money to influence the government, that’s democracy. But when it’s the LNP, that’s meddling.

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