Mining billionaire Clive Palmer
Mining billionaire Clive Palmer

Palmer donates $250k for counselling

COLOURFUL mining identity and LNP lifetime member Clive Palmer will hand out a quarter of a million dollars to counsel public servants sacked by his party's government.

In the latest in a string of interesting announcements - including the construction of the Titanic II, an interest in public office and the establishment of a vintage car museum - Mr Palmer revealed he would donate $250,000 to Together Union to provide vocational training and distress counselling to victims of the Queensland Government's job shedding.

The money will form the "Hope Fund" and former Premier Mike Ahern and former Deputy Premier Jim Elder have been appointed the fund's bipartisan trustees.

Together Union secretary Alex Scott, who was approached by Mr Palmer, said any money not used at the end of six months, on the basis the sackings stop, will be returned to Mr Palmer.

Upon announcing his donation, Mr Palmer said he did not agree with the way the LNP Government, which he was a staunch supporter of during the election campaign, was dealing with public servants.

"This has nothing to do with politics and has everything to do with helping public servants for whatever reason find themselves in serious stress at the moment," he said. "(They) are a great concern to me and I think it is a matter of great concern to the community.

"We have got to recognise that public servants are just that. They serve the public and some of them have been doing so for 30 or 40 years."

But Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney was not convinced.

"Hell hath no fury like a billionaire scorned," Mr Seeney said. "Everyone needs to understand what is going on here.

"Clive Palmer thought that he could get favourite treatment from the LNP Government and he hasn't been able to do that and he has sought out to attack us ever since.

"I feel for the people our government has to let go and our government will be doing everything we can to assist them in that unfortunate process.

"So anything anybody else wants to do to assist those people we certainly welcome but I would question Clive Palmer's motives on this.


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