Fairfax MP Clive Palmer.
Fairfax MP Clive Palmer. DAN PELED

WE SAY: ‘Larrikin’ Clive must consider role

OUR VIEW: THE Abbott Government was never going to find an ally in Clive Palmer.

The Member for Fairfax went to Canberra openly criticising Prime Minister Tony Abbott and savaging Premier Campbell Newman.

He came across as fearless.

His comments last week show he wears that as a badge.

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The "everyman billionaire" can do and say anything he likes. He plays with the media, saying one thing and then turning it on its head the next.

It's entertaining, tilting at windmills.

And Mr Palmer loves playing the larrikin.

The trouble is, Mr Palmer has responsibilities, chiefly to the people he represents.

While it is not his job to ensure the Abbott Government gets its budget through - those painful negotiations, which no doubt require courting and reasoning with MPs and Senators the government would prefer not to, are up to the government - Mr Palmer has to remember that this is not a game.

It is not his opportunity to extract his pound of flesh, because comments like the ones he made last week have ramifications for the people in his electorate.

While MPs should say what they believe, their words should always be tempered by the fact that what is being said is for the people who have trusted them.

To do otherwise is wrong.


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