Now I am probably wasting my time even writing a few lines about Clive Palmer because, let’s face it, no one can take him seriously.
We happened to be watching The Drum last night and he came on to the program. (He has been doing the media rounds.) It is really hard to believe he has made a lot of money. And, indeed, that he was once upon a time, a political adviser to Joh Bjelke-Petersen.
Two of his main policy planks are as follows:
- Allow companies to pay tax twelve months in arrears, thereby giving them a tax holiday for a year (this sounds more coherent than his explanation, but I am figuring this is what he means);
- Allow potential asylum seekers to fly into the country, be assessed in 24 hours and sent back if the claim is not upheld.
On the first one, it’s impossible to see how this would have any lasting effect because the timing of the payment of tax is just rejigged on a one off basis. And it would leave the government’s cash flow seriously up the creek, requiring more government debt, which Palmer abhors.
As for the second proposal, SURE, Clive. 24 hours is plenty of time to judge someone’s asylum seeker status, no appeals and off you go. And what about countries which refuse to allow asylum seekers back in?
I know what you are thinking – Judith, you are taking all this tosh way too seriously. But maybe he will secure some votes.