WHAT SENT CLIVE GREY?
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
There is no more dangerous path to tread than to be an enemy of both major Parties... and Clive Palmer is certainly that. For the moment he has effectively become the Federal Government, as he said he would.
Financial altercations between business partners are usually settled in the courts and not in the pages of national newspapers. But Hedley Thomas of The Australian has picked up the scent of some dirty dealings between Clive and his Chinese "mates".
If Thomas is correct and Clive has dudded his former Chinese friends, then his former friends will need to convince the DPP to lay charges in order to seek redress and, if Clive is found guilty of a criminal act, he will have to stand down.
It’s doubtful the Chinese will go there, more likely a polite Triad settlement.
But failing Triad involvement and any breach of the Electoral Act, this matter, if not settled privately, could possibly be headed for a civil action which would have no bearing on his Parliamentary ambitions anyway.
Hedley Thomas has done some excellent work on the Gillard/Wilson matter, but there are stark differences between Clive and Julia.
Gillard was involved in a conspiracy to defraud that was covered up to enable her to become Prime Minister. Innocent union members were ripped off, lied to and defrauded by the AWU and a major law firm, and Government Agencies were deceived.
In no way is that a civil matter to be adjudicated on the balance of probabilities.
Both major Parties and the Press took umbrage at Pauline Hanson’s “racist” attitudes, and they set a course to destroy her, not for her perceived “racism”, but for the political threat she posed.
The Press, the Libs and Labor slept well while she sat, a decade before her time and wrongfully convicted, in a dirty jail cell.
Politics is about personal survival and Clive, like Pauline once did, finds himself in a very precarious position without the support of the Press or one of the major Parties... that’s a luxury Julia Gillard still enjoys.
Major Parties refrain from forensically investigating each other for fear that one day the same can be done to them. Skeletons still rattle in the cupboards of both. But Clive doesn't have the support necessary to launch an investigation into anything.
When both major Parties and the Press decide you must go, you usually do and Clive is a dead man walking. Not for the dirty deeds he may have committed but because he poses a political threat.
But there is one difference between Clive and Pauline... Pauline’s motives were philosophical, Clive’s are vexatious. When Clive’s money runs out he will be sleeping friendless on a park bench with The Australian for a blanket.
Pauline has unburnt friends and sleeps well.
Hedley Thomas should adopt the role of court reporter on this one and not self-appointed counsel for the prosecution.
This money matter may well be settled between the two adversaries but in the end it will not save Clive politically.