CLIVE Palmer took to Twitter on Tuesday to clarify controversial comments about China, made on the ABC’S Q&A program.
The head of the Palmer United Party was being asked about his legal battle against a Chinese state-owned on Monday night.
Mr Palmer appeared to accuse the Chinese government of wanting to take over Australian ports to get the nation’s resources for free.
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The ABC reported that when host Tony Jones asked the Gold Coast mining magnate about allegations he funnelled millions out of a business bank account to fund his election campaign, he explained that he was “owed about $500 million by the Communist Chinese government”.
“We’ll be suing them and they’ll be answering the questions. We’ve had three judgements in the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Western Australia and an arbitration against these Chinese mongrels – I’m saying that because they’re Communist, they shoot their own people, they haven’t got a justice system and they want to take over this country. And we’re not going to let them,” he said.
“The Chinese government wants to bring workers here to destroy our wage system, they want to take over our ports and get our resources for free. So far they’ve shifted $200 million worth of iron ore out of this country without paying for it. I don’t mind standing up against the Chinese bastards and stop them from doing it.”
Then on Tuesday Mr Palmer tried to explain his words on Twitter “My Q&A comments not intended to refer to Chinese people but to Chinese company which is taking Australian resources & not paying.”
Treasurer Joe Hockey, acknowledging Mr Palmer’s legal dispute, urged the Federal Member for Fairfax to “not bring down the rest of us”.