Clive Palmer denies budget talks

THERE are mixed reports coming out of a dinner meeting between Gold Coast mining magnate and Federal MP Clive Palmer, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Head of Treasury Martin Parkinson in Canberra on Wednesday night.

The trio met in Chinese restaurant the Wild Duck.

Mr Turnbull walked out at 10.30pm and confirmed to The Daily Telegraph that the Budget had been on the agenda.


“The Budget is a topic of conversation everywhere,” he said. “There really is not much to say, we have had a pleasant dinner and a good chat.”

Mr Palmer said little, telling media with a smile “I just ran into them”.

The Member for Fairfax on the Sunshine Coast was seen hopping into a hire car with the two other mystery diners while Mr Turnbull walked home.

Dr Parkinson remained inside the restaurant before leaving through a back exit.

On Thursday Treasurer Joe Hockey laughed off the suggestion the Coalition is trying to woo Mr Palmer.

Instead he chose to make a jibe about the Palmer United Party leader’s weight while speaking to the Nine Network.

Mr Hockey said “obviously Clive might have more than one meal a night  so it’s quite possible you might bump into him at a restaurant so I think it’s probably just a coincidence, nothing more”.