What I’d do if I was PM: Clive Palmer, 60
ON THE cusp of wielding power in the Senate, Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer has outlined "What I would I do if I was Prime Minister" during a speech in Canberra.
The Palmer United Party is expected to share the balance of power in the Senate from July 1, when three PUP senators enter the Upper House.
Mr Palmer described the government's obsession with cost-cutting as "bulls***", saying the so-called "debt crisis" was simply a vehicle for the government to win the next election.
Using a variety of slides, Mr Palmer told the audience at an event for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia that Australia's level of debt was the envy of the developed world.
"Generally speaking, the budget economic criteria that we have a debt problem is just bull***," Mr Palmer said. "If you talk to anybody at the OECD or the International Monetary Fund, they will tell you that."
Mr Palmer said rather than attacking costs by slashing payments to pensioners and the unemployed, there were other places where savings could be found.
He gave some rapid-fire examples.
Mr Palmer said $38 billion could be saved by scrapping the roll-out of the National Broadband Network to populated areas - "business can meet that". Another $27 billion would be saved if Australia purchased submarines "off the shelf" from the United States.
Dump the government's proposed Paid Parental Leave scheme and the Direct Action climate change policy too, he said.
"If our politicians had a political brain in their body, they would know that any one of those decisions is much more palatable than the ones being taken," he said.
Mr Palmer said unlike other politicians, he did not fear a loss at a future election - a prospect that would cheer his wife.
Instead, he wanted a country striving for "all that man could be, free and independent".
On July 1, the Palmer United Party will have Glenn Lazarus, Jacqui Lambie and Zhenya Wang in the Senate.
They will be the main part of a voting bloc that includes Ricky Muir from the Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party.
Some the the things the Member for Fairfax has said ...
I realised that in a lot of failures there's a lot of opportunity…
If you put an emphasis on money, people know how they can control you.
We don't become happy by complaining. We don't become happy by being negative.
I've failed more than anyone else has in the world, but I've kept on going…
Don't attack the person, attack the idea.