Sunshine Coast MP Clive Palmer pulls out his earpiece after refusing to answer questions on ABC's Lateline program on Thursday night. Source: ABC
Sunshine Coast MP Clive Palmer pulls out his earpiece after refusing to answer questions on ABC's Lateline program on Thursday night. Source: ABC

Clive Palmer storms off ABC (again) after China questions

SUNSHINE Coast MP Clive Palmer just keeps on giving.

The Palmer United Party leader abruptly ended a television interview that questioned him on his deteriorating relationship with party colleague Jacqui Lambie and his legal battle with the Chinese government.

On the ABC's Lateline program, the mining magnate and federal MP was asked about an upcoming civil case being brought against him by the Chinese government-owned investment group Citic Pacific.

Mr Palmer told Lateline host Emma Alberici the claims made against him were not true, and said he did not want to talk about them, the ABC reported.

"Look I'm not interested," he said.

Alberici, well known in media circles for being like a dog with a bone, persisted with her questioning, saying: "Well, our viewers may well be interested."

"Well I'm not interested in it," Mr Palmer replied.

Alberici said: "You're a public figure Mr Palmer - the audience has a right to know."

At that point, Mr Palmer removed his earpiece and said: "Good night. Well see you. Goodbye. See you later."

It's not the first time Mr Palmer has stormed off a TV set - and is unlikely to be the last.

Lambie could quit PUP party next week

RENEGADE Palmer United Party Senator Jacqui Lambie is expected to make a decision about whether to leave the party next week.

Sen Lambie confirmed on Thursday she would return to Tasmania and seek legal and parliamentary advice on her future with the PUP party.

The senator told reporters in Canberra she would make sure she had gleaned advice in "every area" before she decided if she would continue with the party.

Her comments follow a disruptive week for Clive Palmer's party, after Sen Lambie rejected the party's position on financial advice laws to help other non-government senators vote down planned government changes.

The vote in the Senate on Wednesday came after Mr Palmer suspended Sen Lambie from party room meetings and expelled her from senior parliament roles with the PUP.

Sen Lambie had not spoken to her party colleagues for several weeks.



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