Clive Palmer reads self written love poem on live radio

Brett Wortman

A DAY in the mind of Clive Palmer would surely rival any theme park ride.

The omnipresent mining magnate showed a glimpse of his roots as a budding wordsmith during a stint on ABC Radio yesterday morning.

While we know plenty about the human headline's wealth and penchant for the peculiar, lesser-known is the fact that the Federal Member for Fairfax and leader of the Palmer United Party penned a book of poetry that sold more than 10,000 copies.

Mr Palmer gave a glimpse of what audiences could be in for at this weekend's Queensland Poetry Festival, reading from a couple of his poems written more than 30 years ago, including an unashamed love poem and a recount of the South African apartheid era.

Mr Palmer's performance began with lines from To Take A Woman:

Take a woman and hold her close

Never let her go

Tell her that you love her

Never let her go


Take a woman and give her

Everything you own

Love, peace and happiness

She will never be alone

The poem delved further, providing an insight into the young mind of the billionaire.

Take a woman and give her

Children and a night

She'll be the torch

And you the light

The interesting insight didn't stop there, with Mr Palmer launching into his ode to anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, before opening up on a number of other pressing issues, including the status of his Titanic II project, which appeared to have struck a procedural iceberg.

"The Titanic has ran into some problems ... with meeting safety regulations in different jurisdictions," he said.

Mr Palmer said he was confident to have the issues resolved by March next year, green-lighting the approvals for the ship's design.

Confirming he would again contest the seat of Fairfax, Mr Palmer also told the host the Palmer Coolum Resort would reopen, defending the much-maligned venue and the handling of its staffing.

"Yeah, sure. Yep," he said when asked if it would definitely re-open.

"We've been successfully keeping people employed, even now. There's over 40 people working there today so that's been a good thing that we've been able to do but the press don't see it that way. They just see the negative."

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