His party may have sunk, along with his plans to build a replica of the Titanic, but Clive Palmer is trying to re-float his political career.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi says Australia doesn’t need the likes of Palmer in Parliament again.
Channel 9 reports, like the original luxury liner, the launch of his re-badged United Australia Party in Canberra last Monday hit an iceberg.
The media conference, like much of his previous stint in the nation's capital, was a disaster, a circus, a train wreck, bordering on the farcical.
He was verbally accosted by an on-looker, bombarded by pointed media questions, and finally, mercifully, it was cut short when the sprinklers in the Senate courtyard came on, leaving a soaked Mr Palmer to scurry away.
The former federal MP called the media conference to announce he intends to run candidates in every federal seat.
But he was hounded by questions about his business dealings, the complex web of court cases, and the closure of his Queensland Nickel refinery, that left hundreds of workers out of jobs, and owed thousands in entitlements.
Senator Bernardi has told Triple M, Mr Palmer is not the kind of person Australian politics needs.
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