Palmer watch. The relentless examination of the affairs of new parliamentarian Clive Palmer continues in The Australian this morning
The report by the award-winning Hedley Thomas says:
The Courier Mail is also on the big fellow's tail with this effort yesterday where rent-a-quote Senator Nick Xenophon declared "money can't buy you love but Clive Palmer proves it can buy you a seat."
Acting like a proper journalist. Pleased to see the Fairfax Jakarta correspondent Michael Bachelard proving that journalists do not have to be spoon-fed with a government handout to report on asylum seekers trying to reach Australia. I recommend his Mid-ocean stand-off as Australian customs vessel tries to turn back asylum seeker boat to Indonesia and am looking forward to his updates.
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