Saturday, 15 December 2012 11:00
Billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer has once again dodged questions on any plans he might have to start a political party.
Mr Palmer, who has fallen out with senior figures in the Queensland government, suggested two weeks ago he was thinking about forming his own United Australia Party.
But since then the former LNP life member has refused to discuss his plans.
He was again tight-lipped about the issue at a press conference he called at his Palmer Coolum golf resort on Saturday morning.
Liberal National Party defector Alex Douglas was special guest at a dedication of the ninth hole and a lake at the resort to the memory of assassinated US president John F Kennedy.
Dr Douglas, now the independent MP for Gaven following his resignation from the governing LNP, has said he would consider joining a party founded by Mr Palmer.
But both Mr Palmer and Dr Douglas said they'd been too busy to discuss politics in recent weeks.
Mr Palmer said his guest's decision to quit the LNP following a public stoush with Premier Campbell Newman would have been admired by the former US president he was honouring.
"John Kennedy wrote profiles in courage ... you know, he admired people that stood for something," the billionaire told reporters.
"I admire Alex Douglas and the stance he's taken recently in Queensland. I'm sure JFK would if he was here too."
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