Posted: April 30, 2012As a way of drawing attention to one's election campaign, it is – if nothing else – unique. Clive Palmer, one of Australia's wealthiest businessmen, has unveiled plans to build a replica of the Titanic,
which he hopes will sail from England to New York in 2016. He has also
announced he is standing for federal parliament in the seat held by the
deputy prime minister and treasurer.
In separate press
conferences on Monday, the mining billionaire first surprised the
political world by declaring he would be contesting the Labor politician
Wayne Swan's seat in parliament. Hours later, Palmer managed to outdo
himself by announcing a second shock bid: this time to harness the
latest technology and build Titanic II. "It will be every bit as
luxurious as the original Titanic but of course it will have
state-of-the-art 21st-century technology and the latest navigation and
safety systems," he said.
Asked if Titanic II could meet the same
fate as its predecessor, Palmer told reporters: "Of course it will sink
if you put a hole in it." He added: "Of course, if you are
superstitious … you never know what could happen."