Palmer More Popular than Abbott

Federal Member for Fairfax

Media release

Palmer United Party federal leader and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, was mobbed by excited students who were keen to take a selfie with the Queensland politician at Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s old school today.

Mr Palmer was invited to address students at Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview, during a lunchtime “Hot Potato” workshop. Many students were locked out of the auditorium after it quickly filled to capacity, while students inside responded with roaring cheers and a standing ovation when Mr Palmer took to the podium.

Mr Palmer said he was thrilled to have been invited to speak at Saint Ignatius’ College and was overwhelmed by the response from the students.

“It took me more than 15 minutes to leave the auditorium after the workshop as students demanded selfies and autographs,” Mr Palmer said.

“It was great to be able to meet and connect with them and discuss what Australia’s future should be, after all these are the minds of Australia’s future.

“I doubt Tony Abbott would have been as popular with the students as I was.”

During the workshop, Mr Palmer said all Australians, including the 20 per cent that failed to vote at the 2013 election, should execute their right to vote when the Liberal government call a double dissolution within the next eight weeks.