Either he’s taking the metaphorical, or Clive Palmer just doesn’t get it:
Mr Palmer denied that launching a High Court challenge would prove Mr Swan’s accusation that he and other mining bosses were using their wealth to distort public debate. ”We’ve all got the right to go to High Court,” he said.
Oh, definitely. And the means to get there. The High Court is just always hearing matters brought by people surviving on the average wage or worse.
In other news, Clive and fellow mining billionaires pointed out that all Australians:
- Have the right to buy a media company;
- Have the right to own an expensie house in an expensive suburb*;
- Have the right to know people of the board-member class and get themselves appointed to a couple of cushy executive seats;
- Have the right to inherit a huge amount of money;
- Have the right to telephone the Prime Minister and expect her to answer the phone.
Imagine an Australia where we all exercised these rights we definitely all have. What a place that would be.
*To be fair, these days that’s any suburb in a capital city, so quite a lot of people are exercising that “right”. Not many people under thirty, and a decreasing proportion of the population, but a lot of people nonetheless. On that subject, did you know that Clive Palmer is a licensed land rat? Another reason to love him.