Federal MP Clive Palmer is opening up his Coolum Resort on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to his constituents.
Eccentric federal MP Clive Palmer is hiring an Elvis impersonator to entertain his constituents at his resort on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
The Palmer Coolum Resort, in the mining tycoon’s seat of Fairfax, will be open to the public during the last weekend of June, with free live entertainment from Dean Vegas.
Vegas describes himself as “Australia’s only official Elvis marriage celebrant”.
Mr Palmer describes the resort open days, from June 27 to 29, as the Fairfax Festival Weekend.
Palmer United Party politicians are also part of the program, along with family entertainment and a “jobs hub”.
Mr Palmer is holding a media conference on Friday morning, as his bitter feud with Queensland’s Liberal National government drags on.
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney this month handed documents about the government’s dealings with Mr Palmer to the state’s corruption watchdog.
Mr Seeney has accused Mr Palmer of seeking preferential treatment for his coal projects in 2012, but the federal MP has rejected the claims.
The deputy premier has admitted he does not have a copy of draft legislation Mr Palmer allegedly prepared that would have given him exclusive access to rail and port facilities for the coal-rich Galilee basin.
Asked about his weekend open days, Mr Palmer denied it was a bribe for voters in his seat.
“I may never stand for parliament next time, who knows,” he told reporters in Brisbane.
“Getting re-elected is not my prime criteria.”
Three rebel Northern Territory MPs, who quit the ruling Country Liberals and later joined the Palmer United Party, will attend the weekend event.
Queensland independent MP Peter Wellington and his parliamentary PUP colleagues Alex Douglas and Carl Judge will also be there, along with the party’s senators-elect Glenn Lazarus, Dio Wang and Jacqui Lambie.