Former politician and businessman Clive Palmer has opened up about his weight loss journey, revealing he has “lost 42kg… and still going”.
“Some people join bowls clubs and play croquet, and I’m dieting and representing myself in court,” Mr Palmer said of life as a retiree.
“I still think fat people are beautiful,” he said.
Mr Palmer made the comments outside the Brisbane Supreme Court today, which he was attending over the liquidation of Queensland Nickel (QN).
He attributed his weight loss to beginning the Lite n’ Easy diet after leaving politics. The company has since confirmed he is not a paid ambassador.
The former Palmer United Party leader’s jovial chat was in stark contrast with his appearance at the Brisbane Federal Court in September, where his private security guards clashed with photographers and journalists, he labelled “deadbeats”.
“I don’t think I need security for nice people like you,” he said outside court today.
Mr Palmer said being away from politics was better for a person’s health and sanity.
He said he had been enjoying his retirement on the Gold Coast, unlike “gaunt and tired” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
“It’s (parliament) not a very decent sort of place to go for a long time,” he said.
“It’s certainly got all the hallmarks of an asylum or an institution.
“The people you are talking to are quite different to normal people. They’re people that are confined there and couldn’t get a job anywhere else.”
Mr Palmer said he still didn’t know when his nephew, Clive Mensink, the sole director of QN, would be returning to Australia.
Mr Mensink is wanted for questioning at the Federal Court inquiry into the collapse of the company earlier this year.
Online Source: 9News.com.au.