Christmas Clive gives staff a coin with his own head on it
WHILE his nickel refinery staff received specially-embossed coins with the big man's head adorning one side, Clive Palmer was yet to hand out Christmas gifts to Palmer Coolum Resort staff.
A resort staffer said she hadn't heard much about the refinery coins, and while they were yet to receive a present from the federal member, she hoped they'd also be lucky and score a festive treat.
Reported to be emblazoned in Caesar-like fashion, with a headshot of Clive on one side, and a pressing of the refinery on the other, the coin was a far cry from the luxury sedans and overseas holidays staff had enjoyed in past years.
The Australian reported that at least one of the special edition coins had found its way to the online Gumtree site, where budding collectors may wish to snap up the commemorative coin.
One employee quoted was a little less than pleased with the Christmas gift from the human headline, saying he would've preferred a Christmas ham.
However, Clive can not be accused of failing to spread festive cheer, after he pledged to keep with his promise and continue donating his parliamentary salary to local charities, with the next instalment of his salary to assist more than 100 organisations within Fairfax.
"Many Fairfax residents rely on these community organisations and not for profit groups in their daily lives and without financial or volunteer support many would have to close their doors or cease providing their important services," Mr Palmer said.
"It is an honour to represent the Fairfax community and a privilege to be able to gift my parliamentary salary back to schools, sporting clubs, aged care facilities, veterans and RSL clubs, recreational groups, healthcare, environmental and search and rescue services."
It got us thinking though, if Mr Palmer was to give out more gifts, what would be the perfect present?
Gifts Palmer could give his staff this Christmas:
- Jacqui lamb-ie roasts
- Miniature dinosaurs, or hell, life-size ones, because he can
- An interview longer than eight minutes before he storms off
- Home-cooked Dinosaur Palmergiana
- $12 million worth of Chinese takeaway.