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Australia Clive Palmer has been rushed to hospital after falling off stage

09:26  16 april  2022
09:26  16 april  2022 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Clive Palmer was rushed to hospital after falling off stage during an election ad campaign rehearsal.

The United Australia Party chairman suffered a gash to his head after slipping from a stage set-up at his Coolum resort, on the Sunshine Coast, on Good Friday.

Mr Palmer was treated with a first aid kit before he was transported to hospital.

'Well I went to jump on the stage and I can't high jump like I used to,' Mr Palmer told Courier Mail.

'I'm now 68. I hit it and ricocheted off the stage and hit my head ... I was knocked out for about 20 seconds. Had a scan. I really do have a brain in there between my two ears,' Palmer said.

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Clive Palmer has been rushed to hospital after falling off stage during an election ad campaign rehearsal © Provided by Daily Mail Clive Palmer has been rushed to hospital after falling off stage during an election ad campaign rehearsal The United Australia Party billionaire suffered a gash to his head after slipping from a stage set-up at his Coolum resort, in the Sunshine Coast region, on Good Friday © Provided by Daily Mail The United Australia Party billionaire suffered a gash to his head after slipping from a stage set-up at his Coolum resort, in the Sunshine Coast region, on Good Friday

A UAP spokesperson said he was later discharged and is now resting ahead of the 3pm party launch on Saturday.

Mr Palmer had also stumbled on stage in a separate incident following his address at the National Press Club last Thursday.

The billionaire mining magnate had finished answering questions from reporters and went to leave the stage.

He misstepped off the raised podium and stumbled forward before catching himself on a nearby chair.

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Mr Palmer announced during his speech a populist policy to cap home loan interest rates at three per cent for the next five years.

The UAP leader claimed the policy would protect six million Australians from losing their homes if interest rates soar and their mortgage payments become unaffordable.

'We must protect all Australians, their assets and their way of life,' he said.

The policy would almost certainly increase the rate of inflation and massively reduce credit availability.

It has been tried in African and South American nations with ruinous consequences.

Mr Palmer announced during his speech a populist policy to cap home loan interest rates at three per cent for the next five years © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Palmer announced during his speech a populist policy to cap home loan interest rates at three per cent for the next five years

Mr Palmer admitted inflation may rise but said: 'There are other things we can do about inflation'.

The mining billionaire said he would pay down Australia's $1trillion debt in 20 years by introducing a 15 per cent licence fee on iron ore exports.

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Mr Palmer's UAP was the most Googled party in the country last week, according to the latest data.

It received 36 per cent of searches for political parties, ahead of Labor on 34 per cent, Google Trends data first reported by the West Australian showed.

The Liberal Party received a dismal 12 per cent, with the Greens on 6 per cent, Pauline Hanson's One Nation on 5 per cent, the LNP on 4 per cent and the Nationals on 3 per cent.

The UAP's search figures were boosted when leader Craig Kelly got egged in Melbourne on Friday.

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