REINVENTED: Clive Palmer is surging in popularity on social media after a string of bizarre posts. He's also found the photo filters, as evidenced by this little number.
REINVENTED: Clive Palmer is surging in popularity on social media after a string of bizarre posts. He's also found the photo filters, as evidenced by this little number. Facebook

Palmer turns Tim Tam king of social media

WHAT is going on with Clive Palmer?

It's the question on everybody's lips after his Facebook page plunges deeper and deeper into the bizarre every day.

From Tim Tams to white mice, memes and poetry, Mr Palmer's official social media page has quickly garnered a cult following.

But what is going on?

As legal action unfolds over the collapse of Queensland Nickel, and Mr Palmer's role in the downfall, which left more than 800 jobless, the content on his Facebook page has become more outlandish.

There have been plenty of food-related posts too, which lead some to question whether his weight loss progress had faltered, but he renewed faith in his slimming, advising everyone he had dropped another kilogram and now had only five left to lose.

Investigative reporter for The Australian, Hedley Thomas, told BuzzFeed News last week the switch had been thrown by Mr Palmer and the oddball posts were a way of deflecting attention from the ongoing legal matters and the spotlight from his nephew, Clive Mensink, who is being sought in regards to the legal case.

Whatever Mr Palmer's motivations, his fresh approach to social media is striking a chord.

Electronic dance music duo Peking Duk, through their official Facebook page have reached out to Mr Palmer for a possible collaboration on a track.

It's unknown whether Mr Palmer's keen on taking up the offer, although he does have a track record, with some of his better-known hits, Palmer Butter Jelly Time and his much-loved 'Goodbye' serenades directed most famously at former Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Senator Cory Bernardi.

The Daily has reached out to Mr Palmer this morning to see if he was keen to talk about his social media exploits of late, and to confirm whether he is still in charge of his page.

He hasn't responded to us yet, but we're hopeful he'll find time in between his pie sandwiches, Tim Tams or raw onions to speak with us.


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