At a press conference yesterday Clive Palmer said that the casino onboard his planned cruise ship would not allow pensioners to enter.
Clive Palmer has unveiled the first designs for his new cruise ship, the Titanic II. The ship is to be a modern replica of the original Titanic, with added safety features. At the press conference he said that third-class ticket holders would be screened before being allowed into the casino and pensioners would be banned entirely.
“We’ll be in international waters, so we can probably stop pensioners from coming without breaching any legislation,” Mr Palmer said. “We’ll only locate the casino in first class probably, so we should be able to segregate.”
And the reason he gave for banning pensioners from his casino?
“…we need to protect and respect people who have given a lot of service to this country and make sure we don’t act positively to impoverish them later.”
Clive Palmer has revealed plans to build a cruise ship designed to segregate the classes. He then intends to humiliate those travelling in third class by subjecting them to financial checks before they can enter certain areas of the ship. And on top of that he’s going to ban pensioners from the casino altogether. But, apparently, it is all being done for the good of the pensioners. By banning them from the casino Mr Palmer is just showing that he cares. Thanks, Clive.
It’s good to know that somebody is thinking of the little people. The people who, because of age or financial situation, are obviously incapable of any self-restraint whatsoever. Pensioners are known, by-and-large, to mortgage their houses and sell their (overgrown) firstborns at the first jangle of a pokie machine. It’s as though they aren’t even really people.
Can anyone see a problem with this picture?
When questioned about his comments, Clive Palmer’s response was “I love pensioners. My closest relations are pensioners.” I don’t know about you, but if I was a multi-billionaire I’m not sure I’d be advertising the fact that my closest relations were on the pension. What happened to sharing the love (and wealth) around?
But perhaps I am judging too harshly. What do you think? Is Clive Palmer really a white-knight in disguise? Is he saving pensioners from themselves, or is he simply an ageist rich man who can’t remember the last time he had to budget to pay his energy bill?
You can read more about this issue at the Brisbane Times website.
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