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PUP moulded in Palmer’s image

It's clear the Palmer United Party's electoral success rests on the unorthodox style and personality of its founder and owner, Clive Palmer, and the many millions he spent campaigning. Whether that money was his is now a matter of legal challenge, with his Chinese partners, Citic Pacific, claiming his company, Mineralogy, transferred $12 million from a joint account to which he was not entitled.

When it comes to personality, Palmer's a complex mixture of blowhard, bully, and bogan, all of which are more likely to be found in a bar around closing time.

Another unique feature of Australia's now year-long Palmer experience is that the hurriedly cobbled together PUP is a unique mixture of a family company and fan club.

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WA export revenue

10th-Hancock Prospecting$1.68bn
11th-South32$1.38bn
12th↑CITIC Pacific Mining$858.9m
13th↑Atlas Iron$785.8m
14th-Mineral Resources$778.1m
48 exporters ranked by WA export revenue most recent financial year

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