Through his “great big lie”, Clive Palmer has very clearly shown up that we are not all equal before the law.

Mr Palmer accused Australian Greens Party members of working for the CIA against the interest of Australian coal miners, in the full knowledge that his statement was false. Mr Palmer has since declared his accusation was designed to assist the Liberal National Party win Government in Queensland.

While on the surface it may seem that it was an act of stupidity by Clive Palmer, it was a statement deliberately designed to protect his significant financial interest in coal mining and to damage the Greens, who are advocates of reducing carbon emissions.

What is of greater importance is that Palmer is able to laugh off his self-serving slander because he knows that as a billionaire, he can afford to spend millions of dollars on tying up his accusers in numerous court appeals and bankrupt anyone with normal wealth before a verdict is finalised.

This is a variation of the “slap-suites”, used by corporations to silence green activists who were publicly revealing pollution by those corporations. These slap suites first used in the USA by tobacco companies against dying smokers, were based on highly technical arguments and were designed to delay and  bankrupt activists rather than prove the companies innocence.

The Australia Institute study “Mining the Truth” showed, that for the expenditure of $22 million on a  anti government advertising campaign, the miners were able to force the government to reduce the Minerals resource rent Tax, saving the miners (or denying the populace) $160 billion over the next decade. In the same way the corporations are more than willing to spend millions on litigation when it benefits their bottom line. Mr Palmer has claimed that litigation is one of his hobbies.

What is depressing is that at least in Western Australia and Queensland, the miners campaign has made many people think that giving a greater share of our national wealth to the billionaires will make us all better off, and that the government that wants to provide a better life for the masses is somehow incompetent despite our economy being the envy of the world..

We now have almost reached a situation where wealthy miners have significant control over our governments, our resources and over the processes of our legal system.

The only upside to all of this is that Clive Palmer and his Liberal Party cohorts who promote the idea that the Prime Minister is a liar, are starkly revealed as being dishonest and prepared to say anything to get their way

Courts are now places for the rich to squabble over money and the poor to be sent to jail. Bring on the Revolution