Palmer does the talking on PUP fix

CLIVE Palmer took the Palmer United Party campaign to the streets of Launceston yesterday.

With a group of media and curious passers-by listening to him state what had to change in Tasmania, Mr Palmer referred to the candidates standing behind him possibly four times throughout the 20-minute press conference.

Not one candidate spoke.

Mr Palmer told those gathered of his family connection to the state, the many industries that were once located here and what had to be done to get Tasmania back on track.

"Right across Tasmania where I keep visiting, there's a yellow tide of discontent - we'll sweep Will Hodgman, we'll sweep Laura [Lara Giddings] and the Greens out of office and for once we'll get something done about this state," Mr Palmer said.

When questioned why he continues to refer to the Premier Lara Giddings as Laura he said, "Because I don't know her name obviously, as she's not too significant to me".

Mr Palmer said more than 2500 new jobs in the state would come from the production of and use of Incat ferries across Bass Strait.

He also said he would re-open the 51 per cent of the state "locked up" for the forestry industry and that there needed to be more diversity of industry, not just a focus on a pulp mill that has never eventuated.

"I've made billions, billions of dollars, more money than the entire Tasmanian budget, so I know a little bit about some of these things ... and that's why I'm down here," he said.

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