Former US President Bill Clinton.
Former US President Bill Clinton. Bronayur/Flickr

Palmer wants former US President Bill Clinton to visit Coast

CLIVE Palmer has hinted he is trying to attract former US president Bill Clinton to the Sunshine Coast later in the year.

Mr Palmer yesterday announced his Palmer Coolum Resort would host the 2013 Club de Madrid Annual Conference from December 7-9.

Club de Madrid is a non-profit organisation consisting of former presidents, prime ministers and other world leaders which aims to improve democratic governance and curb political conflict.

Confirmed attendees include former Netherlands prime minister Wim Kok, former World Bank vice-president Ismail Serageldin, former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga, former New Zealand PM Jenny Shipley and Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias.

Former German president Horst Kohler, former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo, former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda and several other world leaders are listed as "to be confirmed".

Former US presidents Clinton and Jimmy Carter are both full members of Club de Madrid but are not listed on the draft program.

Mr Palmer was tight-lipped when asked if Mr Clinton would be attending, but hinted that big announcements were forthcoming.

"You'll have to wait for news later in the week," Mr Palmer said when The Daily asked if Mr Clinton would be attending.

"I can't say anything.

"There will be some surprise participants coming to the conference."

The Club de Madrid conference will precede the G20 leaders summit in Brisbane next year, which will bring US president Barack Obama to the Queensland capital.

Mr Palmer is listed as World Leadership Alliance secretary general and World Economic Council president - both Club de Madrid subgroups. While Mr Palmer is a Club de Madrid benefactor, he described his financial contribution as small and dismissed suggestions he had been handed the titles because of his patronage.

He said the conference was a chance to contribute to the peace process and would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sell the Sunshine Coast to the world.

"There will be other government members coming here, former presidents and former prime ministers.

"It is going to be good news for Queensland. It will keep things going. The current Queensland Government hasn't done much to keep Queensland moving and promote the state."