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The West Australian turns Clive Palmer into a cane toad on front page

The West Australian turns Clive Palmer into a cane toad on front page

A day after depicting mining billionaire Clive Palmer as a movie villain, the State’s daily newspaper has done it again.

The graphic designers at The West Australian seem to be having a blast, turning the unpopular Queenslander into a cane toad on the front cover of today’s paper.

Mr Palmer’s face — complete with green scales — has been plastered on to the body of the invasive amphibian, accompanied by the headline “PEST”.

It comes as the politician and businessman scrambles to preserve his $30 billion damages claim against the WA Government — which, if successful would bankrupt the State — by trying to shift arbitration hearings from Perth to Canberra.

Furious West Aussies are lapping up the latest unflattering depiction of Mr Palmer, who was already a villainous figure for his brazen moves in trying to force the State’s hand in opening its hard border.

A picture of the front page was shared almost 300 times by PerthNow readers last night.

It comes a day after the newspaper earned itself legend status among readers for depicting Mr Palmer as Austin Power villain Dr Evil. It was accompanied with the headline “$30 BIIIIILLION”, in a nod to the unique style of the Mike Myers character.

“The front pages just keep getting better,” claimed one reader.

“Gold!” wrote another.

“I’m really enjoying the West Australian more and more,” added a Twitter user.

While another boasted how they would be “framing and keeping it for years to come”.

The newspaper has also kept talkback radio presenters busy this week.

This morning, ABC’s RN Breakfast show host Matt Bevan dubbed it “memorable” and told listeners how it as the “the front page that is going to at least stick in your mind the longest today”.

Today, WA’s Parliament edged closer to approving extraordinary legislation designed to head off Mr Palmer’s damages claim.

But the Government’s hopes of passing the Bill on Thursday could be dashed after the Liberal Opposition argued it should be scrutinised by a select committee.

The Government does not have a majority in the upper house, unlike the lower house which signed off on the legislation on Wednesday night.

The West Australian is part of Seven West Media, which publishes PerthNow.