The man behind Titanic 2 could launch the ship in Southampton in 2016 as Prime Minister of Australia. That's if he gets elected.
Clive Palmer has announced his newest venture is to stand for election in September and he plans to form his own political party.
Some had claimed Titanic 2 was a publicity stunt to get him world wide attention before announcing his intention to stand.
While some reman sceptical about the plan Mr Palmer insisted - in an interview with ITV News Meridian - that the Titanic 2 replica "would be built."
Last week a contract was awarded for a marine company to design and manage the project but work has not yet started.
The flamboyant mining magnate was a long-time supporter of the opposition Liberal-National coalition but gave up his membership last year after a bitter and public dispute with the government in his home state of Queensland.
He now plans to re-form the United Australia Party, which dissolved in 1945, and contest all 150 lower house seats in the national polls, as well as seats in the upper house Senate.
Mr Palmer said: "The reason I'm standing is to be the next prime minister of Australia."
"I have no personal interest. I have made enough money in my life, I'm not seeking any enrichment of wealth for myself, I'm seeking it for the Australian people.
"I could go off and stay in Monaco, have a nice drink and forget about this country, but we've got more commitment to Australia and its children than anyone else."
He joins a growing list of high-profile candidates including Australian-born WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who intends to run for the Senate with his WikiLeaks Party.
The Australian billionaire behind Titanic ll today failed to show up at his own launch event in Southampton. He plans to build a full size replica of the ship at an estimated cost of £350m. Fred and Sangeeta talked to our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse.
He may not have been there in person, but Clive Palmer still had a message for guests at the launch of plans to build a replica of Titanic.
In a recorded message, he told guests: "Why build Titanic? Because we can. Titanic will bring the ship back to life. It will be a tribute to those who died."
The man behind Titanic II failed to turn up to his own launch event in Southampton this morning. Clive Palmer was due at a lavish breakfast to reveal more details about the plan. The billionaire says he will build a replica of the ship and sail it from Southampton I the years time.
160 VIPs including Lawrie McMenemy, the Mayor, Council and business leaders are at the Grand Cafe in the City to hear details of the controversial plan. Reactions are mixed with some enthusiastic about the plan. Other say the ship is in poor taste.
Billionaire Clive Palmer failed to turn up for the Titanic II launch in Southampton this morning. 160 VIPs were due to have breakfast with him to hear more details about the scheme. More later.