Clive Palmer says he'll talk to a federal election candidate who posted "unacceptable" racist and sexist remarks on social media.
United Australia Party candidate Tony Hanley, who is running for the new seat of Bean in the ACT, called Saudi Arabians "tea towel heads" and described the children of taxi drivers as "future terrorists".
Mr Hanley also referred to women as "dykes" and "big fat fugly chicks" and made disparaging remarks about LGBTI people.
The posts were made on a since-deleted Facebook page under Mr Hanley's name.
Mr Hanley told the ABC his posts were "defendable" and pointed to his record of community work.
Mr Palmer told reporters in Perth on Friday he would take the issue up with the candidate.
"That's not acceptable to me. It's not part of our party policy. But whether or not he said that and the context that he said that, I'll take that up with him," Mr Palmer said.
He said all people deserved respect.
"We've got people that live in Australia from all different countries all over the world that contribute to our country and they're all Australians and we've got to respect them and make sure that we make people welcome," he said.
Australian Associated Press
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