30 Nov

Clive Palmer Lends Support to Young Michael’s Cancer Fundraising Efforts

Federal Member for Fairfax

Media release

Federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer has praised the efforts of a young Sunshine Coast boy who is raising money for cancer research.

Ten-year-old Michael Behrens has taken up the fight against cancer following news that his grandmother had very sadly been diagnosed with a terminal condition.

The brave Bli Bli State School student is aiming to raise as much money as possible  selling different coloured awareness ribbons representing the various cancers that impact on so many Australian lives – a concept he developed himself.

He is busily selling the ribbons as well as raffle tickets for a quilt hand-made by his beloved Nan at school and aims to set up table outside White’s Supa IGA in Bli Bli to continue the cause.

Michael’s mother Jenni said when her son first heard the terrible news he was determined to try and make a difference.

“He came up with the idea of making the different coloured ribbons, and said he wants to raise as much money as possible so  no more of his family or friends get cancer,’’ Jenni said.

Michael’s fundraising campaign has been fully authorised by Cancer Council Queensland. He has also set up an online account at www.doitforcancer.com.au which has so far raised more than $300.

Clive Palmer said Michael was an inspiration and has encouraged the community to get behind his fundraising efforts.

Mr Palmer said he planned to help Michael sell his ribbons at the Bli Bli IGA in the near future.

“It is heart-warming what young Michael is doing in the face of the very sad news.

“He has my full support and I am certain the local community will rally behind his efforts to raise much needed funds for research and anti-cancer programs  to beat this terrible disease which affects so many Australians,’’ Mr Palmer said.

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24 Nov

Foreign Investment Review Follows Strong Palmer Campaign

Federal Member for Fairfax

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Foreign Investment Review Follows Strong Palmer Campaign

Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer says the Federal Government’s review of foreign investment rules was a victory for the Palmer United Party which has campaigned strongly over the threat of foreign ownership since formation.

The Palmer United Party has strongly advocated against the sale of Australian assets to Chinese state owned companies, including a campaign launched in January 2015 to stop the potential sale of $50 billion in Queensland and NSW assets to the foreign government.

“I am pleased to see that finally Treasurer Scott Morrison is now reviewing laws that allows the sale of strategic assets to foreign companies without federal scrutiny,’’ Mr Palmer, Federal leader of the Palmer United Party, said.

“Recent events including bids by Chinese and foreign governments for S. Kidman and Co and the controversy over the lease of the Port of Darwin have highlighted the importance of keeping strategic assets in our own hands.

“The Foreign Investment Review Board needs to flex its power to stop the sale and lease of our assets to foreign investors.

“Our precious assets including our hospitals, ports, schools and power companies cannot be in the firing line, they need to be protected.

“We cannot have the Chinese government or any foreign government deciding how much we pay for essential services and how we live,’’ Mr Palmer said.

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20 Nov

Same Sex Marriage Policy

Federal Member for Fairfax

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MARRIAGE AND CIVIL UNIONS

Men and Women of Australia,

Unlike many countries, the Australian Constitution gives the Australian Government power over marriages, which is a power that Palmer United believes the Commonwealth need not, and should not, exercise.

Many churches are worried that same-sex couples will take legal action against them, forcing them to admit and marry people against their beliefs.

It has long been accepted that separation between church and state forms the basis of any democracy. We need to ensure the reach of government does not direct or require any religious organisations or churches to act against their beliefs.

Likewise we must ensure that all citizens are equal under the law.

Palmer United policy does not support a plebiscite on gay marriage. Any plebiscite will only divide the community, leading to bitterness and division of our society. We need to have unity, acceptance and a consensus in the values we believe in as Australians. True to those values, we must protect the rights of our churches and religious organisations, along with the rights of all our citizens, to be equal under the law. They are not mutually exclusive.

Marriage must be taken out of all Australian Government legislation and left to the sole jurisdiction of the churches.

All citizens must have the right to a civil union recognised by the Australian Government. No citizen or couple should have the right to force any church to marry them. To feel welcome and included in common beliefs is important for any person who is a member of any organisation. Any couple who has a civil union can be married if a church consents to admit them to marriage.

Marriage should be the sole preserve of the churches, as it goes to the core religious belief of individuals. No person should seek to be a member of any church that does not make them welcome or allow them to worship and be married.

The word religion means ‘way of life’ and government must be separate from religion. As Mark 12:17 tells us (King James version); And Jesus answering said unto them “Render to Caesar’s the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

The Labor and Liberal parties have the same policy – to have a plebiscite which puts off any decision for years and will lead to further bitterness and division in our community. We need to deal with this matter as soon as possible and move on to other important issues facing the nation.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and much happiness in the future.

All the best,

Clive Palmer

 

(To download a PDF of this policy please click here)

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13 Nov

Palmer United Party Announces North Sydney By-Election Candidate

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Palmer United’s federal leader and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, announced today that Robert Marks, a 46-year-old company director, auctioneer and licensed real estate agent, will stand as the party’s candidate at the upcoming North Sydney by-election on 5 December.

Mr Palmer said Labor’s decision not to stand was a slap in the face for democracy and showed political weakness when the community needed strength.

“Because the Labor Party has deserted the North Sydney battlefield and constituents are only given the option of either voting for the government or a single-issue party like the Greens, it is more important than ever for Palmer United to stand up for the community,” Mr Palmer said.

“Australian democracy is under threat. We have a popular Prime Minister and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It’s vital for all governments, regardless of their political position, to be held accountable. No government can be right all the time. As has been said, governments come and go but ideas go on forever.

“While the Labor Party may not understand this and minor parties are pushing their own single-issue barrow, someone needs to stand firm for the community.

“Robert Marks is a strong candidate who believes in an aspirational, rising standard of living for all Australians. He knows how hard it is to bring up a family. His vision, like mine, is for an ever-expanding nation and a stronger community.

“While the Greens seek to complain about everything and never contribute to growth, Palmer United seeks a better future for everyone.”

A family man with two teenage children, Mr Marks specialises in residential project management. He promises a fresh approach for the people of North Sydney, who he says are fearful of their job security in these tight economic times.

“I’m not a career politician so I see first-hand the issues this community faces every day,” Mr Marks said.

“Job security is a massive concern and we have to find ways to halt the closure of struggling businesses and keep them trading so people can hold on to their jobs. It will be my top priority.”

 

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28 Oct

Fairfax volleyball stars recognised with awards

Federal Member for Fairfax

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Member for Fairfax and Federal Leader of the Palmer United Party, Mr Clive Palmer MP, has applauded eight local sport stars from his electorate who were recently presented with a Sport Achievement Award in recognition of their outstanding sporting performances.

Nambour State High School’s Year 11 volleyball team – Kate Baguley, Kate Day, Sophie Day, Ryley Torr, Hayley Bimrose, Chloe Hall, Bonnie Searle and Oakleigh Wilson – all received the prestigious certificate from The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Sport, and Mr Clive Palmer MP.

The team won gold for their school at this year’s Volleyball Queensland Senior Schools’ Cup, a competition for year 11 and year 12 high school students.

“My warmest congratulations go to the Nambour Thunder volleyball team for their third consecutive triumph at the Volleyball Queensland Senior Schools’ Cup competition,” Mr Palmer said.

“Unsurprisingly, this outstanding team has also enjoyed success at national level at the Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup in Melbourne.”

“The entire team, along with their dedicated sports teachers, deserve huge credit. Their countless hours of training, commitment and enthusiasm have paid off with performances to be proud of.

“These fine young Australians are an inspiration to the youth of today and wonderful ambassadors for their local community.”

The Australian Government’s Sport Achievement Award was introduced in 2002 to recognise outstanding sporting performances, achievements and contributions by community members.

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Nambour State High volleyball team.

Back row L-R: Bonnie Searle, Chloe Hall, Kate Baguley, Hayley Bimrose.
Front row L-R: Kate Day, Ryley Torr, Sophie Day.

Back row L-R: Bonnie Searle, Chloe Hall, Kate Baguley, Hayley Bimrose.
Front row L-R: Kate Day, Ryley Torr, Sophie Day.

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22 Oct

Time to End the Table Games, says Clive Palmer

Federal Member for Fairfax

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Federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, says the Opposition’s fixation with a $600 broken table showed how out of touch it was with the Australian people.

“Penny Wong has got it wrong,’’ said Mr Palmer of the Labor Senator’s use of Senate estimates hearings this week to probe the mysterious case of the marble table damaged during a farewell party for ousted PM Tony Abbott.

“What a waste of time and taxpayer funds pursuing this matter, they should be getting on with more important things and concentrating all their efforts on being an effective opposition,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“Let’s do more for the Australian people instead of silly witch hunts.”

“Labor had no economic plan while in government and have clearly learned nothing in opposition if this is how they are going to act.

“At least Malcolm Turnbull has a strategy and is showing a way forward, so let’s get on with it and stop these ridiculous distractions.”

Mr Palmer said the first responsibility for politicians was to help Australians.

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19 Oct

Ted O’Brien Politicizing Plight of Dairy Farmers: Clive Palmer

Federal Member for Fairfax

Media release

The Member for Fairfax and Palmer United Party federal leader, Clive Palmer, said Ted O’Brien needs to stop using the local dairy farming industry as a political platform.

Mr Palmer said Ted O’Brien should check Hansard and see where Liberal stood when it came to voting on supporting dairy farmers.

“I supported Australia’s dairy farmers in parliament with a supportive vote for fair price for milk, unlike all Liberal and Labor politicians,” Mr Palmer said.

“In addition to this support, the Palmer United Party’s vote that removed the carbon tax helped dairy farmers by easing the pressure of additional and unnecessary costs.

“Ted O’Brien should not be using a struggling local industry as a political platform and I would encourage Ted and his family to drink more milk to support the local dairy industry just as I encourage milk to be drank at local schools.”

Mr Palmer said earlier this week he attended an Australian Dairy Industry Council event in Canberra.

“I spoke with the CEOs of the dairy industry groups about how we can provide better support for the industry,” he said.

“The price of milk has been forced lower by major retailers who are using their size and dominant position to destroy the livelihoods of local milk producers who are struggling to earn a living.

“It is destroying local communities like Kenilworth, where people rely on the dairy industry for work; I am committed to working to protect our farming and dairy industries and make sure that Australian produce can remain viable for farmers and retailers.”

Mr Palmer said he would call upon Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and ministers to address the issue to stop major retailers paying less than the cost of production for retailers.

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15 Oct

Clive Palmer tells it like it is on Queensland Nickel

Federal Member for Fairfax

Media release

As long as I am the owner of Queensland Nickel I will not allow the company to borrow funds from the Queensland Government.

The simple fact of the matter is that there is no loan from the Government or anyone else.

It is my understanding that Queensland Nickel is debt free and has net assets of over $1.9 billion, far more than the Australian and the Courier Mail glued together.

Queensland Nickel had revenue last year exceeding $680,000,000. Queensland Nickel employs around 800 people and another 1500 people depend on its activities. It is responsible for over $1,300,000,000 worth of economic activity in Townsville.

Irresponsible media reports saying I was given the refinery from BHP are false. I paid many millions of dollars to purchase the refinery.

Just as false are claims that I discussed environmental issue with the Treasurer or that there were concerns in this area. Such reporting is fabrication.

The Townsville refinery has been operating for over 40 years. It has an excellent track record.

At the request of the then Queensland Premier, I took what steps were necessary to save the jobs of thousands of people. I put my money on the line for the people of North Queensland and that is the truth of the matter.

Workers at QNI are paid on average more than 25 per cent above the award and receive an extra one percent in super each year above what the company is required to pay.

There’s no reason to panic just because the nickel price has dropped and create stories for journalists who can’t find a real story.

We do things not because they are easy but because they are hard. We have to stick with it and together we will achieve the extraordinary.

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14 Oct

Clive Palmer Sets up Legal Fund for Abused Refugees

Federal Member for Fairfax

Media release

Federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, will set up a legal fund to help end the abuse of refugees held in off-shore immigration detention centres.

Mr Palmer said the allegations of torture and abuse of refugees including women and children at Manus Island and Nauru were a crucial test for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his government ministers to show compassion and leadership.

“Mr Turnbull and his ministers are family people, mothers and fathers. It’s time they showed their hearts and ended this shocking chapter in Australian history by confronting the truth of how asylum seekers are being treated,” Mr Palmer said.
“Immigration Minister Peter Dutton needs to act decisively to end this shame.

“If Australia prides itself on being a just and humane society, the torture and mistreatment of refugees cannot be tolerated for a day longer.”

Mr Palmer also said the Australian Border Force Act which threatens workers with imprisonment for speaking out against conditions inside the detention centres was an affront to our core freedoms as a nation.

Mr Palmer said he would set up a legal fund for refugees to gain access to court representation so their cases could be heard.

“Let’s get to the bottom of this and let justice prevail,’’ he said.

“The Commonwealth Government should be held accountable in the courts over these matters.

“Too often in my electorate and right around Australia people tell me they are fed up with government representatives acting only for themselves.

“This is a chance to show some humanity and government ministers who are doing the wrong thing need to be exposed.”

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28 Sep

Urgent Changes Needed for Policing of Domestic Violence

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The federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, today said the state police ministers must make domestic violence a number one priority in police matters.

Mr Palmer said despite the government’s recent policy push, police still assign a lower priority to domestic violence than other forms of violent behaviour.

He said there still remains resistance among police when handling domestic disputes, with police responses merely involving noting the crime and referring the victim to counselling.

“Women and children’s lives are being placed at risk because police forces in the states are not accepting full responsibility for the issue,” Mr Palmer said.

“I’m calling on the Prime Minister to review all police procedures on how domestic violence matters are handled.

“Domestic violence should be treated like any violent offence and rigorous action must be taken to strengthen the response of government authorities and agencies to such a crime.”

Mr Palmer said police commissioners must immediately form an audit task force on this matter to ensure all cases are responded to with priority, investigated in full and followed up.

“Regardless of resources and budgets, police should be responsible for protecting the women and children of this country,” he said.

“I’m calling on the Prime Minister to commit real resources to this issue; $100 million is a good start but this only equates to 3.5 cents for each Australian.

“I believe the children and women of Australia are worth far more.

“This issue needs to be taken seriously and given the highest priority. Action needs to be taken not next year, not next month, not next week, not tomorrow, but today.”

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