24 Sep

Nick Xenophon has Sour Grapes: Clive Palmer

Federal Member for Fairfax

Media release

Member for Fairfax and Palmer United Party federal leader, Clive Palmer, said Nick Xenophon is still bitter that he failed to get any Senator other than himself elected to the Senate at the last federal election.

Mr Palmer said if the proposed Senate election reforms that Nick Xenophon supports applied, then he never would have been elected to public office at all.

“Nick Xenophon and Mal Brough are seeking to rig the next Senate election for their own political purposes,” Mr Palmer said.

“Democracy in Australia is too important to allow political parties to destroy our voting system.

“Since Australia’s federation in 1901 our democracy has allowed the people to choose who should represent them and we don’t want politicians to be able to interfere with the ballots or tell us what voters are meant to do.

Mr Palmer said it is up to Australians to freely exercise their right to vote however they choose.

“Just because Nick Xenophon doesn’t like the outcome of an election, he does not have the right to change the system which has been responsible for the society and freedoms we now enjoy in Australia,” he said.

“Palmer United Party senators were elected in Queensland with more than 11 per cent of the vote and in Western Australia with 12.3 per cent of the primary vote.

“Mal Brough and Nick Xenophon’s attempts to rig the next election will fail the 30 per cent of Australians who don’t vote for Liberal or Labor.

“This percentage of Australians deserves to have their voices heard and their choices must be left to them. If we destroy democracy in Australia, our society and our foundation as a nation will be undermined.”

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23 Sep

Diverse Crossbench Essential to Australia’s Democracy: Clive Palmer

Federal Member for Fairfax

Media release

Member for Fairfax and federal leader of the Palmer United Party, Clive Palmer, said Mal Brough wants to take democracy away from Australia by changing the way the crossbench can be elected.

Mr Palmer said a diverse crossbench is what makes Australia’s Parliament work effectively and is essential to democracy

“Any reform to moderate the crossbench will take away a big say of Australia’s voters,” he said.

“The crossbench represents more than three million votes and any reform that could affect the diversity of the crossbench would be to the detriment of democracy in Australia.

“This system has been in place since 1901 and any proposed reforms to the way crossbench Members of Parliament are elected could dilute democracy in Australia.”

Mr Palmer said it was typical of politicians to ignore the public and do as they please.

“Talks of such reforms are typical of politicians not listening and not caring about Australians,” he said.

“Those politicians who support such reforms are only focused on what’s best for them rather than serving their constituents.”

Clive Palmer received 50.3 per cent of the vote at the 2013 federal election and Senator Dio Wang was elected by 12.3 per cent vote.

Since becoming the Member for Fairfax on November 1, 2013, Clive Palmer has:

  • Ensured that a long promised $4.9 billion commitment to upgrade the Bruce Highway has become a reality;
  • Ensured that the Palmer United Party policy of lobbyists not holding executive positions within political parties was adopted by the Abbott Federal Government at their first Cabinet Meeting;
  • Ensured that the Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, rejected an American company’s takeover bid for the Australian company GrainCorp, by: speaking out on the issue, rallying Federal Parliament cross-bench support against the proposal, and in particular, introducing a Private Member’s Bill into Parliament requiring the Treasurer to reject the bid;
  • Ensured the Sunshine Coast Hospital was not sold to a private operator,
  • Ensured the Sunshine Coast was declared a drought area by the Queensland Government in March 2014, following weeks of inaction despite record breaking conditions;
  • Become a member of two key House of Representatives Committees: the Standing Committee on Economics and the Infrastructure and Communications Committee;
  • Introduced a Private Member’s Bill into Parliament to establish the Australia Fund to assist communities and businesses in times of natural disasters and market failures;
  • Opposed the inhumane treatment of, and economically costly policies towards, refugees and asylum seekers, which have been adopted by both the Government and Opposition;
  • Campaigned for reform of the Australian Electorate Commission and electoral procedures – criticisms which were vindicated by the AEC’s loss of 1,370 WA Senate votes (and the need for a new WA Senate Election, the very critical Keelty Report of the investigation into the loss of those ballot papers, and evidence of multiple voting by individuals in many electorates around Australia;
  • Opposed undemocratic surveillance and telephone tapping of Australian citizens and overseas Heads of State and their families by Government organisations – this campaign included his first Parliament Question to the Prime Minister on the issue;
  • Campaigned for the immediate upgrade of Sunshine Coast infrastructure, including the Maroochydore Airport and the duplication of the railway line to Brisbane;
  • Negotiated an alliance between the PUP and Senator Ricky Muir from the Australia Motoring Enthusiasts’’ Party (AMEP) to support each other on relevant matters coming before the Senate;
  • Called for pension increases, particularly to former Australian Defence Force personnel and their families;
  • Sponsored an amendment to Government Legislation to fairly index DFRDB pensions for all recipients not just those 55 years of age and older;
  • Campaigned against the Newman Government’s ‘slash-and-burn’ economic strategies which are creating great misery, unemployment and lack of opportunity for many Queenslanders;
  • Campaigned against the Newman Government’s undemocratic laws, which strike at all citizen’s rights and their freedom of association;
  • Called for fairer a distribution of GST revenue to the States by the Federal Government;
  • Effectively campaigned in the Western Australian Senate re-election to ensure the election of a third Palmer United Party (PUP) Senator – Dio Wang, thus achieving the ‘balance of power’ in the Senate;
  • Championed the case for increased payments to single mothers and their children, who are facing poverty;
  • Welcomed, on 1 July 2014, the three new PUP Senators to the Australian Senate;
  • Opposed the Federal Government’s intention to cease payments to orphans of members of the Defence Forces killed in action through the Veterans’ Children Education Scheme and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme, (a requirement of the Government’s proposed abolition of the Mining Tax);
  • Campaigned to keep Qantas Australian-owned and opposed the payment of any subsidies to the airline;
  • Campaigned against the introduction into Parliament by the Federal Government of anti-democratic criminal related legislation;
  • Been awarded the ‘Good Samaritan of the Year 2013’, by the national organisation “Good Samaritans” for his continuing contribution to the community;
  • Opposed the generous pay rises granted to Queensland politicians, describing them as an insult to the people their representatives are meant to be serving;
  • Spoken out against the Federal Government’s unfair 2014-15 Budget and highlighted the broken election promises within the Budget;
  • Exposed untruthful arguments regarding a debt or budget crisis in Australia;
  • Opposed a number of unfair and unnecessary Budget measures including;
  • the $7 Medicare co-payment, increases to Higher Education costs, increasing the pension age, imposing a debt tax, reduced funding to the ABC, reducing welfare spending, and cutting public sector jobs;
  • Spoke with hundreds of Fairfax electorate constituents at Community Forums held at Palmer Coolum Resort over the weekend of 28-29 June;
  • Established a Palmer United Party Canberra Office;
  • Donated his Parliamentary salary to over 160 local Fairfax charities and community-based organisations;
  • Ensured the repeal of the carbon tax, but, through successful negotiations with the Government and amendments to the legislation, ensured that all savings to electricity and gas providers must be passed on to consumers and specifically itemised in future energy bills;
  • Opposed the Government’s attempt to repeal the rise in the income tax-free threshold from $18,200 to $19,400 (scheduled to commence from 1 July 2015);
  • Ensured new financial advisor reforms, but, through successful negotiations with the Government and amendments to the legislation, achieved unprecedented levels of consumer protection and advisor accountability;
  • Ensured the Climate Change Authority will not be abolished by the Government;
  • Ensured the Clean Energy Finance Corporation will not be abolished by the Government:
  • Ensured the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will not be abolished by the Government;
  • Ensured the Renewable Energy Target (RET) will not be abolished by the Government (at least before 2016);
  • Ensured Qantas will remain in Australian hands (majority shareholding) and not be subject to foreign control;
  • Ensured increases to fuel prices (through automatic two-yearly CPI indexation) will not take place;
  • Voted to ensure that the Commonwealth Government cannot provide financial incentives to Queensland and other State Governments to sell public assets (Asset Recycling Fund bill);
  • Voted to repeal the Mining Tax subject to the retention of the School Kids Bonus, Low Income Super Contributions, and the Income Support Bonus – Government is currently re-considering its position on these issues;
  • Voted to ensure that Australian jobs in the offshore oil and gas industry will not be lost to foreign workers (Offshore Resources Activity regulation);
  • Voted to ensure that cuts to university equity programs, research grants and training schemes (through the Higher Education Efficiency Dividend) will not take place;
  • Opposed the Government’s requirement for unemployed Australians to apply for 40 jobs a month;
  • Opposed Government moves to close down childcare facilities at Parliament House;
  • Drafted three members of the Northern Territory governing Country Liberal Party to leave the Government and sit in the NT Assembly as PUP members;
  • Offered condolences to all families who lost loved ones in the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 disaster and called on the Government to require all airlines to not fly over war zones or areas of armed conflict; and to provide passengers with a copy of the route to be taken by their flight, including the countries over which the aircraft is flying;
  • Spent less taxpayer entitlements than most of his Parliamentary peers;
  • Ensured the repeal of the mining tax, but, through successful negotiations with the Government and amendments to the legislation, ensured that all savings measures attached to the bill would not commence until 2017;
  • Ensured the Income Support Bonus remains until 31 December 2016;
  • Ensured the Schoolkids Bonus remains until 31 December 2016, but with a means test so that only families with an income of up to $100,000 per year would qualify;
  • Ensured the Low Income Super Contribution remains until 30 June 2017;
  • Ensured higher take home pay for employees by limiting the compulsory super rate increase to 10% from 1 July 2021 and by 0.5% per year from 1 July 2022 until 12% is reached;
  • Achieved Government support for a Palmer United Party Private Member’s Bill for a Parliamentary Joint Committee to investigate the establishment of an Australia Fund to assist Australians effected by natural disasters and adverse economic events;
  • Achieved Government support for a Joint Select Committee to enquire into any measures to further boost Australia’s trade and investment performance;
  • Successfully negotiated with the Government to deliver a package of climate change policies incorporating a Direct Action fund and a review by the Climate Change Authority of the need for/requirements of an Emissions Trading Scheme.
  • Ensured the climate change agreement specifically included:
    • Giving more power to the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee (ERAC),
    • Extending the duration of contracts for carbon credit projects through the $2.5b Carbon Reduction Fund,
    • Prioritising initiatives for improving building and street lighting, energy efficiency for low income households, transport emissions reductions, and
    • Enhancing the role of and increase resources for the Climate Change Authority.
  • Been selected (in conjunction with the PUP Senators) in the Number Two position in the annual Australian Financial Review (AFR) ‘Power Index’, behind only the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.
  • Been awarded the GQ Magazine Award for Agenda Setter of the Year;
  • Achieved landmark changes to the Government’s refugee and asylum seekers’ policies;
  • Ensured the Government will stop transferring boat arrivals to July 2013 from Australia’s mainland and Christmas Island detention centres to Nauru or Manus Island for offshore processing;
  • Gained the Government’s guarantee to move all 1,550 detainees, including 32 unaccompanied minors and 436 children and their families, currently on Christmas Island to mainland Australia for processing;
  • Re-established Temporary Protection Visas (TPVs);
  • Created the new Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV), which is available for up to 5 years to those found to be refugees, and:
    • allows them work and study rights,
    • requires them to live and work in designated regions to fill regional job vacancies,
    • allows them to apply for other on-shore visas such as family, skilled and student visas, after 3.5 years of not accessing welfare, and
    • would not be subject to a capping of numbers by the Minister.
  • Ensured that Australia’s refugee intake will increase by 7,500 places;
  • Ensured that asylum seekers currently in Australia on bridging visas gain the right to work until their claims to refugee status are processed;
  • Voted with the Government to ensure that companies can seek intervention by the Fair Work Commission before industrial action takes place if a strike will have a significant economic impact on the national economy;
  • Ensured the success of a Senate motion proposed by Senator Glenn Lazarus for a Senate select committee to investigate certain activities of the Queensland Government led by Premier Campbell Newman;
  • Voted against Government proposals to de-regulate universities, thus ensuring that Government contributions to universities would not be reduced by 20 per cent forcing students to pay significantly higher fees;
  • Voted with the Government to ensure passage of the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (resolving the Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014, delivering the outcomes as outlined above;
  • Forced the Government to drop a Budget proposal to impose a $7 GP medical co-payment on all Australians;
  • Assisted a most-deserving family in Fairfax, who have been in the local community for seven years, to apply for Ministerial Intervention in order to stay in Australia;
  • Voted with the Government to introduce a more efficient and tax-effective research and development framework for Australian companies;
  • Ensured a second variation of the Medicare co-payment proposal was finally scrapped by the Government;
  • Re-iterated his call for urgent reform of Australian food labelling to safeguard consumers, keep profits at home and protect local jobs, following a serious Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries imported from China;
  • Re-affirmed PUP support for renewable energy and the full Renewal Energy Target (RET) in a media conference with former Liberal Party Leader, John Hewson, and the head of Small Business Australia, Peter Strong;
  • Exposed the inconsistencies in the Government ‘debt and deficit emergency’ argument and the Intergenerational Report, by highlighting the Government’s own “Why Australia Benchmark Report 2015”, which confirms that:
    • in the years 1992–2014, in developed economies, Australia has the world’s fastest growing GDP, with no years of recession over that period (unlike most of the rest of the world);
    • Australia’s debt level of 16.6% of GDP in 2015 was one of the lowest in the world – well below the 74.1% forecast average for Advanced Economies (the German debt level was over 300% more than Australia’s);
    • Australia’s productivity had gone from the 100% base in 1991 to over 150% in 2014, while at the same time real unit labour costs had declined by more than 10%;
  • Campaigned for Australia to become a foundation member of the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank;
  • Voted with the Government and Opposition to support anti-terrorism and serious crime legislation in relation to retention of metadata (after requiring a series of changes and a specific warrant safeguard for journalists;
  • Supported a Senate Inquiry into the Nauru Detention Centre;
  • Ensured that Government cuts (of $25.5m over two years) to domestic violence legal centres, Indigenous and community legal services and legal aid commissions, announced in the last Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook), would not go ahead.

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21 Sep

Ballot for STS Young Endeavour Voyage Now Open

Federal Member for Fairfax

Media release

Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer MP, is encouraging young people aged 16-23 who have a sense of adventure to consider applying to set sail on STS Young Endeavour.

The ballot to take a trip with Young Endeavour in the first half of 2016 is now open for young Australians and will close on October 5, 2015.

Mr Palmer said the chosen youths will participate in the Young Endeavour Youth Development Program.

“This is an internationally recognised program which aims to increase self-awareness, build self-confidence and develop teamwork, communication and leadership skills,” Mr Palmer said.

“The Program will also teach young people the skills they need to navigate and sail a tall ship while being supervised and supported by the Royal Australian Navy crew.

“More than 12,000 young Australians have voyaged on Young Endeavour over the last 25 years and it is an experience of a lifetime, one that will stay with participants forever.”

The 2016 voyage program will see STS Young Endeavour sail from Fremantle on January 12, 2016, and visit Esperance, Adelaide, Hobart and Melbourne before returning to Sydney. STS Young Endeavour will then proceed to warmer northern waters and visit Newcastle, Brisbane and Gladstone.

For more information on the Young Endeavour Youth Program, please visit www.youngendeavour.gov.au.

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18 Sep

Time for more Women in Cabinet: Clive Palmer

Federal Member for Fairfax

Media release

Federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, says the Prime Minister has a great opportunity to bring intelligent women into cabinet.

Mr Palmer says former Howard government minister and member for Murray, Sharman Stone, is an outstanding parliamentarian and needs to be considered by the Prime Minister for a cabinet position.

“The same can also be said of Member for Brisbane Teresa Gambaro, who understands the economy and what it takes to make a positive contribution to the community,” Mr Palmer said.

“Both of these women have suffered under the previous regime because of petty jealousy from other women, and Australia is poorer because of it.

“It is now time for Australia to unite together and do the right thing, and both Sharman Stone and Teresa Gambaro have what it takes to make a difference for the country.”

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16 Sep

Australia needs Growth Policies No Matter the Leader: Clive Palmer

Federal Member for Fairfax

Media release

Palmer United Party federal leader and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, says it’s not about who leads the Liberal Party, what matters is the introduction of policies that will grow our economy and create opportunities for employment and investment.

Mr Palmer said it doesn’t matter if it’s Tony Abbott or Malcolm Turnbull the government has lost the growth agenda to the detriment of all Australians.

“Australia needs policies that focus on growth for the country which will in turn create jobs,” Mr Palmer said.

“The government has lost the growth agenda but now is the opportunity to introduce policies to turn Australia’s economy and unemployment around.

“Australia needs policies that will grow our economy, create more jobs, promote our industries and exports and reform our government systems.”

Mr Palmer said without a clear and immediate plan for growth, Australia’s economic outlook will remain weak under Malcolm Turnbull’s Prime Ministership just as it has under Tony Abbotts.

“Australia needs urgent plans for economic growth,” he said.

“We need strong leadership and direction is required immediately.

“We need to create more jobs and new enterprise through sound economic policy that will grow Australia’s economy and ensure a prosperous future for all Australians.”

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Source: Australia needs Growth Policies No Matter the Leader: Clive Palmer

9 Sep

Australia’s Living Standards Slipping: Clive Palmer

Media Release

Federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, said Australia’s living standards are slipping and have fallen back to 2008 levels.

Mr Palmer said Canning residents should be concerned that our country’s standard of living peaked in 2014 but has since fallen to 2008 levels.
“Australia is on track to trend lower yet due to a lack of wage growth,” Mr Palmer said.

“Australia’s productivity levels clearly show our living standards are not due to poor work practices or high wages, it comes down to a lack of wage growth.

“Australia’s living standards have slid 1.2 per cent since June, representing the biggest slide since the global financial crisis.”
Mr Palmer said Liberal and Labor Governments have let families in Canning down.

“Australia’s economic growth rate is lower than Greece’s,” he said.
“Canning families should be extremely concerned that the Liberal and Labor parties have both failed to encourage economic growth within Western Australia and Australia.

“This has led to a lack of wage growth and now Australia’s standard of living has slid drastically as a result.

“Canning resident’s need a government who encourage economic growth, investment and employment opportunities rather than a government that has allowed our economy to grind to a holt with hardworking families suffering in the process.

“The Palmer United Party is committed to growing Australia’s economy and a vote for Vimal Sharma at the Canning by-election is a vote to get Australia and our living standards back on track.”

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4 Sep

Plan to Bring Australia’s Sixth Undersea Communications Cable to Sunshine Coast Must Go Ahead: Clive Palmer

Media release

Federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, said enhancing Australia’s connectivity to the online world was one his major policy platforms prior to the 2013 federal election.

Mr Palmer said his platform to bring Australia’s sixth undersea communications cable to the Sunshine Coast was opposed by the Liberal Party at the time.

“The Sunshine Coast Council’s proposal to bring the sixth undersea cable to the region makes sense from both security and connectivity perspectives,” Mr Palmer said.

“All political parties need to put aside their differences and unite to support this proposal.

“A cable into the Sunshine Coast would put the region at the forefront of internet access and provide Queensland with its own cable rather than relying on the connections to Sydney, which have been disrupted on numerous occasions.”

Mr Palmer said Queensland, and particularly the Sunshine Coast, now has an opportunity to become the next Silicon Valley if this proposal is introduced, as it will build on the existing education and university programs in the region.

“A cable into the Sunshine Coast will encourage new investment in technology-based enterprises as well as encourage global companies to make south-east Queensland their base in Australia,” he said.

“This proposal will also add value to the Maroochydore City Centre project and enhance the capabilities of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

“It also renews the need for the federal government to look at increasing funding for the Sunshine Coast airport upgrade; with the infrastructure project not only offering thousands of jobs in the short term but also leading to sustainable employment opportunities in the tourism sector well into the future.”

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Source: Plan to Bring Australia’s Sixth Undersea Communications Cable to Sunshine Coast Must Go Ahead: Clive Palmer

 

21 Aug

Australia Needs a Parliament that Works Together: Clive Palmer

Media release

Federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, said Australia needs a Parliament that works together to bring about real change instead of fighting amongst each other.

Mr Palmer said another week in Parliament has passed where Liberal and Labor continue to argue.

“All they do is verbally bash each other at every opportunity,” Mr Palmer said.

“Mind you, it’s a stark contrast to the past few weeks where they were standing up for each other over the entitlements scandal, with both sides trying to hide their own inappropriate use of the public purse.

“This seems to be the only issue where our Parliament has unity, to protect each other when it comes to keeping their snouts in the troughs.”

Mr Palmer said Australia needs a Parliament that will work together, not for their personal gains but for new ideas to move our country forward.

“Politicians on all sides of the house should be working together for the betterment of Australia and Australians,” he said.

“The Palmer United Party is committed to bringing new ideas and new people to Parliament, to produce fresh ideas and make a real difference for the future of our country and everyday Australians.”

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Source: Australia Needs a Parliament that Works Together: Clive Palmer

 

21 Aug

Clive Palmer to Contest Seat of Fairfax at Next Election

Media release

Federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, said he will contest his seat of Fairfax on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast at the next federal election.

“Reports by Fairfax Media that I have made preference deals with two crossbenchers to switch to the Senate at the next election are not true,” Mr Palmer said.

“I will contest the seat of Fairfax and continue to represent my Sunshine Coast community.

“I have beaten the Liberal Party’s candidate Ted O’Brien at an election once and I will beat him again.

“I’m not a career politician like Mr O’Brien, I’m just one Australian trying to make a difference for the residents of Fairfax and all Australians,” he said.

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Source: Clive Palmer to Contest Seat of Fairfax at Next Election

 

18 Aug

Government the largest petitioner of bankruptcy in Australia: Clive Palmer

Media release

Federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer says the latest insolvency notices continue to show that the Australian government is the largest petitioner of bankruptcy in Australia.

Mr Palmer said the months since May 2015 have seen the highest number of companies being wound up by the government in two years.

He said more than 600 companies were wound up by the government in May, almost 500 in June and July and more than 500 companies have been projected for August.

“The government is the largest petitioner of bankruptcy in Australia,” Mr Palmer said.

“It is disappointing to see that businesses and companies hardly stand a chance under a Liberal government since they dropped the threshold level for winding up businesses from $300,000 to $30,000.

“The government is closing the doors of businesses before the business is given the opportunity to make money.”

Mr Palmer said Australia should adopt a Chapter 11-like system, similar to that of the United States, to assist businesses

“Introducing a Chapter-11 like system in Australia would enable the equity of a business to be sold, but would allow the business to remain operational and continue to trade.

“This would not only help to save many struggling businesses but would also save jobs.”

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Source: Government the largest petitioner of bankruptcy in Australia: Clive Palmer