20 Nov

Same Sex Marriage Policy

Federal Member for Fairfax

Media release

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

Media release

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 Sep

Urgent Changes Needed for Policing of Domestic Violence

Media release

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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14 Sep

Government Failing Older Australians: Vimal Sharma

Media release

Australia’s pensioners and senior citizens had been let down by the Abbott Government through heartless concession cuts, health care hikes and superannuation changes, according to Palmer United Party’s Canning candidate, Vimal Sharma.

Responding to a new global report saying a third of older Australians were living in poverty, Mr Sharma hit out at the major political parties for deserting pensioners in their hour of need.

“Many of our senior citizens have voted for the Liberal Party for 50 years or more and this is the thanks they get –  a raid on their pensions and superannuation through various health hikes, extending the age of eligibility for the pension to 70 and more,’’ he said.

“The real reason Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants to extend the pension age and the superannuation preservation age is to stop Australians accessing their super when they can enjoy it.

“This plays into the hands of the Liberal Party masters in the superannuation industry in Australia and drives even more people into poverty,’’ he said.

Mr Sharma said the base rate of the age pension should be increased so that recipients could afford the basic essentials in life.

“With the pension currently well below the 50% mark of the average Australian wage, it is little wonder older Australians are struggling to survive and are so fed up with the lies and ineptitude of the Abbott Government,’’ Mr Sharma said.

Mr Sharma said the Palmer United Party would continue to fight for Australian pensioners who had been deserted by the major parties.

“Restoring the pension and protecting the elderly will be high on the agenda for the Palmer United Party at the Canning by-election.

“We have to support our senior citizens, not discard them. This government has its priorities wrong,’’ said.

“I’m fed up with the entire system and believe that together with Clive Palmer, Senator Dio Wang and the Palmer United Party we can all vote to make a difference and show how we feel about Liberal and Labor at the Canning polls,” Mr Sharma said.

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24 Aug

Palmer United Party Announces Vimal Sharma as Canning By-election Candidate

Media release

The federal leader of the Palmer United Party, Clive Palmer, has today announced business executive Vimal Sharma as the Palmer United Party’s candidate to contest the Canning by-election.

Mr Palmer said Vimal Sharma has worked with industry, business and governments domestically and internationally for more than 30 years.

“Mr Sharma has the guts to stand up for Western Australians,” he said.

“He is a family man who believes Western Australia is getting a raw deal and Mr Sharma is committed to standing up for Western Australians.

“WA has propped up the Eastern seaboard of Australia with $3.6 Billion of GST revenue and both Liberal and Labor voted for this to happen.”

Mr Sharma said only Palmer United has stood to protect our GST revenue staying in WA.

He said it’s time Western Australians stood up to the politicians of major parties and sent a clear message that GST raised in WA needs to stay in WA.

“I’m thrilled to be preselected as the Palmer United Party candidate for the Canning by-election,” Mr Sharma said.

“It’s time that we elect politicians who are going to stand up for Western Australians and who are committed to serving their constituents. I have decided to put my hand up and to run for Parliament because I want to make a stand.

“I want to make a stand for Western Australians who are losing opportunities and funds because of the eastern states’ grip on the GST profits from WA.

“I want to make a stand against untrustworthy politicians who have their snout in the trough, ripping off their community by taking advantage of the public purse. The two parties need a kick in the backside.”

Mr Sharma said Western Australians also need to protect our living and wage structure, which is now under threat by the Abbott Government’s Free Trade Agreement.

“I’m fed up with the entire system and believe that together with Clive Palmer, Senator Dio Wang and the Palmer United Party we can all vote to make a difference and show how we feel about Liberal and Labor at the Canning by-election polls,” he said.

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21 Aug

Tony Abbott Speaks about Adani with Forked Tongue: Clive Palmer

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Federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer says the Prime Minister is speaking with a forked tongue when he defends Adani after the court’s rulings over the companies proposed coal mine for the Galilee Basin.

Mr Palmer said Adani has only 12 employees and no funding in place or offtake contracts.

“Adani’s project will never get off the ground and the Prime Minister’s comments are based on false promises by the company,” Mr Palmer said.

“Former Queensland Premier Campbell Newman only decided to back Adani, a foreign company over Australian companies, because of the support Adani offered his LNP government.

“Adani was not able to raise funds to take its Carmichael coal mine project forward and has cost Queensland 60,000 jobs and billions of dollars in royalty income streams.”

Mr Palmer said his company, Waratah Coal, has the biggest resources in the Galilee Basin.

“Under the Bligh Government Waratah Coal’s proposed ‘China First’ project had full support, including the project’s proposed infrastructure, the Abbott Point terminal,” he said.

“Waratah Coal’s ‘China First’ project had $10 billion in funding available by a leading global financial services group; establishing the mine and associated infrastructure would have created jobs during construction as well as jobs during operation and a massive boost to the state and national economies.

“Now, with record low coal prices, feasibilities means mines such as Adani’s Carmichael coal mine will not happen in the economy’s current state.”

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21 Aug

Canning Sick of GST Rip Off: Clive Palmer

Media release

The upcoming Canning by-election was essentially a vote on Tony Abbott’s planned increases to the GST, federal leader of the Palmer United Party, Clive Palmer, said today.

“It is no secret that the Abbott Government wants to raise the GST from 10 per cent to 15 per cent meaning once again Western Australia will be badly disadvantaged as most of the revenue raised heads to the eastern seaboard.

“The people of Canning will not stand for this GST rip off any longer. They are sick and tired of GST collected in WA propping up the eastern states and demand a fair go,’’ he said.

Mr Palmer said approximately 4 per cent of the 5 per cent rise in GST would disappear from WA.

“Voters in Canning understand that the major parties have been responsible for sending billions of dollars of WA GST revenue to Sydney and Melbourne and they are ready to send a clear message on polling day.

“After some successful years, WA is now struggling economically having lost its AAA credit rating under Colin Barnett. It cannot afford the continued impost of an unjust GST system.

“This Government should be held to account and Palmer United is the only party that has continually stood up for WA when it comes to the GST.

“The Canning by-election will essentially be a referendum on any GST increase and the chance to send a clear message to the Government that it’s time WA received its fair share,” Mr Palmer said.

“Vote for the Palmer United Party – the only party standing up for the rights of WA.”

Clive Palmer will announce the Palmer United Party candidate for the Canning by-election at a press conference at the Hyatt Regency Perth at 11:30AM on Friday, August 21.

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18 Aug

Palmer United Party to Contest Canning By-election

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The federal leader of the Palmer United Party, Clive Palmer, has today confirmed the Party would contest the Canning by-election in Western Australia.

Mr Palmer said in the WA Senate By-election, Palmer United finished just five per cent behind the Labor Party candidate in the division of Canning.

“In the Senate by-election Palmer United received 16.5 per cent of the vote in the division of Canning, Labor received 22 per cent and the Liberal Party received 32 per cent,” Mr Palmer said.

“Now is the time to give Liberal and Labor politicians a rebuke for ripping off the public on entitlements.

“Western Australians should not forget that it was the Liberal and Labor Parties who were responsible for sending billions of dollars of WA GST revenue to Sydney and Melbourne and what’s more they won’t do anything about it.”

Mr Palmer said the Palmer United Party is confident we can play a key role in the seat of Canning.

“This election won’t change the government but a vote for Palmer United will send a message to both parties that we don’t approve of what they are doing and how they are treating Western Australians,” he said.

“The Government also wants to increase the GST to 15 per cent and this will mean billions of dollars of extra GST revenue from WA will be sent to Sydney and Melbourne.

“How much longer are Western Australians going to be taken for granted by the Liberal and Labour Parties, they are all the same when it comes to WA.”

The Palmer United Party will announce its Canning By-election candidate on Friday, August 21.

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