4 Sep

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

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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

 

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

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

 

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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Source: Tony Abbott Speaks about Adani with Forked Tongue: Clive Palmer

 

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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Source: Canning Sick of GST Rip Off: Clive Palmer

 

18 Aug

Palmer United Party to Contest Canning By-election

Media release

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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Source: Palmer United Party to Contest Canning By-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

 

17 Aug

Entitlements Inquiry Just a Liberal and Labor Cover Up: Clive Palmer

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Palmer United Party federal leader and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, said Tony Abbott’s inquiry into parliamentary entitlements will not be independent and is simply another Liberal Party and Labor Party cover up.

Political members of the independent inquiry will include former Labor Speaker of the House Harry Jenkins and former leader of the Liberal Party Brendan Nelson. Other members include David Tune, former Department of Finance Secretary, John Conde, Remuneration Tribal Chief Executive and Linda Nicholls, businesswoman and company director.

Mr Palmer said appointing one former Liberal politician and one former Labor politician to conduct the inquiry does not make it independent and will achieve nothing.

“All of the members of this inquiry are connected to the government and quite sympathetic to politicians,” Mr Palmer said.

“Harry Jenkins held the record for throwing the most people out of parliament before Bronwyn Bishop and he is largely considered to be the second most biased speaker in history.

“Also, John Conde was responsible for giving the Prime Minister a large salary increase, making the Prime Minister’s salary higher than President Obama’s salary.”

Mr Palmer said these are not the right people for an independent inquiry and that he will be lodging a Freedom of Information application in to expense claims of all current and former politicians who are members of the inquiry.

“There has already been six closed door reviews and all of them have been made up of Liberal and Labor people or people holding government appointments,” he said.

“This is just another attempt by Tony Abbott to cover up the issue and have the report completed in six months so people will forget about the issue before the next election.

“For far too long politicians have rorted the system by taking advantage of grey areas with their entitlements and Australians deserve better.

“What is really needed on this issue is an open public inquiry where Australians can put forward their views.

“Australians need to have the opportunity to have their say, not just Liberal and Labor politicians and government appointees.”

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Source: Entitlements Inquiry Just a Liberal and Labor Cover Up: Clive Palmer