The federal leader of Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, today said he would challenge for the position of prime minister if Tony Abbott called a double dissolution election.
Mr Palmer said the Palmer United Party would rally its growing support and run in every lower house seat if the prime minister called a double dissolution election in response to opposition to harsh and cruel measures the government is trying to impose in the federal budget.
“Our membership has grown dramatically since the budget was handed down,” Mr Palmer said.
“Australians clearly see the prime minister’s platform and we are sure people will not want to vote Liberal.
“This government has been very un-Australian and has turned against our elderly pensioners in a manner that is very much against the Anzac spirit that is the fabric of our nation.
“Australians don’t want to go back to the polls as we saw with the re-election for the Senate in Western Australia.
“However, if there is a double dissolution election called we will see Australians turn against the two major parties.
“We saw that in WA where the Palmer United Party more than doubled its vote from five per cent to more than 12 per cent in six months, while support for the Coalition and Labor plummeted.
“We have seen that this government lies to Australians and we haven’t seen Labor offer an alternative solution.
“A Palmer United Party government would stimulate and expand our economy.
“The Palmer United Party is the last sentry at the gate for ensuring all Australians get a fair go.”