The federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, has called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to hold a National Economic Summit to find ways to restore business confidence in Australia.
Mr Palmer said the Abbott government needed to listen to a wide range of views from business and other community leaders to help drive the national economy forward.
“The Prime Minister and the Cabinet spend too much time getting advice from Treasury officials on economic matters,” he said.
“These people all look the same, talk the same and read from the same book and they are just trying to protect their own jobs. They have no experience in the wider world of business.
“Yet these people are the drivers of our economic prosperity. This needs to change.”
Mr Palmer said an economic summit would generate ideas to get the country moving again.
“All we hear from the Government at the moment is plans for new taxes or spending cuts, we need to stimulate the economy like they have done in the US and create jobs,” he said.
“We don’t want to go the way of Greece with austerity programs. Unfortunately, the Abbott government has lost the growth agenda and they have moved from the centre from protecting most Australians to a narrow view of persecuting most Australians.”
Mr Palmer said the Palmer United Party remain firmly opposed to 2014 federal budget measures for a GP Co-payment and higher education reforms.