Media release

Federal leader of the Palmer United Party, Clive Palmer, has accused the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) of unconstitutional behaviour in ordering Palmer United Party members to confirm their membership in writing.

Mr Palmer said despite the party already providing the ECQ with 3000 names and addresses of paid-up members as per the State’s electoral act, the ECQ was now writing to individual Palmer United members requesting confirmation.

“This is an unnecessary and, in my view, unconstitutional act to ask people to do this when the ECQ already has more than enough proof that we have the requisite Queensland members.

“It is just another tactic by the LNP Government to interfere with democracy.

“This move by the ECQ is obviously being heavily influenced by the Newman Government and signals that a Queensland election is on the cards before Christmas,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“It is a tactic by the LNP hierarchy to have the Palmer United Party de-registered because of the threat it poses is government.

“The Palmer United Party is committed to getting to the truth for the people of Queensland and the government doesn’t like it,’’ Mr Palmer said.

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