The federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, says he’s delighted the Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) has approved the registration of the Palmer United Party ahead of the coming state election.
Mr Palmer said the ECQ has advised the Palmer United Party it had ‘overwhelmingly’ exceeded its membership requirements – and a week before a November 17 deadline.
“We’re pleased the ECQ has confirmed the Palmer United Party has easily met its requirement of having 500 party members as we have thousands of members in Queensland,” he said.
Mr Palmer said confirmation of the Palmer United Party’s official registration in Queensland was an embarrassment for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, in particular The Courier Mail newspaper, which had published “nonsense stories” questioning the party’s legitimacy.
“The Courier Mail is acting as a cheer squad for the LNP and Premier Campbell Newman and is failing to provide its readers with fair, balanced and unbiased reporting,” he said.
“Well, Campbell Newman now has a major fight on his hands at the next election from the Palmer United Party.
“The Palmer United Party is the last sentry at the gate for Queenslanders and we will stand firmly against the LNP’s plans to dispose of state assets.
“If successful at the next Queensland election, our party will resume any state-owned assets that have been sold off, without providing compensation to private sector investors who bought into them.
“The LNP is merely supporting lobbyist friends who will earn millions in commission cheques for leasing these assets.
“A Queensland-elected Palmer United Party government would stimulate the economy and protect assets owned by Queenslanders.’’