Media release

The federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, has hit back at Malcolm Turnbull’s attacks over election spending, saying it’s the ideas that count.

Responding to reports the Communications Minister would support a finance reform to curtail or cap election spending, Mr Palmer said the Liberals were frightened of competition.

“This was never an issue when I was the Liberals’ largest donor,” Mr Palmer said.

“Politicians say they welcome competition but when it’s against them it’s a different story. The Palmer United Party offers choice and the major parties don’t like it.

“What is important is the promotion of the right ideas and policies – the spending is irrelevant.’’

Mr Palmer said the Liberals arrogantly believe they have a right to rule.

“This is nothing short of grandstanding by Mr Turnbull. Under legislation our level of spending will be revealed, as it will be for the other parties.”

Mr Palmer said the Palmer United Party had not spent at the levels of the Liberals.

“Malcolm Turnbull has a wealth of experience and plenty to offer but should not demean himself by focussing on this pointless matter,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“Palmer United will continue to offer Australian voters a real choice. The more ideas people are exposed to, the richer and more diverse our nation becomes.”

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