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16 Apr
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Mike Bloomfield named Shadow Communications Minister for United Australia Party

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Mike Bloomfield named Shadow Communications Minister for United Australia Party

IT specialist Mike Bloomfield has been named Shadow Communications Minister for the United Australia Party, Federal Leader Clive Palmer said today.

Mike has worked in the Australian and international IT sector for over 30 years, originally training with IBM in the United Kingdom.

He has also worked as professional musician and session musician.

He joined the United Australia Party because he believes its strong vision and leadership will make Australia great and unite the nation.

Mike is the United Australia Party’s candidate for Wentworth in the 2019 Federal Election.

Clive Palmer said hardworking Australians were looking for an effective alternative and that alternative was the United Australia Party.

“We will provide the strong leadership, the vision, the policies and the plan to make Australia great again,’’ he said.

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16 Apr
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Robert Forster appointed Shadow Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development

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Robert Forster appointed Shadow Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development

Fire engineering consultant Robert Forster has been appointed the United Australia Party’s Shadow Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Federal Leader Clive Palmer has announced.

A former East Ward councillor for the Shire of Mundaring, Mr Forster has belonged to multiple local organisations and committees including the Wooroloo Landcare Development Committee, Chidlow Recreational Organisation Committee, Mt Helena Recreation Group Committee and President of the Chidlow Ratepayers Association.

With a strong background in fire and emergency management, he is presently self-employed providing consultancy services on fire engineering, policy development and incident management as well as running his own business transporting horses.

Mr Forster has previously worked as a Superintendent for Operational Effectiveness and in other senior positions with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia and was a fire fighter with the Australian Army.

He also served as a Fire and Safety Advisor for the United Nations in Bosnia, Herzegovina (UNPROFOR) in 1994/95 during the Balkans conflict.

Mr Forster has lived in the village of Chidlow, Western Australia, on the rural fringe for over 30 years and owns a farm in Talbot, 22 kilometres southwest of York.

He is the United Australia Party’s candidate for Pearce in the 2019 Federal Election.

Married for 44 years with children and grandchildren, his interests include riding and training horses and spending time with family.

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16 Apr
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Hamish Mitchell appointed Shadow Tourism Minister for United Australia Party

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Hamish Mitchell appointed Shadow Tourism Minister for United Australia Party

The United Australia Party has announced the appointment of business owner Hamish Mitchell has its Shadow Minister for Tourism.

Born and raised in country Victoria, and now living in the Richmond electorate since 1997, Hamish joined the United Australia Party because he had lost faith in the established parties.

He is fed up with present day politics which seems to be more about self-preservation than serving the people.

Hamish runs his own asbestos removal, demolition and remediation business.

He has a strong grounding in the tourism industry with his family running management rights of several holiday resorts.

Hamish has been a member of the NSW, Northern New South Wales, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast tourism bureaus.

He has also worked as a construction and asset manager on several Gold Coast apartment projects.

Hamish is the United Australia Party’s candidate for the Federal seat of Richmond.

Outside of politics he enjoys acting, cricket, AFL, athletics and golf.

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16 Apr
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United Australia Party appoints Wayne Moore Assistant Shadow Treasurer

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United Australia Party appoints Wayne Moore Assistant Shadow Treasurer

The United Australia Party has announced the appointment of NSW entrepreneur and business proprietor Wayne Moore as Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs.

Mr Moore is also on the United Australia Party’s Senate team for New South Wales.

Based on the NSW Central Coast, Mr Moore founded and owns a successful tyre centre.

He is respected for his excellent management skills, client relations and leadership qualities.

Active in the local community, Mr Moore is past president of the Lake Munmorah Progress Association.

Federal Leader Clive Palmer said Mr Moore’s strong work ethic, entrepreneurial spirit and community values made him an excellent fit for the United Australia Party.

“The established parties talk about helping the country but all they’ve ever done is stifle political alternatives,” Mr Palmer said.

“Unlike them, the United Australia Party is not comprised of career politicians. We are a party made up of genuine Australians who want to serve the country, to change the course of history and steer in a bright new era for Australia,’’ he said.

“We can’t trust our current politicians. Stand up – defend our country. Put Australia first.

“The best way to protect Australia’s future is to Vote 1, the United Australia Party,’’ Mr Palmer said.

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16 Apr
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Darren Winter wins Shadow Sports Minister post for United Australia Party

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Darren Winter wins Shadow Sports Minister post for United Australia Party

Café owner and Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame inductee Darren Winter has been appointed Shadow Sports Minister for the United Australia Party.

Married with four children and one grandchild, Mr Winter is a long-time Hobart resident and owner of the Lauderdale Bakehouse which he has operated for 16 years.

He is the party’s candidate for Franklin in the 2019 Federal Election.

An excellent footballer, he played with the Geelong and Essendon reserves before moving to Tasmania in 1989, where he amassed 240 games and was part of nine premierships with the Clarence District Football Club, three as a playing coach.

Mr Winter currently coaches the Lauderdale senior team which competes in the Tasmanian State League. He is in his 10th year as senior coach.

“Australian politics is in a mess. I want to be part of the solution cleaning the mess up and gaining much needed respect. Our politicians are embarrassing not only in Australia but also overseas, this needs to be fixed urgently,’’ he said.

“Tasmania has been left behind for far too long, we are clearly seen as second class citizens.  The United Australia Party aims to put Tasmania firmly on the map and make our state the best in the nation.”

Mr Winter grew up in a one parent family after his father tragically passed away when he was 10 years old.

“I witnessed firsthand the struggles low income families go through. My mother did an amazing job raising five children on a widow’s pension.

“I have joined the United Australia Party to ensure no one gets left behind. Everybody should be entitled to a quality education, good health services and be on the same even playing field as the person standing next to them,’’ he said.

“Sport is the perfect way to build health bodies and minds, learn about teamwork and setting goals,’’ he said.

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16 Apr
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United Australia Party appoints Colin Thompson Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy

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United Australia Party appoints Colin Thompson Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy

Federal Leader of the United Australia Party, Clive Palmer, has announced the appointment of projects manager Colin Thompson as Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy.

Mr Thompson is the United Australia Party’s federal candidate for Dawson on the North Queensland coast.

He started his working career as a fitter and turner and progressed through supervisory positions into senior management roles covering the food, processing, manufacturing, power and mining industries.

Mr Thompson is a firm believer in communication and clear direction as the key to success.

He said the United Australia Party would create jobs and generate more revenue by encouraging the use of the mineral resource wealth of Western Australia and Queensland to support downstream manufacturing in states and territories that don’t have those resources.

“Japan has become the world’s third largest economy by processing Australian resources.  The cost of energy is more expensive in Japan and Japan suffers from the tyranny of distance. Wages are also higher, yet Australia sells its mineral ores at a low price per tonne and Japan sells final products for many thousands times more.

“Processing Australian resources at home will create jobs, increase exports and provide a higher standard of living,’’ he said.

“The United Australia Party will also help Australian families by reducing power prices. We will order a state-by-state review of the power company infrastructure loans we’re all paying for,’’ Mr Thompson said.

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12 Apr
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Former PM Joe Lyons’ descendant endorsed as United Australia Party candidate for Clark

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Former PM Joe Lyons’ descendant endorsed as United Australia Party candidate for Clark

Jim Starkey the great-grandson of former Australian Prime Minister and United Australia Party founder Joseph Lyons, will run as the UAP’s candidate in the division of Clark, the party’s Tasmanian Senate leader Kevin Morgan announced today.

Mr Morgan said it was a great honour to have Mr Starkey endorsed by the party executive for Clark for the May 18 Federal Election.

“Joe Lyons founded and led the United Australia Party during the difficult periods of the depression and aftermath of the Great War. He was a true leader who was extremely popular with the public and served this great country with distinction,’’ Mr Morgan said.

“He always put Australia first.

“The people of Clark are very fortunate the rich heritage and fine leadership of the Lyons family lives on with Jim standing as their United Australia Party candidate for the coming Federal Election,’’ he said.

Joe Lyons (15 September 1879 – 7 April 1939) was the tenth Prime Minister of Australia, serving from January 1932 until his death. He had earlier served as Premier of Tasmania from 1923 to 1928, and was the first, and to date only, Prime Minister from Tasmania.

Lyons was born in Stanley Tasmania, and was a schoolteacher and trade unionist before entering politics, originally with the Labor Party.

In 1931 he and other Labor defectors formed the United Australia Party, with Lyons becoming Leader of the Opposition.

Nicknamed Honest Joe, the masterful political campaigner led the United Australia Party to a landslide victory at the 1931 election, and subsequent wins in 1934 and 1937.

Lyons died of a heart attack in April 1939 becoming the first Prime Minister to die in office. His widow, Enid Lyons, became the first women elected to the House of Representatives.

“I am very proud of the legacy of my great-grandfather and it is a great honour to be representing the party he originally led as the United Australia Party’s candidate for Clark,” Mr Starkey said.

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12 Apr
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United Australia Party appoints Cindy Duncan Shadow Minister for the Status of Women

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United Australia Party appoints Cindy Duncan Shadow Minister for the Status of Women

Domestic violence advocate Cindy Duncan has been appointed the United Australia Party’s Shadow Minister for the Status of Women, Federal Leader Clive Palmer announced today.

The United Australia Party’s candidate for the New England electorate, Ms Duncan benefited first hand from the former Palmer United Party’s efforts in ensuring the government’s planned $25.5 million cuts to domestic violence funding did not go ahead.

Ms Duncan has broad life experience having spent time in the Army, and as a business owner, legal secretary, counsellor and journalist.

Having endured a challenging 29-year marriage, she says she is very grateful for Mr Palmer’s stance on women’s rights.

“Australia is at a political and social precipice,’’ Ms Duncan said.

“As Australians, it’s time we recognized just how much our political leaders have neglected us and our nation’s resources.

“The United Australia Party has sound policies that I believe can correct the mistakes made by past governments to help all Australians, not the select few,’’ she said.

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12 Apr
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Kristian Rees appointed United Australia Party’s Shadow Minister for Community Services

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Kristian Rees appointed United Australia Party’s Shadow Minister for Community Services

Former Adelaide United A-League star Kristian Rees has been appointed the United Australia Party’s Shadow Minister for Community Services, Federal Leader Clive Palmer announced today.

Mr Rees, 39, is also the United Australia Party’s lead candidate for the Senate for South Australia in the 2019 Federal Election.

Off the pitch, politics has been a significant part of the central defender’s life. He ran in the 2013 Federal Election as the Palmer United Party’s candidate for Grey and was the party’s lead Senate candidate for South Australia in 2016.

Mr Rees also ran in the 2015 Queensland election in the seat of Currumbin.

He has had an outstanding football career playing for Adelaide United, Wellington Phoenix, Gold Coast United and more.

Clive Palmer said Mr Rees’ strong work ethic, spirit of sportsmanship and commitment to community was a winning combination for the United Australia Party.

The established parties talk about helping the country but all they’ve ever done is stifle political alternatives,” Mr Palmer said.

“Unlike them, the United Australia Party is not comprised of career politicians. We are a party made up of genuine Australians who want to serve the country, to change the course of history and steer in a bright new era for Australia,’’ he said.

“We can’t trust our current politicians. Stand up – defend our country. Put Australia first.

“The best way to protect Australia’s future is to Vote 1, the United Australia Party,’’ Mr Palmer said.

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12 Apr
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Suellen Wrightson named Shadow Minister for Families

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Suellen Wrightson named Shadow Minister for Families

Federal Leader of the United Australia Party, Clive Palmer, has announced the appointment of medical worker and former elected councillor Suellen Wrightson as Shadow Minister for Families.

Ms Wrightson has a strong political background having campaigned as a Federal Senate candidate for the Palmer United Party in 2013 and serving as an elected member of the Cessnock City Council from 2012-2015 where she was a member of the Joint Regional Planning Panel for the Hunter region.

She is the United Australia Party’s candidate for Warringah, where she takes on former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and independent Zali Steggall.

Ms Wrightson is committed to helping everyday Australians and improving the lives of people in the community.

Most recently Ms Wrightson has worked it the medical field as a chronic disease management co-ordinator working closely with diabetic and asthmatic patients in addition to performing medical practice accreditation.

“I want to usher in a new era of politics, one that puts families first,” she said.

“The current crop of politicians need to be reminded they serve the people who elect them, where all decisions are made putting people and country first well ahead of party room ploys.”

Ms Wrightson said Labor and Liberal needed to remember they were elected to the House of Representatives to represent the people and listen to their needs.

“I will ensure we have a productive government that will provide prosperity for Australia. The United Australia Party will bring cohesion, collaboration and the desire to work together toward a common goal of protecting and growing Australia into a prosperous bountiful nation that is envied by the world and enjoyed by all the Aussies who call it home,’’ she said.

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