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04 Sep 2020
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A new deal for Queensland

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A new deal for Queensland

Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party has vowed to deliver a new deal for Queensland to cut red tape, create jobs and get the economy moving again.

“It is a serious problem we face in Queensland,’’ Party leader Clive Palmer said.

“The economy is teetering on a knife’s edge and our people are in mass unemployment. Our tourism industry has been decimated. It’s a very worrying prospect to think about what’s going to happen when JobKeeper inevitably stops.”

Mr Palmer said Queensland was in a bad position under Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor government, made worse by her politicizing of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Queensland’s debt is over $100 million, there’s no real hope for people.  10,000 people have lost their jobs on the Gold Coast alone.

“Putting the virus aside, we have to get the Queensland economy moving again.

“We need a new deal for Queensland based on enterprise. We need to cut the red tape, eliminate payroll tax and eliminate land tax to make our State stronger and more competitive, and provide employment for our people.

“The current government can’t do that, it doesn’t listen, it’s not interested in big projects and it has no idea about wealth creation,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“Our party has   great State Leader in Greg Dowling in Townsville.  I’m confident he’ll be elected.  He received over 20% of the vote when he stood for mayor and I’m sure people will rally behind him,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“Many of our children don’t have any future for themselves or any enterprises to go into, that’s why we have to give Labor the boot.”

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03 Sep 2020
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WA needs to open its borders: Clive Palmer

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WA needs to open its borders: Clive Palmer

With COVID cases on the decline and Australia now in the worst recession since the Second World War, Clive Palmer has urgently called on WA Premier Mark McGowan to re-open the State border.

“As coronavirus cases continue to reduce and given the fact that we are now in the worst recession since World War II, it is essential the borders are open so we can get the economy moving again,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“We have to be concerned about our fellow citizens and what these closures are doing to them.

“Look at the numbers. WA has only around five active cases, yet there has been 400 suicides in the last 12 months, approximately eight people a week tragically taking their own lives, and domestic violence has soared by 400%.

“The Premier needs to open the borders. The question must be asked, why shouldn’t the borders be open to states and territories where there are zero active cases such as the ACT, Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania?”

“All states need to listen to the Federal Government which wishes to initiate a uniform set of procedures at this difficult time.

“Why do Labor state governments always only look at the negative?” Mr Palmer said.

“McGowan is only politicizing the issue to win votes at the next election.”

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28 Aug 2020
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Western Australian Parliament attacks the Rule of Law – North Korea Laws in Australia

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Western Australian Parliament attacks the Rule of Law – North Korea Laws in Australia

Brisbane: The Iron Ore Processing (Mineralogy Pty. Ltd.) Agreement Amendment Bill 2020 passed by the Western Australian Parliament destroys Australian democracy, Clive Palmer said today.

“It provides the Premier of Western Australia and his Attorney General exemption from the criminal law and all civil liabilities,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“The question must be asked what crimes have been committed or will be committed that require the Western Australian Parliament to exempt the Premier and the Attorney General from criminal prosecution?

“The Act bans any matter being taken to any Court.  So in that regard it would, in the theory, ban actions in the High Court of Australia. The Act also bans natural justice and proper process. It prohibits discovery and abolishes Freedom of Information, and hence the public’s right to know what this is all about and hold the Government accountable,’’ Mr Palmer said.

The Act terminates legal proceedings which were underway at the time of its passing in the Supreme Court of Western Australia, The Supreme Court of Queensland, The Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Federal Court of Australia.

The Act also terminates arbitration before former High Court Judge Michael McHugh QC and mediation before the former Chief Justice of Western Australia Wayne Martin QC that the State was a party to.

“The Act destroys Western Australia’s reputation as a place where the rule of law applies,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“The Act assumes full judicial power and directs and imposes sanctions against a single citizen that it names, and imposes penalties against that person based on what other people may do. No charge. No trial. No right of defence. No justice.

“Separately, the Act interferes with the Australian Government’s obligations to honour international treaties and gives the State the right to encumber an individual’s assets for its own benefit without any legal basis to do so,” Mr Palmer said.

“The Act gives the Premier the power to make laws without reference to Parliament. In essence, the Act allows the Premier to rule by decree.  North Korea in an Australian setting,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“Our way of life and the Australian Constitution is all we have.  We cannot allow Mark McGowan and John Quigley to destroy it. Don’t believe their cover-up.

“First they have come for me. What will you do when they come for you?” Mr Palmer said

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26 Aug 2020
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McGowan and Quigley Contempt of the High Court of Australia

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McGowan and Quigley Contempt of the High Court of Australia

Clive Palmer will today commence proceedings in the High Court of Australia against Mark McGowan and John Quigley for contempt of the High Court of Australia.

“I understand it’s only the second time in Australia’s history that a proceeding for contempt has been brought before the High Court of Australia,” Mr Palmer said.

“I have been reluctant to bring such proceedings. Personally I bear no ill will towards Mark McGowan or John Quigley.

“But I must respect the institution of the courts, being the only institution in this country which stands between chaos and good order and that protects and defends the Australian Constitution and the welfare of all Australians,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“All Australians must be free to have access to our courts. Free from intimidation, fear or threats. Free from vitriolic abuse and violent rhetoric. Free from injury and damage should they seek to rely on the rule of law.

“They must be free from intimidation by government,’’ he said.

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23 Aug 2020
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Palmer has no interest in bankrupting WA or McGowan

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Palmer has no interest in bankrupting WA or McGowan

Clive Palmer stated in Brisbane today that he had no interest in bankrupting Mark McGowan or the State of Western Australia.

“Mark seems a bit upset,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“After all it was Mark who first attacked me relentlessly for eight weeks. Then he instigated the people of Western Australia to hate me so he could bring into law the greatest abrogation of human rights ever encountered in the history of Australia,’’ he said.

“It was Mark McGowan and John Quigley that increased the risk to the State by cancelling mediation with the former Chief Justice of Western Australia Wayne Martin.

“They will now face much greater damages and risk than ever existed before. They will soon find that out,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“They are nothing more than Keystone Cops who have given themselves an exemption from criminal laws and civil liability.

“They are Keystone Cops who have the people of Western Australia paying their bills and having to pay any damages that are awarded against them or the State.

As Winston Churchill said: ‘jaw-jaw is better than war-war’.

“It was Mark McGowan who declared war against me and did not want to talk or mediate.

“He can’t complain about the huge continuing financial risk he has placed him and the State in,’’ Mr Palmer said.

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20 Aug 2020
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Politicians protect themselves

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Politicians protect themselves

The new Iron Ore Processing (Mineralogy Pty Ltd) Agreement Amendment Act which was rushed through parliament last week was an absolute disgrace and against the fabric to exercise lawful rights, Clive Palmer said.

“This new Act effectively gives Mark McGowan and John Quigley exemptions from criminal and civil liability,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“No citizen in WA is exempt from criminal or civil liability so why should politicians be exempt?”

Mr Palmer said serious questions must be asked about whether the Act gave McGowan and his government a licence to take from the treasury.

“Is this the real reason for the Act?” he said.

“This Act amends a State Agreement for the first time in 60 years. It exempts the State from liabilities, removes appeal and excludes natural justice.

“All State Agreements in WA now have uncertainty. All companies with State Agreements will be worried and further investment in the state of WA is at risk,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“State Agreements are only relevant when everyone has confidence they won’t be manipulated for the government’s benefit.

“This Act should never have been accepted by the WA Government as arbitration on the matter was underway.

“The Act against me and my companies are unconstitutional and are against the ethics of freedom that so many Australians before us have died for in two world wars.

“We don’t need a Chinese or Soviet model of government where governments rule over the courts,’’ Mr Palmer said.

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19 Aug 2020
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WA fails to have order in the Queensland Supreme Court set aside

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WA fails to have order in the Queensland Supreme Court set aside

In a wobbly start to the WA Government’s new Iron Ore Processing (Mineralogy Pty Ltd) Agreement Amendment Act which was rushed through parliament last week, the state has failed to have the registered Awards by the Queensland Supreme Court removed.

“The State of Western Australia has failed to set aside the order to remove the Awards made in the Queensland Supreme Court,’’ Clive Palmer said today.

Justice Martin agreed with Mineralogy Pty Ltd and International Minerals Pty Ltd to have the matter deferred to the 10th of September.

“Justice Martin has allowed Mineralogy and International Minerals to produce more evidence around the validity of the new WA Act that is against our company exercising our lawful rights,’’ Mr Palmer said.

Mineralogy Pty Ltd was represented by Dominic O’Sullivan QC and

International Minerals Pty Ltd was represented by David Jackson QC in the matter.

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18 Aug 2020
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WA paper is now a comic magazine

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WA paper is now a comic magazine

Once upon a time the Western Australian was a well-respect independent publication. It now has come under increasing financial pressure to somehow retain circulation so it’s attempting to do that by becoming a comic book.

The front pages over the last week have depicted me as a chicken, a cane toad and Dr Evil. This is a desperate effort to regain readership.

As a comic, it is interesting, colourful and shows that the paper has talented graphic artists. However, as a newspaper it has lost its purpose, credibility and now fails to inform readers who have a right to know the truth.

One must wonder if this change in editorial direction is a direct result of dramatic falling in circulation numbers and advertising revenue.

Unfortunately the journalists are becoming copywriters for the WA Government and will probably move into becoming advertising copywriters producing fruit can labels.

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13 Aug 2020
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Mark McGowan cover-up : Clive palmer

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Mark McGowan cover-up : Clive palmer

Mark McGowan’s actions over the past two months have been a concerted effort to cover up his personal involvement in breaking the law. People must question why his Government has passed an Act which provided him and others with an exemption from criminal law.

Why was the Act passed in the Western Australian parliament which takes away the rights of the press and the Western Australian public to make FOI applications to find out what McGowan did?

The question for Western Australians is what did McGowan do to cause, as the Attorney General said, $30 billion dollars of lability for the State of Western Australia?  Why should McGowan or anyone else be exempt from the criminal law?

As well as seeking to destroy the rights of individuals and protect politicians from criminal law, the Act bans citizens taking to court any matter associated with the events and acts that caused the State to inflict substantial pain and damage on International Minerals and Mineralogy.  I am not and have never been a party to the arbitration. Why did McGowan attack me personally?

International Minerals was and ASX publicly-listed company with over 5,000 mum and dad shareholders. Any action by a state government to destroy the livelihoods of any of those people should not be beyond examination.

It is my position that McGowan personally destroyed their project. McGowan has focussed on the role of Colin Barnett.  It was Mark McGowan that acted beyond the power of the Government. The questions must be asked, did he do it to assist a foreign power? Did he act against Australia’s interest? Is that why he must be exempted from the criminal law?

With the Federal Court deciding matters of fact and their judgement likely to be made on 24 August, 2020, what was the emergency to get the Act passed in one day? Was it a State emergency or a Mark McGowan emergency?

Why does the Act purport to take from me and every citizen their rights for natural justice, their rights to have proper legal process in their own country? The act is more akin to the laws of China than Australia.

Why did McGowan provide for the Act to destroy the two Awards made by former High Court Judge Michael McHugh? Both Awards were against the Western Australian Government. Why was it that the Western Australian Supreme Court also ruled against the Western Australian Government?

Why was it that the Chief Law Officer of Western Australia and barrister of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, John Quigley, did not support the rule of law?

Betrayal of the rule of law and exemptions from the criminal law is not what Australia is about. In 1972 Richard Nixon won a landslide victory in the Presidential Election. He, like McGowan, had great public support. Nixon directed the greatest criminal cover up in history but he, unlike McGowan, was not supposedly exempt from the criminal law.

Eventually the High Court of Australia will decide the validly of the Act. In Australia we enjoy the separation of powers and the rule of law. The law has served our country well, it protects our values.  We have to fight to protect it.

God bless Australia.

Clive Palmer

 

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10 Aug 2020
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Stephen Austin endorsed for Pine Rivers

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Stephen Austin endorsed for Pine Rivers

Tradesman and building trainer Stephen Austin will contest Pine Rivers for Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party in the Queensland election.

A qualified Justice of the Peace, Stephen has an extensive background in the building and construction industry, working as a consultant in hazard identification, risk management, policies and procedures.

He is currently managing director of a company training apprentices in the construction industry.

“I believe young adults interested in becoming a tradie should be better assisted from Grade 10 and helped at school to follow their dreams,’’ Stephen said.

“I also believe both the current and previous governments pay too little attention to the elderly and people with disabilities in our community.

“I would like to see a program for the elderly to assist in the training of our youth in work skills and the ability to bridge the generations.

“Our governments fail to adequately assist small businesses in the community and there seems to be an almost total lack of manufacturing of Australian goods,’’ he said.

“There should be programs and assistance for these to get started again.  We need a government with real people representing the real voters.  I think a long term approach to climate change is also necessary.

“As politicians, we need to be accountable and regularly hold forums for people to ask questions and give opinions,’’ he said.

Happily married for 38 years and a father of three, Stephen has lived the majority of his live in Pine Rivers Shire.

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