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14 May 2020
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Virgin bid is political grandstanding: Palmer

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Virgin bid is political grandstanding: Palmer

Clive Palmer has labelled the Queensland Government’s bid to buy a stake in Virgin Australia as nothing more than political grandstanding.

The leader of Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party has slammed the idea, saying that if the Queensland Labor Government was serious about jobs it should allow Queensland Nickel access to the Port of Townsville.

“How could this government run an airline when it has done such a terrible job running Queensland?” Mr Palmer said.

“This is nothing more than political grandstanding,’’ he said.

“If the Palaszczuk Government really cared about jobs and a strong economic future for Queenslanders, there are as many as 3000 jobs ready to go with the reopening of Queensland Nickel, which would cost her nothing,” Mr Palmer said.

Mr Palmer said Queensland Nickel was only seeking from the Port Authority the same terms and conditions for a new lease that had been successfully operating for 20 years previously.

“The Queensland Labor government refuses to allow access to the port it owns and controls while the people of North Queensland suffer,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“This government doesn’t care about the people it represents. It doesn’t care about the thousands of jobs that could be created and it doesn’t care about the businesses that are going under without the economic stimulus that the refinery would provide the region.

“Labor needs to exercise its authority to approve all terms and conditions to renew the port leases and create real jobs, instead of grandstanding about buying airlines,” Mr Palmer said.

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04 May 2020
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Palmer supports careful reopening of outback businesses

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Palmer supports careful reopening of outback businesses

Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party has backed calls for outback communities to be a case model for reopening as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Leader, Clive Palmer said the party faithful had been loud and clear in regional Queensland about getting back to business in a responsible manner.t

“Regional and outback Queensland has been doing it particularly tough with crippling drought and now the COVID-19 downturn,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“The Queensland Premier should give special consideration to towns such as Longreach, Winton, Blackall and Charleville to rebuild community spirit and get the economy moving again,’’ Mr Palmer said.

Blackall postal contractor Stan Haughton said he was concerned outback hotels, cafes and other businesses may be forced to close for good if restrictions were not eased.

“As the current limitations continue, the ability of traders in outback communities to be resilient and re-open their doors weaken every day,’’ Mr Haughton said.

“In these communities where there are zero coronavirus cases, why not give businesses the opportunity to responsibly start opening up to their local clients again, and put workers back on their payrolls?

“The pubs never get more than 20 to 30 people in at any one time so social distancing rules are easy to maintain,” he said.

Mr Palmer said the party supported an easing of restrictions to allow regional Queensland businesses to open to local patrons, with all the necessary safeguards in place including limiting the number of customers, social distancing measures and other health protocols.

“The Premier should allow these communities to reopen as a test case for a broader easing of restrictions across the state,’’ Mr Palmer said.

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23 Apr 2020
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Palmer buys 32,900,000 doses of Hydroxychloroquine for Australians

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Palmer buys 32,900,000 doses of Hydroxychloroquine for Australians

True to his word, Clive Palmers’ Palmer Foundation has bought over 32,900,000 doses of hydroxychloroquine. Millions of doses of the drug have already arrived in Australia. The Palmer Foundation has already paid for the drug in the form of tablets and bulk pharmaceuticals.

The Palmer Foundation has donated the drug to the Australian Government to be placed on the National Medical Stockpile so it may be made available free to all Australians.

In the United States of America, President Trump has confirmed the country had 29,000,000 doses of the drug on its national medical stockpile to be available to 330 million Americans.

On the 2 April 2020, Australia’s Minister for Health, Greg Hunt announced hydroxychloroquine would be made available if doctors wish to use it to treat COVID-19 patients who are in Australian hospitals. Since that time, Australia’s death rate from COVID-19 has been the lowest in the world and the curve has flattened. Mr Hunt also congratulated Mr Palmer for the steps he was then taking to acquire hydroxychloroquine internationally, paying for the effort with his own money.

On 2 April 2020, Caroline Edwards, Acting Secretary for the Department of Health, as a delegate of the Minister for Health, established the Therapeutic Goods (Medicines— Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine) (COVID-19 Emergency) Exemption 2020. The exemption allowed the Palmer Foundation to make the acquisitions for the sole purpose of donating all drugs acquired for the free use of the Australian people.

“The Australian government has done a great job in protecting and defending the Australian people in this time of national crisis. In particular, the Prime Minister has showed the calm leadership necessary to guide the nation in troubled times,” Mr Palmer said.

“The Health Minister Greg Hunt had shown exceptional courage and dedication for filling his role and his performance as health minister was just what any doctor would have ordered.”

Mr Palmer said that he believed that hydroxychloroquine was the best hope for those suffering COVID-19.  He said that while all Australians had played a critical role in containing the virus, they had to remain vigilant that a second wave did not destroy the economic fabric of the nation and Australian lives.

“The tablets we have acquired have a shelf life of three years and the bulk materials longer,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“A vaccine may take many years to develop and Australia has to be ready to provide the best treatment for its citizens should the worst occur. The small contribution that I have made will assist Australia in getting back on its feet sooner.

“The challenge now facing all Australians is to save our country’s economy and restore employment and prosperity to all.

“I am happy that the quick action we took in early March to secure hydroxychloroquine for Australia has been successful. It is important that Australians that have been using the drug to treat malaria, lupus and autoimmune diseases over the last 40 years will not have any difficulty in acquiring the drug.”

Mr Palmer said it was critical that the drug remained available in hospitals for those who needed it to treat COVID-19 and was available to the Australian community when required.

“If we had not moved in early March when we did, we would have lost our opportunity,’’ he said.

“At this time of national crisis in our country, all Australians must do whatever they can to help their fellow Australians.

“I want all Australians who have done well in this country to remember their fellow Australians and the sacrifices that have been made by previous generations and dig deep to support all efforts necessary to defeat this threat to our lives and our livelihood,’’ Mr Palmer said.

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17 Apr 2020
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Turnbull shows true colours with poor timing of book launch

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Turnbull shows true colours with poor timing of book launch

The former Member for Fairfax in the 44th Parliament, Clive Palmer, said today the timing of Malcolm Turnbull’s book launch was in poor taste.

“Clearly the former PM has attention deficit disorder to be thinking only of himself while the country is focussing on COVID-19,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“Everybody else is doing the right thing in delaying events at this difficult time, however Malcolm Turnbull is doing the opposite and busily seeking attention.

“The reality is that people don’t care about Malcolm Turnbull and his attacks on former colleagues,’’ Mr Palmer said.

Mr Palmer said the timing of the book launch reflected Malcolm Turnbull’s true colours.

“He obviously still finds it difficult to accept that his own party dumped him as leader, and finds it even more difficult to cope with the fact that Scott Morrison has become Prime Minister,’’ he said.

“Malcolm Turnbull’s desperate attempt to find relevance by attacking former colleagues shows his true character. It would be very difficult for the book to portray any good qualities of Mr Turnbull.

“A failed Prime Minister is best forgotten. Those who dwell on the past fail to prosper in the future,’’ Mr Palmer said.

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17 Apr 2020
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Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party registered in Queensland

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Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party registered in Queensland

Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party has been officially registered as a new political party in Queensland.

Pursuant to the provisions of Part 6 of the Electoral Act 1992, the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) has changed the Register of Political Parties to include Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party, it was announced today.

The party would like to thank its members for their assistance in satisfying ECQ requirements for the successful registration.

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14 Apr 2020
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Palmer Foundation launches website for latest COVID-19 information

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Palmer Foundation launches website for latest COVID-19 information

The Palmer Foundation today launched a new website delivering Australians up to date information on the COVID-19 crisis.

Foundation head Clive Palmer said the site was designed to deliver real news to keep the population informed about the pandemic.

“Now more than ever Australians need the facts about this disease and what is being done to source a treatment,’’ he said.

“Our world has been turned upside down. We have the daunting prospect of thousands or even millions of people being affected by COVID-19.

“The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine is showing great promise as a potential treatment which is why the Palmer Foundation is making resources available to fund clinical trials and scale up the availability of the drug so there is enough for all Australians, free of charge,’’ Mr Palmer said.

Mr Palmer said the new site would post regular updates on global efforts to battle COVID-19.

https://www.palmerfoundation.com.au/

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27 Mar 2020
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Palmer Rejects Advice to Reduce Staff

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Palmer Rejects Advice to Reduce Staff

Clive Palmer said today he had rejected advice given from his advisors to reduce staff in his operations.

“Advice had been given to me to bunker down and build a cash war chest from the royalties I am receiving from my Pilbara iron ore project,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“I have decided that I will keep 100% of my extensive workforce on full wages and I will support them and their families.

“My company has today implemented a Crisis Management Team to help our staff,’’ he said.

“I believe at this critical time in our history all major employers need to be loyal to their staff as their staff have been loyal to them.

“All employers should recognise loyalty within their organisations,’’ he said.

“At this time, employers and community leaders need to keep people’s spirits high and face this major threat together.

“I, like all Australians, hope that there is a positive outcome found sooner rather than later so we can as a nation return to full productivity, again producing substantial profits so we can reduce government debt that will be growing substantially.

“The quicker we find a solution the quicker we can all economically recover,’’ Mr Palmer said.

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23 Mar 2020
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Palmer agrees to fund the manufacture or acquisition of over 1,000,000 courses of Hydroxychloroquine for Australians

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Palmer agrees to fund the manufacture or acquisition of over 1,000,000 courses of Hydroxychloroquine for Australians

Clive Palmer has appointed Brisbane pharmacist Jeremey Sheridan to lead the effort to oversee the large-scale manufacturing of Hydroxychloroquine in Australia and the acquisition of the drug as soon as possible.

Mr Sheridan stated in Brisbane today:

“While the clinical trials in Australia in 50 hospitals may take four to five months to complete it is important that arrangements for the large-scale manufacture or acquisition of Hydroxychloroquine proceed quickly so that there will be no delay making a successful treatment available to all Australians as soon as possible.

“We cannot wait. To delay now could cost Australian lives in the coming months. We cannot wait to start the process of large-scale acquisition of the drug.

“When the drug is required it needs to be available,’’ Mr Sheridan said.

Clive Palmer confirmed last Friday he had discussions with Health Minster Greg Hunt and other ministers and members of the Australian Government, as well as senior officials of the Health Department, to cut through any red tape that would delay an immediate response to ensure that all Australians would have access to the drug as soon as possible.

Mr Palmer stated that he had agreed to personally fund the acquisition or manufacture of over 1,000,000 courses of Hydroxychloroquine and to make it available to the government to be placed on the National Health Stockpile for the free use of Australians affected by COVID- 19.

Mr Palmer confirmed that would result in over 30,000,000 doses being placed in the National Health Stockpile.

“The first 1,000,000 courses will be the first step to ensure that all Australians regardless of their financial circumstances will have access to Hydroxychloroquine as soon as possible,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“We are proceeding as fast as we can to initiate the manufacturing process in Australia, I have a strong commitment not to let the community down. I will spend whatever it takes and do the best that I can to ensure that when the time comes, we as Australians can respond to the challenge that faces us all.

“At this time of national crisis in our country, all Australians must do whatever they can to help their fellow Australians,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“There are many other Australians beside me that can provide financial support necessary to allow our medical resources to be deployed in the shortest possible time to save lives.

“I want all Australians who have done well in this country to remember their fellow Australians and the sacrifices that have been made by previous generations and dig deep to support all efforts necessary to defeat this threat to our lives,’’ he said.

The director of the Gold Coast medical centre Dr Reza Madah has been appointed as medical advisor to assist the effort.

Dr Reza Madah said:  “We need more Australians like Clive Palmer who understand the urgency and the challenges facing the nation and for Australians to come forward and to commit whatever they can in the fight against COVID- 19 and supporting the medical and research community.

“The urgency of the situation cannot be left to Government alone, we need quick decisions and the timely commitment of funds and resources.”

Mr Palmer thanked Minister Hunt and the Australian Government for their support and all they had done and would do to make Australia independent to facilitate the acquisition and manufacture of drugs necessary to treat COVID-19 in the shortest possible time.

“The Commonwealth Health Department was assisting in ensuring that Australia’s high standards are maintained in the process,’’ Mr Palmer said.

When asked if he was concerned about the millions of dollars he was committing to fight COVID-19 may not achieve all that he hoped, Mr Palmer said: “If we are wrong, I lose some money but if we are right we may save the lives of thousands of our citizens. Australia must move now with urgency.”

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18 Mar 2020
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Palmer donates $1 million to Royal Brisbane Hospital to fight coronavirus

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Palmer donates $1 million to Royal Brisbane Hospital to fight coronavirus

It was announced in Brisbane today that Clive Palmer had donated $1 million to the Royal Brisbane Hospital to fight coronavirus.

Mr Palmer donated the money online yesterday to the RBWH Foundation Coronavirus Action Fund.

University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research director Professor David Paterson had stated earlier in the week that he had seen two drugs used to treat other conditions that can wipe out the virus in test tubes.

He said one of the medications, given to some of the first people to test positive for COVID-19 in Australia, had already resulted in ‘disappearance of the virus’ and complete recovery from the infection.

“What we want to do at the moment is a large clinical trial across Australia, looking at 50 hospitals, and what we’re going to compare is one drug, versus another drug, versus the combination of the two drugs,” Prof Paterson said.

Prof Paterson, who is also an infectious disease physician at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, said it wasn’t a stretch to label the drugs ‘a treatment or a cure’.

The RBWH Foundation had established a Coronavirus Action Fund. By Monday afternoon it had raised $30,000 of the desired $750,000 for the clinical drug trials and other related medical research. “The trials will start as soon as funding is secured,” the fund stated.

In donating the $1 million, Clive Palmer said there was now no reason why the trials could not commence immediately so treatment could soon be available for all Australians.

“At this time of national crisis in our country all Australians must do whatever they can to help their fellow Australians,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“There are many other Australians beside me that can provide financial support necessary to allow our medical resources to be deployed in the shortest possible time to save lives.

“I want all Australians who have done well in this country to remember their fellow Australians and the sacrifices that have been made by previous generations and dig deep to support all efforts necessary to defeat this threat to our lives.”

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10 Mar 2020
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Don’t be conned by Condren

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Don’t be conned by Condren

Clive Palmer has warned voters not to be conned by Patrick Condren, the former Queensland journalist who is chasing a new career as a politician.

“Patrick Condren can’t get back into media, so now seeks to take ratepayer funds as the Labor candidate for Brisbane Lord Mayor.

“If successful, it is guaranteed rates will increase to pay for the sweeping changes he and Labor propose.

“Many who I have spoken to believe he will need to bring in new policies for dealing with harassment in council, coming from a hardened news-mentality background.

“I’m sure we will get used to seeing him front every news event, as he longs for the limelight he once enjoyed.

“The current Mayor has worked hard for the city and should be given an opportunity to build on what has already been achieved.

“We all remember why Australia rejected Shifty Shorten, now we need to reject Mr Condren,’’ Mr Palmer said.

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