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03 Apr 2019
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Coalition’s budget fails Australians: Palmer

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Coalition’s budget fails Australians: Palmer

Federal Leader of the United Australia Party Clive Palmer says the Coalition’s 2019 budget had fallen well short for regular Australians crying out for true economic leadership.

“The budget did not address the real economic structural changes and sustainable incentives and rewards for all Australians,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“Structural changes such as abolishing provisional tax would put $70 billion back into the economy instantly.

“Downstream mineral processing facilities need to be built in Victoria and South Australia, utilising resources from Queensland and Western Australia.

“We need to introduce a zonal taxation system giving regional Australians a 20% tax break, which will encourage people to move to regional areas and reduce infrastructure pressure in our cities.

“We need 300km-an-hour fast trains,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“Tax-deductable home loans and lower power prices are also needed today.

“Under a United Australia Party government our structural changes to the economy will increase wages and living standards for all Australians.

“All Australians want to enjoy a better lifestyle and look ahead to a brighter future for their family,’’ Mr Palmer said.

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27 Mar 2019
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United Australia Party backs tax breaks for the bush

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United Australia Party backs tax breaks for the bush

The United Australia Party will turbo charge regional communities by implementing zonal tax breaks for the bush, candidate for Capricornia Lindsay Sturgeon said today.

“The United Australia Party is committed to taking pressure off major centres and stimulating economic growth in rural areas through a 20% zonal tax break,’’ Mr Sturgeon said.

“Regional communities are the backbone of Australia and need to be supported. 85% of Australia’s income comes from regional areas and it`s not fair that people in the bush suffer from city-centric governance.

“Regional communities need strong representation which we are committed to delivering.

“Policies such as a 20% tax break for people living more than 200km outside the state capitals will drive growth in these regions.

“Zonal taxation has worked under previous governments in the 1960s and is constitutional under commonwealth law so why not offer the incentive to live and work in some of the best communities Australia has to offer,’’ he said.

“Regional Australia finally has a real chance for change and the United Australia Party will drive it.

“By providing tax breaks in areas that are disadvantaged geographically, zonal taxation would stimulate economic growth in regional communities providing jobs, allowing these regions to decentralise and properly develop.

“We need to invest in these regions to promote growth and strengthen our towns and communities,’’ Mr Sturgeon said.

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27 Mar 2019
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United Australia Party endorses Kennedy candidate

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United Australia Party endorses Kennedy candidate

The United Australia Party executive has endorsed small business owner Sue Bertuch as its federal candidate for the North Queensland seat of Kennedy.

Sue has wide ranging professional experience having started her career as a primary and secondary school teacher in both city and rural communities.

She has also worked as an early childhood teacher, in special education, as a customs officer and business director.

Sue has been an active member of various community groups spanning P&C, scouting, theatre, speedway, the RSL and Associated Citizens Auxiliary.

Sue joined the United Australia Party due to disappointment with the way the major parties had lost touch with the community.

“I am sick of the way Liberal and Labor are putting the needs of big business, minority groups and also global interests ahead of most Australians,’’ she said.

“I am also very passionate about protecting the rights of Australians and fighting the corruption and rorting that has crept into politics.”

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26 Mar 2019
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Australia a soft target for foreign interests: McDonald

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Australia a soft target for foreign interests: McDonald

Leader of the United Australia Party’s Senate Team for Western Australia, James McDonald, says the guns scandal embroiling Pauline Hanson’s One Nation was yet another shocking example of the risk of foreign interests infiltrating Australia politics.

“Like all Australians, I am appalled by the revelations that One Nation attempted to obtain $20 million in campaign funding from powerful US rifle group the NRA,’’ Mr McDonald said.

“The appalling implications of linking with a gun rights group aside, it is another reminder that political parties in Australia are more than happy to sell our nation’s best interests to the highest foreign bidders, jeopardising our security and our future,’’ he said.

The One Nation controversy comes in the wake of revelations by the United Australia Party that the Labor government was supporting the clandestine takeover of Australia by granting Chinese communist government owned companies extraordinary powers to build and operate strategic assets in WA.

“Allowing Chinese state-owned conglomerate CITIC Limited to build a jet airstrip in the Pilbara and exercise control over the deep water port at Cape Preston should be deeply concerning for all Australians,’’ Mr McDonald said.

“Now we have another Australian political party cosying up to the NRA in America. It is no wonder Australians have lost trust in their politicians.

“Australian voters need to know that the electoral system and Senate positions cannot be bought via interference of foreign interests.

“We can’t trust our politicians. Stand up – defend our country. Put Australia first,” Mr McDonald said.

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

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26 Mar 2019
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Guns scandal shows shameful desperation of One Nation

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Guns scandal shows shameful desperation of One Nation

United Australia Party candidate for Warringah, Suellen Wrightson has called for the immediate dismissal of Pauline Hanson’s Chief of Staff James Ashby over the guns scandal.

Ms Wrightson said she was appalled by the emergence of video footage of Ashby and One Nation’s Queensland leader Steve Dickson allegedly discussing how to solicit funds from a rifle association with the aim of gaining  the balance of power in Australia.

“Pauline Hanson must sack James Ashby immediately and send a clear message to Australian voters that our electoral system and Senate positions cannot be bought via interference of foreign interests,’’ Ms Wrightson said.

“If she is serious about being elected fairly and squarely on her policy rather than scrupulous deals she will sack the staff involved and have a clean slate going into the federal election.

“It is no wonder Australians have lost trust in their politicians when you have the right hand man to Pauline Hanson as alleged in this video calling the shots with a rifle association.”

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26 Mar 2019
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Palmer’s return to Townsville great for jobs

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Palmer’s return to Townsville great for jobs

Local Townsville businessman Allan Evans said the return of Clive Palmer would create a huge employment boost for the region.

“Townsville should be celebrating Clive Palmer’s return to Townsville and the re-opening of Queensland Nickel.  I view this as a shining light on the horizon,’’ the accountant said.

“Until now there has been no other company or individual in the market with the resources ready to move forward creating jobs.

“The re-opening of Queensland Nickel will create approximately 800 direct jobs with a flow on effect of approximately 3,000 indirect jobs,’’ he said.

“The two major parties, both federal and state, have been in a circuitous maze for years, never raising their heads over the top to witness or act upon the struggles being experienced in regional Australia.

“Voters in the seat of Herbert have been ignored and languished for too long as a result of poor policy action from Brisbane and Canberra.”

Mr Evans said the United Australia Party’s focus on jobs should be applauded.

“Jobs are the derivative of infrastructure projects and business activity.

“Manufacturing and major industries require competitively priced and abundant supply of electricity and water.

“Herbert and surrounding areas are sadly lacking in these commodities. Voters rightfully expect the duly elected government to provide these infrastructures.”

Mr Evans said North Queensland needed a base load, clean coal fired power station.

“Mr Morrison talks about lower electricity prices while at the same time retaining the Paris agreement and renewable energy targets – a complete oxymoron.

“Should Bill Shorten become Prime Minister, with a 50% renewable energy policy, power prices will rise probably 200%.

“Labor repeatedly strangles jobs in regional Queensland.  The Green tail is wagging the red dog with the focus mainly on South East Queensland.

“Government delays in the start-up of Adani with the continuous shifting of the goal posts are an absolute disgrace,’’ he said.

“The underlying threat here, should Labor win the upcoming federal election, is that Shorten will introduce legislation to close the Galilee Basin and ban all coal mining in Australia.

“Jobs are being denied to workers who are ready to start.  Businesses in Herbert and regional areas are missing out on revenue from mine procurements.  Landlords are missing rent from fly in fly out workers and contractors,’’ Mr Evans said.

“Regional towns will soon be economically starved into non-existence.

“People without work will become slaves to the ever-increasing hand-out mentality of today.

“Adani’s very first approvals were given on May 8, 2014 with 190 conditions.  On July 29, 2014, the federal minister for mines gave approval with 36 conditions,’’ he said.

“We have since then had numerous setbacks – the yakka skink, waxy cabbage palm, ornamental snake and now the black throated finch – to name a few.

“Adani is being stymied by both sectors of government to appease the Greens while the economy of Queensland is ignored.  Adani has the potential to benefit the Queensland economy to the tune of an estimated $2.9 billion every year for 60 years.”

Mr Evans said more dams for the region were another necessity.

“Major infrastructure projects are necessary to provide reliable and sustainable living conditions and jobs for all of Australia.

“Burdekin Falls Dam Stage II would benefit not only the electorate of Herbert, it would support a large part of regional Queensland.

“The original Stage II initially planned for the wall to be raised to 14.6m above the current spillway.  This would increase, by almost five times, the Burdekin Falls Dam’s current 1.8 million mega litre storage, and include a 500MW hydro-electric power station,’’ he said.

“Land has already been acquired for the foot print of the increased capacity of the dam.  The additional capacity will irrigate land out to the Galilee Basin and south past Mackay as well as the Herbert-Burdekin region.

“Unless change is forthcoming to Australian politics, Australia will never again be called the lucky country.

“We need a strong and progressive party to restore Australia’s pride and prosperity.

“The United Australia Party is the only party with the vision and ability to make Australia great again.”

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22 Mar 2019
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Mike Rose endorsed as United Australia Party’s candidate for Farrer

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Mike Rose endorsed as United Australia Party’s candidate for Farrer

The executive of the United Australia Party has endorsed Mike Rose as its candidate for the federal seat of Farrer in NSW.

A former manager for an employment company, Mike joined the United Australia Party to deliver accountability in Canberra for people of the Farrer region.

“The Liberal Party has sold out the Farrer electorate and it’s time to put Aussies first,’’ he said.

“The Liberal party is in chaos and so too is the Labor party.

“I have decided to come out of retirement because I am fed up with what is happening in federal politics and the enormous waste of taxpayer’s money.

“I am sick of the lack of respect current politicians are showing to the Australian people in regards to their needs and concerns including the security of our nation and its resources.

Mike was born in Sydney and moved to Mathoura over 18 years ago. He has an extensive background in management and has operated his own business.

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18 Mar 2019
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Ronald Fielder endorsed in Spence for United Australia Party

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Ronald Fielder endorsed in Spence for United Australia Party

The United Australia Party has endorsed Ronald Fielder as its candidate for the SA lower house seat of Spence, Federal Leader Clive Palmer announced today.

Mr Fielder is a proven communicator and was a licensed auctioneer and real estate agent with over 15 years in real estate sales and agency management.

He now operates his own business providing mentoring, coaching and business support to new industry agents, and he volunteers his time helping tenants to negotiate issues and solutions with their landlords. He also operates an airport transfer service to and from the Barossa Valley.

Mr Fielder advocates taking responsibility and accountability for his actions and always striving for personal improvement.

“I will ensure all voices are heard by meeting and listening to my community all year round. I see the need for more practical solutions to address everyday community needs,’’ Mr Fielder said.

Mr Fielder enjoys entertaining with his wife Karen and his three step children and his personal interests include AFL and horse racing, history, global affairs, travel, sailing and hiking.

“I have joined the United Australia party and Mr Palmer to give a voice back to the people,’’ he said.

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17 Mar 2019
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Palmer confirms no media requests from fake media

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Palmer confirms no media requests from fake media

FEDERAL Leader of the United Australia Party, Clive Palmer, confirmed today that he would not partake in requested interviews with the fake media so they could gain credibility.

“For too long media have been doing the same thing and expecting a different result. The media in this country want to control outcomes so they make up fake news,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“News organisations have had budgets cut significantly and services have declined. They have simply made up news to try and stay relevant.

“Many interviews are significantly altered to incorrectly portray an original interview. So many stories are sourced via other journalists, which is a pathetic state of affairs.

“I’m only spending advertising dollars on TV in this country to offer balance and to position real facts correctly.

“The United Australia Party wants to put Australians first and wants the Australian media to stop with its fake news,’’ he said.

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14 Mar 2019
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United Australia Party fights for special economic zone for Tasmania

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United Australia Party fights for special economic zone for Tasmania

The United Australia Party’s Tasmanian Senate Leader, Kevin Morgan, says the state needs a special economic zone to open the doors to private investment and jobs growth.

“Under a United Australia Party platform, we will create the opportunity zone for the future.

“Today Tasmania needs an economy that builds career paths for our children leaving school with guaranteed jobs.

“Every child must have job and not have welfare as their start in life. The best welfare is a job and all Tasmanians deserve equal opportunity.

“Liberal and Labor have failed this state and this country now for decades. Youth unemployment, poverty and homelessness are on the rise and no one else can be blamed.”

Mr Morgan said Tasmania would benefit greatly from Collaborative Clever Communities.

“The CCC effect is a proven model used successfully by the OECD to drive local initiatives and forge bridges and fix broken links between industry players.

“Australia needs to realise that Tasmania can build its future it just simply needs the support required for this new economic vision,’’ he said.

“Tasmania is an island with a population just exceeding 500,000 people, as such it has unique qualities that do not apply across the nation.

“Isolated by Bass Strait, it means our economy and our populace is also disadvantaged by transport in that shipping to national and international markets by sea limits and restricts us in time, volume and costs.

“With a small population and an economy that has gone through radical change over the last 40 years we see today an economic change starting to happen.

“However, today we are highly reliant on the mining industry and our fast-growing fish-farming sector which have overtaken dairying and tourism.

“Our weaknesses are that we see our state and our country reliant on others in most cases. The diversity we need is not to rely on a few markets because at some point, this will see us drastically affected by changing dynamics,” Mr Morgan said.

“Today China is our hero, tomorrow it maybe our real Achilles’ heel. That does not mean we stop our China dealings, it simply means we need to rely less on China and build more diverse economic ties.

“Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and other ASEAN nations are close neighbours and growing economies.

“Japan, Korea, the USA, and the UK, will always be a part of our export mix and maybe a larger part going forward.

“However today it is here in Tasmania where we need to build a far more dynamic economy.

“To do this we need to bring more private investment into our state. To entice private investors, you have to create opportunity around investment.

“Today there is no enticement under Liberal and Labor and the Greens have killed it stone dead.

“Over the last few decades we have seen this stifled by insecurity around our political climate with the Greens having stopped multiple projects such as Gordon below Franklin hydro, the pulp mills at Wesley Vale and the Tamar Valley, forestry and mining.

“These major road blocks have hit our state significantly and dried up the private investment that today should be seeing our state blossom in many new ways,’’ he said.

The United Australia Party is fielding outstanding candidates for the House of Representatives in Tasmania including café owner and Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame inductee Darren Winter (Franklin), champion Tasmanian racing driver Allan Roark (Bass), finance broker Mick Warne (Lyons) and hospitality business owner Karen Spaulding (Braddon).

Mr Morgan is joined on the senate ticket by respected educator David Williams.

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