The federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, says he’s delighted the party’s application for registration in Victoria has been approved by the Victorian Electoral Commission.
Mr Palmer said applications would now be sought from prospective candidates for both the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council, with the election scheduled to be held by November 29, 2014.
“The Palmer United Party is gaining support around Australia with voters disenchanted by the major party duopoly,” he said.
“We now hold the balance of power in the Senate where our three Palmer United Party senators-elect Glenn Lazarus, Jacqui Lambie and Dio Wang will be supported by Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party senator-elect Ricky Muir from Victoria.
“The Palmer United Party is looking forward to taking on the major parties in Victoria, where the incumbent Liberal/National Party minority government is in constant turmoil.
“Since the federal election last year, we have gone from strength to strength and doubled our vote in the re-run of the Senate election in Western Australia.
“Australians are sick of the major parties and are clearly warming to the Palmer United Party alternative.”
Mr Palmer said the Palmer United Party wants to make a difference for Victoria, particularly in regions such as the Latrobe Valley, where the jobless rate has exploded.
“In many respects, Victoria has been forgotten by the major parties and the state is facing an economic crisis with the pending closure of the two Ford Australia plants,” he said.
“As a Victorian-born Australian I will ensure the Palmer United Party rectifies that situation and provides much needed leadership.”