Leader of the Palmer United Party and federal Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, announced in Brisbane today that the Palmer United Party would contest all seats in the next federal election.
At the last federal election, the party received approximately 5.6% of the vote when media polls said it would receive 1%. Currently media are reporting from their polls after the Greens that 12% remains as undecided. As there are no other parties standing in all House of Representatives seats, the Palmer United Party is well placed for these votes.
Mr Palmer said votes towards the Palmer United Party would decide the outcome of the next election.
“The Palmer United Party will “keep the bastards honest”,” he said.
“The government’s proposed voting reform to number three squares above the line on the ballot paper is an attempt to destroy our democracy.
“The Standing Committee on Electoral Matters does not include any of the Independent House of Representatives or Senate Members.
“This is a blatant attempt by the Greens and the Coalition to undermine and limit Australians’ freedom of choice.
“It will disenfranchise Australians and establish Eastern Bloc and communist type tendencies, where choices are limited and the people of this country are dictated to by the government.
“The tampering of the system is acting for an improper purpose.
“The Greens seek to destroy the freedom of democracy that so many Australians have gone to war to protect. We must put a stop to it and do all we can to preserve the present system.”