Media release

United Australia Party celebrates 90th Anniversary

The United Australia Party has reached a major milestone, celebrating 90 years since forming the government of Australia, chairman Clive Palmer announced today.

“We are very pleased to announce that we are officially celebrating 90 years since this great party first held government under our inaugural Prime Minister, Joseph Lyons,” Mr Palmer said.

“We are also commemorating other United Australia Party leaders who were Prime Ministers of Australia in Billy Hughes and Sir Robert Menzies.”

The United Australia Party secured a landslide victory in the 1931 Federal Election, with Lyons being appointed the 10th Prime Minister of Australia in January 1932.

The party would be reelected at the 1934 and 1937 Federal Elections, and see two more United Australia Party leaders in Sir Robert Menzies and Billy Hughes become Prime Minister.

“Today, the United Australia Party is once again a major force in federal politics. We have grown into Australia’s largest political party and the only party standing in all 151 seats in the House of Representatives at the next election,” Mr Palmer said.

“The United Australia Party saved Australia from the depression and now we are in a position to save it again under our new leader Craig Kelly.

“The United Australia Party’s is now fully focused on seeing Craig Kelly elected as Prime Minister and having as many of our candidates elected to parliament as possible.

“It’s quite amazing, after 90 years, that our leader and member for Hughes will be running for re-election in the seat that bears the name of one of our former leaders in Billy Hughes.

“We also have many descendants of our former leaders who are continuing the legacy today as proud members of the United Australia Party.

“We thank all our members and supporters for getting behind the United Australia Party.  We have a strong resolve not to let them down,” Mr Palmer said.