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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Clive Palmer and Former Prime Minster of New Zealand Jenny Shipley, Former President of Latvia Veira Vike-Freiberga and former Prime Minister of Netherlands Wim Kok accountable to what was in the best interest of all Australians. At the Federal election, held just two months later, the Palmer United Party fielded 150 candidates for the House of Representatives and Senate teams in every state of Australia. In just two months we changed the direction of the country. In the 2013 Federal election, the swing was 7% and we received 5.49% of the national vote and our campaign was the most successful of all parties in 2013. At that 2013 election, I was elected to the House of Representatives with just over 50% of the vote in the seat of Fairfax and three Senators were elected to the Senate representing Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia. The Palmer United Party received 5.49% of the national vote in the House of representatives and became Australia's fourth largest political party. Palmer United received more votes than the National Party. If the Liberal Party had not received Palmer United’s preferences, Tony Abbott would not have been elected as Prime Minister. Campbell Newman lost the Queensland State election because Palmer United did not allocate preferences. Under the optional preferential system operating, our vote was evaporated, and Newman was defeated. The status quo of this country is threatened by any third-party political force in politics and will mobilise itself in many ways on both sides of politics—the Union movement, the Banks and the Public Service—to seek to destroy diversity and public debate in our political system. This is the real reason for unprecedented political attacks against me personally because of the stand that we took as a party against the 2014 budget. I, and our Senate voting positions have rarely been subject to proper recognition, including the contributions that the Palmer United Party has made to Australia. This book sets out the content of what the party did and puts the record straight. It is a sad fact that because of our real achievements, the centrally controlled media, controlled by the two party system, has refused to recognise the importance of our ideas for Australia. There are so many things that Australia could do to make the lives of the people that live here better. The average Australian family pays $20,000 per year in Superannuation, over $1 million in their working lives, but they cannot access the savings that they pay into superannuation to buy a home, to care for their children or to deal with some disaster, yet the fund managers make margins on their funds each year and the union delegates benefit from managing their funds in superannuation. We need to protect the savings of Australian families and make them available to them during their lifetime rather than when they are dead. Even before I had taken my seat in parliament, the then Prime Minister Abbott, in one of his first decisions in cabinet, adopted the Palmer United policy that we took to the 2013 election, to ban political lobbyists from holding office in the Liberal Party. Then, on behalf of the Palmer United Party, I introduced a bill to stop the Grain Corp takeover. Following the pressure generated by this, the then Treasurer, Joe Hockey, made the correct decision to stop the Grain Corp takeover. On 25 June 2014, I hosted the former Vice President of the United States, Mr Al Gore, in the Great Hall of Parliament, where I announced that Palmer United senators would vote to save the Climate Change Authority, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and ARENA, the Australian Renewable Energy Authority. If Palmer United had not saved them then, the Prime Minister could not have changed the government policy to support them in 2016. I also announced, against the wishes of the Abbott government, that Palmer United senators would vote in the Senate to abolish the Carbon Tax to ensure that the savings from the reduction of the tax would be passed on to consumers of The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia xvii


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