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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Palmer United supported changes to pensions for all veterans and ex-service men and women over the age of 55. Palmer United initiated by agreement with the government, the opposition and others for parliamentary inquiries. One into Trade Investment and Growth, one into the Australia Fund, one into the Queensland Government and another into a National Integrity Commission (Federal ICAC). Palmer United acted through me to introduce a bill in respect of the foreign death penalty. We have protected maritime workers' jobs, and our votes in the Senate were crucial in keeping Qantas Australian-owned. We stopped changes to the income tax threshold and the extension of the pension age to 70. We saved jobs in the Australian offshore gas industry—you can look at the voting record on that in the Senate. Palmer United successfully voted against slashing university research grants. Palmer United votes abolished the Mining Tax and made Australia more competitive. Earlier this year I delivered a speech on gender equality, and I asked the Prime Minister two questions pointing out that there needed to be a minimum of 40% minority gender on all Commonwealth bodies. On 8 March 2016, the Minister for Employment, Senator Cash, announced that the government would commit to increasing the target to 50% representation across all Australian government boards, with a minimum of 40% on each board, implementing Palmer United's policy. You do not always need the numbers. Good ideas will be recognised by those around you. With others, it is real recognition. Time remains one of the most important things we have. It does not matter how much money you have. We are all prisoners in time. That is why our nation needs to respect all those who serve in Parliament. They give up part of their lives for our country. This is your time, whoever you are and wherever you are. This is your opportunity now and tomorrow. Do not be dragged down by the past. Do not be held back by the judgement of other people. The Bible tells us that we should not sit in judgement of others. Do not judge others as we have our own race to run, I believe life is full of opportunities. I would like to thank my daughters, Mary, Lucy and Emily, and my son, Michael, who are an inspiration in my life. I feel that with the love and support of my wife, Anna, and the example set by my first wife, Sue, I can contribute further to our great country. We all can. Public service is not just about parliamentary or government service; there are thousands of Australians serving our country all over Australia. I hope I can go on serving our country in the future. Courage remains one of the important things that I most admire in life. We need to have courage to let go and to move on. I have the courage to leave the House of Representatives, satisfied with what Palmer United has done, and knowing that it would be a different Australia if we had not stopped the 2014 budget and the Newman government in Queensland. We need to praise the incorruptibility of our public officials, the integrity of our marriages and the worth of our people. It is ideas that matter. Whilst governments may come and go, it’s ideas that go on forever. It is ideas that will shape this nation; it is ideas through time, when we are gone and forgotten, in history, in commerce and in politics, that capture the consciousness of the nation and will endure. It is ideas that endure when all else is gone. We need to unite this nation we serve and we love, to discover our future, to share our trials and tribulations, to overcome adversity and to pull together for the common good under the Southern Cross. As a wise man once said: "On earth, God's work must truly be our own." Clive F Palmer Member for Fairfax Leader Palmer United Party The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia xix


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