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THe Last Sentry at the Gate 1

Introduction Clive Palmer has long held the view that public service is about serving the public; he noted that history is the only reward if we want to serve the citizens of our country and claim a better future for our children. He stated democracy is about diversity, ideas and differences and reconciliation of man to the differences we face every day, so that men and women can be as they were meant to be; free and independent. This was the backdrop for him when he decided eight weeks before the 2013 Federal Election to found the Palmer United Party and to stand candidates in every seat in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Initially, the party was launched with the name United Australia Party, reflecting some of the heritage of a once great political party, which was abandoned by former Prime Minister Menzies in 1945. Regrettably, the party was unable to formally re-register the United Australia Party name prior to the 2013 election, so it was decided by the executive to take on its new name, Palmer United Party. The 2013 Federal Election saw Palmer United Party receive 5.6% of the national vote, making it the 4th largest political party by votes in Australia. The party was successful in securing Senators in Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia, whilst Clive Palmer was elected to the House of Representatives in the Queensland electorate of Fairfax, with a swing of 50.03% of the vote, one of the largest swings in Australia’s political history. The following account highlights many of the great policy achievements this party made in its service to the Australian people. Clive Palmer at the National Campaign Launch in Coolum The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 1


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