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SPEECH 2013 Federal Budget Reply Speech 15 May 2013 Just days after forming the Palmer United Party and declaring his intention to stand candidates in all 150 House of Representative seats for the federal election later that year, Clive Palmer delivered his response to Julia Gillard government’s budget announcement. Good morning everybody, thanks for coming. This is an opportunity for us to respond to the budget that was released last night and a time to reflect on the budget and the budget process more importantly. You know chaos in society is a time of opportunity, but only if we seize that opportunity and seize the moment. The budget in 2013 reflects chaos in government, the community and the future. Those of us who are living in the present are stealing the future from our children. It's time we changed things. Every year we have a budget speech in Canberra. It is not a speech framed by those people we elect to parliament, it just it's a speech framed by the bureaucrats in Canberra. They're the ones who set the agenda for the nation. We need to elect people to government to take control of the government, people who are not controlled by the government and not controlled by the government machine itself. Otherwise, they’re not responding to the real agenda that should be addressing in the nation. Australia can be strong but only if we exercise proper management control; management control over the budget agenda we set. We need to get more from the money we spend now. There's been an overwhelming concern in the budget by Gillard, and indeed by Abbott and Swan, in respect of revenue, about the decline in government revenue. That's why Abbott, Swan and Gillard support an increase in tax levies, an increase in corporate tax so that you pay. Increases in taxes will only shrink the amount of money available in the private sector which creates the wealth for the economy, so the pie I will get smaller and we lose the base of Australia’s wealth. Australia is over-reliant on taxation as a source of government revenue. The measures announced in the federal budget confirm we are still slowly moving to the edge of fiscal cliff. Imbalances appear to be chronic and our standard of living is at risk. It’s time to review the government revenue streams with a bipartisan approach to budgeting and seeing how the nation should function. It’s time for genuine tax reform and to reinstate Australia’s financial future. A Palmer United government will reduce taxes; reduce income taxes to release more monies for families in Australia and bring real management to government activities for the first time in a century. Everyone knows that when they tender for government contracts they add 150 per cent to the price of the tender; fifty per cent to pay the government's tax, and a hundred per cent because it is the government. But who pays? You and I. If we pay normal amounts we don't need so much revenue. The concentration of revenue in overpriced costs and projects you can see right around this country and neither the government nor the opposition have got any idea how to grow the economy. 208 The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia


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