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Australians believe in ninety per cent of the same things. Let's concentrate on the ninety per cent of things we do believe in and who knows, maybe that ten per cent of things we have differences on will disappear? The government needs to create confidence, release money into the economy rather than hoard it and rather than borrow it, and stimulate the economy to have real industrial growth in jobs. Exactly the opposite of what they doing at the moment where they’re contracting economy, increasing the amount of revenue in the public sector and reducing the private sector. We need to create incentives not to be unemployed but to have a job and develop a career. For Australians who have a second job a Palmer United government will slash the current tax rate on that second job by fifty per cent. As I travel about Australia in every electorate I've been in people have approached me and said, “I just can't seem to get ahead, I have a second job but the taxation rate kills me; my wife said there's no point having it.” We've reached did very difficult situation in Australia if we’re going to allow that sort of thing to continue. The government must be as interested in wealth creation as it seems to be in wealth distribution and retribution. A Palmer government will use the resources from Western Australia and Queensland that we export to Asia at around a hundred dollars a tonne as a raw material, to encourage the establishment of downstream processing industries to produce final metal products like copper and nickel in states where jobs are scarce and enterprise is needed. In Tasmania, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia we've got to address unemployment in places like the Latrobe Valley in Victoria. And in Tasmania, where the unemployment rate has reached 7.5 per cent, and in Elizabeth where the manufacturing industry is declining and the car industry is leaving Australia. In country Queensland, in country New South Wales and right across Australia we need to address the problems of unemployment and we can do it by taking what we do well and doing it better. To sell a final product, not for a hundred dollars a tonne, but for twenty thousand dollars a tonne, will boost our exports, increase our balance of payments and provide a stronger revenue base. How can it be that Japan, a country with higher wages, higher employment costs, higher energy costs and the tyranny of distance, use our resources to fuel their economy? They’ve become the third largest economy in the world based on Australian resources while our people languish and suffer in unemployment, lack of enterprise and lack of spirit because we give away our resources we don't use some of them. It doesn't mean we shouldn’t still export our resources, but we should use those resources to do what we do better and grow our economy. Why can't we be as strong as the Japanese? Why can’t Australian workers be as efficient? I'm sure we can be. If we do that we'll have more money for schools and universities and our hospitals. Government services and revenue will grow and we can end a world record that we hold for the highest infant mortality rate in the world among Aboriginal unborn and newborn children; a rate that’s higher than Peru, a rate that’s higher than the depths of Africa, and yet we live in a developed country and we’re supposed to care about Australians regardless of the colour. We talk about reconciliation before we’ve ensured the basic rights of people to live and to prosper on equal basis across this continent. The government must protect the vulnerable not create more citizens of the state to foster, but more self-reliant citizens who can contribute to the nation in a degree of service, rather than of taking. The man to the land in our regions has become the forgotten Australian. We need to take 25 per cent of the wealth that's generated from a region to be reinvested in that region, not just for the people who live there, but for the nation itself. There can be no better track record than achievement for an area to show what they can contribute to the to the tax The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 211


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