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By abolishing the mining tax a Palmer government will make Australia a better place to invest and let the world know that we don't punish success and that we encourage investment. Abolishing the carbon tax and the mining tax will make every job in our economy much more secure. A Palmer government will deliver tax cuts through saving measures. There's so much money that can be saved, even procurement for our defence forces, it's unbelievable. Billions of dollars are being wasted every day by people who don't care about this country or care about the role they play. A Palmer government will outlaw lobbyists, implementing a legal requirement that former ministers from all sides of politics will need to have left parliament for a minimum of ten years before they could be employed in any lobbying activity or for a lobbying institution. It will eliminate the ability for lobbyists to be members of Australian registered political parties and the Australian government will learn to do more with what it has, rather than to seek every time a solution to increase the taxes on the men and women who live in this country. Moreover, the budget stands as an example of everything that's wrong with this government and with this country. We need to change our processes and how we approach things. If we don't those processes will change us and it will destroy our standard of living; destroy our values as Australians. This is a call to action for every Australian wherever they live to do more. To do more, not less. To give yourself and your nation a secure future, and in the final analysis, an awareness that we only have ourselves to rely on. Be determined to protect all that we hold dear. Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard are a product of that process. For thirty years they've been in parliament and for thirty years they've done nothing to enhance the value of this nation and not even held a job. The government and the budget, from one side or the other over the last twenty years, leads nowhere. They don't have a point of view; they know not where they’re going to; they’re real nowhere men. A wise man once said, and what a wise man would say about Australia, is that ‘for too long and for too much time we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values to the mere accumulation of material things’. Our gross national product, if we should judge Australia by that, counts air pollution, cigarette advertising, the ambulances to clear the highways of carnage, it counts the special locks on doors in jails for those who break into them. It counts the destruction of our native gums and the loss of natural wonder for chaotic sprawl. It counts guns and weapons of war, the cost of our armies and navies and our air force, the cost of armoured cars for police to fight crime on our streets. It counts the cost of poison and the cost of illness, and the cost of dying, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell more toys to children. Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry, the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity our public officials. It measures neither our wit, our wisdom, our courage, nor our learning. Neither our compassion or our devotion to our country. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worth living and it tells us everything about Australia, except why we're proud to be Australian. We think we can make a change and that's why we’re standing at this election. I'm sure we’ll make a difference. Thanks very much. The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 213


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