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SPEECH Palmer United Party Official Launch 25 August 2013 At the official launch of the Palmer United Party, just thirteen days before the 2013 federal election, Clive Palmer addresses almost one thousand people with his plans for the nation. Among the audience were all the Palmer United Party candidates standing at the election, along with hundreds of supporters. Men and Women of Australia, We are a country known for its strength, among people known for their resilience, and we find our nation in need of both strength and resilience. The main issue facing Australians today is not which individual becomes prime minister, but what Australians can do to regain Australia’s status as a lucky country. This election has been devoid of ideas. Neither Abbott nor Rudd has offered any hope for Australia. Abbott wants to cut government expenditure and shrink the economy to the size of a pea. Rudd wants to join Abbott, and they both want to tax us to oblivion. They are both boring and neither Rudd nor Abbott will debate the critical issues facing Australia. Abbott and Rudd are too scared to tell the truth about the Australian economy. So they talk in clichés because they haven’t a solution. Abbott doesn’t know. That’s why he has photo opportunities instead of press conferences. Rudd doesn’t know. That’s why he lives with focus groups and pays more attention to his hair than the needs of the Australian people. They offer no hope for the future. They are devoid of ideas. Governments may rise and fall, prime ministers may come and go, but ideas go on forever. Australians want to know, and Australians need to know, how their life can get better; not in four years’ time but now, in our time. Australia must stimulate its economy. We have foreign and domestic demand. Foreign demand has evaporated because of the destruction of confidence under Labor and because of the excuses of Abbott and Rudd to increase our taxes. Domestic demand is at an all-time low. Interest rates are at 2.5 per cent not because of our economic demand, but because our economy is spiralling down and shrinking and people are holding onto their savings in fear. People are suffering in the Latrobe Valley in Victoria, in the Hunter region in New South Wales, at Elizabeth in South Australia, right throughout the states of Queensland and Western Australia and all through Tasmania. Australians have lost hope in the future. We have to re-establish confidence and lead the nation; not tomorrow but now. The past is gone. We are talking about a revolution. A revolution in the way we think, in the way we boost our wealth and economy for all our citizens. We have to re-establish confidence and lead the nation not tomorrow, but now. The past is gone. The future confronts us. The Treasury Paper in August 2013 projected company tax receipts for the year 2014 would exceed $70 billion. Instead of companies paying tax quarterly based on an estimate we need to let them pay it yearly on actual results. By keeping $70 billion dollars in enterprises’ hands Palmer United will create real demand, massive job growth, end unemployment, turbo-charge our economy, and by doing so wipe off deficits and make our economy stronger. This is because we know businesses can spend that $70 billion better than the government. The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 215


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