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average earnings of $50,000 a year and will be paid for a six month period. Abbot seeks to put different values on Australian babies and women. There has never been in Australia’s history a more discriminatory policy than Abbott’s policy on paid parental leave. Under Abbott’s policy, for example, a Liberal lawyer on $150,000 annual income would get paid at that rate, while a working woman on approximately $30,000 a year would get paid at the latter rate. We need social mobility in Australia, not measures by government that seek to entrench the class war forever. As Robert Kennedy once said: “An injustice to one man anywhere is an injustice to all men everywhere.” Australia has the highest rate of infant mortality in the world among our Indigenous population. Australian Clive Palmer and Senator Dio Wang children are dying faster than children in Africa, Asia and South America. No society, at any time in history of man places a higher value than the value of a child’s life. But Labor and the Liberals are happy to do nothing while Australian children die. They say that they care but they don’t. If they did care about you, if they did care about your mother and father, they would do something to stop Australian children dying. If Palmer United wins this election, or if we form part of a government, it will be our first priority to stop Australian children from dying. Australia’s debt increases by $3,000,000,000 each week. That’s $30 billion in the last 10 weeks. The Australian government is the main petitioner of bankruptcy and company liquidations. As a result of business closures employees lose their jobs. The government then loses group tax, company tax and, in many cases, exports and GST, as a result services in education and health have to be cut to protect the revenue. If the government stopped driving business to the wall this wouldn’t happen. We will restructure the system to keep business going and to keep people employed productively. To transfer people from gainful employment to unemployment just guarantees misery for families and the elderly in our community as government services break down and Australia heads towards a catastrophe. We need to provide more funding for education in Australia. A free nation can rise no higher than the standard of excellence set in the schools and colleges. Ignorance and illiteracy, unskilled workers and school drop-outs are failures of our education system in the past and bred failures in our social and economic systems, delinquency, unemployment and chronic dependency. This is a waste of human resources, a loss of productive power and purchasing power and an increase in tax supported benefits. The loss of only one year’s income due to unemployment is more than the total cost of 12 years of education through high school. Failure to improve education performance is not only poor social policy, it is poor economics. At the start of the last century only 10 per cent of our adults had a high school or a university education. Today such education has become a requirement for an increasing number of jobs. Palmer United will inject an extra $20 billion into the education system in our first three years in Government. It’s time to invest in ourselves because if we don’t have confidence in ourselves who will have confidence in us? We must educate our children as our most valuable resource. We must make it possible for those with talent to go to university, but only if those who are educated can find a job after graduating from university. That’s why our ability to compete internationally and to expand our exports is so important. Our Universities must be given incentives to compete internationally. They were once one of Australia’s key exports. And they can be again. The security of our nation is of paramount importance. Our armed forces’ prime responsibility must be to protect Australia and to be a reliable ally. We need a stable world to expand our exports and to be a reliable member of the The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 217


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