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Electricity prices are too high. Australian families are under increasing pressure. Australians will get refunds under the Palmer United government. In government we will set up a national commission to investigate the carbon issue and listen to the voice of the Australian people. We spend billions of dollars each year trying to deal with the illegal entry of people into Australia. Our navy is deployed at a great cost and does not now do what it should do, namely defend Australia. People are attracted to this country by many financial and other benefits that the government offers. Families of new arrivals are separated and kept in camps at the taxpayers’ expense and many people lose their lives, while people smugglers make a fortune. While all this is going on the Australian people continue to suffer. We need to change things. It is the Australian Government that creates the market for people smugglers to prosper. If a person seeking entry into Australia was allowed to board a plane for $800 to fly to one of our airports, such as Sydney or Brisbane, they wouldn’t need to pay the people smugglers up to $20,000 for illegal entry to Australia. Any person would require their valid passport to board the flight, so on arrival in Australia at the immigration hall we would know who they are and where they came from. At the airport we could have the facilities to deal with them. Each person or family could be given a fair hearing at the airport facilities when they arrive to determine if they have a lawful right of entry into Australia. If they don’t, they could be returned to where they came from on the next available flight. This would abolish the detention camps, restore our Navy to its traditional role, save the lives of children and families, keep families together and recognise the legitimate rights of those that have a lawful reason for entering Australia. This policy would also reduce the risk of breach in our quarantine laws and protect our agricultural industries. Only the Palmer United Party can stop the boats by taking away the financial incentive that started them coming to Australia in the first place. The billions of dollars saved by this policy can be spent productively to create a change for the people who deserve it – the people of Australia. The top six ministers in the Rudd Labor government have 181 years of work experience between them, but only 13 years in the private sector. If you take off the time they spent as lobbyists, lawyers and union officials, they only had two years’ experience between them. Two years’ experience to run a $1.5 trillion economy! Ninety-five per cent of Australians agree on all issues. Labor and the Liberals spend 100 per cent of their time arguing about the 5 per cent of things that Australians disagree on, causing divisions when Australia needs unity, causing disruption to our industries, when we need a joint effort. As a great man once said: “In the final analysis, we all are mortal, we all live on this one small planet, we all breathe the same air and we all want a good future for our children.” When the ANZACs went overseas they didn’t go overseas as members of the Liberal Party or as members of the Labor Party. They went as Australians. We need to put the idea of a class war behind us and unite the nation. My family has a strong commitment to Australia. My great uncle was killed in the World War I, five of my family served in World War II at Kokoda and Tobruk, and thereafter my nephew Squadron Leader Martin Brewster of the Australian Air Force served with the International Force for East Timor (INTERFET) and is standing for the electorate of Herbert in this election. All these people have done more than I could ever do for our nation. To raise the issues facing our great country, to stand with our party members at this important time in our nation’s history is a great honour. If you’re happy with all that’s been done now is enough, is sufficient, for you and your family – you should vote again for Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd. But if you believe, as I do, that this nation has the strength and potential to live out its heritage and fulfil the dreams of the ANZACs, to return Australia to being the lucky country it should be, you must give the Palmer United Party your support. We will lead this nation together and Australia will prevail. The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 219


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