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as much as he should be, that he couldn't do more, and his talent's not fully deployed. And the same is true in our industries right across the board in this country. We've got to look at those sort of things and how we can do things better. And we've got to offer hope to people to increase their lot, to get a better economy, because together as a nation, if we all do the best we can, we can achieve a lot. That's what I think. COMPERE: Next question from Michelle Grattan. MICHELLE GRATTAN: Michelle Grattan from The Conversation. Mr Palmer, could you give us some more details about the polling that you mentioned, who did it, how many people, what time span and so on? And secondly, there are a number of state elections coming up, could you tell us your plans on the Tasmanian election, South Australian election, and then the year after all that, the Victorian election? Are you putting operations into train to seriously contest those elections? CLIVE PALMER: Well, I'm a bit worried about that question Michelle because you want all the news in one day. We've got to save something or you won't ask me back, you know. With our polling, I think that was the first one, Steve, wasn't it, yeah. We've got groups in different states in the party that we've utilised to conduct a lot of our polling. We've got a couple of pollsters on our team in the party in Brisbane, and we've designed the polls pretty similar to the Galaxy format, I guess you could say, and then they go out and do them. We did a poll in the last week of the election, and we saw our vote moving up two per cent a day based on our message getting out there, and that was fairly reliable. They predicted we'd get 5.6 per cent nationally, we ended up with 5.5. So, the consistent thing that comes through all the polls is that a lot of people didn't think we'd do any good, right, and they thought some of our ideas were good, but they didn't think they were justified voting for us, because if we wouldn't do any good we couldn't do anything. Now they've seen that we've got senators elected, that we could hold the balance of power, that we've actually won a House of Representatives seat in our first outing after eight weeks, they've got hope. They that it’s worthwhile voting for us. Now, on the state elections, which was your second point, I think there'll be an announcement later on from our party in Tasmania that they're looking very seriously at contesting the Tasmanian elections. And I think - but it's a decision for them, it's not a decision for me to do, and they've got to make sure that they've got the right candidate for Premier, which I - it looks as though they have, and now we've got to wait and see what happens there. In the case of South Australia, we're too late to register the party there. They require, I think, a 12-month period or something of registration. But I'm sure we'll be standing a candidate there as an Independent for the Palmer United Party. We've talked to that organisation, and our organisation in Victoria wants to stand in the Victorian elections, too, right. Beyond that we haven't done too much. Although, I would say, in the polling we did in the Queensland electorate we found that our vote had gone from about 11.8 per cent to around 19.6. So, there'd been a consistent increase in the vote based on us getting elected, I think. COMPERE: We'll move on, the next question's from Andrew Probyn. ANDREW PROBYN: Mr Palmer, Andrew Probyn from the West Australian. Thanks for your presumed interest in giving us good copy for the next three years and may you help sell many newspapers. CLIVE PALMER: Hopefully we keep newspapers alive. ANDREW PROBYN: Look, on WA and the Senate election that's going to be repeated, you've said in the past, in fact the past few days, to one of my colleagues that you support WA getting a greater share of GST. CLIVE PALMER: Sure, yeah. ANDREW PROBYN: Now, how do you propose that be done, given that if the great State of WA gets more GST then other The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 225


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