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of talk about the GDP, it measures things such as the cost of ambulances which take the carnage from our roads, and every day in every state in this country and every small town, people live and die because the state of our roads and road safety. So, to have a party that's dedicated to changing all of that, the hundreds of Australians that are killed every year with road safety, is a very honourable thing. And when we looked at their policy, and they do have more policies than just four-wheel driving in national parks, and that’s one we'd support. They think some of the revenue Government takes from the motoring industry should go back into some of those roads so not so many people die. I don't know how many people in this room today have loved lost in road accidents, and they're very difficult things we want to push away. And it's very easy to make fun of someone, or a minority group, but it's a very serious question and we support absolutely the Motorists policies for better roads, for better safety, we support them in making our national parks available to four-wheel drives, because we think we've got to get more out of them, more into the economy. We can't just lock up the nation like the Greens have locked up Tasmania. You know, Tasmania used to generate a billion dollars more revenue for the Commonwealth, and now it's a debit situation, because half the state is locked up, can't be visited, can't be developed, and we know it's one of our most beautiful areas in the country but none of our tourists can go there and enjoy it. What a crazy idea that is, really that Australians can't enjoy their own country. So, they're the policies we support and we think road safety is very important. There's another question if we look at some of the registration of vehicles in this country, we see that the importation limits Australian design standards which are often inferior to German and European design standards, why should Australians have to drive inferior cars? Why can't we increase our manufacturing industry to be able to be competitive internationally, increase our engineering? You know, that's what I say. Julia Gillard said we had to close Ford down because it produced 40,000 units, the same time Toyota produces 90,000, Holden produces 90,000, she said we had to have a plant that could compete in China, to produce 220,000 units a year. But if you take Ford, Toyota and Holden together, they can produce 220,000 units and they can be productive. Why don't we do that rather than giving them subsidies? Why don't we make them put Commonwealth money into getting them competitive and lift our engineering standards so we can compete internationally. That's what we should be doing. COMPERE: Next questions from Jessica Marszalek. JESSICA MARSZALEK: Jessica Marszalek of the Herald Sun. You talked in your speech and in questions about hoping to run candidates in the Victorian election. I'm just wondering if you can talk about whether you hope some of the people who stood in the federal election will come back? There were a couple of high profile ex-sportsmen who ran for you. CLIVE PALMER: Well, we think that they're interested in running in Victoria, according to them. You'd have to ask them, but if we open it for endorsement, we'll seek endorsement from all party members. But certainly Barry Michaels and Doug Hawkins are very keen to support the party, and continue to support it, if they're the ones you're talking about. But there are a lot of people and a lot of members in Victoria that want to participate in elections in the future and want to be involved. I mean, it's very possible, based on our polling, that we can win the balance of power in Tasmania, and also in Victoria. So that's what we're looking at. JESSICA MARSZALEK: Are you looking to run candidates in all lower house seats in Victoria at this stage? CLIVE PALMER: Well, I'm not sure because it will be up to the local organisation, but they've approached us to work together to develop that and we've had a lot of support in that area. COMPERE: Next question from Colin Bettles. COLIN BETTLES: Colin Bettles, Fairfax Agricultural Media. Mr Palmer, congratulations on your talk about fresh ideas and injecting that into parliament. You talk about being bigger than the National Party based on voting at the last election, why should people in regional Australia vote for the Palmer United Party ahead of say the Nats who are 228 The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia


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