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Speech Clive Palmer's speech for the Chamber of Commerce in Brisbane 1 March 2015 Speaker Palmer, Clive, MP Hello Everybody, I am certainly sorry that I am not there today, firstly I would like to apology that I am not there with you today it is a great disappointment. That in this important time in our States history indeed the history of this nation I cannot share with you my personal view as a citizen. You know we meet today in a city known for its strength among people known for their resilience and we find our self in need of both strength and resilience. Our main concern needs to rest how we can grow and expand our economy, create more wealth not wealth for the wealthy by for all even the least among us. As a wise man once said injustice to a man anywhere is injustice to a man everywhere We live in a nation where the roads are no longer safe, where Ambulances remove the carnage from our roads, where the infant mortality rate of our indigenous people is twice that of the Australian community. With the life expectancy with many of our poorer and down trodden citizens is less than it should be. Where health service is declining, where elderly and veterans are forgotten. With a tyranny of distance separates the hopes and aspirations of remote Australians. Where the despair and the homeless and unemployed robs the nation of productive of our citizens. Business is what is most important. Confidence is low and our economy in Queensland is suppressed by low levels of domestic demand and commercial activity, this is self-evident to all of us by the increasing office vacancies not only in Brisbane but in every regional center in the state. Tourism is suppressed, domestic demands has fallen and will fall to an all-time low in the coming months. If the Australian Government doesn’t change its policies, our economy will continue to decline. Domestic demand is driven by the money supply and the confidence of the community in the future. Resource Projects are at an all-time low and will continue for the remainder of the year. In Queensland, major projects such as the development of the Galilee Coal basin cannot proceed because of the low price of thermal coal. The last LNP Government of Queensland squandered repeated opportunists for the development of the Galilee basin when coal prices were higher. In the case of Waratah Coal, which I was the Chairmen, an investment of over $10.5 Billion was rejected in favour for providing financial support from the taxpayer to Indian companies and despite the fact, that 3 years has passed nothing has happened. Consequently Brisbane and Queensland suffered. Unemployment has continued to rise and capital investment declined. The New Queensland government can make a difference, in having a level playing field for all proponents for all projects, if they are all treated equally regardless of political considerations the government’s role should be not to pick winners. Most of the politicians of all political parties don’t have the competence to ensure there is an open and fair process to ensure that development of major projects, which have the potential to provide long term benefits to the state and secure long term prosperity we long for as Queenslanders. Government cannot provide enterprise and the ideas necessary to drive the Queensland economy that must come 248 The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia


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