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I thought: “She’s a smart woman.” Michael turned around and said: “You’re right. I don’t know anything. I am only 19; but I have a strong commitment and will do all I can for all the people of Nudgee. Do you want someone who knows everything? Tells you what to do? Or do you want someone that listens and has a strong commitment to work with you and do the right thing to satisfy the need of the community. The woman went on to become his campaign manager and he got a swing of 4%. On the way home I said where did you get that from? He said Ted Kennedy. He believes in listening to the needs of people rather than tell them what to do.” I thought about that. Listening is the most important thing in serving people. It’s not individuals or personalities that are important. It’s not demeaning comments about those who have merely offered to serve. The challenge is what we can do to make life better for all of us. At the last election the Palmer United Party won 5.5 per cent of the vote, becoming Australia’s fourth largest party. The Prime Minister became Prime Minister because the Coalition received Palmer United preferences. Palmer United outpolled the Nationals. Palmer United had one member elected in the House of Representatives and three Senators. The Palmer United Party and the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party will hold the balance of power in the Senate from July. In my seat of Fairfax, Palmer United received one of the largest swings in the nation’s history of 50.03 per cent. The entrenchment of the two party system in this country not only threatens democracy, it destroys the creativity of the nation, it robs from all of us the benefit of each other’s ideas and innovation. The forward estimates for August 2013 projected provisional tax receipts for 2014 would exceed $70 billion. Instead of companies paying tax quarterly in advance based on an estimate we need to let them pay it yearly on companies and businesses’ actual results. If we keep $70 billion in enterprises’ hands they can spend it better than the Government. Australia will create real demand, massive job growth, reduce unemployment and turbo charge our economy. If $70 billion is spent by individual taxpayers the Government receives 10 per cent GST. The Government receives $7 billion every time it’s spent by our citizens. If it turns over 3 times in a year, the Government gets an extra $21 billion. The Government will receive the $70 billion at the end of each year. This means more hospitals, schools and a rising living standard. Increased wealth and revenue means we can make Australians’ life better. At a current interest rate it will cost around $800 million a year but generate billions of dollars each year for the nation. We must stimulate domestic demand. The Australian Government is the top petitioner of bankruptcy and company liquidations. As a result of business closures employees lose their jobs. We lose group tax, company tax, exports and GST. Stop Government driving business to the wall. Let’s keep people employed. Transferring people from gainful employment to unemployment just guarantees misery. Let’s find a better way, such as Chapter 11 in the United States. We need to keep enterprises going. The loss of only one year’s income due to unemployment is more than the total cost of five years education through high school. To neglect education performance is not only bad policy, it is bad economics. Australia’s future, security and freedoms need to be maintained by the friendship we have with the United States, they need to stand firm against the enemies of men, tyranny, poverty and totalitarianism. This nation has the strength and the potential to live out its heritage, to fulfil the dreams of the Anzacs, to return Australia to a lucky country, to restore our economy, to reclaim our national heritage. It’s our responsibility to be, as a great man once said, the last sentry at the gate in this nation to protect the rights and freedoms of all our citizens. The United States stand as the last sentry at the gate of freedom for the whole world. Australia needs a revolution in the way we think, in the way we boost our wealth and economy for all our citizens. 254 The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia


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