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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Speech Clive Palmer's Speech Vice President Gore, Members of Parliament, Senators and friends, I would like to welcome Vice president Gore to Canberra and thank you for the productive discussions we have held today. My discussions enabled me to reconsider important issues facing all Australians and the rest of the world. Many would say that the USA was the looser by Vice President Gore not serving as president of the great republic. The world was the beneficiary of the courage and leadership that he has shown. History tells us it’s not the position that makes a good leader, it’s his actions, his examples, which others can follow. Others that may be less capable like me can see the light shining out of the darkness. Vice President Gore is a great leader and we are fortunate to have him here today. The world is constantly changing and our ability to adapt to change, to keep an open mind on issues that affect all of us is what really matters. It’s not the Labor way or the Liberal way but the right way that’s important for Australia and important for the world. True to our promises to the Australian people at the last election, Palmer United Senators will vote in the Senate to abolish the Carbon Tax. In doing so, Palmer United Senators will move an amendment, and the amendment will ensure that the removal of the carbon tax requires that all produces of energy in this country are required by law, not by choice to pass onto all consumers of energy the savings from the repeal of the Carbon Tax. I expect that all Senators from all parties will support this amendment. Action by our Senators will make Australian industries more competitive internationally and the lives of our people more manageable. The Carbon Tax is an arbitrary tax and it sets a price on Carbon at a level far above the international price for carbon. In so doing, it disadvantages Australians and that’s why it should be repealed. The Governments response to climate change is as the Prime Minister has outlined, to tackle the problem which he has acknowledged by direct action. Direct action is a waste of money at a time when families, pensioners, young Australian's, stay at home mums and single parents and our indigenous communities are facing unfair measures in the budget. To increase excise and indexation is not the answer. If New Zealand could join the international community, why can’t Australia? Australia acting alone cannot change the world and change the world we must. Not just for ourselves but for our children. Not just for them but for all the children of the world, not just for our time but for all time. For time waits for no man and the challenges that we face are not easy, but face them we must and face them we can together. Clive Palmer and Former US Vice President Al Gore in the great hall, parliament house Canberra. 12 The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia


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