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We should not accept defeat by just cutting and slashing, lest the reaper reap more than he can sow. Borrowing to avoid the problem and put off the day is not the real solution. We need in this place and at this time to set a national agenda for growth; a goal for all of us. When the day comes, and it most surely will, when citizens elected by the people take proper and full responsibility for the welfare of their fellow citizens and when we treat other Australians as we would want them to treat us, then we can surely know that we do God’s will. Public service has no reward other than the service of others. It is the legacy we leave future generations. History is our real judge. Let us work together not as opponents in this place but as colleagues joined by time and space to serve the nation we love. Australians have lost hope in the future. Change is certain. Success reflects our ability to adapt to that change. It is not individuals’ personalities that are important. It is not demeaning comments about those who sit opposite you that are important. After all, all of us in this place have merely offered our lives to serve and the challenge is really what we can do to make life better for our fellow Australians. At the last election, the Palmer United Party won 5.5% of the vote, becoming Australia’s fourth largest party. The Prime Minister only became Prime Minister because the coalition received the Palmer preferences. Palmer United outpolled the National Party. Palmer United elected one member, me, to the House of Representatives and three senators, only to find our last senator denied his position in the Senate by the AEC losing the ballot boxes in Western Australia. Palmer United and the motorists will hold the balance of power in the Senate. In Western Australia our polling is showing that we can win two senators if an election is held today. In Fairfax, Palmer United received one of the largest swings in the nation’s history, of 50.3%. That is why I am here. How long can government be deaf to the everyday struggles of all Australians? They must be top of the national agenda Confidence is low. Our standard of living has declined. We must use our resources better. We are not prisoners to the world economy, helplessly adrift in a sea of despair. Our problems have been made by Australians and can be solved by Australians. We should not accept defeat by just cutting and slashing, lest the reaper reap more than he can sow. Borrowing to avoid the problem and put off the day is not the real solution. We need in this place and at this time to set a national agenda for growth; a goal for all of us. When the day comes, and it most surely will, when citizens elected by the people take proper and full responsibility for the welfare of their fellow citizens and when we treat other Australians as we would want them to treat us, then we can surely know that we do God’s will. Public service has no reward other than the service of others. It is the legacy we leave future generations. History is our real judge. Let us work together not as opponents in this place but as colleagues joined by time and space to serve the nation we love. Australians have lost hope in the future. Change is certain. Success reflects our ability to adapt to that change. It is not individuals’ personalities that are important. It is not demeaning comments about those who sit opposite you that are important. After all, all of us in this place have merely offered our lives to serve and the challenge is really what we can do to make life better for our fellow Australians. At the last election, the Palmer United Party won 5.5% of the vote, becoming Australia’s fourth largest party. The Prime Minister only became Prime Minister because the coalition received the Palmer preferences. Palmer United outpolled the National Party. Palmer United elected one member, me, to the House of Representatives and three senators, only to find our last senator denied his position in the Senate by the AEC losing the ballot boxes in Western Australia. Palmer United and the motorists will hold the balance of power in the Senate. In Western Australia our polling is showing that we can win two senators if an election is held today. In Fairfax, Palmer United received one of the largest swings in the nation’s history, of 50.3%. That is why I am here. The Murdoch Newspoll showed ‘others’ as being 12.4% recently, but they did not list Palmer United. I think we must be in the ‘others’. Our recent polling has shown we are now polling at about 10% of the nation, nearly twice as much as the vote we received at the last election. Many Australians believed that a vote for Palmer was a wasted vote. Now our party vote has solidified. I want to thank all the 150 candidates who stood in every seat available in the House of Representatives, our Senate teams and our party members in every state and every territory. Political courage is one of the rarest commodities and in Queensland our state leader, Dr Alex Douglas, and his deputy, Carl Judge, defend freedom and the rights of individuals before a difficult parliament and in an impossible situation. They are putting the rights of Australians and principle before political expediency, a lesson we can all learn. The entrenchment of the two-party system in this country not only threatens democracy but destroys the creativity of the nation. It robs from all of us the benefit of each other’s ideas and innovations. The forward estimates in August 2013 projected provisional tax receipts for 2014 would exceed $70 billion. Instead of making our companies and businesses pay this tax quarterly in advance based on an estimate, we need to let them pay it yearly based on what they actually earn. If we keep $70 billion in enterprises’ hands then they can spend it better than the government. Australia will create real demand, massive job growth and reduced unemployment. We will turbo-charge our How long can government be deaf to the everyday struggles of all Australians? They must be top of the national agenda The Murdoch Newspoll showed ‘others’ as being 12.4% recently, but they did not list Palmer United. I think we must be in the ‘others’. Our recent polling has shown we are now polling at about 10% of the nation, nearly twice as much as the vote we received at the last election. Many Australians believed that a vote for Palmer was a wasted vote. Now our party vote has solidified. I want to thank all the 150 candidates who stood in every seat available in the House of Representatives, our Senate teams and our party members in every state and every territory. Political courage is one of the rarest commodities and in Queensland our state leader, Dr Alex Douglas, and his deputy, Carl Judge, defend freedom and the rights of individuals before a difficult parliament and in an impossible situation. They are putting the rights of Australians and principle before political expediency, a lesson we can all learn. The entrenchment of the two-party system in this country not only threatens democracy but destroys the creativity of the nation. It robs from all of us the benefit of each other’s ideas and innovations. The forward estimates in August 2013 projected provisional tax receipts for 2014 would exceed $70 billion. Instead of making our companies and businesses pay this tax quarterly in advance based on an estimate, we need to let them pay it yearly based on what they actually earn. If we keep $70 billion in enterprises’ hands then they can spend it better than the government. Australia will create real demand, massive job growth and reduced unemployment. We will turbo-charge our economy. If $70 billion is spent by individual taxpayers, the government gets 10 per cent GST. The government gets $7 billion every time Delivering a speech in the House now members of the World Leadershp Alliance 20 In Coolum with former New Zealand Prime Minister Jenny Shipley and 10 other heads of state who are Dinner in New York with my wife Anna and former US President Bill Clinton 52 The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia


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