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it is spent by our citizens, and the government will receive the $70 billion at the end of each year. More hospitals and schools, a rising standard of living and increased wealth and revenue mean we can make Australians’ lives better. At current interest rates it would cost around $800 million a year, but it will generate billions each year for the nation. We have to stimulate domestic demand. The government is the top petitioner of bankruptcy and liquidations, and as a result our businesses close, our employees lose their jobs and we lose out as a nation. We lose group tax, company tax, exports, GST and jobs. Stop government driving businesses to the wall. Let people stay employed. Transferring people from gainful employment to unemployment just guarantees misery for all of us. Find a better way, such as Chapter 11 in the United States. The US Government do not petition bankruptcies; they stimulate the economy. The loss of one year’s income due to unemployment is more than it costs for five years of education at high school. To neglect education performance is not only bad policy but bad economics. Our Army, Navy and Air Force personnel protect and defend us all. We must link all service pensions to male total average earnings and expand gold card benefits to peacekeepers and to spouses of our very brave veterans. We need to support regional Australia by introducing zonal taxation. Regional areas need doctors and professionals to grow. Regional industries benefit all of Australia. We have to end this discrimination over regional industries and allow them to compete in international markets. If Australians are satisfied that what their government is doing now is adequate for Australia and our future, Australians can accept their lot. But if, as I do, they see Australia’s future as doing more than we have done so far - expanding our economy, not cutting and not borrowing but looking to grow the nation that we love - the government should give everyone the support to have an agenda of growth and enterprise for this nation. The nation has the strength and the potential to live out its heritage and to fulfil the dreams of the Anzacs, to turn Australia into the lucky country, to restore our economy and to reclaim our national heritage. Many people say they care but they really do not. Parliament should be about the needs of others, but sometimes it is not. In Queensland, the Mulga is dying. Drought and flood have combined to wreak havoc on families of that region. How can we not act? How can we complain about animal welfare overseas when we let thousands of cattle die a slow and painful death? How can we let Australian families suffer? Are we so indifferent to the needs of our fellow Australians? It is our responsibility in this place to be the last sentry at the gate to protect the rights and freedoms of all Australians, regardless of the party they belong to. Australia needs a revolution in the way we think and in the way we boost our wealth and our economy for the benefit of all our citizens. We have to re-establish economy. If $70 billion is spent by individual taxpayers, the government gets 10 per cent GST. The government gets $7 billion every time it is spent by our citizens, and the government will receive the $70 billion at the end of each year. More hospitals and schools, a rising standard of living and increased wealth and revenue mean we can make Australians’ lives better. At current interest rates it would cost around $800 million a year, but it will generate billions each year for the nation. We have to stimulate domestic demand. The government is the top petitioner of bankruptcy and liquidations, and as a result our businesses close, our employees lose their jobs and we lose out as a nation. We lose group tax, company tax, exports, GST and jobs. Stop government driving businesses to the wall. Let people stay employed. Transferring people from gainful employment to unemployment just guarantees misery for all of us. Find a better way, such as Chapter 11 in the United States. The US Government do not petition bankruptcies; they stimulate the economy. The loss of one year’s income due to unemployment is more than it costs for five years of education at high school. To neglect education performance is not only bad policy but bad economics. Our Army, Navy and Air Force personnel protect and defend us all. We must link all service pensions to male total average earnings and expand gold card benefits to peacekeepers and to spouses of our very brave veterans. We need to support regional Australia by introducing zonal taxation. Regional areas need doctors and professionals to grow. Regional industries benefit all of Australia. We have to end this discrimination over regional industries and confidence.allow them We to need compete to believe in international we can markets. lift If Australians are satisfied that what their government is doing our now economy is adequate to a better for Australia future. and We our need future,to have Australians a can accept their lot. But if, as I do, they see Australia’s future positive as doing attitude.more than We may we have not get done there,so far but - expanding nothing is our economy, not cutting and not borrowing but looking to grow the surer nation than that we we will love fail - the if we government do not project should a give positive everyone the support to have an agenda of growth and enterprise for this agenda nation.for The the nation nation has in the a positive strength and manner. the potential to live out its heritage and to fulfil the dreams of the Anzacs, to turn Public Australia service into the and lucky political country,life to must restore be our the economy highest and to reclaim our national heritage. Many people say they care but calling.they really The catchcry do not. Parliament of this place should needs be about to be the respect needs of others, but sometimes it is not. for ideas. Great debate demands its victim and truth is the only winner. We are all winners when truth In Queensland, the Mulga is dying. Drought and flood have combined prevails over to wreak injustice.havoc The on families content of of that our region.individual How can we not act? How can we complain about animal welfare overseas characters when is we more let thousands important of than cattle how die a much slow money and painful death? How can we let Australian families suffer? Are we so we indifferent have. We to need the needs to praise of our the fellow incorruptibility Australians?of It is our responsibility in this place to be the last sentry at the gate to our protect public the rights officials,and the freedoms integrity of all of Australians,our marriages regardless of the party they belong to. Australia needs a revolution in and the the way worth we think of our and people.in the way It is we ideas boost that our matter.wealth and our economy for the benefit of all our citizens. We have to Governments re-establish confidence.may come We and need go,to but believe ideas we go can on lift our economy to a better future. We need to have a positive attitude.forever. We may It is not ideas get that there,will but shape nothing this is nation.surer than It is we will fail if we do not project a positive agenda for the nation in a ideas positive that manner. will endure through time. Public service and political life must be the highest calling. The We catchcry are gone of and this forgotten place needs in history,to be respect in commerce for ideas. Great debate demands its victim and truth is the only winner. We are all and winners in politics.when truth It is prevails ideas that over capture injustice.the The conscience content of our individual characters is more important than how much money of we the have.nation. We need It is ideas to praise that the endure incorruptibility when all of else our public officials, the integrity of our marriages and the worth of our people.is gone. It is Let ideas us that unite matter.to serve Governments the nation may we come love,and go, but ideas go on forever. It is ideas that will shape this nation. It is ideas to discover that will the endure future,through to share time. our trials and We are gone and forgotten in history, in commerce and in politics.tribulations, It is ideas to that overcome capture adversity,the conscience to pull of the together nation. It is ideas that endure when all else is gone. Let us unite to serve the for nation our common we love, to good discover under the the future,Southern to share Cross our trials and and tribulations, to overcome adversity, to pull together for our common to know,good as under a great the man Southern said, Cross that on and this to earth know, God’s as a great man said, that on this earth God’s work must truly be our own.work must truly be our own. In Coolum with Roza Otunbayeva, former President of Kyrgyzstan & Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, On the campaign trail in Tasmania former President of Latvia Outside Parliament House, Canberra 21 The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 53


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