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increase by 7,500 places and that asylum seekers currently in Australia on bridging visas gain the right to work until their claims to refugee status are processed. In addition to the achievements in this policy area above, Palmer United Senators voted with the Government to ensure passage of the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (resolving the Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014, whilst supporting a Senate Inquiry into the Nauru Detention Centre. Social Security and Welfare Clive Palmer highlighted in his famous Vision for Australia speech that both the Liberal and Labor parties are devoid of ideas. People are suffering all around Australia and we need to re-establish confidence and lead the nation, not tomorrow, but now. The party believes in the Australian people and it was Clive Palmer who highlighted the weakness and untruths in the governments’ debt and deficit arguments. Whilst the policies of the Abbott led coalition were about austerity, it was the continued campaigning and highlighting with the support of the government’s own “Why Australia Report 2015” that showed the truth about Australia’s strong economy. Sadly, Prime Minister Tony Abbott continued with his austerity measures and slashed spending, cutting welfare to those who most need. Whilst the Palmer United Party agreed to abolish the mining tax (MRRT), it did not support abolishing the welfare payments attached to this bill. These included the School Kids Bonus, Low Income Superannuation Contribution and Low Income Support payments that the government wanted to abolish. Using his position of the balance of power, Clive Palmer successfully negotiated the savings of these measures during the 44th parliament and ensured they stayed until after the 2016 election. A summary of these payments is as follows: School Kids Bonus - According to the Department of Social Services’ Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements, expenditure on the School kids Bonus was $1.11 billion in 2014–15 and was expected to be $1.08 billion in 2015–16. Retaining the payment was expected to provided benefits to 2,060,184 Australian children of between $1.17 and $1.38 billion per year in the forward estimates. Low Income Support Bonus – According to the Department of Social Services’ Portfolio answer to a Question on Notice to the Senate Community Affairs Committee, the total of these payments was estimated at $320 million per year of the forward estimates, and the total number of people who received the Income Support Bonus in the 2013-14 financial year was 1,858,427. Low Income Superannuation Contribution (LISC) – According to analysis Clive F Palmer delivers press conference 60 The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia


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