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Clive F Palmer and Angie Ison at press conference at Brisbane Airport Economy, Infrastructure & Australian Jobs The Palmer United Party stood as the “last sentry” at the gate to protect the rights of all Australians, and the party’s achievements standing up for Australia, the economy and Australian jobs played a crucial role in Australia’s history. Clive Palmer led a successful campaign to keep Qantas Australian-owned and controlled, and opposed the payment of any subsidies to the airline. This effectively ensured that Qantas was not sold, and that Australians remained as majority shareholders. Following the decision to keep Qantas Australian-owned, the market capitalisation increased to almost $4 billion within three years, which was a direct benefit to Australian shareholders. In one of his first acts in being elected to Parliament, Clive Palmer opposed the takeover of Grain Corp, Australia’s largest listed agribusiness company with a dominant position in Australian east coast grain growing, handling and logistics as well as transportation and port ownership. The company was the target of a takeover offer by an American giant grains trading company, Archer Daniels Midland. If the takeover had gone ahead, it would in, words of the then Shadow Agricultural Minister Barnaby Joyce “Give vast power to a single global entity and has the capacity to exploit Australian growers by monopolising crucial infrastructure.” Clive Palmer and the Palmer United team wanted to protect Australia’s vital infrastructure and wanted to make sure that no foreign company could dictate or exploit Australian workers or agriculture. Under the relevant legislation the Treasurer had the power to approve or reject the takeover of the company by a foreign company. By speaking out on the issue, rallying Federal Parliament cross-bench support against the proposal, and in particular, introducing a Private Member’s Bill into Parliament, Clive Palmer ensured that Grain Corp remained Australian owned. Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, rejected the American company’s takeover bid for the Australian company GrainCorp, in a real win for the Australian agricultural sector. Palmer United was opposed to the privatisation of State and Federal owned assets and in particular the sale of assets such as the Sunshine Coast Hospital, to overseas companies. Clive Palmer campaigned against the Newman Government’s ‘slash-and-burn’ economic strategies which were creating great misery, unemployment and lack of opportunity for many Queenslanders. He campaigned most vigorously against the Newman Government’s undemocratic laws, which struck at all citizen’s rights and their freedom of association. Such campaigning played a crucial role in the demise of the Newman led LNP government at the 2015 State election and protected Australia’s democratic values. The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 63


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