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was fully vindicated by the governments abandonment of their ‘debt and deficit’ campaign approach. The Palmer United Senate team voted with the Government and Opposition to support anti-terrorism and serious crime legislation in relation to the retention of metadata (after requiring a series of changes and a specific warrant safeguard for journalists) and played a key role in highlighting the need for a Federal Independent Crime and Corruption Commission. In fact, Palmer United Senator Dio Wang moved a motion with majority support in the Senate to establish a National Integrity Commission with the purpose of introducing a Federal ICAC. With the balance of power in Australia, Clive Palmer as leader of the Palmer United Party requested additional resources to deliver better outcomes for Australians. After the Prime Minister rejected his requests, Mr Palmer established a Palmer United Party Canberra Office using his own money and non-government staff to deliver better outcomes for the Palmer United members and all Australians. Consumer Protection Palmer United strongly advocated for the rights and protection of all Australians. The party worked hard to deliver benefits for all those who had been forgotten by the major parties. Part of this effort was to ensure new reforms in the financial sector, in particular the provision of financial advice by companies and individuals. While not all of the Palmer United Party package of reforms was passed, legislation was eventually passed which achieved unprecedented levels of consumer protection and advisor accountability. The party further protected cost of living pressures by ensuring that increases to fuel prices (through automatic two-yearly CPI indexation) did not take place. Another key initiative announced in the lead up to the 2013 election was reform for food labelling in Australia, to better inform customers about their food choices, particularly providing accurate country of origin labelling. This policy was later adopted by the Federal Government. Mr Palmer also re-iterated his call for improved regulatory Clive Palmer addresses members of the National Property Council of Australia 66 The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia


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