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oversight to safeguard consumers, keep profits in Australia and protect local jobs, following a serious Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries imported from China. Community & Social Responsibility Clive Palmer displayed a strong resolve on a number of social issues including gender equality. One of his most famous achievements came in the form of gender equality in government positions. Following a series of questions and speeches to the government around the issue, and drafting a Private Members Bill to secure gender equality in cabinet, the government finally announced the policy to have gender equality requirements for all government appointed boards. Following the execution of two of the so-called “Bali nine” group members in Indonesia, it was Clive Palmer who took the lead and introduced a Private Members bill to stop government officials and public servants from providing information to foreign countries that could cause Australian citizens to receive the death penalty. Clive’s commitment to social reform was reflected in his Vale Malcolm Fraser speech following the former Prime Ministers passing. In this speech he acknowledged the work Mr Fraser did for the social welfare of this country. In addition, the party brought to the agenda the idea that Australians should be able to access their own superannuation to buy a house or in times of need, after statistics showed many Australians die before the age when they can access those entitlements. Throughout his lifetime, and particularly since his election to public office, Clive Palmer has worked hard for the community, and achieved many great things. He was awarded the ‘Good Samaritan of the Year 2013’, by the national organisation “Good Samaritans” for his on-going contribution to the community. As part of his Good Samaritan work, he donated his parliamentary salary to over 160 community and charity organisations within his electorate of Fairfax. Also as part of his ongoing engagement with the local Fairfax community, Clive Palmer hosted weekend activities at his famous Palmer Coolum Resort which included speaking with hundreds of Fairfax electorate constituents at Community Forums held over the weekend of 28-29 June 2014. Clive, in conjunction with the PUP Senators were selected in the Number Two position in the annual Australian Financial Review (AFR) ‘Power Index’, behind only the then Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. He was also awarded the GQ Magazine Award for Agenda Setter of the Year. Through the hard work of Clive Palmer and his dedicated staff in the electoral office of Fairfax, he assisted many constituents including a most-deserving family in Fairfax with regard to citizenship of this country. The family who had been in the local community for seven years, needed to apply in order to stay in Australia following the untimely death of the husband. Extensive advice and assistance were provided to the widow and her family, ultimately leading to a ministerial intervention upholding their appeal against a departmental decision which would have led to their deportation. There were a number of similar cases to this where Mr Palmer and his electoral office team assisted constituents with citizenship issues. In keeping with his compassion for his fellow citizens, Clive Palmer offered condolences to all families who lost loved ones in the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 disaster and called on the Government to require all airlines to not fly over war zones or areas of armed conflict, and to provide passengers with a copy of the route to be taken by their flight, including the countries over which the aircraft is flying. Regrettably, these common sense measures were ignored by the Federal Government. The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 67


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