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Victorian Senate Ballot Ticket W – Palmer United Party

Ticket W – Palmer United Party http://palmerunited.com/

The Palmers United Party was formed in 2013 by billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer as a reformation of the United Australia Party, which was the precursor to the Liberal Party. It was originally intended to also be called the United Australia Party, but the name was changed to Palmer’s United Party in order to avoid being confused for Pauline Hanson’s (deregistered) Uniting Australia Party. Party membership is drawn from the centre-right of Australian politics, including disillusioned Liberal and National Party members. Former Speaker of the House of Representatives and former Liberal Party member Peter Slipper also joined the party, only to have his membership revoked hours later. Recently, Palmer hung up on ABC radio host Jon Faine during a telephone interview after being questioned about previous allegations of violence against Palmer United Party Senate candidates Barry Michaels and Doug Hawkins. In terms of political policies and views, the Palmer United Party is best described as centrist libertarians.

Their policies:
For: 25% of the wealth generated in a region to be returned to that region, national commission into the ‘carbon issue’, Australian mineral resources going into Australian manufacturing for export rather than the raw materials being exported, asylum seekers with valid passports to be allowed to board $800 flights to Australia and have their asylum claims processed at the airport upon arrival, personal initiative, personal responsibility, freedom of thought, freedom of worship, freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of choice, equal opportunity, a just and humane society, family as the primary institution for cohesive society, wealth creation, competitive enterprise, mutual obligation, volunteers, separation and distribution of powers, decentralisation of power, constitutional head of state, responsive government, equal right under the law, international peace, jobs from Australian resource wealth, lower taxes, the rights of children and mothers, multiculturalism, social equality, economic security, ‘fair go’, tolerance, private property, free enterprise, fair/open/competitive markets, public participation in public institutions, sound financial management, high employment, low inflation, low state debt, limited/small government, independent judiciary, low net debt, high business investment, small business, workplace reform, deregulation, free trade, world-class communications and transport infrastructure, strengthening the education and training system (including for re-skilling), boosting innovation and technological development, Australians investing in/creating their own business, foreign investment, freedom of educational choice, all children having access to the best possible education, minimum literacy and numeracy standards, educational accountability mechanisms, accommodating diversity in student needs, decentralising administration/control of schools, appropriate opportunities for adults to upgrade their education, financial assistance to meet educational needs, assist migrants to integrate and find appropriate employment, provide for the needs of special groups in the community (disabled, aged, Indigenous Australians, remote communities, etc.), accommodating the needs of gifted students, financial help to families where needed, assisting the unemployed/disabled/ill/veterans/aged, special focuses on children and young adults, promoting home ownership, available health services, preventative health care, private health insurance, social inclusiveness, community based crime prevention programs, law and order, diverse and independent media, personal privacy, effective and cost-efficient communication and transport systems, appreciation and accessibility of the arts, conservation, ‘environmental enrichment that balances our immediate economic needs with a need to conserve and nurture out environment and natural resources for future generations’, preserving cultural and architectural heritage, access to leisure pursuits, globalisation, strong defence capability, Australia-US alliance, closer engagement with other Asia-Pacific countries, participation in the UN and Commonwealth, international aid and assistance, safe haven for refugees within the limits of our natural resources, working with NGOs to help less developed nations and to promote human rights, enhance regional security and stability

Against: lobbyists holding official positions in political parties, carbon pricing, emissions trading scheme, asylum seeker detention centres, offshore processing, the Navy being used to intercept asylum seeker boats, people smuggling, government competing with the private sector, wastage of taxpayer funds, intrusive government, market monopolies, unfair trading practices, discrimination based on irrelevant criteria,

Top 10: Family First, Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, Australian Democrats, Bullet Train for Australia, Australian Christians, Australian Independents, The Greens, Group T, Liberals/The Nationals, Liberal Democrats

Bottom 10: No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics, Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party, Shooters and Fishers, Stable Population Party, Australian Labor Party, Pirate Party, DLP, Ungrouped independents, Socialist Equality Party, Group AJ

Where will my vote likely end?: Family First or The Greens