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Palmer party will repeal every Newman law

Clive Palmer speaking to media.

Clive Palmer speaking to media. Photo: Glenn Hunt

The Palmer United Party will seek to repeal every law passed by the Newman Government, Clive Palmer says.

Mr Palmer said a bill to repeal the government's laws would be introduced to the state parliament after the next election as a private members' bill, or by the Palmer United Party if it won government.

The Fairfax federal MP and head of the PUP said scrapping the Liberal National Party's laws since 2012 was “the only way to restore the Queensland economy”.

“We've got a lack of confidence in the government's ability to make rational decisions,” he told Fairfax Media.

“We don't see one good thing the Newman Government has done for Queensland. I don't know of any group in the community that has had any benefit.”

A Queensland government spokesman described Mr Palmer's stance as “short-sighted and irrational”.

"What Mr Palmer doesn't realise is that the vast majority of legislation introduced by any government is supported by all sides as part of normal government business,” the spokesman said.

"Mr Palmer's short-sighted and irrational view means that he will seek to repeal legislation that has revitalised frontline services, kick started the state's economy, created jobs and made Queensland the safest place to raise a family."

The mining magnate said the party hadn't decided how many candidates it would stand at the next state election, but they would run in more than half of the 89 available seats.

A “high profile” candidate will also be announced later this month to contest the Kawana electorate, in a bid to unseat Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie.

Meanwhile, Mr Palmer is also seeking to visit the Christmas Island detention centre, but requires the permission of federal Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to access the facility.

He said he wanted to see first-hand the conditions that asylum seekers were living in.

“Anything could be going on... We don't know what's happening and we can't get any information,” Mr Palmer said.

85 comments so far

  • It could be worth while giving PUP a go - they couldn't do much worse than the LNP, and it would be better than the ALP.

    Commenter
    Mike
    Date and time
    January 12, 2014, 3:51PM
    • He has my vote

      Commenter
      Grey Nomad
      Date and time
      January 12, 2014, 4:46PM
    • Surely you can't be that silly, PUP is dangerous, and he will destroy Queensland if given a chance

      Commenter
      Anonymous
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      January 12, 2014, 7:05PM
    • 1900 hours
      Coolum Dinosaur Park

      At a party merger “conference” at Coolum Resort, the Count of Moranbah, Bob-The-Hatter and party members ham it up at the Count’s expense.

      In their crazy party-hats, ‘General Disaster’ facemasks and tropical shirts, everyone gets a moniker ending in –saurus. Palmersaurus and Kattersaurus party on with LNP-Army deserters Hoppersaurus and Judgasaurus.

      Lying-in-wait in scrub near the rugby field-sized Jurassic open forest enclosure, Major-General Disaster intends destroying the hated MP’s and any possible merger.

      As night falls, they move into position for an all-out assault.

      In the adjacent function room, the Count indicates his three new imported state-of-the-art robotic tyrannosaurus down in the enclosure. For security, he tells them. Now that he’s an MP. Five metres tall with movement-detecting sensors, he chuckles that their batteries enable them to run down their prey at 15km/hr for 8 hours continuously, slashing and biting with razor-sharp teeth & claws, any would-be assassins.

      Disaster signals. The officers crawl across the enclosure. Sensors flood the grounds with light. The dinosaurs emit piercing screams.

      Above the canopy, several robotic pterodactyls swoop low, one snatching most of the hair from an officer’s head.

      Beers-in-hand, the interested MPs take a seat on the viewing platform to watch the spectacle. They are fascinated by the predators’ gleaming red eyes, who, cocking their heads, seek the slightest movement or tiniest rustle.

      They cheer as the rexs and pterodactyls continually discover the panting officers, who, desperate to avoid being torn to shreds, run to and from various hiding places, the dinosaurs in hot pursuit.

      By 2200 hours, most have their uniforms ripped-off and sport some nasty bruises and slashes.

      The guests settle in for what should be another 4 hours of entertaining hide-and-seek, with terrified yelping and predatory shrieks heard well into the night...

      Commenter
      Bombardier
      Location
      Bardon
      Date and time
      January 12, 2014, 7:14PM
    • A simple rabble rouser aided by a very gullible media

      Commenter
      GC_Resident
      Date and time
      January 12, 2014, 8:05PM
    • he has my vote also nobody could be as bad as the current government or should I say dictatorship

      Commenter
      max
      Location
      qld
      Date and time
      January 12, 2014, 8:17PM
    • I'm basically an ALP voter thinking of giving him a go. I'm pretty sure he's purely self-interested as Newman has said but jeez its not like anyone else is proposing anything radical that is in a position to actually get votes.

      Commenter
      berihebi
      Date and time
      January 12, 2014, 9:46PM
    • Who in their right mind would think that the Palmer United Party has been set up for anybody else's benefit but Clive Palmer? He would be even worse than the rubbish we have in power at the moment. Right wing governments and Qld just don't mix

      Commenter
      mark t log
      Date and time
      January 13, 2014, 12:22AM
    • A vote for PUP is a vote for the LNP - that is where their preferences will flow. Clive Palmer was an apprentice to Joh Bjelke-Peterson and was a life time member of the Nats (now the LNP). Clive has his mining and business interests as his main priority.

      If you want to get rid of Newman vote Labor or Greens.

      Commenter
      Anon E Mouse
      Date and time
      January 13, 2014, 1:05AM
    • How can you take this bloke seriously? He may have lots of money but he is a shingle short...

      Commenter
      Amazed
      Location
      Warner
      Date and time
      January 13, 2014, 6:33AM

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