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28 Oct
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Fairfax volleyball stars recognised with awards

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Member for Fairfax and Federal Leader of the Palmer United Party, Mr Clive Palmer MP, has applauded eight local sport stars from his electorate who were recently presented with a Sport Achievement Award in recognition of their outstanding sporting performances.
Nambour State High School’s Year 11 volleyball team – Kate Baguley, Kate Day, Sophie Day, Ryley Torr, Hayley Bimrose, Chloe Hall, Bonnie Searle and Oakleigh Wilson – all received the prestigious certificate from The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Sport, and Mr Clive Palmer MP.
The team won gold for their school at this year’s Volleyball Queensland Senior Schools’ Cup, a competition for year 11 and year 12 high school students.
“My warmest congratulations go to the Nambour Thunder volleyball team for their third consecutive triumph at the Volleyball Queensland Senior Schools’ Cup competition,” Mr Palmer said.
“Unsurprisingly, this outstanding team has also enjoyed success at national level at the Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup in Melbourne.”
“The entire team, along with their dedicated sports teachers, deserve huge credit. Their countless hours of training, commitment and enthusiasm have paid off with performances to be proud of.
“These fine young Australians are an inspiration to the youth of today and wonderful ambassadors for their local community.”
The Australian Government’s Sport Achievement Award was introduced in 2002 to recognise outstanding sporting performances, achievements and contributions by community members.

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Nambour State High volleyball team.

Back row L-R: Bonnie Searle, Chloe Hall, Kate Baguley, Hayley Bimrose.
Front row L-R: Kate Day, Ryley Torr, Sophie Day.

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22 Oct
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Time to End the Table Games, says Clive Palmer

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Federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, says the Opposition’s fixation with a $600 broken table showed how out of touch it was with the Australian people.
“Penny Wong has got it wrong,’’ said Mr Palmer of the Labor Senator’s use of Senate estimates hearings this week to probe the mysterious case of the marble table damaged during a farewell party for ousted PM Tony Abbott.
“What a waste of time and taxpayer funds pursuing this matter, they should be getting on with more important things and concentrating all their efforts on being an effective opposition,’’ Mr Palmer said.
“Let’s do more for the Australian people instead of silly witch hunts.”
“Labor had no economic plan while in government and have clearly learned nothing in opposition if this is how they are going to act.
“At least Malcolm Turnbull has a strategy and is showing a way forward, so let’s get on with it and stop these ridiculous distractions.”
Mr Palmer said the first responsibility for politicians was to help Australians.

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19 Oct
0

Ted O’Brien Politicizing Plight of Dairy Farmers: Clive Palmer

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The Member for Fairfax and Palmer United Party federal leader, Clive Palmer, said Ted O’Brien needs to stop using the local dairy farming industry as a political platform.
Mr Palmer said Ted O’Brien should check Hansard and see where Liberal stood when it came to voting on supporting dairy farmers.
“I supported Australia’s dairy farmers in parliament with a supportive vote for fair price for milk, unlike all Liberal and Labor politicians,” Mr Palmer said.
“In addition to this support, the Palmer United Party’s vote that removed the carbon tax helped dairy farmers by easing the pressure of additional and unnecessary costs.
“Ted O’Brien should not be using a struggling local industry as a political platform and I would encourage Ted and his family to drink more milk to support the local dairy industry just as I encourage milk to be drank at local schools.”
Mr Palmer said earlier this week he attended an Australian Dairy Industry Council event in Canberra.
“I spoke with the CEOs of the dairy industry groups about how we can provide better support for the industry,” he said.
“The price of milk has been forced lower by major retailers who are using their size and dominant position to destroy the livelihoods of local milk producers who are struggling to earn a living.
“It is destroying local communities like Kenilworth, where people rely on the dairy industry for work; I am committed to working to protect our farming and dairy industries and make sure that Australian produce can remain viable for farmers and retailers.”
Mr Palmer said he would call upon Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and ministers to address the issue to stop major retailers paying less than the cost of production for retailers.

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15 Oct
0

Clive Palmer tells it like it is on Queensland Nickel

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As long as I am the owner of Queensland Nickel I will not allow the company to borrow funds from the Queensland Government.
The simple fact of the matter is that there is no loan from the Government or anyone else.
It is my understanding that Queensland Nickel is debt free and has net assets of over $1.9 billion, far more than the Australian and the Courier Mail glued together.
Queensland Nickel had revenue last year exceeding $680,000,000. Queensland Nickel employs around 800 people and another 1500 people depend on its activities. It is responsible for over $1,300,000,000 worth of economic activity in Townsville.
Irresponsible media reports saying I was given the refinery from BHP are false. I paid many millions of dollars to purchase the refinery.
Just as false are claims that I discussed environmental issue with the Treasurer or that there were concerns in this area. Such reporting is fabrication.
The Townsville refinery has been operating for over 40 years. It has an excellent track record.
At the request of the then Queensland Premier, I took what steps were necessary to save the jobs of thousands of people. I put my money on the line for the people of North Queensland and that is the truth of the matter.
Workers at QNI are paid on average more than 25 per cent above the award and receive an extra one percent in super each year above what the company is required to pay.
There’s no reason to panic just because the nickel price has dropped and create stories for journalists who can’t find a real story.
We do things not because they are easy but because they are hard. We have to stick with it and together we will achieve the extraordinary.

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14 Oct
0

Clive Palmer Sets up Legal Fund for Abused Refugees

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Federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, will set up a legal fund to help end the abuse of refugees held in off-shore immigration detention centres.
Mr Palmer said the allegations of torture and abuse of refugees including women and children at Manus Island and Nauru were a crucial test for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his government ministers to show compassion and leadership.
“Mr Turnbull and his ministers are family people, mothers and fathers. It’s time they showed their hearts and ended this shocking chapter in Australian history by confronting the truth of how asylum seekers are being treated,” Mr Palmer said.
“Immigration Minister Peter Dutton needs to act decisively to end this shame.
“If Australia prides itself on being a just and humane society, the torture and mistreatment of refugees cannot be tolerated for a day longer.”
Mr Palmer also said the Australian Border Force Act which threatens workers with imprisonment for speaking out against conditions inside the detention centres was an affront to our core freedoms as a nation.
Mr Palmer said he would set up a legal fund for refugees to gain access to court representation so their cases could be heard.
“Let’s get to the bottom of this and let justice prevail,’’ he said.
“The Commonwealth Government should be held accountable in the courts over these matters.
“Too often in my electorate and right around Australia people tell me they are fed up with government representatives acting only for themselves.
“This is a chance to show some humanity and government ministers who are doing the wrong thing need to be exposed.”

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28 Sep
0

Urgent Changes Needed for Policing of Domestic Violence

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The federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, today said the state police ministers must make domestic violence a number one priority in police matters.
Mr Palmer said despite the government’s recent policy push, police still assign a lower priority to domestic violence than other forms of violent behaviour.
He said there still remains resistance among police when handling domestic disputes, with police responses merely involving noting the crime and referring the victim to counselling.
“Women and children’s lives are being placed at risk because police forces in the states are not accepting full responsibility for the issue,” Mr Palmer said.
“I’m calling on the Prime Minister to review all police procedures on how domestic violence matters are handled.
“Domestic violence should be treated like any violent offence and rigorous action must be taken to strengthen the response of government authorities and agencies to such a crime.”
Mr Palmer said police commissioners must immediately form an audit task force on this matter to ensure all cases are responded to with priority, investigated in full and followed up.
“Regardless of resources and budgets, police should be responsible for protecting the women and children of this country,” he said.
“I’m calling on the Prime Minister to commit real resources to this issue; $100 million is a good start but this only equates to 3.5 cents for each Australian.
“I believe the children and women of Australia are worth far more.
“This issue needs to be taken seriously and given the highest priority. Action needs to be taken not next year, not next month, not next week, not tomorrow, but today.”

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28 Sep
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Mal Brough Should Stand Aside from Ministry Positions: Clive Palmer

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Palmer United Party federal leader and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, said the Member for Fisher Mal Brough continues to be under investigation from the Australian Federal Police.
The AFP is investigating Mal Brough after Labor MP Graham Perrett filed a second complaint against him after his involvement in the demise of former federal Speaker Peter Slipper.
Mr Palmer said the AFP has confirmed they are still investigating Mal Brough over ‘Ashbygate’, a year after a second complaint was raised about him.
“Mal Brough should stand aside from his ministry positions as Special Minister of State and Minister for Defence Materials & Science whilst he is under investigation from the AFP,” Mr Palmer said.
“It was disappointing to see Mal Brough take on key leadership roles in Malcolm Turnbull’s cabinet.”
Mr Palmer said this is not the first time Mal Brough has made questionable and disappointing decisions.
“Mal Brough told current affairs program 60 Minutes that he had directed Mr Slipper’s former media advisor, James Ashby, to obtain copies of Mr Slipper’s diary,” he said.
“Mr Brough told 60 Minutes he was doing it for the sake of the electors of Fisher, whom he now represents, because he believed Mr Slipper may have been committing a crime.
“The people of Fisher who are in the neighbouring electorate to my seat of Fairfax on the Sunshine Coast deserve some answers and Mal Brough should not be accepting leadership roles while he is under investigation from the AFP.”

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28 Sep
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Major Retailers Ripping Off Dairy Farmers in Kenilworth

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The Member for Fairfax and Palmer United Party federal leader, Clive Palmer, said he has been listening to the members of his electorate is concerned about the local dairy farming industry.
Mr Palmer said members of the Kenilworth community also expressed their concerns about the viability and profitability of the local dairy farm industry.
“Local Kenilworth Dairy farms have had to close as they can no longer continue to be profitable,” Mr Palmer said.
“The price of milk has been forced lower by major retailers and local milk producers can no longer earn a living.
“It is destroying local communities like Kenilworth, where people rely on the dairy industry for work.”
Mr Palmer said he would call upon Ministers to address the issue to stop major retailers paying less than the cost of production for retailers.
“The major retailers should not be able to use their size and dominant position to destroy the livelihoods of Australians,” he said.
“We want to protect our farming and dairy industries and make sure that Australian produce can remain viable for farmers and retailers.
“The government under Malcolm Turnbull has a great opportunity to grow and develop our economy and do what is right for all Australians and this includes ensuring our farmers remain farming our land.”

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24 Sep
0

Award for Fairfax Special Olympics Athlete

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Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer has presented Kie Wilson-McNaught with a Sport Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding sporting contributions at state, national and international levels.
Kie (25), was diagnosed at age three with muscular dystrophy and told he would likely be wheelchair-bound by the age of six. Thankfully, Kie’s exceptional dedication and commitment to sport have delivered a more positive outcome.
In October 2014, Kie represented Queensland at the Special Olympics National Games in Melbourne, where he won two golds, one silver and two bronze medals in various athletic events. He was subsequently selected as one of only four men to represent Australia at this year’s Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angeles, where he achieved fourth place in shot put, sixth in the 100m sprint and fourth in the 100m relay.
In addition, Kie also competes at state level in basketball, swimming and athletics, as well as volunteering his free time to staff and students at the Sunshine Coast Riding for the Disabled at North Arm.
Kie’s mother and coach, Robyna McNaught, is confident her family’s philosophy of ‘if you stay active, you’re set for life’ prevented Kie from becoming confined to a wheelchair and gave him the determination to achieve his ambitious goals.
“I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Kie and his mum whose dedication, enthusiasm and countless hours of training have paid off with performances to be proud of,” Mr Palmer said.
“It’s young Australians like Kie who serve as an inspiration to all individuals with disabilities. He is a true ambassador for the youth of Fairfax and should be very proud of his achievements to date.
“This just goes to show that anything is possible no matter what life throws at you, and I wish him every success for the future.”
The Australian Government’s Sport Achievement Award was introduced in 2002 to recognise outstanding sporting performances, achievements and contributions by community members.

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24 Sep
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Nick Xenophon has Sour Grapes: Clive Palmer

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Member for Fairfax and Palmer United Party federal leader, Clive Palmer, said Nick Xenophon is still bitter that he failed to get any Senator other than himself elected to the Senate at the last federal election.
Mr Palmer said if the proposed Senate election reforms that Nick Xenophon supports applied, then he never would have been elected to public office at all.
“Nick Xenophon and Mal Brough are seeking to rig the next Senate election for their own political purposes,” Mr Palmer said.
“Democracy in Australia is too important to allow political parties to destroy our voting system.
“Since Australia’s federation in 1901 our democracy has allowed the people to choose who should represent them and we don’t want politicians to be able to interfere with the ballots or tell us what voters are meant to do.
Mr Palmer said it is up to Australians to freely exercise their right to vote however they choose.
“Just because Nick Xenophon doesn’t like the outcome of an election, he does not have the right to change the system which has been responsible for the society and freedoms we now enjoy in Australia,” he said.
“Palmer United Party senators were elected in Queensland with more than 11 per cent of the vote and in Western Australia with 12.3 per cent of the primary vote.
“Mal Brough and Nick Xenophon’s attempts to rig the next election will fail the 30 per cent of Australians who don’t vote for Liberal or Labor.
“This percentage of Australians deserves to have their voices heard and their choices must be left to them. If we destroy democracy in Australia, our society and our foundation as a nation will be undermined.”

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