Break the mould: 'It's time Clive Palmer was our PM'
GLENN Mudie reckons it's time to break the mould of party politics and give someone different a go. Here's his case for Clive Palmer. This was submitted as a letter to the editor.
For years I have listened to the argument as I have travelled around the country: 'Why does'nt a businessman or woman stand for the position of PM and give this country what it really deserves, strong leadership, strong economy, jobs for today and for the future'.
Many names have been touted around the place over the years such as Dick Smith, but the old story comes into play here, when you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.
Who wants to take on a job or position that pays $200 to $300k per annum, when CEOs of Australia's top companies are taking home $millions a year. It just doesn't stack up.
The majority of politicians in this country have left school, gone to university, got a degree, generally in law, then have entered politics, usually with the political party their family has had a persuasion with over a number of years.
Life experience is zilch, sheltered life to the real world, and as time goes by, having succeeded in a safe political seat within their electorate, they are then by decreed, by their party, a Ministerial Position for being a good bloke or woman.
Excuse me for my cynicism but isn't that what we refer to as the Public Service in this country.
I have also heard on many occassions that government and business should never mix and that governments should never be in the business of being in business.
With some governments around the world handling economies of in the trillions of dollars annually, I ask you, do you not think it would be a great idea to have someone who has the business acumen, business savy to be running their fingers over such a large amount of money, managing it and controlling it, instead of a PS who needs a text book on what to do? Well I certainly do.
So folks before we solve the Country's problems that we are all talking about or even the world's problems for that matter let us look into our own back yard called the Sunshine Coast first of all.
Fact, the LNP has controlled collectively, the seats in Fisher and Fairfax for the past 50 years and I look around and say to myself what have they done?
Wow it is staggering, absolutely nothing. Why would they want to, they have two of the safest seats in the Australian Parliament, so if you were a political party controlling those seats why bother spending money there, you have
those seats under your control, they are all suckers on the Sunshine Coast we give them nothing and they give us their vote and we get paid for that, great.
No wonder the LNP guys pictures all over the place have huge smiles on their faces when you can go to work, do nothing, get paid plenty, and retire in luxury.
Well I am sorry I need to be able to sleep at night, knowing a good day's work deserves a good day's pay and everything I do has the word, 'Integrity' in front of it.
So that brings me to my final point.
Finally folks we have what we have been asking for, a man who can handle money and make it work, obviously has a business sense and the acumen to carry out those business activities.
He has an understanding of what it takes to be successful, an understanding of what is required to progress, an understanding of what is required to build a future, an understanding of world trends and problems, an understanding of people.
This man's name is Clive Palmer.
Strangely enough he is an Australian, yet because he is in a business field that is more secular, mining, in relation to someone like Dick Smith, Harvey Norman in retail he is probably more well known overseas and respected than what he is within his own country.
Why is that? Who knows. But what I do know, is this man is prepared to be the leader of this country for the peanuts, and no one has put their hand up before to take all that responsibility for such a paltry sum, given this man probably earns the PM's salary on a daily basis.
This tells me one thing, this is a man of substance, a man with conviction, a man who has the guts to represent those who do not have the capacity to achieve at his level. We are so fortunate in this Country that we have such a man, and has presented himself before us and before the voters in the seat of Fairfax.
Well here is your chance Sunshine Coast.
Not only does this country have the chance of having a leader who understands the whole picture, but us guys here on the Sunshine Coast have the chance of the leader's home seat being right here on the Sunshine Coast.
You do not have to be Einstein to work out if the two seats on the Sunshine Coast being Fairfax and Fisher were won by the Palmer United Party then what a change will happen to this region.
Look at what has happened in Adelaide with Nick Xenophoun having the power in the senate and look what happened to the seats in NSW last election with Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott, how their regions prospered because the deals that had to be done.
Well it is our turn Coasters. Now, we can continue with 50 years more of nothing, or have a least 3 years of fantastic growth as a platform for many more good years to come.
Most people I talk to on the coast are frustrated by the lack of business and development within the region and how their families are split as they have to leave to obtain work elsewhere.
It is not good enough, this does not need to happen, but what does need to happen is the attitude of people here on the Coast, they have to change, to get out of their comfort zone, its three years more of nothing or vote PUP for 3 years plus of everything.
I know who I will be voting for but my question to my fellow Sunshine Coast Residents is; 'Where are you
now?' join me for change, do it because it is the right thing to do.