Clive Palmer was guest speaker at the Business Referrals Club breakfast at the Headland Park Golf Club.
Clive Palmer was guest speaker at the Business Referrals Club breakfast at the Headland Park Golf Club.

Palmer blasts media outlets for failing to give a fair go

CLIVE Palmer has taken aim at News Ltd publications and the ABC for failing to give the Palmer United Party a fair go during the federal election campaign.

And he has alleged the ambitions of both Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition leader Tony Abbott are being dictated by foreign interests.

Mr Palmer is furious with a front page Sydney Telegraph story which claimed his party was involved in a preference swap with the Greens.

He said the claim was untrue and designed to mislead voters.

The Greens have decided to preference Palmer United Party above the Liberal Party in the Senate and above both major parties in the House of Representatives.

But Mr Palmer said that did not mean his party would reciprocate. The Palmer United Party will announce its preference arrangements on Wednesday ahead of a national campaign launch at Coolum on Sunday featuring all of its 150 House of Representative candidates and Senate candidates from each state.

"The fact that another party gives you its preferences is a good thing,'' Mr Palmer said. "We'll have our own preferences sorted by Wednesday when we get feedback from our candidates."

The Greens motivated by Palmer United Party policies on refugees and coal seam gas.

Greens Fisher candidate Gary Clarridge said while he was concerned about Mr Palmer's coal interests, the Palmer United Party's refugee policy was far more humane than either Labor or Liberal and the Greens shared its view about coal seam gas.

"But the lack of a price on carbon, is the greatest concern I have,'' Mr Clarridge said.

It is a policy area that puts the Greens directly at odds with Palmer United Party.

Mr Palmer said Mr Rudd had imported US President Barack Obama's campaign team to run his tilt at re-election while Mr Abbott's was being directed by News Ltd and its US owner Rupert Murdoch who had sworn allegiance to a country other than that of his birth.

He is also angry that Dean Lynch, the Palmer United Party Eden-Monaro candidate, was excluded from a Q&A session run on ABC South East Radio in NSW.

Mr Palmer also wants to know why Labor and Liberal parties were allowed to broadcast free election campaign announcements on the ABC but Palmer United Party with 150 candidates was not.

"They are limiting the choices for Australians,'' he said.

"You wonder why we bother to have an election. This is a serious question for democracy.''



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