Regional Australia the loser in election debate, says Palmer
SUNDAY night's leadership debate showed regional Australia would be left wanting under Labor or the Coalition, aspiring prime minister Clive Palmer has claimed.
"So many people have been neglected in so many parts of the nation," he said.
"You never heard anything last night about regional Australia. It's as though it didn't exist.
"The people in regional Australia have different needs to be met in health, education..."
The leader of the Palmer United Party also said Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott showed little concern for aged care and pensioners and did not even mention indigenous Australians.
He said he put his hand up for the debate but was eliminated "because they didn't want to answer those questions" and the media was portraying the election as a two-horse race.
The Palmer United Party will have candidates standing in all 150 House of Representative seats and Senate teams in every state. The mining magnate - who labelled himself a businessman with a proven track record for delivering results - said the only way to increase revenue and build more community services was to create more wealth for Australia.
Mr Palmer said he would unveil this plan during his policy launch at Coolum on August 25 but confirmed he would not increase taxes or cut costs.