Palmer United Party
|Palmer United Party
United Australia Party
|Headquarters||380 Queen Street,
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|Politics of Australia
The Palmer United Party (PUP) is an Australian political party, formed by mining magnate Clive Palmer in April 2013. The party was formed as the United Australia Party, and remains registered under that name in Queensland, but federally the name was changed to fast track registration and to avoid a conflict with similarly named parties. Currently represented by two members in the Queensland Legislative Assembly, the party fielded candidates in all 150 House of Representatives seats at the September 2013 federal election. Palmer, the party's leader, was elected to the Division of Fairfax, and two candidates were elected to the Senate – Glenn Lazarus (QLD), and Jacqui Lambie (Tas) – to take their seats from 1 July 2014. In addition, Palmer convinced Senator-elect Ricky Muir of the Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party to enter in to an alliance with the Palmer Party.
Palmer announced in November 2012 he was considering reforming the historic United Australia Party, which had been folded into the present-day Liberal Party of Australia in 1945. He had been a longtime supporter of the federal National Party, as well as the Liberal National Party of Queensland. Palmer's nephew, Blair Brewster, had applied to trademark the party name two months earlier. There was subsequent speculation it would join forces with Katter's Australian Party. A month following the party's founding, Palmer announced that the party would be renamed the "Palmer United Party" to avoid confusion with a separate party already registered with the Australian Electoral Commission, the Uniting Australia Party.
Peter Slipper, the independent (formerly Liberal National) member for the Division of Fisher (and previously Speaker of the House of Representatives), joined the party on 11 May 2013. Hours after announcing his membership had been accepted, the party released a statement on its website announcing members had decided to revoke Mr Slipper's membership under clause D26 of the constitution of the party.
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In April 2013, Palmer announced he was relaunching the UAP with the goal of running candidates in the 2013 federal election and had applied for registration in Queensland. He told Lateline "It's a reformation of the original party". The party also endorsed candidates to run in the Senate. In the state of Victoria, two retired sportsmen were announced as Senate candidates; namely Australian rules football player Doug Hawkins and boxer Barry Michael.
In the 2013 election, Palmer won the Sunshine Coast-area seat of Fairfax, where he owns a holiday resort. Senate candidates Glenn Lazarus (a former player of the NRL's Brisbane Broncos) and Jacqui Lambie were elected for Queensland and Tasmania respectively.
On 30 April 2013, two Queensland state MPs, Alex Douglas and Carl Judge, joined the party with Douglas becoming the Queensland party leader. Both had been elected as Liberal National Party MPs at the 2012 state election, but had fallen out with the LNP and resigned from the party later that year, and had sat as independents in the interim. The party remains registered under its original name, the "United Australia Party", with the Electoral Commission of Queensland.
- Party officials should not be lobbyists, thereby taking a strong position on paid political lobbyists, saving tax payers dollars and introducing fair policies 
- Abolish the carbon tax
- Revising the current Australian government refugee policy to ensure Australia is protected and refugees are given opportunities for a better future and lifestyle
- Creating mineral wealth to continuously contribute to the welfare of the Australian community. This will be achieved by utilising mineral resources from Queensland and Western Australia, and incentives from the Commonwealth of Australia to establish downstream processing in the States of Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia; and exporting products at a higher dollar value, thereby creating more revenue, jobs, tax and more facilities.
- Establishing a system where people create wealth in various parts of the country and for that wealth to flow back to the community that generates the wealth. For example, if a particular region creates wealth, a significant percentage of that wealth should go back to the region.
- Closing down detention centres for asylum-seeker boat arrivals: "... abolish the detention camps, restore our navy to its traditional role, save the lives of children and families, keep families together and recognise the legitimate rights of those that have a lawful reason for entering Australia."
- Moving towards free trade and closer economic relations with Asia."
- Decentralisation and regional self-government, such as a new North Queensland state.
- Encouraging competitive markets by restricting monopoly and prohibiting unfair trading practices.
- Abolish higher education fees.
- AEC Twitter feed
- 2013 Senate results: Distribution of Preferences
- "Clive Palmer and Bob Katter put their heads together to plan attack on this year's federal election". The Courier-Mail. 4 January 2013.
- "Peter Slipper joins Clive Palmer's United Australia Party". News Limited. 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2013-05-11.
- "Slipper's United Australia Party membership 'ceased'". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2013-05-11.
- "Palmer to reform UAP party for election". SBS News. 25 April 2013.
- "Palmer to re-form UAP party for election". Brisbane Times. 25 April 2013.
- "Clive Palmer Wants to be PM". The Age. 26 April 2013.
- "Clive Palmer set to win Fairfax, enter Parliament". Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- "AFL Legend Doug Hawkins stands for Palmer United Party". The Age. 2013-06-11. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
- "Queensland MPs Alex Douglas and Carl Judge join Clive Palmer's United Australia Party". The Courier-Mail. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- Political Parties – Electoral Commission Queensland. Published 14 September 2013.
- "Nth Qld should be own state: Palmer" – Published 2 September 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
- "I'd make North Queensland a separate state, says Clive" – Rural Weekly. Published 2 September 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
- Palmer United Party to Abolish Tertiary Education Fees - Palmer United Party