Bruce McQueen, Mount Burrell
The Richmond candidate for Clive Palmer’s Puppy party, Phil Allen, would have voters believe that Clive has a warm and fuzzy ‘vision’ for our nation but this flies in the face of Mr Palmer’s recent history. Billionaire Clive’s real vision is to gouge the biggest hole in the southern hemisphere to supply coal to China (and increase his personal wealth enormously along the way). Never mind that this huge proposed coalmine will destroy and/or poison central Queensland’s mighty rivers, creeks, floodplains and valuable agricultural land; it is Clive’s vision! And what patriotic Australian moniker will this devastation of our land be given? ‘China First.’
Yes, Clive has a vision alright – a vision of massive devastation that will swell his corporate and personal profits. He also has a vision of paying even less tax than he does now by exempting himself and his ilk from paying Fringe Benefits Tax on their long lunches at exclusive restaurants. Of course this will mean the rest of us will need to pay extra tax to make up the shortfall or we will lose yet more of our already threadbare federal government services.
And if Richmond voters are to believe that the Puppy party stands for honesty and integrity, what are we to make of Clive’s absurd conspiracy theory of recent times, when he declared straight-faced that the Australian Greens were a front for the CIA?
A vote for this party of impostors is a vote against the future of all Australians, except the filthy rich and the arrogantly powerful. Give Clive and Phil Allen the patriotic two-fingered salute – vote for your own and your family’s future wellbeing in Richmond by voting 1 for Dawn Walker of the Greens.