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Clive Palmer’s campaign will have a body count


Clive Palmer launches another election campaign of disinformation and unwanted text messages, this time posing even greater danger, writes Andrew P Street.

CAN YOU FEEL IT, dear reader? That faint but unmistakably putrid smell of wet memes and moral decay? It can only be one of two things: A truck full of rotten fish has crashed into the abandoned vomit factory, or Clive Palmer’s political inclination is back.

Unfortunately, it is the latter.

The United Australia Party is already gearing up for the next election as Palmer attempts to regain the same triumph as in 2019, where he spent $ 83 million to secure zero seats in both chambers. However, it did help the backsliding of the coal-friendly Morrison government, which celebrated its victory by immediately opening up the Galilee Basin to coal mining.

In case you gratefully erased the UAP from your brain, it was invented after the ignominious collapse of the Palmer United Party in 2016, where Palmer’s brief period of only occasionally appearing in Parliament ended with him without even bothering to challenge his seat in Fairfax and all but one of his senators quit the Party.

The UAP continues to claim that it is a continuation of the old Party of the same name which later evolved into the Liberal Party and was the original home of Robert Menzies. And of course, that’s an odd move considering Menzies fans already have a party at their disposal that can actually hold the government, but it should at least remind voters of the party’s ties to the Liberals.

Palmer is a former member of the Queensland Liberals (now the Queensland Liberal-National Party) who quit in 2012 after clashing with then-Prime Minister Campbell Newman, who also resigned and is now running for the Liberal Democrats. Even Palmer United’s lone mainstay, Dio Wang, quickly joined the WA liberals when PUP finally expired by the side of the road.

So the claim that the UAP is somehow philosophically distinct from liberals is debatable at best and it can be rightly assumed that all the schtick “you can never trust the liberals again. Labor or Liberals “is addressed more specifically to Labor leader Anthony Albanese than to Prime Minister Scott. Morrison.

And now that he has added the intellectual weight of NSW MP and former Liberal Craig Kelly to the squad – perfectly bypassing new party demands for large members – the UAP is on the cusp of ‘bring its unique form of discord and money laundering to another federal campaign. .

Already newspaper ads and unwanted text messages have started and soon there will be bogus legal threats against any publication that refuses to run its ads on the grounds that they deny its political freedom of expression.

And that’s a problem because what he’s saying is, to use a technical term, dangerous shit.

Palmer spent much of the pandemic demanding open borders, particularly in WA, and declaring that COVID-19 vaccines have killed half of the animals used in clinical trials – a claim which, as one could to expect, based on no evidence beyond right-wing American memes.

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And, as one would expect, like so many proud public vaccine-skeptical spokespersons, he’s strangely suspicious of whether or not he received the blow himself, despite the fact. pushing discredited quack remedies and vitamin cures and threatening legal action against Washington state government health boards – a move that Washington state premier Mark McGowan has been justly congratulated as “A deranged approach”.

So far, so Palmer. The problem is, this time around, what Palmer is peddling isn’t just wrong – now it’s actively dangerous.

Of course, Labor was not going to introduce a death tax at all last time despite Palmer’s general publicity campaign – indeed, not only was it not a policy, but the Party specifically excluded it – but that lie was right, well, a lie.

This had consequences, of course, in as much as it helped usher in the cursed political era we are living in now, but at least one could argue that to say that Labor was going to do something that it was not explicitly doing. not was not directly harmful to people’s health.

However, this time around, Palmer is pushing his anti-lock, anti-mask, something-something freedom agenda with a secondary order of discredited medical advice recommending drugs of which he coincidentally has a large and currently unprofitable stock.

To be clear, anything that perpetuates the current cycle of explosive COVID-19 case numbers, underfunded hospitals and ongoing lockdowns is a bad thing. Anything that encourages people to refuse to trust medical experts and assume that someone with a history of questionable claims is giving healthy health advice is an even more terrible thing.

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And Queensland is already going to be a battleground for angry and irresponsible candidates with questionable understanding of reality. One Nation opposes masks and vaccine passports as their only escape from the dark (with Pauline Hanson and her slash-NRA henchman James Ashby attending a Queensland rally this weekend). And the aforementioned Campbell Newman is optimistic that the electoral affection he has gained as prime minister to a much criticized and downright defeated tenure will elevate him to the Federal Senate.

But Palmer’s deep pockets will get the COVIDiot message to broad-format newspapers and main roads across Australia, all with the ultimate goal of preventing a Labor government (or, in its darkest nightmares, a Labor government with the Greens in the Balance of Power in the Senate) undermining his lucrative coal empire by doing literally anything against climate change.

And if that means helping prevent public policy from stopping a deadly virus from running, then hey – you can’t make an omelet without breaking some health restrictions.

And Palmer may be buying the ad space and billboards for this election, but it’s ordinary Australians – especially those who heed his vaccine-skeptical rhetoric – who will pay the ultimate price.

Andrew P Street is an Adelaide-based Sydney-based journalist, author, publisher and broadcaster, as well as an Independent Australia columnist. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewPStreet.

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