Friday, May 20, 2022

Vote often 7

If you are a young person and know nothing about politics, and truly many don't, and you have to make a choice on our voting day Clive Palmer's United Australia Party may appeal to you. 

Palmer has flooded television with political vote for me and my party advertising. On the face of it his ads are very appealing. They are so pro Australia, with a 15% tax on mining exports, a 3% maximum interest rate for home buyers. I could go on with more examples but his policies are derided by all economic experts. I read in reputable media that Palmer is paid $1 million a day by a Chinese company to export our mining resources and no doubt the Chinese company is state owned by China.

Palmer's propaganda like political posing scares me as I can really see the appeal of simplistic campaign to the ill educated and gullible, especially young men who would shout out in a pub, Australia for Australia. 

Of course as rich people do, Palmer has been very reluctant at times to pay his own bills. He is one very rich and scary man.


This was ready for publication but a text message arrived to my phone just after 5pm.
 
"Australia transferring all AU hospital & health care to to World Health Org immediately 
Stop them 
Vote 1 United Australia Party
Click for more"

I am not sure where this nonsense came from and given I am sure it is untrue, I won't waste my time looking. In Australia, and I'd be interested to know if other countries do the same, there is a 48 media black out of political advertising before voting opens. This is to prevent last minute outrageous advertising and in my opinion, it is not a bad thing. Unfortunately it only applies to old media such as newspapers, tv and radio and not to anything that might arrive to your phone or via the internet. THAT needs fixing.

26 comments:

  1. So much for the 48 hour media blackout. THAT Clive Palmer United Party ad was in our Advertiser paper today! Less than 24 hours to voting time.

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    1. Ok River, and I assume it was a load of nonsense that I assume it is.

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    2. And I hope that is explained somehow as not being illegal. Maybe I am wrong about newspapers and it only applies to tv and radio.

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    3. I think it is broadcast media only.

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    4. I think you are correct Caro.

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  2. He is one scary and sadly powerful man. Money does that. I really, really hope that he does as well this year as he does in the last election and spends a motza and gains no seats.

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    1. EC, a better knowledge of preferences would help. Is any other party giving him their preferences. Like you, I hope he loses. To find some good, he might split Hanson's vote.

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  3. There is a political wave sweeping across the world that is scary, wrong and poisonous.

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    1. Sandra, indeed there is and we hope Australia can undo some of that at this election, here at least.

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  4. Anonymous4:50 am

    I would have been very happy not to put a number against the UAP candidate on my voting paper, except it would have then voided my vote.

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    1. Hels? I thought the same when I voted.

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  5. Anonymous7:09 am

    If the image is indeed Palmer, he is so obese that he is simply incompetent with his health and future life. Are his supporters in the same dire condition? Roderick

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    1. A simple observation Roderick and I would say yes to your question, in fact some of his candidates too.

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  6. Palmer got the LNP across the line last election. If they get across the line again this election it will be thanks to him. I was about to say that his only redeeming feature is that he breaks up the right wing vote but given preferential voting that isn't of so much consequence, and it is outweighed by the votes he will definitely get because enough people will take his rubbish at face value. He would be funny if he wasn't so damaging.

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    1. I expect you are correct MC. Yes, funny if not so dangerous.

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  7. This election really shows that it's all about money and how much you have to throw around. Scary stuff.

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    1. Caro, it seems to be more so at each election, going down the American path and I don't like it.

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  8. Oh, don't we all love a good political campaign. The only problem is telling truth from lies.

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    1. Cro at times lying but also twisting the truth, which may be the same thing but more subtle.

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  9. Clive Palmer’s $100 million foundation to benefit Aboriginal people launched 10 years ago only has $109 in it, despite never having disbursed a grant or allocation, according to financial records published by the Australian Charity Commission.

    The Western Australian government said "We are currently investigating any avenues which might be available to compel Mr Palmer to make good on his promise,” WA’s Aboriginal affairs minister told Guardian Australia.
    Now I don't care if Palmer promised a truckload of money to WA or not. Charity is a personal concern. But then he shouldn't publicly announce the massive gift and shouldn't have received any credit for it.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/03/clive-palmers-100m-aboriginal-foundation-only-has-109-in-it-records-show

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    1. Hels, that sounds like a crime to me. Well picked up by you.

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  10. Sounds like you have your own Donald Trump down there.

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    1. That's a fair call Kirk. Fortunately Palmer is taken less seriously. But then who thought Trump would be taken seriously.

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  11. Has Clive Palmer based his body shape on that of a space hopper?

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    1. No, just an exaggeration of my own body shape.

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  12. That man is not for me, disgusting.

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