Clive Palmer says his party can secure the balance of power in Victoria’s Upper House and has announced 21 Palmer United Party (PUP) candidates who will stand in all eight Upper House regions for the state election.
He reminded the crowd at Sunday’s candidate launch that the Greens held the balance of power in Victoria’s Upper House for three years to 2010.
“Can anyone tell me what the Greens did other than draw their salary and talk in cliches?” Mr Palmer said.
“If we get the balance of power in Victoria we’ll deliver results for the community – you can mark my words on that.”
Mr Palmer said the Victorian PUP would focus on job creation and education, and blocking the privatisation of state assets, but policy platform would be announced on November 16.
A state PUP leader would also be announced on that date.
“Remember, federally, our party is the only party that can stop the Abbott education plan in the Senate, and the only party that can stop the [Medicare] co-payment,” Mr Palmer said, when quizzed further on state policy direction.
He also denied there was a split in federal PUP despite Senator Jacqui Lambie’s blanket threat to vote against all Government bills until the Australian Defence Force pay offer is increased.
“She can’t split the party, the party is bigger than that,” Mr Palmer said.
“The whole party is against what the Prime Minister is doing … cutting back on the proper increments for our defence forces.
“But we’ve got a responsibility, the people elect us to the Federal Parliament to consider bills based on their merit, and there are a lot of bills we have to consider before Parliament.”
Victorians go to the polls on November 29.