|Previous names:||Palmer United|
||Make Australia Great
Put Australia First
What Australia Grows, Grows Australia. Support Aussie Farmers
|Themes:||The lucky country. Wealth creation, especially by mining, manufacturing and tax cuts. Clive Palmer personality cult? Feels a bit Trumpian, but without the absolute lack of compassion. Doesn’t like Bill Shorten.|
||Upper House: All of them.
Lower House: All of them.
|Preferences:||As has been the subject of endless media conversation, United Australia is preferencing the Coalition in every seat. Other favourite political parties are the Australian Conservatives, who they put in their top five wherever they are running, and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers, likewise. United Australia is not afraid to embrace the crazy, and thus preferences Katter’s Australian Party once and the Citizens Electoral Council Twice. The Small Business Party and the Democrats appear twice each, and Rise Up Australia and the Lambie Network each appear once. Amusingly, their how to vote card in the ACT is invalid – they preference five parties above the line, and also the Ungrouped Independents, which you aren’t allowed to do.
The main thing the parties preferenced have in common is a complete disregard for the environment, as befits a party founded by a mining magnate. Though I can’t help feeling that the CEC, with their wild theories and love of grandiose infrastructure projects may actually be Clive Palmer’s natural home… that super fast mag-lev rail would fit right in with his dinosaur park and Titanic replica…