Clive Palmer Announces Political Comeback Under New Party Name
It will be a "significant milestone" for Australian politics, according to Palmer.
What you need to know
- Clive Palmer has relaunched the Palmer United Party (PUP) under the name The United Australia Party
- The party will contest upper and lower house seats at the next federal election
- He had denied starting a new political campaign as yellow billboards with the slogan 'Make Australia Great' popped up across the country
Clive Palmer has announced he is making a political comeback by relaunching his deregistered party under a new name.
The embattled businessman said in Brisbane on Sunday that the United Australia Party -- what was once the Palmer United Party -- will contest all upper and lower house seats at the next federal election.
Just weeks ago, he had denied starting a new political campaign as hundreds of bright yellow billboards appeared around the country with the slogan ‘Make Australia Great’.
Palmer deregistered the PUP last year. On Sunday, he said the “reestablishment” of a UPA, under which former prime ministers Joseph Lyons and Robert Menzies had once served, was a “significant milestone” in Australian political history.
“All Australians are tired of our current crop of politicians,” he said in a statement.
“It is time to unite the country for stronger economic growth that can restore prosperity to all our citizens.”
Palmer is currently locked in a court battle with liquidators of his company, Queensland Nickel. Justice John Bond has ordered a freeze on more than $200m of his assets plus more than $340m in those held by his companies.
The mining magnate has recently claimed he would use some of his companies’ $500m worth of cash reserves to reopen the Townsville nickel refinery where 800 workers lost their jobs.
Last month, he was slammed for his publication of a hefty new book detailing his political career, with many MPs standing in solidarity with those workers by dumping their copies in the bin.