The following is taken from DLP Riverina candidate Paul Funnell’s blog.
Election campaigns are like pressure cookers. They expose the cracks in parties and candidates.
Pretty soon the disconnect between what people say and what people do gets exposed.
Yesterday, I received something in my letterbox.
It was an election DVD from the Palmer United Party.
It’s bright yellow cover (looking strangely familiar, sort of like DLP yellow) was headed with the words “We’re Fair Dinkum”. And there was a big picture of Clive on it, with his thumbs up.
But when you turn it over, in very very small print on the back, you see the whole thing was printed in China. Whoops!
At the DLP we have a strong “Made in Australia” ethos. We believe in it deeply.
All our material, whether during a campaign or otherwise, is made here, in this country, by Australians.
To do otherwise would be sheer hypocrisy.
A country is what a country makes.
Our Senator, John Madigan, helped launch the Australian Manufacturing and Farming Program.
The goal is to get politicians out of Canberra and into factories and on farms, to get them out into the real world, where things are made and things are grown.
So what Australian printers missed out on Clive Palmer’s campaign work because it was printed in China?
And what else is his party pushing out that was also made overseas in sweatshops or factories using cheap labour?
Really, we think it’s a disgrace – and more than anything, it makes any claims of being “Fair Dinkum” sound hollow and false.
And one more thing.
Every reference to the Prime Minister on Clive’s DVD is about Julia Gillard. That’s right. He uses her name repeatedly.
His whole strategy is not only built on a false promise – it’s out of date.
Clive’s jive, it seems, is just that.