Text pest Palmer vows to carry on

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT -

FOR­MER politi­cian Clive Palmer has dubbed his un­so­licited text cam­paign a suc­cess — de­spite re­ceiv­ing more than 3000 com­plaints from the 5.6 mil­lion Aus­tralian vot­ers he con­tacted, in­clud­ing many in Tas­ma­nia.

The United Aus­tralia Party founder — who wants to re­turn to Can­berra — wouldn’t re­veal yes­ter­day the cost of the cam­paign or how he ac­cessed the phone num­bers, but he in­sisted fur­ther texts would be sent out.

A text sent to peo­ple in Tas­ma­nia from “CliveUAP” said: “Pay 20% less tax in Tas­ma­nia. Give Tas­ma­nia the edge for growth. Vote 1 United Aus­tralia Party, Clive Palmer”.

“We had an out­stand­ing suc­cess­ful re­sult ... it went out to 5.6 mil­lion mo­bile phones with 280,000 peo­ple con­tact­ing our party web­site (as a re­sult),” Mr Palmer said in Syd­ney, while launch­ing a new po­lit­i­cal game phone app.

The Aus­tralian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion last week said Mr Palmer had not breached the Elec­toral Act in send­ing the texts, and said po­lit­i­cal par­ties were gen­er­ally not re­quired to ad­here to the Spam Act, the Do Not Call Regis­ter Act or the Pri­vacy Act.

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