Palmer unfazed by rising complaints
Former politician Clive Palmer is sending out more unsolicited texts, despite receiving more than 3000 complaints from the 5.6 million Australian voters he has already contacted.
The United Australia Party founder, who wants to return to Canberra, would not reveal yesterday how he got hold of the phone numbers or the cost, but insisted the campaign had been a success.
‘‘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.
More texts were sent yesterday, prompting additional complaints on social media, with more than a dozen people expressing confusion and frustration at being contacted without their permission.
‘‘Clive Palmer slithered unwelcome and unsolicited into my texts this morning with no option to unsubscribe from his mailing list,’’ one woman wrote on Twitter, adding a vomiting emoji.
Another woman called waking up to the text ‘‘possibly the most terrifying moment of the year yet. Australians should now expect a 2 am call from Abbott I guess?’’
Mr Palmer said it was legal for political parties to contact voters via SMS.
His spokesman confirmed more than 3000 people had complained directly to the party via text message and emails since they were first sent late last week.