Palmer un­fazed by ris­ing com­plaints

Shepparton News - - VIEWPOINT -

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.

Pic­ture: AAP Im­age/Jeremy Piper

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