Team Clive Palmer has a Messenger for Hinkler

Political candidate for Hinkler Rob Messenger (centre) pictured with Vietnam veteran Roger Dwyer (right) and local business owner Shaun Beckett.
Political candidate for Hinkler Rob Messenger (centre) pictured with Vietnam veteran Roger Dwyer (right) and local business owner Shaun Beckett. Robyne Cuerel

IN THE shadow of Clive Palmer's notorious golf course dinosaur in Coolum, ex- member for Burnett Rob Messenger has bound himself to the billionaire's dreams of starting a new political party by committing to run for the federal seat of Hinkler.

Backed by Mr Palmer's coal profits, Mr Messenger could become the T-Rex of Hinkler, a seat the incumbent Paul Neville will not contest the election this year.

The maverick ex-parliamentarian is key to Mr Palmer's plans to form a new political party called the United Australian Party.

Messenger met in secret with Mr Palmer and renegade former LNP members Dr Alex Douglas and Carl Judge at Coolum last weekend to discuss the genesis of a new political party Mr Palmer is considering forming.

Mr Messenger lost the state seat of Burnett running as an independent at the last state election.

Dr Douglas and Mr Judge, both now sitting as independents, share one thing with Mr Palmer and Mr Messenger: former membership of the LNP.

"What I can say is that I had a positive meeting with Mr Palmer and the others and that I will be part of a team at the next federal election," Mr Messenger said.

Camp Palmer considers Mr Messenger able to garner some of the 500 vital votes required to establish a federal political party pursuant to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.

The Australian Electoral Commission does not list the United Australia Party on its current register of political parties.

Mr Messenger was summonsed to a meeting with Mr Palmer, and the former LNP parliamentarians Dr Douglas, ex head of the Ethics Committee, and Carl Judge, Member for Yengorapilly, through the offices of Dr Douglas's wife, Susie.

Policy issues such as better representation for war veterans, a ramping up of defence force numbers, better training opportunities to stave off importation of foreign labour and illegal immigration were discussed.

"They are all working with Clive on the possibility of forming a party under the name of the United Australia Party," Mrs Douglas said.

"It needs to be emphasised that it is early days yet."

Topics:  clive palmer federal government political party politics rob messenger

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