Clive Palmer Has Sent Another Mass Spam Text Promising To Ban Mass Spam Texts
Checked your phone lately? You'll probably have a text from Clive Palmer, linking to a dead website.
The mining magnate and controversy magnet has sent out another huge mass unsolicited text message to countless Australians. A text message, sent from "UAP" -- the United Australia Party -- landed in many inboxes on Thursday morning.
"When elected, United Australia Party will ban unsolicited political text messages", the text reads.
The message also includes a link to a website, unitedoz.net. It is not the official UAP website, and in fact, it contains... basically nothing. As of Thursday morning, the site is almost completely blank, a white background containing only a standard political authorisation from the UAP.
10 daily contacted Palmer's representatives, who confirmed the text had come from UAP and was legitimate.
Leaving aside the irony of sending a mass spam text promising to ban mass spam texts, it's just the latest bizarre move from the political party.
Palmer's bright yellow billboards have assaulted eyeballs nationwide, while his equally 'loud' ads with their jingles have blanketed TV screens for weeks.
Palmer sent out other messages through the week, promising fast trains and to 'Make Australia Great', with many wondering how their number was obtained for the text blast.
"Under the Privacy Act all registered political parties are entitled to contact Australians via text," Palmer said earlier this week, defending his party's strategy in the wake of criticism and complaints.
"Distribution lists are generally available through nearly any advertising agency in Sydney... We'll be running text messages as we get closer to the election because it's a way of stimulating debate in our democracy."
This week also saw the launch of a new mobile phone game titled 'Clive Palmer: Humble Meme Merchant'. The app, reminiscent of side-scrolling arcade-style games such as Mario, sees players controlling Palmer as he runs to collect biscuits while avoiding Bill Shorten -- depicted as a cockroach -- and other politicians.
Rupert Murdoch also appears clad in black robes, while the gameplay also takes digs at other media organisations like News Corp and Buzzfeed.
Palmer has also faced repeated questioning and court action over his business interests and what he owed to former employees of his company Queensland Nickel.
The company went into administration in 2015, and numerous workers claim they are still owed thousands of dollars in unpaid wages. The federal government was forced to intervene and provide tens of millions in payments to workers left out of pocket.
A court case over the QNI collapse will run into mid-2019.
Speaking about the company this week, at the launch of the game, Palmer said criticisms over claims of unpaid entitlements were "absolute rubbish" and "fake news by the media".
"It's public record that most of the Queensland Nickel workers have been paid everything they're owed," Palmer said.