Craig Kelly, the federal leader of Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party, has announced the first of his promised “big name” candidates for the next federal election.
The controversial former Liberal MP said the announcement would be followed soon by “many others” as the UAP rolled out its campaign which Mr Kelly claimed would lead it taking over the government benches in Canberra.
“I am very proud to announce the first candidate for the UAP, Ivor Mectin, (main picture) who will stand against federal Health Minister Greg Hunt in his Melbourne seat of Flinders,” Mr Kelly told reporters at a Sydney news conference.
Refusing to socially distance from others at the news conference, appearing without a mask, and repeatedly coughing in people’s faces, Mr Kelly said Mr Mectin “has what it takes” to defeat Mr Hunt.
“Ivor has a tremendous pedigree as a businessman in the mining industry, although I am advised I shouldn’t go into details about that because of current litigation.
“He has also been the owner and operator of a tourist resort and golf course at a location which I am advise must be kept secret due to current litigation, and as someone who has previously taken a deep interest in politics.
“I am certain he will go on to defeat Mr Hunt who has been one of those guilty of stealing our freedoms by promoting this bogus virus and a vaccine program designed to insert mini-transmitters into our brains to read our thoughts and report them to ……” Mr Kelly said before being interrupted by Mr Mectin who said he was pleased to be running for the UAP.
“I must pay tribute to Clive Palmer for my…. for his foresight in establishing the party and for buying…. I mean choosing Craig Kelly as its leader,” Mr Mectin said.
“I look forward to the fight in Flinders and I must now leave to begin my campaign so I can’t take any questions,” he said before waddling from the room and being driven away in a late model Rolls Royce.