Rudd’s tip: Palmer will hit iceberg
THE Palmer United Party is destined to fail, according to independent senate candidate Greg Rudd.
Mr Rudd, who has 25 years experience in politics, said history showed parties built around a single personality didn't last.
"When these personality-based parties are born, they're born out of protest that there's a growing view within Australia that the two mainstream sides of politics aren't delivering sufficient results for Australia," Mr Rudd said.
"Basically, (they think) 'we want you, the major sides of politics, to deliver better for the country. You're not, so we're starting a new party'."
But these protest parties rarely survived long.
He cited the Democrats, which was formed around former Liberal Minister Don Chipp in the 1970s, Pauline Hanson's One Nation and The Greens, which he noted had declined since the retirement of long-term leader Bob Brown.
"Depending on the individuals involved, it will go down sooner or over a period of time," Mr Rudd, the older brother of former PM Kevin, said of the party formed by billionaire businessman Clive Palmer.
"The Greens are declining, Pauline Hanson (with) One Nation, up and down much quicker, Bob (Katter), it'll be up and down, Clive (Palmer), it'll be up and down, because that is the nature of personality-based political parties."
Mr Rudd last week proposed that "bedrock" economic policies be determined by an all-in debate over two years and then locked in for Australia, regardless of what political party was in government.
"The two groups that are going to make Australia a better place are the two major sides of politics - it's not about forming protest parties.
"I want to be an independent senator who works with both sides of politics, who coerces, argues, befriends them, convinces them that we can fight each other 75% of the time, but for 25% of the time let's put our country first," he said.