Candidate running against Clive Palmer plans to let constituents vote on every piece of policy

A candidate who plans to stand against Clive Palmer on the Sunshine Coast will give constituents the chance to vote on every policy using a mobile app or the internet.

Former policeman Chris Bullen will challenge the mining magnate in the marginal seat of Fairfax at this year's federal election, as part of the Online Direct Democracy Party.

Mr Bullen, inspired by Mr Palmer's foray into politics, expected the seat to attract a large number of independent candidates.

"It's a typically Liberal area, lots of Liberal voters. However, the willingness to embrace Clive Palmer as something different does tend to indicate that there are people existing in this area with open minds," he said.

Mr Bullen said the Online Direct Democracy Party had no policy platform other than to respond to the desires of its constituents.

"[We] ask the electorate what they want us to do and we do it," he said.

Mr Bullen said the party would employ advanced IT systems where every voter could tell them what policies to support or reject.

"Everybody will have an account, and when a bill is proposed a message is sent out to the voters, and if you're interested in that issue, read through the information provided then vote for it [online]," he said.

Mr Bullen predicted about five per cent of the population was without direct internet access, but they could ask a trusted friend to vote for them or access a computer at the local library.

He said using such a system of government meant members of parliament did not need an opinion about policies because they were merely a conduit for gathering votes.

Mr Bullen was confident the time it took to pass a bill by polling people on every issue would be determined by advances in technology.

"The systems are quite sophisticated. IT is coming ahead in leaps and bounds," he said.

Palmer's primary support plummets, poll shows

According to a Galaxy poll commissioned by News Corp and released on Monday, Mr Palmer's primary support in Fairfax is down to two per cent, from 26.5 per cent in 2013 when he narrowly won the seat.

Mr Bullen said independent politicians such as Mr Palmer should be respected for their dedication to public service.

"I think that putting down minor parties as unrealistic or irrelevant is spitting in the face of democracy," he said.

"Politics is politics. It's an ugly business in the background, so we should never be pointing at anybody else and saying look at their misfortune.

"It's irresponsible and it's immature."

Meanwhile, Mr Palmer has told ABC radio the latest Galaxy poll results were dubious because the poll was commissioned by News Corp.

"I think it's very important to democracy that we don't let all this circus that Rupert Murdoch's created over a lot of issues that are completely untrue, that we don't let take away people's choice," he said.

Mr Palmer said despite the figures he would run for Fairfax in the next federal election.

"There's no reason why I wouldn't run. There are a lot of people that have given me their support," he said.

"You don't just run because you think you'll win. Democracy is about choice."

Mr Palmer denied he would switch to run for the Senate instead of the House of Representatives.

Source: ABC News

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