Clive Palmer has endorsed Cassandra Duffill for UAP

UAP: Gold Coast businesswoman Cassandra Duffill. Photo: Supplied

UAP: Gold Coast businesswoman Cassandra Duffill. Photo: Supplied

CLIVE Palmer's United Australia Party has nominated Cassandra Duffill to stand against LNP incumbent Scott Buchholz in the May 21 federal election.

The Melbourne-born naturopath and business marketing consultant moved to the Gold Coast as a young child.

"My parents were hard working, average Australians," she said.

"My father was a spray painter and my mother worked various roles before being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

"I completed my early education and university locally, before relocating to Sydney in 1998 to pursue a marketing career. After spending several years in both Sydney and Melbourne, working in corporate marketing for some of the biggest brands in the country, including McDonald's head office and Melbourne Airport, I returned to the Gold Coast to raise a family."

After also gaining qualifications in naturopathy Ms Duffill said she launched a successful practice.

"I have a personal passion for the health and wellness industry and am a keen advocate for the disabled and those suffering due to medical negligence.

"In 2020 I created a business marketing consultancy with a particular interest in supporting small business, our tourism sector and the employment opportunities these offer the local community."

Ms Duffill said she decided to become involved in politics during the height of COVID restrictions.

"I've never been interested in politics because I always felt like my vote never mattered," she said.

"I would always support somebody with good ideas but it never seemed to make a difference on polling day. We ended up with the same-old, same-old.

"This last couple of years changed things. I started to see Australia change and it was beginning to become a place that I didn't recognise any more.

"We were having to segregate, having to lock down and being forced into things we really didn't want to do.

"I'm a business owner and a mum and first they came for the business, imposing lockdowns and restrictions, we had to jump through all these hoops.

"Then they came for us personally, using mandates ... and coercion to try and force people into a medical procedure they may not have wanted.

"When they came for our kids, that's when I thought this is a step way too far. I'm willing to comply as much as possible to keep the peace but when they started targeting children ... I realised we'd gone so far away from democracy and basic human rights that it was time to stand up and fight to get them back."

Ms Duffill said she had visited towns across the Scenic Rim and Logan.

"A lot of people have been telling me that they feel forgotten," she said.

"They feel their small businesses have been ignored, they feel that infrastructure, roads and necessary services haven't been provided.

"They just think they haven't been heard so I think we've got a really good chance here to reinvigorate our rural communities.

'There's a lot of support coming financially but also having someone on the ground who's willing to meet people, talk to them and find out what they wantis going to make a huge difference.

"I think our farmers, our agricultural areas need support. We have a massive amount of boutique tourism and small businesses that have just never gotten the support they need to thrive.

"I'm excited to really start to bring that to our region."

Ms Duffill said she chose to stand for the UAP because it had a sound plan.

"UAP has the best financial plan to pay off the debt and get us back to where Australia used to be," she said.

Social media posts by Ms Duffill state the UAP will bring a trillion dollars in offshore super back to Australia and cap home loan rates at three per cent.

More information about UAP policy and Ms Duffill's intinerary can be found on the Cassandra Duffill UAP Wright Facebook Page.

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