Clive Palmer sends unsolicited texts
A number of Australians have today received unsolicited text messages from Clive Palmer.
In what appears to be part of his political comeback, texts were sent to people around the country.
However it has left many frustrated, raising questions about how their phone number ended up on such a list.
In Sydney, the message to recipients read: "Make Australia Great. Fast trains for Sydney. 1 hour to CBD from up to 300kms away. Vote 1 United Australia Party."
The texts also include a link to the party's website.
Similar messages were sent to people in Melbourne, while in South Australia the texts referenced the state's ongoing energy battle.
"Blackouts wreck our lives. We need affordable, reliable power," it read.
In Queensland, texts spruiked Mr Palmer's plan to reduce tax in certain regions.
The messages do not appear to have a clear option to opt-out or unsubscribe, and the main response from recipients is outrage.
"How the HECK did Clive Palmer get my mobile number? #auspol," one woman said.
However, the United Australia Party told nine.com.au the messages are not breaching any privacy legislation.
"The texts sent to residents were fully compliant under legislation approved by the Liberal and Labor governments," a party spokesperson said.
"The United Australia Party has received strong levels of support as a result of these texts from Australians who are fed up with the raw deal they are getting under the Liberal/Labor duopoly."
Last week, Mr Palmer was accused by US band Twisted Sister of ripping off their hit song "We're Not Going to Take It", in his new political ads.
In the United Australia Party's made-for-television advertisements, a vocalist sings: "Australia ain't gonna cop it, no Australia's not gonna cop it, Aussies not gonna cop it anymore."
"This use is unauthorised, and we will do our best to stop it," lead guitarist and manager of the band, John "Jay Jay" French said in a statement, admitting he had no idea who Mr Palmer was.
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