Etter to contest Denison for PUP

FORMER Integrity Commission boss Barbara Etter will contest the seat of Denison for the Palmer United Party at the state election in March.

Mrs Etter will also be the deputy leader of the state PUP and joins Kevin Morgan, who was announced last week by federal leader Clive Palmer, as the candidate for Braddon and state leader.

Mrs Etter came to Tasmania in June 2010 to take on the role of chief executive of the Integrity Commission, and was the former assistant commissioner for Western Australia police.

Controversy surrounded Mrs Etter when she left the Integrity Commission after just 15 months into the five-year post and took legal action against the government for breach of contract, claiming conditions that it imposed made it impossible for her to perform her duties.

``This is a real change in direction for me as a career public servant and 30 years in policing,'' she said.

``I have never been a member of a political party.''

Mrs Etter said she had not seen PUP policies yet, but hoped to have input in them, and wants to set up an independent commission against corruption.

PUP Senator-elect Jacqui Lambie released a policy yesterday which calls for $5 billion in foreign aid be paid to Tasmania over the next four years.

``I need that money to get Tasmania back on its own feet,'' Ms Lambie said.

Ms Lambie said all candidates supported the policy, and that the money should be ``spent in our own backyard''.

Party leader Kevin Morgan said Tasmania needed federal government intervention to transition the economy.

The rest of the PUP team will be announced next week, and is expected to run 20 candidates in the election.

Hobart Alderman and ex-PUP candidate Marti Zucco has filed an objection to the party registration with the Tasmanian Electoral Commission but Mr Morgan said he was confident registration would be settled before the writs were issued next month.

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