MP Kelly to lead Palmer party to election

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Liberal turned independent MP Craig Kelly will lead the United Australia Party into the federal election pushing unproven coronavirus treatments.

Mr Kelly quit the Liberal Party in February refusing to stop pushing unfounded claims about treatments including ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine.

The MP for the Sydney seat of Hughes on Monday announced he would lead the UAP into the election due next year.

Mr Kelly hasn't got the COVID-19 vaccine after seeking what he called "a second opinion from what our medical bureaucrats are telling us".

"Australians are entitled to a debate on the subject, they're entitled to listen to a second opinion," he told reporters at Parliament House.

But he denied being an anti-vaxxer, bringing to the press conference a printed picture of him getting the flu shot.

Mr Kelly claimed the COVID-19 vaccination did not affect the chance of someone contracting coronavirus.

This goes against the wealth of medical evidence to the contrary.

Mr Kelly also touted vitamin C as a treatment and floated a High Court challenge to state border closures on constitutional grounds.

The Clive Palmer-founded party intended to run candidates in all electorates and contest Senate seats.

Mr Palmer, a mining billionaire and former MP for the Queensland seat of Fairfax, spent around $80 million at the last election but didn't win a seat.

He earlier this year came under scrutiny of Australia's medical regulator over a flyer questioning the efficacy of vaccines.

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