Clive Palmer.
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CLIVE Palmer has angered Sunshine Coast voters after yesterday launching a "robocalling" campaign.

Some Coast residents were annoyed after receiving an automated telephone campaign message from the mining magnate.

Robocalling involves an autodialler being used to deliver a pre-recorded phone message.

The Daily yesterday received one of the unsolicited calls and featured Mr Palmer, who is running for the seat of Fairfax, delivering his campaign message.

Several Coast residents contacted The Daily to complain about the tactic.

One Buderim businesswoman said she was shocked when she received the call on a number which was unlisted and on the Do No Call Register.

"I think it's an invasion of privacy," the woman, who only wished to be known as Karen, said. "I'm on the Do Not Call register.

"It's a campaign message, it just goes straight into it. It hits you right between the eyes. At first I thought 'who is this?' They really bombard you. Then I recognised his horrible voice from the TV."

Telemarketing calls, including robocalling messages, from political parties are exempt from Do Not Call laws.

Mr Palmer made no apology for the tactic, saying every other political party employed similar techniques.

"The people of the Sunshine Coast will be getting calls from Kev (Rudd) and Tony Abbott in the next couple of days," he said.


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