GLEN Innes domestic violence advocate Cindy Duncan has been announced as the United Australia Party's candidate for New England.
Federal leader of the party Clive Palmer said Ms Duncan would also serve as UAP's Shadow Minister for the Status of Women.
Ms Duncan said she benefited first hand from the former Palmer United Party's efforts in ensuring the government's planned $25.5 million cuts to domestic violence funding did not go ahead.
Having endured a challenging 29-year marriage, she says she is very grateful for Mr Palmer's stance on women's rights.
"Australia is at a political and social precipice,'' Ms Duncan said.
"As Australians, it's time we recognised just how much our political leaders have neglected us and our nation's resources.
"The United Australia Party has sound policies that I believe can correct the mistakes made by past governments to help all Australians, not the select few,'' she said.
Ms Duncan has broad life experience having spent time in the Army, and as a business owner, legal secretary and journalist.