LNP neglect of bush equal to Labor’s says Katter

Member for Mount Isa, Rob Katter says LNP’s scorecard on the bush is just as bad as Labor’s.

His comments follow the release of the new Community Sporting Grants worth nearly $20m which have been allocated mainly to South East and major regional cities.

“None of these funds have been allocated west of the Great Divide.

“The LNP has forgotten about the west, that’s why the west needs a strong voice in Parliament,” Mr Katter said.

“These sporting grants are so important to small rural and regional towns in the West, giving bush people the opportunity to improve facilities and make sport and leisure activities affordable for everyone.

“This is just another blow by a bullying government which doesn’t give its rural members latitude to stand up for their electorates.”

Mr Katter asked where the LNP members were when the Government passed the Year 7 Transition legislation, which was highly damaging to rural towns without high schools.

“Where were the LNP members in rural electorates when the ethanol mandate bill was presented to Parliament?

“They had the opportunity then to stand up for sugar cane farmers who would benefit hugely from an ethanol mandate.

“That is why the bush needs strong representation outside of party influence, not party hacks who will be bullied and intimidated by the LNP/ALP party machines in Brisbane.”