October 27, 2017 – Leader of the state KAP party and Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter has released his policy regarding the formation of new North Queensland State.
“If the KAP holds the balance of power at the next election we will immediately take the first step toward the establishment of North Queensland as a separate state.
“The first step will be the establishment of a committee of independent experts with knowledge of the legal, economic and social factors to be considered and addressed to facilitate the establishment of the state of North Queensland.
“The independent committee will develop a ‘roadmap’, that will define the steps required to establish the state of North Queensland,’’ Robbie said.
Mr Katter said a logical starting point of a border when splitting Queensland in two, would be the Tropic of Capricorn.
“If this border was adopted it would place Rockhampton in the state of North Queensland.
“Crucially our indigenous population would also have to be closely consulted,’’ Robbie said.
“Robbie says the Australian constitution is well prepared for the creation of a new state.
“A new State can always be created by an Act of the Commonwealth Parliament. The constitution has provisions included so this can take place. It’s not as if this has never been considered before.
A new state can only be created if the State in which it is to be created holds a successful referendum of the voters of that State.
“However, there has not been a new state created in Australia since 1859 – during the same time the United States of America created almost 20.’’
Under our unicameral system of Parliament, Queenslanders have been dominated by major parties which focus on winning votes in the South-East of Queensland. Meanwhile, they take the wealth that’s generated in regional areas and funnel it down to their South-East Queensland seats.
“North and Western Queensland are economic powerhouses. Real Gross Regional Product in Mackay was more than twice that of the state average while the North West was three times the average.
“About 60 per cent of Queensland’s export industries are above the Tropic of Capricorn and contain only 20% of the population.
“Given the decline of the north and the regions under multiple ALP and LNP Governments we believe the time is right to once again seriously consider the creation of separate North Queensland State.
“It would result in an immediate financial return back to those who created the wealth in Queensland,’’ Robbie said.
North Queenslander Bill Bates is currently touring Queensland in an effort get people to sign his own personal petition to create a second Queensland state.
Generally, petitions which attract 10,000 signatures will be debated in parliament.