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Rio Tinto rules the roost in Queensland

from Townsville bureau

Mining giant Rio Tinto in spite of its much-touted support for indigenous people on Cape York Peninsula has economically suppressed the Napranum Aboriginal community which adjoins the township of Weipa.

Three years ago an application was made to Rio Tinto by local elders who hold a Forestry Department timber cutting permit, to resume timber harvesting on Rio’s vast mining lease.

Federal MP Bob Katter and candidate Dan McCarthy inspect the sawmill at Napranum which has lain idle for five years because Rio Tinto won’t allow timber cutting on its vast mining lease in spite of a local Aboriginal group holding a valid Forestry harvesting permit. Rio prefers millions of dollars of timber to go up in smoke.

A Napranum native title group had been cutting timber on the mining lease and processing it in their modern sawmill since 1996 but halted production due to management and distribution problems in 2015.

A spokesperson said the sawmill and at least 10 local jobs had been idle ever since. Rio management at Weipa made every excuse during negotiations to recommence harvesting to prevent timber cutting on any part of their lease.

Instead at least three times a year the miner clears and burns large areas of valuable hardwood.

In 2017 at least 3000 acres of prized Cooktown Ironwood and Darwin Stringy timber worth at least $800,000 after processing was cleared and burnt without a single log being salvaged.

This occurs on an annual basis.

The mining giant claimed timber cutting could not go ahead because they had found palm cockatoos and quolls on parts of their lease. It was explained to the environmental section that these animals are not endangered and can be found across the Peninsula and south to Mareeba.

Never mind their fate when clearing and burning occurs.

The State Government, which issued the harvesting permit, has done little to get the timber cutting and sawmill restarted.  It seems Rio rules the roost in Queensland.

Check if your member of parliament voted for Labor’s baby killing laws

See if your local MP voted for the worst abortion laws in the world

A list has been published of current Queensland MPs who voted for some of the most grotesque abortion laws in the world.

Few voters know the shocking fact that the “Termination of Pregnancy Act 2018” does not allow pain relief for aborted babies.

Worse still, it means that 204 born-alive babies (after an abortion procedure) were left to die without being given life-saving medical treatment.   (This statistic of 204 was extracted from the Health Minister Cameron Dick by a Parliamentary “Question on Notice” no. 779 by MP Mark Robinson (LNP).

If this sort of thing happened to animals the RSPCA would be protesting.

Queensland Voters have the opportunity to protest by numbering every square and putting LAST on their Ballot Paper the MPs listed below who voted for this extreme legislation.

List of Current MP’s from LABOR, GREENS & INDEPENDENT

who voted in QLD Parliament on 17.10.2018 for bad Abortion Law

Leeanne Enoch / Algester (ALP)                                   Corrine McMillan / Mansfield (ALP)

Bart Mellish / Aspley (ALP)                                          Bruce Saunders / Maryborough (ALP)

Chris Whiting / Bancroft (ALP)                                     Grace Grace / McConnel (ALP)

Craig Crawford / Barron River (ALP)                            Mark Bailey / Miller (ALP)

Di Farmer / Bulimba (ALP)                                           Mark Ryan / Morayfield (ALP)

Michael Healy / Cairns (ALP)                                       Jess Pugh / Mount Ommaney (ALP)

Don Brown / Capalaba (ALP)                                       Cynthia Lui / Cook (ALP)

Mark Furner / Ferny Grove (ALP)                                 Steven Miles / Murrumba (ALP)

Meaghan Scanlon / Gaven (ALP)                                  Sandy Bolton / Noosa (Independent)

Glenn Butcher / Gladstone (ALP)                                  Leanne Linard / Nudgee (ALP)

Joe Kelly / Greenslopes (ALP)                                      Nikki Boyd / Pine Rivers (ALP)

Annastacia Palaszczuk / Inala (ALP – Premier)               Yvette D’Ath / Redcliffe (ALP)

Jennifer Howard / Ipswich (ALP)                                  Kim Richards / Redlands (ALP)

Jim Madden / Ipswich West (ALP)                                Barry O’Rourke / Rockhampton (ALP)

Charis Mullen / Jordan (ALP)                                       Stirling Hinchliffe / Sandgate (ALP)

Brittany Lauga / Keppel (ALP)                                      Jackie Trad /South Brisbane (ALP)

Joan Pease / Lytton (ALP)                                            Mick de Brenni / Springwood (ALP)

Melissa McMahon / Macalister (ALP)                           Shane King / Kurwongbah (ALP)

Julieanne Gilbert / Mackay (ALP)                                 Duncan Pegg / Stretton (ALP)

Michael Berkman / Maiwar (Greens)                             Aaron Harper / Thuringowa (ALP)

Peter Russo / Toohey (ALP)                                          Scott Stewart / Townsville (ALP)

Shannon Fentiman / Waterford (ALP)                            Cameron Dick / Woodridge (ALP)

Steve Minnikin /  Chatsworth  (LNP)                            Tim Nicholls / Clayfield  (LNP)

ABSTAINED – Linus Power / Logan (ALP)         SPEAKER – Curtis Pitt / Mulgrave (ALP – did not vote as Speaker)

All three Katters Australian Party members vigorously opposed the legislation.

 

https://cairnsnews.org/2020/10/07/the-baby-killers-of-the-queensland-labor-party/

https://cairnsnews.org/2020/10/25/the-vile-baby-killers-of-the-queensland-labor-party/

 

The vile baby killers of the Queensland Labor Party

by Townsville Bureau 

Shocking new abortion laws supported by the Labor Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui in 2018 that allow a medical practitioner to abort a living foetus at 37 weeks have been aired on radio ads running across the state and paid for by the ‘Put Labor Last’ group.

On October 17, 2018 the Termination of Pregnancy Act was passed. The legislation allows a late term foetus to be terminated until birth at 37 weeks. Aborting this living child amounts to murder.

Labor member for Cook Cynthia Lui, has three children of her own and has been criticised by voters for supporting the killing of live babies at 37 weeks old

Cynthia Lui hails from Yam Island in the Torres Strait where traditional custom does not allow for abortion and her support for killing babies and other repugnant, feminist Labor policies have infuriated a portion of Islanders.

A Torres Strait Regional Council source on Thursday Island said two factions had formed among the island communities, one to support Ms Lui and another to get rid of her.

Lui’s support of late term abortion has also grated with voters in the lower half of the Cook electorate in which she took power at the 2017 state election following the dis-endorsement of then Labor member Billy Gordon.

Polling booth workers in Mossman, Mareeba and Port Douglas have reported disquiet among voters who once may have supported Lui.

Killing living babies has been first among Labor rejections heard by booth staff.

Lui, said to have three children of her own, supported the conscience vote as did every other Labor member. See the shocking video of Labor politicians rejoicing in the House after the Abortion bill was passed.

https://www.laborlast.org.au/

Particularly repugnant is the image of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk being furiously hugged by the now disgraced Labor back-bencher Jackie Trad.

Three members of the LNP also supported the legislation but Katters Australian Party, the remaining LNP members and a cross-bencher voted against it.

The Labor Party could have a vested interest in killing live babies for organ harvesting to make the banned substance Adrenochrome which is said to be the elixir of life and taken by celebrities around the world purportedly to keep them young.

It is manufactured by oxidising adrenaline extracted from live babies and consumed by the Hollywood elite, politicians and other high-ranking world figures.

Like the world market in human organs, young children trafficked for the sex-trade and burgeoning witchcraft ceremonies in Queensland, this could be another underground industry supported by the elitists of the Australian Labor Party.

https://cairnsnews.org/2020/10/07/the-baby-killers-of-the-queensland-labor-party/

https://cairnsnews.org/2020/03/23/the-storm-is-upon-us-adrenochrome-users-among-the-rich-and-famous-going-down/

ABC News Reported on Vaccines Containing Ingredients Derived from Aborted Babies

 

Liberal Party’s cashless society now moving fast as supermarkets refuse cash

Totally compromised banker’s man PM Scott Morrison, rushes in a ban on cash that has nothing whatsoever to do with alleged Covid 19 infected banknotes or tax evasion.  The ABC and MSM are supporting the NWO takeover with their fake news

Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, has expressed his disgust on the back of the announcement that some inner-city supermarkets will no longer be accepting cash.

“A proposal by one of the supermarket chains to go cashless?” Mr Katter said in disbelief when first confronted with the news.

The LNP’s cashless coup now quickly taking shape. Bob Katter says he will lead the demonstrations to stop the banks and federal government from owning every person in the country

“Once cash vanishes then you become the puppet of the banks,” said Mr Katter.

“A cashless society means the only way you can buy anything is if the bank approves it and four banks encompass 90% of Australia’s transactions.”

“If we Australians are stupid enough to trust 4 giant corporations and their puppets, the Federal Government, then we are really stupid people.”

“Australian currency is owned by the people, not the banks.”

Mr Katter’s tirade follows a major supermarket informing the public that, from yesterday, they would no longer be accepting cash payments at six more inner city stores in Melbourne and Sydney. This is on top of the six stores that began the trial in July this year.

“The concentration of power here is really scary,” Mr Katter added.

“The giant supermarket chains have destroyed owner operator businesses across Australia.”

“This is the first step onto a slippery slope, and it will be absolutely disastrous, at a time when people are trying to desperately to get their money out of the banks and financial institutions.”

“I will lead the first demonstration in the first store that they attempt to do it!”

Cairnsnews advises voters in the upcoming Queensland election on October 31 to vote for a KAP candidate or you will go down with the Admiralty law ship. If valid, corporation law would prosecute Queensland Inc for trading while insolvent. The state is hopelessly bankrupt yet the knucklehead Premier and the equally silly Opposition Leader, bereft of any intelligence have taken election pork-barreling to such lofty heights the Reserve Bank will have to print money non-stop for the next two years.

Up to 97 per cent of the Great Barrier Reef is in pristine condition – Independent Peter Campion

An independent candidate for the rural seat of Hill (SW Cairns) in October’s state election has harshly criticised a 2008 amendment to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act of 1975 that gives “wrongologists an escape clause for damage done to farmers by their questionable expertise and advice to government”.

Peter Campion of Tolga, a retired fireman, is a long-term climate change sceptic and energy realist who has been a regular contributor to the Cairns Post’s ‘Letters to the Editor’ column. Mr Campion is standing for Hill against the Katter Party’s Shane Knuth.

Peter Campion, is a repetitive letter writer published in North Queensland newspapers campaigning about the scientific foibles of climate change but is better known as Barnaby Joyce’s new father-in-law.

“The GPRMPA Act came about due to concerns for the Great Barrier Reef, which initially stemmed from early Reef tourism operators’ misunderstandings of natural reef systems and cycles – especially relating to the ‘gardeners of the Reef’, the Crown of Thorns starfish,” he said.

“The GBRMPA Act had been in operation for 33 years before Reef researchers felt the need to have an escape clause inserted.

“To me, that suggests that by 2008 they had realised there was a fair chance they were wrong.”

The amendment that has drawn Mr Campion’s scorn is in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2008, which inserts a “precautionary principle” clause.

“The amendment describes the precautionary principle as ‘… the principle that lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing a measure to prevent degradation of the environment where there are threats of serious or irreversible environmental damage.’”, Mr Campion said.

“On the basis of this blatantly ridiculous ‘precautionary principle’ all farms , industries, towns, sewage systems, and roads should be closed as they all represent a threat to the environment.

“A better precautionary principle would be the proper Popperian scientific method that automatically assumes all science is only correct until such time as it is proved that it is not – which happens far more often than you’d think.

“It is just horrific to think that these scientists, who completely failed to produce their proof to the recent federal Senate inquiry into the Palaszczuk government’s anti-farmer reef regulations, suspected 12 years ago that their work might not be reliable. Why else would they lobby for an escape clause to give cover for their own malfeasance?” he said.

The scientists at the focus of Mr Campion’s anger, Ian Chubb, Geoff Garrett, and Ove Hoegh-Gulberg, took to the far-left website The Guardian to attack the Senate inquiry as a form of defence of their research. Notably this is the research that Professor Peter Ridd was sacked from JCU for suggesting might be unreliable.

Mr Campion noted, “In their own article they still had to admit that ‘little more than 3% of the coral’ may be negatively affected by water quality issues. That means 97 per cent of the Reef is unaffected, but they still want to impose draconian controls on our food producers.

“This is an outrage. These individuals, and their institutions, are unworthy of any further support from taxpayers and the Palaszczuk government’s anti-farmer Reef regulations must be repealed immediately.”

Email: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority:  info@gbrmpa.gov.au

Queensland Premier:  premiers.master@premiers.qld.gov.au

Age pensioners will be placed on the Indue cashless welfare card

Your grandma is next! Fight Morrison’s creeping cashless economy agenda

From the Australian Citizens Party

The Senate will soon vote on the Morrison government’s bill to extend the trials of the Indue cashless welfare card. These trials are part of the government’s and banks’ creeping cashless agenda, to force Australians into electronic payments and effectively trap them in banks. The government’s bill to ban cash transactions over $10,000 is part of the same agenda. While Australians angrily reacted in huge numbers to the $10,000 cash ban, which sparked an insurrection against the bill in the government’s own ranks, too many have failed to recognise the cashless welfare card is a foot in the door for the same agenda. If you oppose the push to a cashless economy, call cross-bench Senators Jacqui Lambie, Stirling Griff and Rex Patrick before Wednesday to demand they oppose the bill.

Totally compromised banker’s man and Prime Minister Scott Morrison is being controlled by the Deep State and is pushing Australia, as the NWO guinea pig, into a cashless society

Don’t fall for the justification that the Indue cashless welfare card ensures welfare recipients in highly disadvantaged communities spend their money responsibly and not on alcohol and cigarettes. The card is a totalitarian technological short-cut that is a substitute for addressing the real causes of welfare dependency and drug and alcohol abuse in disadvantaged communities. It is also a trial of a program that is intended to be rolled out Australia-wide, which will include recipients of the aged pension. The government falsely and insultingly calls the pension welfare when in fact it is a payment for which pensioners have contributed all their lives. The trials currently include recipients of disability and carers payments.

On 11 September 2019, the Citizens Party exposed how the Indue cashless welfare card is part of the broader push for a cashless economy:

The Morrison government’s cashless welfare card, and draft $10,000 cash ban bill, are part of the program to force Australians into a cashless economy system that will enable the private banking cartel and government to monitor and measure their words-the financial activities of every Australian.

In 2012 the RBA [Reserve Bank of Australia]-the high priests of the financial system who conjured Australia into a debt and real-estate bubble, and now use monetary policy solely to pump more debt into the bubble to prop up the banks-conducted a review of the payments system, using its legislated powers, unique among central banks, to promote efficiency and competition in the payments system. That review led to the establishment of the Australian Payments Council (APC), which was founded by the Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA, now Australian Payments Network) to promote a strategic agenda for the Australian payments system through industry collaboration. The APC set out to create the platform for real time electronic payments clearing (including peer-to-peer consumers instantly paying each other through their phones), which is the infrastructure for a cashless economy. This idea became the New Payments Platform (NPP), and to coordinate the project and industry efforts to bring it to life, APCA engaged global accounting giant KPMG.

The NPP is now up and running, although in a fledgling state. It is jointly owned by 13 of the biggest financial institutions in Australia. Extraordinarily, the RBA itself is one of the owners-a massive conflict of interests for Australia’s central bank to effectively be in a business partnership with the private institutions it is supposed to regulate. Another curious name on the owners’ register is Indue, the private corporation that holds the contract to manage the government’s cashless welfare debit card, for which Indue is paid $10,000 per card to administer, and which the government wants to roll out Australia-wide.

While KPMG was coordinating the NPP, its former boss, Michael Andrew (now deceased)-the only Australian to ever become the worldwide boss of one of the Big Four global accounting firms-was chairing the government’s Black Economy Taskforce. In the Taskforce’s 2017 report, Andrew recommended the $10,000 cash ban to move people and businesses out of cash and into the banking system, which makes economic activity more visible, auditable and efficient.  In other words, to force Australians on to the NPP!

With the Indue card the government is picking off welfare recipients to be the first forced into their cashless regime, but your grandma is next. Meanwhile the banks are succeeding in using the pandemic disruption to advance their plans to reduce cash use and make people more reliant on electronic payment systems.

Here’s the good news: although it’s officially still in the Parliament as a bill, the government’s $10,000 cash ban has stalled. The government has gone very quiet on the issue, and that is entirely due to the huge public backlash they received after unveiling the bill last year. The Australian people fought them back, but must continue to do so every time the government tries to push the cashless agenda. This cashless welfare card bill is one of those times, so the Citizens Party is calling on concerned Australians to contact the three cross-bench Senators before Wednesday to insist they oppose this bill.

Senator Jacqui LambiePh: (03) 6431 3112Email: senator.lambie@aph.gov.au Senator Rex PatrickPh: (08) 8232 1144Email: senator.patrick@aph.gov.au Senator Stirling GriffPh: (08) 8212 1409Email: senator.griff@aph.gov.au

Qld Nationals long gone, only Liberals wearing Akubras remain

LNP in love with Greens. Queensland as we know it will disappear

The LNP’s gifting of preferences to the Greens ahead of Labor should come as no surprise but is nonetheless the final death knell on the former National party’s allegiance to rural and regional Queensland, Katter’s Australian Party Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter has said.

“The Liberals have well and truly won over the old Nats; and these are Liberals who appear hell-bent on selling their souls,” Mr Katter said.

Speaking on the confirmation by Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington that the LNP would preference the Greens above Labor in all 93 Queensland seats at the upcoming State Election, Mr Katter said there had been no real Nationals in Queensland politics for a long time.

Robbie Katter warns the LNP that giving Greens their preferences will see a Greens minority government which will stop all development

“In the interest of playing politics and boosting their chances of taking office in the tower of power on George Street, the LNP has betrayed everyone outside south-east Queensland,” he said.

“The LNP’s former leader Tim Nichols best stated why the LNP should put Greens last and the KAP agree with his reasons completely.

“According to Tim, and the reasoning for which he provides very publicly on social media and the internet, the Greens are: anti-jobs, anti-farmers, anti-small business, anti-property rights, anti-school choice, anti-health choice, pro-death duties, pro-carbon tax, pro-higher electricity prices and pro-more government intervention.”

“Can the Opposition Leader tell us why she thinks that Tim Nichols is wrong, and why her path is right?

“Why does she disagree that the Greens are anti-jobs?

“Why does she think that the Greens are not anti-farmers and small business?

“Why does she give support to a party that is pro-carbon tax, pro-higher electricity price and anti-coal?”

Mr Katter said while he understood the age-old rivalry between the major parties, the LNP’s decision to effectively back the Greens during what has been heralded the most important State Election in decades was narcissistic and reckless.

He said it was likely both Labor or the LNP would need to seek support from the cross-bench to form government after October 31, and that handing extra seats to the Greens could be the end of Queensland as we know it in a balance of power situation.

“The fact is that the LNP is a Brisbane party and it is not surprising that it has all come to this,” he said.

“We already know that the LNP will not support financially coal-fired power stations and that the LNP voted against a motion that the KAP pushed for, which called on governments to treat coal the same as renewables,” Mr Katter said.

“The LNP Member for Callide Colin Boyce put the interests of his electorate first and shocked us all last month when he voted with the KAP, One Nation and Jason Costigan against the mining commissioner/reef approvals legislation, which is even more lead in the saddle for miners and farmers.

“However it was the LNP who ignored the interests of regional Queensland and pandered up to the inner suburbs of Brisbane once again.

“This will be the last straw for many long-suffering LNP supporters who have put up with the LNP’s drift away from its values and its supporters to the point that it is now unrecognisable.

“What we need to know is what else the LNP will give away.

“We know that Labor is ready to pander to the extreme Left if needed; but now it would appear we have much of the same from the Opposition too.

“The LNP are ‘cityslicker wolves in sheep’s clothing’, and they should be ashamed to show their faces north of the Sunshine Coast.”

Mr Katter said the KAP had always put the Greens last on its how-to-vote cards and would do the same in the 2020 Queensland Election.

“If people want to be certain that they are putting Greens last and voting for a party which will not deal with the Greens, they should look to the KAP,” he said.

The baby killers of the Queensland Labor Party

By Jim O’Rourke, Townsville bureau

In October 2018 every Labor Member of the Queensland Parliament passed the Termination of Pregnancy bill which allows a health practitioner to abort a foetus over 22 weeks old.

The legislation allows a late term foetus to be terminated until birth at 36 weeks. Aborting this living child amounts to decriminalised murder.

Introducing the bill, the Attorney General Yvette D’Ath told parliament the bill decriminalised abortion and removed the offence of killing an unborn child from the Criminal Code.

Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018

6 Termination by medical practitioner after 22 weeks

(1) A medical practitioner may perform a termination on a woman who is more than 22 weeks pregnant if— (a) the medical practitioner considers that, in all the circumstances, the termination should be performed; and (b) the medical practitioner has consulted with another medical practitioner who also considers that, in all the circumstances, the termination should be performed.

(2) In considering whether a termination should be performed on a woman, a medical practitioner must consider— (a) all relevant medical circumstances; and (b) the woman’s current and future physical, psychological and social circumstances; and (c) the professional standards and guidelines that apply to the medical practitioner in relation to the performance of the termination

This legislation horrified the Christian community and the Catholic church railed against the Labor Party for introducing baby killing laws.

Not only did all Labor Party MP’s vote for this abomination, so did three LNP members, Jan Stuckey (since resigned), Steve Minnikin, Tim Nicholls,  the only Greens member Michael Berkman and the sole independent Sandy Bolton.

The majority of the LNP and the three Katters Members voted against it.

Cairnsnews was told at the time this bill passed into legislation, at an ‘abortion bill’ celebration held in a hotel by some Labor members after parliament, an obviously intoxicated Deputy Premier Jackie Trad danced on a table top with a bottle of alcohol.

The Labor Party’s baby killing laws will be their Achilles heel come the state election on October 31.

Labor members who voted for this bill:

This is an extract from Hansard on October 17, 2018 which records the Ayes and Noes in favour of this revolting, Satanic bill.

It is time to flush out the child traffickers and Satanists from all Australian parliaments. It starts at the top.

The penny just dropped for Premier Palaszczuk – the ALP is on the nose

Staff writers

For Queensland Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk the penny just dropped – Labor is on the nose, in fact it is putrid in the north and most other parts of the state except the spoilt south east corner.

For the past three days the entire State Cabinet descended on a languishing Cairns where the ALP has three state MP’s and another at nearby Mareeba.

Comrade Premier Palaszczuk porkbarrelling like a drunken sailor

The Labor Party has realised that strong opposition from Katters Australian Party and LNP candidates in the four, key Labor held seats could see all four sitting members exit parliament after the October 31 election and the Premier lose government.

Like a drowning man clutching at straws the Premier is lashing out with obscure, expensive projects trying to ooze into the duopoly’s pork barrel.

But the genie is already out of the barrel with the Bradfield Inland Irrigation Scheme, incidentally, which federal MP Bob Katter has been talking up for three decades.

Katter’s Australian Party Leader Robbie Katter warned North Queenslanders to be wary of lip service from both Labor and the LNP as the Brisbane-based parties attempt to out-bid one another as the number one supporters of the game-changing Revised Bradfield Scheme.

Mr Katter has thrown cold water on an announcement today by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk that economist Professor Ross Garnaut will head the State Government’s review of proposals for the long-awaited, drought-busting scheme first proposed in the 1930s.

The discredited, token, ALP mouthpiece Professor Ross Garnaut should stick to economics for which he could have been trained.

Economist Ross Garnaut with his book on how to get rid of carbon dioxide and metres high ocean rises

 

Most people will remember Garnaut’s dire predictions resulting from his inquiry into so-called global warming.

According to Garnaut’s wild predictions ten years ago, those living along the eastern coastline would now be snorkelling  to their front doors under three metres of ocean.

Compounding her ridiculous policy thought bubbles, the Premier said she would spend millions of dollars planting trees on Cape York Peninsula. This stupid idea has enraged Cape York pastoralists who said they had spent a lifetime trying to get rid of excessive trees and thickening undergrowth to grow grass for stock.

One said there are “far many more trees on the Peninsula now than in 1770 when Captain Cook sailed past.”

Palaszczuk is a dead duck and she knows her time is up. She has two local dud MP’s, Cynthia Lui and Craig Crawford who have been unable to stem the outward flow of Labor support.

Cairnsnews can reveal neither has the support of their local branch members and both have found it extremely hard to find polling booth workers or to get any assistance with their campaigns.

Labor Member for Cook Cynthia Lui has lost all support from local ALP branches

Labor sources claim unions have been asked to help but there has been no local assistance forthcoming.

The source said polling booth volunteers from unions would probably come from southern Queensland, provided Covid rules allow it.

Crawford as Fire and Emergency Services Minister has managed to disenfranchise and lose more than 11,000 volunteers from the Rural Fire Service over mandatory blue cards and unrealistic, dangerous, bureaucratic changes to fire ground operations.

RFS members say morale has never been worse or have they ever lost so many volunteers because of political stupidity.

Lui has been missing in action from her electorate of Cook since she was first elected in 2017.

Cook stretches north from Mareeba to the PNG border. Earlier this year she made her frequent absence from the electorate permanent by moving her Mareeba office and staff to Cairns where she lives.

 

High power prices and renewable energy will finish off most industries

By Alan Moran, Saltbush Club and Cairnsnews,

Rio Tinto’s [Paywall] announced closure of its aluminium smelter in New Zealand due to uncompetitive power prices is a reminder of the vulnerability of Australia’s four remaining smelters, all of which face sharply higher prices courtesy of government energy policies. With energy costs comprising about a third of their total costs, smelters are industry’s bellwethers of future energy competitiveness and all four of Australia’s are on national suicide watch.

As a result of subsidies to wind and solar, these expensive and unreliable energy sources have caused high customer costs, both directly and indirectly, while also diverting the nation’s investment resources into avenues that actually damage the economy.

Amumina producer Rio Tinto Alcan has threatened to close its CQ Boyne Smelter over  extortionist power prices causing the loss of 3000 jobs. This would place Rio’s Weipa bauxite mine under a cloud.

The Queensland Labor Government”s suicidal rush to rely on 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030 will finish off any remaining industries that rely on base load power. Rio’s Tannum Sands aluminum smelter is struggling now with high power costs and has threatened to close down its Gladstone refinery and Boyne smelter if power charges don’t ease. This would result in the loss of more than 3000 jobs for its Gladstone  workforce.

Commonwealth and state subsidies for wind and solar energy are running at just under $7 billion a year. $4 billion of these are as a result of requirements imposed on consumers by the Commonwealth’s Renewable Energy Target, its similar provisions for roof-top installations and measures taken by state governments. Some $2 billion of assistance to renewables comes from direct subsidies.

The effect of these subsidies is compounded by their forcing out of production lower cost coal generators. As a result, prices are now double what they were three years ago, bringing the national damage to over $15 billion per year. The outcome is that from having the world’s lowest cost electricity we now suffer from being among the highest and our reliance on intermittent renewables has left supply increasingly precarious.

But it does not stop there. In order to accommodate the subsidised renewables, consumers are being required to spend vast sums to augment transmission links.

These expenditures are for two reasons. First, they are to allow the surplus from wind and solar during daytime peaks to be exported – a further subsidy to renewables. Secondly, they are to provide greater security for those regions, especially South Australia, which have become over-reliant on intermittent power, having jettisoned the in-state coal generators that provided stability and reliability. In addition, suffering from a disastrous Malcolm Turnbull thought bubble, we are in the process of converting the magnificent Snowy and Tasmanian hydro systems into quasi-batteries that will, at a cost of 30 per cent of their output, simply offset the inherent unreliability and intermittent nature of wind and solar. The Tasmanian link is likely to cost over $2 billion and Snowy2 will be far pricier than this.

At some future date we will ask how this was allowed to happen. How did we as a nation not only acquiesce in but actually finance the demise of our energy industry? Agenda 21 can provide the answers.

Obviously, the great sales pitch from the wind/solar subsidy seekers is part of the answer. That pitch promised low cost reliable electricity if only the government offered a few incentives as a bridge to this future. So also is the hysteria, on which the subsidy-seekers’ pitch partly rested, about global warming and the misinformation that this can be remedied by Australia abandoning the fossil fuels that still supply three quarters of our electricity.

But a great deal of the blame must be sheeted home to the bureaucracy, especially Treasury, formerly the gatekeeper to wasteful spending and the leader in combating other damaging proposals and policy stances. Forty years ago, under the legendary John Stone, the Commonwealth Treasury not only focused on paring back ministerial spending ambitions but was also the leader in reducing regulatory imposts – which were at that time mainly in the form of import tariffs.

Gradually Treasury has metamorphosed. Treasurers themselves, with the notable exception of Peter Costello, have been incapable of resisting the green interventionist advice that they have been offered.

Today the Treasury is headed by people who are wedded to accelerating an “inevitable” replacement of fossil fueled electricity generation to one dominated by wind, solar or some yet to be discovered alternative. Secretary Steven Kennedy was the author of the notorious 2008 Garnaut report with its panoply of taxes and new spending levers designed to transform the economy. The two senior Deputy Secretaries, Jenny Wilkinson and Meghan Quinn have also spent over a decade pressing for socialist carbon taxes and other interventions designed to push the economy in the directions they favour.

The coronavirus crisis offers an opportunity to turn back the tide before it engulfs the entire economy. Benefits include savings of over $2 billion in Commonwealth and state outlays presently wasted in direct support of renewables, a further $5 billion in regulatory forced transfers imposed on electricity customers and almost $10 billion in consequent increases in wholesale energy costs. In addition, there are the further outlays down the pike on new transmission lines and in converting the hydro schemes into renewable support facilities.

But the leading bureaucrats will not help in illuminating these opportunities and the Energy Minister is either incapable of persuading his colleagues to reverse course or he too is captive to the same environmentalist fervor.

Busting the ‘poor blackfella me’ myth

Aboriginal Australians are riding on the gravy train and based on 2016* figures released by the Productivity Commission, state and federal governments spent $33.4 billion on the indigenous industry for that year.

This equates to $44,886 for every Aborigine and Torres Strait Islander, or at least people claiming to be indigenous, compared to $22,356 each for non-indigenous citizens across the 150 expenditure categories.

https://www.pc.gov.au/research/ongoing/indigenous-expenditure-report/2017/ier-2017-indigenous-expenditure-report.pdf

Whatever way it is looked at, putting aside the crescendo of racist screams from the pseudo indigenous mob marching in the streets demanding more taxpayers money, indigenous people are twice as well off compared to non-indigenous in financial terms.

Indigenous Australians plundering the public purse get twice as much as non-indigenous

If we take Cape York Peninsula, home to about 5000 Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, their living conditions are exactly what they choose.

The 14 isolated Peninsula and Gulf local government communities have more than double per capita spent on them than the rest of Australia. There they have well-funded government programs of every shape and size which have been ongoing for more than 40 years.

There are many thousands of government bureaucrats, quangos and NGO staff running these programs which are in the hundreds and too many to publish in this format, even if we could find all of them.

Housing and health consume much of the total annual budget. There are a dozen Aboriginal and Islander health organisations with offices in Cairns and every remote community including the Torres Strait. They operate large fleets of cars and buses all assigned with fuel cards.

The federal government is spending $4 billion over the next four years on the Indigenous Australian Health Program.

Another $90 million for primary health care was committed on July 1.

Indigenous Healthcare services for Queensland cost the taxpayer $1, 670.9 billion in 2016.

The hospitals and clinics in these communities are equipped with the latest medical equipment and staffed by well-trained black and white nurses and doctors.

There are five Queensland Ambulance Service bases across the Peninsula boasting some of the best trained staff in the country.

Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft and doctors are continually servicing Aboriginal communities across the north, running regular clinics and transporting injured or sick patients to Cairns Base hospital on a daily basis.

A festering point of contention among Cape York residents is priority of patients for medical emergencies.

Although the Royal Flying Doctor Service will not admit it, pastoralists and other inhabitants claim Aborigines get priority over them for emergency medical evacuation flights.

Perhaps flights are prioritised on a financial basis? Which patient attracts the best contribution?

Housing for remote communities between 2008 and 2018 cost taxpayers more than $1 billion.

An election promise of another $105 million is expected to roll out over the next 12 months for remote northern indigenous housing.

The building industry benefits greatly from housing construction across the north where the average cost of a three bedroom dwelling is about $600,000. This does not include land.

In spite of continual drug and alcohol induced rioting at the Aurukun Aboriginal community, which saw six of these expensive homes burnt down last year, the capitulating Queensland Government is busy rebuilding them at great expense. These dwellings could easily be burnt down again in the ongoing warfare among the five community tribes.

Nationally, Indigenous Education and Training expenditure for the 2016 financial year was $5.776 billion, with Queensland’s share in 2016 costing $1,463.5 billion.

Every northern indigenous community has a modern school which is the envy of every teacher outside of the Far North. Technology has not been spared in these schools and most indigenous students, that is those who attend, are whiz-kids when it comes to mobile phone and internet ability.

The federal government in response to the Covid 19 destruction of the national economy is paying the displaced workforce of more than one million employees $1500 per fortnight to sit on their bums at home.

Dole payments have been doubled from $540 a fortnight to more than $1000 a fortnight which has provided a booze bonanza for many Aborigines lounging around on their boasted “sit down money.”

Is it any wonder most industries and farmers cannot get employees back to work?

Those who cry “poor blackfella me” should crawl back under their rocks.

* Latest figures available

The biggest disappointment in the family is not me

The Labor Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui has spent months of her time putting together legislation to enshrine Torres Strait Islander adoption tradition into law while motorists are being killed on the neglected streets of the largest town in her electorate.

Lui, from Yam Island in the Torres Strait, controversially moved her office from Mareeba, out of the electorate to Cairns earlier this year, leaving the lower half of Cook without representation.

Cook MLA Cynthia Lui has dumped 22,000 constituents from the bottom half of her electorate

She said constituents from the Torres Strait found it hard to contact her in Mareeba, one hour’s drive from Cairns.

She relocated the office to the Commonwealth Centre in Cairns to enable a handful of Torres Strait constituents to meet with her after arriving on subsidised flights from Horn Island.

Ms Lui has dumped the 22,000 residents of Mareeba and Douglas Shires leaving them without state representation.

A spokesman for the largest traditional owner group in the Torres Strait told Cairnsnews the child-rearing practices bill introduced by Ms Lui on Thursday into State Parliament was actually related to an Aboriginal custom and not that of Torres Strait Islanders.

Ms Lui has had an electorate office on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait ever since she was elected.

Meanwhile a female motorcyclist was killed in an accident on congested Byrnes Street in Mareeba on Tuesday when a four wheel drive vehicle drove into the rear of her stationary motorcycle while trying to turn into a service station.

Mareeba has been suffering extreme traffic congestion as thousands of tourist vehicles converged on the arterial main street bottleneck this week, heading north after Covid restrictions were lifted.

The Tablelands’ first set of traffic lights, recently erected at a major intersection in the CBD have caused chaos with local traffic forming long queues during peak hours.

Successive State Governments have refused to construct a heavy vehicle, main street bypass, gazetted for 35 years, to divert hundreds of large trucks driving through the CBD each week while parked cars and converging traffic play Russian roulette with smelly semi-trailers full of Cairns rubbish or others carrying dangerous goods.

A heavy vehicle bypass would have enabled The Main Roads Department to leave the large roundabout intact. The Labor government took the soft option of installing lights for $3.5 million instead of building a more expensive bypass.

Federal Member Bob Katter last week opened an office in Mareeba. He says his staff will help to fill the electoral void left by Ms Lui.

Mr Katter said he was “moving heaven and earth” to get funding for the construction of a heavy vehicle bypass, stipulating the work should go only to local contractors.