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by staff writers
Far North Queensland federal member Bob Katter has attacked the Liberal National Party’s Identify and Disrupt bill before Parliament, enabling police to spy on every citizen by coming through a back door in emails and other private media communications.
He said Australia is now a total Orwellian society and voters should be alarmed at the LNP/ALP duopoly’s trashing of human rights.
The Identify and Disrupt Bill 2021 grants the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) the power to modify, add, copy, or delete data, on a person’s online accounts.
So what this means is that the AFP can log into your Email, your Facebook, Instagram any other social media, and not only view it but actually alter it however they want. They can send emails on your behalf, they can post things on your behalf, they can engage in criminal activity on your behalf in order to reach their objective. And if they want to throw you under the bus, you’re just collateral damage.
This will not only turn Australia into a bigger surveillance state, but it will make the government the enemy of Australians.
“The Christian Brothers, and other educators, insisted on us reading 1984 and A Brave New World, and now these Orwellian predictions have never seemed more real,” Mr Katter said.
“Whatever argument you have for forsaking your freedoms, at the end of the day you will find it’s a poor trade off.
Mr Katter said Australia was becoming one of the most oppressive western regimes, and things were getting worse every day as both mainstream political parties restricted people’s freedoms.
“George Orwell’s book 1984 released in the 1960s was a horror story, but now it is a brutal reality,” he said.
“The Government can fund multi-million-dollar hardware to use against its own people when at the same time they can’t even provide the resources to protect their citizens against continuous home invasions, build dams, or to firm up our fuel security.
“Even boiling a billy after a walk through the bush can put you in breach of multiple petty regulations these days. It’s 1984 Orwell, not Australia.”
This is not vax vs anti-vax, this is not state vs state, this is human rights. Do you want to ask the government permission to go see your Mum who lives in another state or never travel to another state because they’ve decided your not allowed in.
We need our rights and freedom back, we can use our numbers, lets use people power. We all need to get involved for it to work. Please take this seriously and take a few minutes to help protect your rights, protect the children’s future!
Craig Kelly Introducing the Bill for ‘No domestic COVID vaccination passports 2021’
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Note – make it your own; take or add what you like/belief, we are individuals and have our own beliefs so please express your beliefs as i said we are talking about protecting our Human Rights with this Bill, Covid is just the easy fear tactic for us (Australian’s/Humanity) to not fight for our ‘rights’ and freely give up our birth right of ‘freedom’ to move uninhibited around our big beautiful country we all love so much. Fight for Australia, fight for our freedom and fight for our future generations freedom.
To ____ the Federal member for _____
I’m writing to you as a concerned constituent, as I am deeply disturbed by the prospect of limited travel under the introduction of domestic vaccine passports.
Restricting travel as a means of coercing the population of Australia into receiving a vaccine that is still in it’s trial phases is extremely unethical, and I’m of the firm belief that to do so is a gross violation of our civil liberties and medical autonomy.
To restrict our freedom of movement in exchange for a medical procedure or otherwise goes against:
- The Universal declaration of human rights – article 13
- The Australian human rights commission – article 12
- The Australian Commonwealth Constitution – section 92
Covid-19 vaccines have somehow breezed through the system without TGA approval under rushed emergency legislation with no scientific transparency, and I’m disgusted that our federal government would consider restricting our freedom of movement as a means of coercing Australians into accepting a substance that has not yet been proven safe or effective.
To restrict Australian’s from interstate or intrastate travel is an outrageous violation of our human rights, and completely disproportionate to the objective of effectively managing covid-19.
It is completely unnecessary and wildly unethical to coerce Australian’s into making a medical decision without so much as a standard TGA approval.
In light of this information, I strongly urge you as one of your constituents to uphold the Australian people’s right to choose and vote in favour of Craig Kelly’s ‘No Domestic Vaccine Passports Bill 2021’.
If you choose not to protect our rights as Australians as a priority going forward, you will leave me no choice but to vote against you in the next election.
KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter, has called on the Federal Government to cancel its membership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which he says has become controlled by the dictatorial Chinese regime.
Mr Katter’s comments follows a push by a China-chaired UN committee to declare the Great Barrier Reef “in danger”.1
The Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) Federal MP says the move by UNESCO is not related to environmental concerns but a further bullying move by the Chinese regime.
“UNESCO has moved to classify one quarter of Australia’s oceans endangered, well how come only five years ago the leading world authority on nature, David Attenborough, said the reef was ‘the most magical place on earth’2,” Mr Katter said.
“Just last October myself and the other Members of the KAP (Nick Dametto, Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth) went diving on the Great Barrier Reef off Mission Beach, and I would describe it as magnificent.
“My office was on the phone just this morning with Daniel McCarthy one of the biggest tourism operators in Cairns; he’s been at Lizard Island for two months and he said the areas that were thought to be dead or destroyed two years ago are now thriving.”
Mr Katter said Australia had to stand up to the bully that is China, and fight this move to classify the Great Barrier Reef as endangered.
“China has come after our coal industry, they’ve halted trade on our beef, grain and wine; well we must say enough is enough,” he said.
“When are we going to stand up? China is still in control of the Darwin Port; they still have their tentacles in our universities with the Confucius Institutes and they’re still in control of our sensitive defence data through the China-owned Global Switch data centre in Sydney.
“The Federal Government has made the right noises, but I don’t see them acting.”
Shocked Katter says $500M federal funds for Olympics should be used for irrigating food crops in the west
Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has slammed the Federal Government for its plans to co-fund the 2032 Brisbane Olympics, pouring a billion dollars into a two-week sporting event, while nation-building projects like the Hughenden Irrigation Project are shovel-ready and will thrust Australia forward in its pursuit of self-sufficiency by feeding the country and populating inland Australia.
An exasperated Mr Katter said he was shocked and in disbelief upon learning that the Prime Minister has confirmed the Government would invest 50 per cent of the funding for all the major infrastructure of projects like the proposed Gabba knock-down and rebuild likely to cost about $1bn.
He warned that the unprecedented announcement reeked of a PR, vote-buying campaign and that Australia should be injecting funding into areas that make the country sensibly self-sufficient.
“The ancient Athenians said, “let the games begin,” but since time immemorial, rulers have assumed that the people are so bloody stupid that they can be bought off with a football match,” he said.
“That $500 million would build the Hughenden Irrigation owner/occupier ballot scheme and move 300,000 people out of the Covid-rabbit-warrens of Australia’s metropolitan hellholes, into the highest quality of life in the world and feed half of the billion people that go to bed starving every night.
“Also, we may be able to convince China and others that Australia is no longer ready for the pickings. We made the mistake of Terra nullius 250 years ago; it is about time we woke up to ourselves as a nation.
“Squandering money on pleasure domes may win you some votes, but it won’t earn you a very high place in heaven. It will earn you a place in the history books but it won’t be a very a comfortable place,” he said.
KAP Leader and Member for Traeger, Robbie Katter said there was something “particularly perverse” about the timing of the announcement.
“Today we are learning the full extent of Queensland’s hospital crisis, and at the same time the Premier is telling us all to get excited about the billions of dollars both the State and Federal Governments plan to spend to host the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games.
“I have been acutely aware of these health issues in rural and regional communities for a long time – across the board there is a growing deficit for buildings and services.
“But now the state-wide status of the health system has been exposed, and we are in dire straits.
“Let’s just hope none of those athletes or Olympic Games spectators need to use a hospital while they’re here.
“We need to remember there is a good reason the rest of the world doesn’t want this event – it’s easy to throw a party but it’s much more difficult to find the money to pay for it.
“The Premier is the modern-day Nero playing the fiddle while Rome burns,” he said.
Lambie and Katter force LNP to hold Royal Commission into war veteran suicide
Bob Katter says Joe Biden the greatest danger to world peace he has seen in his lifetime
These two representatives, possessing tremendous intestinal fortitude are just that. They listen to the people. The LNP/ALP free-trading and de-regulating duopoly represent only foreign interests and the big end of town. Katter and Lambie represent the people.
It is so important for voters to support these two aussies who have the good of the people and country at heart. The political definition of stupidity is to keep voting for the same people but expect a different result. If voters cannot see that the corporate duopoly looks after only corporate vested interests then these people should not be voting.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has scrapped Victoria’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) deal with China, calling it “inconsistent with Australia’s foreign policy”.
The decision made late on Wednesday night threatens to inflame already fraught diplomatic tensions between Canberra and Beijing.
Deploying Australia’s powerful new veto powers under legislation passed last year for the first time, the Federal Government ended the deal, warning it was against Australia’s interests.
“I consider these four arrangements to be inconsistent with Australia’s foreign policy or adverse to our foreign relations in line with the relevant test in Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Act 2020,’’ Foreign Minister Marise Payne said.
“I will continue to consider foreign arrangements notified under the Scheme. I expect the overwhelming majority of them to remain unaffected. I look forward to ongoing collaboration with states, territories, universities and local governments in implementing the Foreign Arrangements Scheme.”
China quickly hit back at Australia over what it called an “unreasonable and provocative move”.
In a statement, a Chinese Embassy spokesman slammed the decision which is expected to plunge the fractured relationship into greater acrimony.
“We express our strong displeasure and resolute opposition to the Australian Foreign Minister’s announcement on April 21 to cancel the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation within the Framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and the related Framework Agreement between the Chinese side and Government of Victoria,” the spokesman said. – News Ltd
Used solar panels a looming environmental disaster
Member for Kennedy Bob Katter, MHR has dismissed the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday that argued Australia’s success of net zero emissions will be won in remote, regional, rural and industrial Australia; in factories, mines, science labs and manufacturing plants.
Mr Katter said that at worst it sounded like the words of a sycophant pandering to President Biden in the days before the virtual greenhouse gas summit.
Mr Katter said, “This is just a big sensation over Biden who has been the weakest President since Woodrow Wilson.
“It’s disappointing because I don’t know how many jobs are at risk and it’s about time the Electrical Trade Union (ETU) and certain elements of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) started standing up for coal.
“Apart from a few show ponies in the dying National Party, there doesn’t seem to be anyone else standing up for them.
“And this simple truth must be known by the Australian people.
“This country only has two sources of income; iron ore and coal, and every time you put that glass on your roof, you’ve sacked a hard-working, Australian coal miner. You’ve sacked a power station worker and you’ve exported their jobs to some solar panel factory in China.
“In 15 years, you’re going to have to find a home for 20 square kilometres of glass because they only last so long on your roof and they aren’t recyclable. Then it is going to be real hard to keep pushing for this silly “save the planet” rubbish when you’re looking at landfill after landfill of old solar panels.
“And the CEO class that runs the big corporations, their forte is public relations, running with the latest ideological fashion. Not the slightest scintilla of care-decency or respect for their fellow workers,” Mr Katter said.
by staff writers
Far North Queensland motorists should not expect relief anytime soon from the single lane and permanent traffic lights installed on the Barron River Bridge at Kuranda.
Cairns News can reveal The Main Roads Department has secured traffic controlling companies on a contract for five years while engineers attempt to repair significant structural damage to the 60 year-old concrete and steel bridge.
We can further report that a consultant has been appointed to investigate the proposed new Reddicliffe Track which leaves the Kennedy Highway east of Davies Creek direct to Redlynch Valley, a distance of 18 kilometres.
The new road will not cross any major rivers or creeks and is a simple ‘cut and fill’ construction. Proponents of the new road including the Member for Kennedy Bob Katter have asked the state government to excise a 100 metre-wide easement through the State Forest direct to Crystal Cascades Road where the new road emerges.
The easement has been designed to cater for a new railway line to pick up the existing line at the Freshwater Valley loop. Stage two of the new road would see construction of a railway line directly to Biboohra from where the new road intersects the Kennedy Highway. This new line would pick up the existing line at Biboohra then to Mareeba. It would exclude the Kuranda Range rail line and tunnels.
The estimated cost of the new road at under $200 million, would be an extension of Highway One, and should be borne largely by the federal and partially by the state governments, according to Mr Katter.
The new rail link would allow Cairns garbage to be railed direct to the waste facility at Arriga, taking smelly trucks off the highway and off the main street of Mareeba.
Pushing the TMR to start the road is Mareeba miner and earthmover Ron Reddicliffe. He said the proposed road alignment has been known by the state government going back to when Martin Tenni was the local member.
“Martin asked me 30 years ago if I would find a new route to Cairns which I did then he asked me to build it,” Mr Reddicliffe said.
“I told him I would start it as soon as he coughed up some money, but the money never came.”
As we reported on January 19 the bridge structure will be undergoing expensive, lengthy repairs and motorists would have to endure often long delays to cross the river.
It should be stressed the poor condition of the bridge is no fault of TMR or the current government due the age of it.
The state government has found itself between a rock and a hard place and has no option but to build a new road to Cairns, deviating from the tortuous, dangerous Kuranda Range Road which sees hundreds of motor vehicle accidents each year as well as a climbing death toll for cassowaries and other wildlife from vehicle impacts.
What can be blamed on successive governments is the lack of foresight in providing another arterial road to Cairns Airport and the Cairns Port from the Tablelands and a safer route for local drivers and the many thousands of tourists who travel to the Tablelands and Peninsula every year.
A long-awaited report on the condition of the Barron River bridge at Kuranda won’t be released to the public because it is “too technical” according to Transport and Main Roads Department (TMR).
Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter has attacked this bureaucratic double-speak saying motorists had a right to know if the bridge is safe to use and for how the single lane access and weight restrictions will remain.
“Either it is safe, or it is not safe, and it certainly looks like it is not when we get a response like this,” Mr Katter said.
“It’s time for the State Government to build the alternative road to Cairns – the Bridle Track highway. We have given TMR a topographical map of the proposed road and I have discussed this proposal with them and the Federal Government’s Assistant Transport Minister, Scott Buchholz. There is now no alternative.”
Mr Katter will be writing to the Qld Transport Minister, Mark Bailey regarding the Bridge.
“I will demand a copy of the report,” Mr Katter said.
“We are being treated as mugs in North Queensland. The State Government would not be keeping Brisbane residents in the dark like this, and they would be spending money to fix the situation. They are now estimated to spend $7B on Brisbane’s Cross River Rail, meanwhile we are down to one lane at the Kennedy Highway at Kuranda with no action from the State Government in sight.”
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.
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 $1.8M 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
ON the eve of a vote in federal parliament on Bob Katter’s proposed Inquiry into Chinese Communist Party control and interference at Australian universities, the Morrison Government has launched the Inquiry referring it to the joint-Committee on Security and Intelligence.
Kennedy MP, Bob Katter said he was elated for expelled University of Queensland (UQ) student, Drew Pavlou who was ‘the storm-in-a-tea-cup’ that brought international attention to the true extent of foreign interference and control at Australian universities.
“Before the two 60 Minutes episodes aired last month on Drew’s story nothing had happened in the preceding 12 months,” Mr Katter said.
“Now the Queensland Police have finally launched action against the pro-Chinese Communist Party thugs who beat-up Drew on the St Lucia campus over his pro-Hong Kong democracy demonstration, the PM last week announced legislation to crackdown on dodgy foreign interference deals like Victoria’s belt-and-road agreement and today our Inquiry has been backed in full.
“The intimidation of Australian students and academics on campus, who stand up for democracy and human rights, is outrageous and must stop. Again, I call on the Chancellor of UQ to immediately reinstate Drew Pavlou to the UQ Senate and to overturn his expulsion.
“The true fighters who never gave up on this Inquiry were Drew, the journalists and producers at 60 Minutes, Sharri Markson from the Australian and other federal MPs who made their support public.
“I am looking forward to seeing Andrew Hastie and his Committee give the Australian university sector the thorough clean-out and interrogation that is long over-due.”
Drew Pavlou said he and Mr Katter had won a great victory for Australian Democracy.
“This inquiry would have never happened without Bob’s massive support,” he said.
“He was the only one in Canberra to stick his neck out for me. He stood by the little guy against the forces of greed, corruption and totalitarianism.
“I will be testifying in Canberra before the government’s inquiry into CCP interference at Australian universities. I am so honoured to be able to share my story before our national parliament.
“I would like to thank everybody who stood by me.”