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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 $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.

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.

 

Katter forces federal inquiry into communist control of universities

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.

Bob Katter and Drew Pavlou address media in Brisbane

“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.”

Calls for financial assistance to keep Lion Dairy in Australian hands

A Japanese-owned beverage giant’s plans to sell its Australian dairy and fruit juice business to a Chinese company has collapsed after failing to get the blessing of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

Kirin struck a deal in November to divest its Lion Dairy and Drinks subsidiary to China Mengniu Dairy. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission allowed the sale in February.

But Kirin advised on Tuesday the companies had mutually decided to abandon the deal as they had not secured federal government approval.

Atherton Tableland dairy farmers are pleased the sale of Lion’s Malanda Dairy Factory to China has fallen through. In a rare moment of nationalistic concern, the Liberal Jewish Treasurer Josh Frydenberg disapproved of the sale

In a move to keep Lion Dairy in Australian hands, Kennedy MP Bob Katter has called on the federal LNP Government to immediately provide the capital that would enable iconic Australian-owned Bega to come together with Norco to purchase Lion’s Dairy, putting the dairy industry back in Aussie hands.

Mr Katter said the LNP had a long, sour history of failing the Australian dairy industry between deregulation and then “conning” the farmers into joining the dairy co-op, Dairy Farmers, and then immediately selling to a foreign corporation.

“The dairy farmers were sold out when they were conned into joining this big corporation under the illusion it would be “farmer owned”. As soon as they joined, the blokes that ran it immediately sold it out to foreign corporation.

“The northern dairy area is maybe the biggest dairy area in Australia – the Atherton Tablelands once had 250 dairymen and now we have 50.

“And so to then see the Government sitting on the side-lines while China was buying Lion, the biggest milk processor in Australia – the country was disgusted. Every Australian was disgusted.”

Mr Katter said that every single political party apart from the LNP were now in favour of a minimum price scheme and that supporting the sale of Lion to Bega would be a small step in righting the wrong that was bestowed upon dairymen around Australia in 2001 when the industry was deregulated.

“The President of the KAP is Shane Paulger, one of Queensland’s bigger dairymen, who together with the dairy industry have been fighting for the restoration of the minimum price scheme for 20 years.

“Deregulation has been an absolute tragedy and travesty; it has been the destruction of the industry.

“Every employee in Australia enjoys an arbitration, which is a proper and reasonable income and that is very good but the governments of Australia will deprive the farmers of the same right to arbitration?

“If the honourable members for Woolworths and Coles, the ALP and the LNP, won’t give it to us, then we might start playing their game. Please God we can raise the money so Bega can buy Lion. If we do that, we will be meeting fire with fire.

“The LNP is the only political party voting against a minimum price scheme in Australia. Even the Greens and the ALP are voting for it and so all we get out of the LNP whether it is dams or minimum price scheme or Woollies and Coles is a “call for an Inquiry” – that is their idea of government.

“So I challenge the federal Government, if you are even remotely fair dinkum then provide some capital investment Bega to buy Lion. Let our Australian money work for we Australians”

Mr Katter also warned that while China had gone away, it was only temporary and that they would be back.

Uni’s need more than free speech to free them from Chinese control

KENNEDY MHR, Bob Katter said a review into the Australian education sector’s commitment to free speech and academic freedom, announced by the Federal Education Minister today, doesn’t go far enough.

Mr Katter said he will continue to pursue a full-blown parliamentary inquiry into foreign influence at Australian universities, which will be seconded by fellow maverick MP, Dawson’s George Christensen.

“In the twelve months following the outrageous attack on UQ student, Drew Pavlou, by pro-Chinese Communist Party thugs, nothing had happened,” he said.

“Since George Christensen and I joined in the battle, and the two 60 Minutes episodes went to air, we have had a prosecution launched against the thugs that physically attacked students who were standing up for democracy in Hong Kong.

“And now, the Federal Government has finally acted with an inquiry into free speech in the universities. I think the Government may be trying to hose us down a bit, by backing down from a full-blown parliamentary inquiry.”

Dan Tehan said former Deakin University vice-chancellor Sally Walker will be tasked with investigating whether universities are in alignment with the free speech code devised by former High Court chief justice Robert French.

Mr Katter said his inquiry was still necessary as the issue goes further than free speech, as foreign Communist dictatorships are controlling universities and their leadership – exemplified in the suspension of UQ’s Drew Pavlou.

“I can understand the Prime Minister’s hesitation to go for the whole hog, as 30 per cent of our exports go to China,” he said.

“But maybe the PM should let China think about what life will be like without the iron ore and coal coming from Australia.

“The other issue that needs to be desperately sorted out is our fuel reserves. We need petrol and diesel security. Otherwise our armed forces are a bloody joke. Without fuel for vehicles, are we going to expect our soldiers to carry artillery pieces on their shoulders?”

Mr Katter said he had talked to MPs from both sides of the political divide who were in strong support of the Inquiry into foreign interference at Australian universities, and he believed he had the numbers to get it through parliament.

Katter to kick the communists out of universities

Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter has pleaded with North Queensland MPs and candidates (state and federal) to support an inquiry by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security into foreign influence at Australian universities, following the case of UQ student Drew Pavlou who was suspended after he was physically attacked during a pro-Hong Kong democracy rally on campus.

The KAP MP said the influence of the Chinese Communist Party went much further than the grounds of St Lucia. The agreement that James Cook University (JCU) recently signed with Xi’an University of Technology, for joint data science and engineering research projects as well as student and staff exchanges, must be properly scrutinised and investigated.

“I call upon the LNP Member for Herbert to support this Inquiry as he, along with myself, represents the people of the fortress city of Townsville,” he said.

Maverick North Queensland MHR, Bob Katter wants a parliamentary inquiry into communist China’s influence over Australian Universities accusing them of inadvertent espionage

“The Japanese had detailed photographs of every aspect of Pearl Harbour before that conflict kicked off. We now could have JCU, situated right beside some of the most intimate and sensitive parts of the Australian Defence Force’s communications infrastructure, working collaboratively with People’s Liberation Army scientists or on joint research projects in data science – and the People’s Liberation Army is a world leader in orchestrating cyber attacks on countries around the world, including Australia.

“The local brothels could pick up a few tips from these little, self-serving, visa-shop leeches at the universities. Mind you, in the brothels they don’t sell their souls, they only sell their bodies.”

Mr Katter has received support from Dawson MP, George Christensen, who will second the motion for the Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into foreign influence in Australian Universities.

“It is great to see Australians who are prepared to stand up for what they know is right,” he said.
“Democracy, freedom of speech and academic integrity are values this nation was founded on.”

Mr Katter said JCU had a number of questions to answer over the agreement made with Xi’an University in May.
“Australia’s leading defence and strategy think tank, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, in 2018 produced a report on the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) expansion of its research collaboration with universities outside China,” he said.

“It said that since 2007 the PLA has sponsored more than 2500 military scientists and engineers to study abroad and develop relationships with researchers and universities. The report estimates that of that number 300 have been sent to Australia.

“For the PLA, the objective is to pick flowers in foreign lands to make honey in Australia. The report says that Australia was in the top five countries engaged in research collaboration with the PLA in 2017.

“JCU has made an agreement with the Xi’an University to be involved in a new International Engineering College Shaanxi province. JCU and Xi’an University staff and students studying engineering and data science will collaborate with each other and be involved in joint research projects. The PLA is heavily involved in China’s global cyber hacking programme and has an interest in data science and engineering.

“JCU must explain what it will do to make sure that no student involved in these arrangements is a member of or sponsored by the People’s Liberation Army. It also must say if it will seek advice from Australia’s security agencies about all students and academics nominated by Xi’an University to be involved in any joint research projects. In addition, the University needs to tell us what it will do to prevent the theft of intellectual property.”

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.

Increase in federal beer tax to finish off pubs and clubs

Bob Katter MHR, has called on the federal government to freeze a planned increase to the excise tax on beer, which will take place on August 3, as he says it will hinder the hospitality and liquor industries recovery from the coronavirus lockdown.

“These industries were worst hit by the lockdown, and now they’re the industries being hit worst by this tax increase,” he said.

Bob Katter tells PM Scott Morrison to kill the increased beer tax before it finishes off pubs and clubs

“With high unemployment and under-employment punters have less disposable income to spend on a beer at the pub. So increasing the price of a beer hurts everybody.

“I am sick and tired of the self-righteous, restrict everything brigade who are pushing the higher taxes on alcohol. It’s no wonder we have an increasingly high male suicide rate. The pub is a place you can get things off your chest and talk to mates, so it’s detrimental if going to the pub costs an arm and a leg.”

The beer tax will rise by the CPI rate which will be announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on July 19.

State KAP Member for Hinchinbrook, Nick Dametto said most Australians would be shocked to know 42% of their beer money goes to the Government and it’s about to go up again.

“I would be the first one to admit that I like knocking the froth of the top of an ice cold beer, but this excise is a silent tax and a complete rip off,” the Hinchinbrook MP said.

“Scott Morrison pull your head in on this one mate. It’s un-Australian to increase this beer excise when our pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels are on their knees.”

Bob Katter has written to the Prime Minister, Treasurer and Finance Minister requesting them to freeze the planned increase.

Liberals and Nationals vote against Katters motion to restart the car industry

MEMBERS of the federal Liberal National Party Government have voted against restarting Australia’s car manufacturing industry, and shutdown debate on the motion which was moved by Kennedy MP, Bob Katter.

Mr Katter said the end of the Holden brand was a national shame and a dark day for the country.

“The Government’s Free Trade agreements have destroyed our manufacturing industry,” he said.

The treacherous free trading and deregulating Liberals and Nationals voted against Grim Reaper Bob Katter with old model Holdens in the background.  He moved a motion to restart the car industry. “The only things this mob in Parliament House export is jobs and industry,” an angry Mr Katter told media.

“I called on the Government to re-establish an Australian car manufacturing industry with a majority Australian shareholding; and put relevant policies in place to ensure that all cars purchased under federal government contracts are made in Australia.

“When my father bought his first Holden he was so excited and he ran around exclaiming we Australians built this car! Now, we make nothing.”

Mr Katter said he was surprised but not shocked that the Government had not learnt any lessons about the need for self-sufficiency from the Coronavirus pandemic

“I think the Government MPs are getting increasingly more sensitive about the industries that they have shut down in this country,” he said.

“They have deregulated and destroyed the dairy, beef, eggs, maize, peanuts, fishing and tobacco industries.

“And their free-market policies have destroyed our manufacturing industries including white goods, TVs, cars, textiles, furniture, housing materials and petrol.

“The most recent example of their ideological stupidity was during this pandemic, when instead of buying antiseptic and sanitiser from Australian producers like United Petroleum and Manildra, the Government Health Departments and private sector imported it from China.”

Mr Katter’s motion followed a demonstration at the front of Parliament House this morning where a dozen classic Holden owners drove around in a procession, and spoke to the national media about their deep sadness over the Government’s ongoing policy to close manufacturing in Australia.

Mr Katter’s motion was defeated by the Government and he was gagged from speaking on it.

Mr Katter’s motion:

“That the House:

  1. Notes that:
  1. on the 17th February 2020, General Motors announced the retirement of the Holden Brand in Australia
  2. the government’s Free Trade agreements have destroyed our Australian manufacturing industry
  1. Acknowledges that the government must build our way out of a
    COVID-19 economic depression with ‘make money’ projects

 

  1. Calls on the Government to:
  1. support the reestablishment of an Australian car manufacturing industry with a majority Australian shareholding; and
  2. put relevant policies in place to ensure that all cars purchased under federal government contracts are made in Australia.”

Katter says he will go to jail rather than put a tracing app on his phone

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says loading app on Queensland phones could be compulsory

(ABC Radio, April 22)

Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter says he won’t be signing up to the Federal Government’s contact tracing app full stop, and if it becomes compulsory he’d rather be thrown in jail.

“I will not now, or in the future, agree to a contact tracing app,” Mr Katter said.

“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.

“What ever argument you have for forsaking your freedoms, at the end of the day you will find it’s a poor trade off.”

Bob Katter Means Business

Bob Katter joins with many thousands of others and won’t be loading an intrusive tracking app on his phone. He says he would rather go to jail. Try that Mrs Premier.

The Katter’s Australian Party Member congratulated the Federal Government on its brilliant handling of Coronavirus up until now, but stated they’d failed to force the hands of State Governments to implement regional quarantining (except for the shining example of Western Australia).

“Our most powerful weapon is that regional areas like North Qld have only a dozen active coronavirus cases and by the end of this week will be contagion free,” Mr Katter said.

The recent minor virus outbreak in Cairns was caused by a lab assistant returning from Brisbane to Cairns then testing positive.

“We must keep the clean areas clean by isolating them, and apart from the WA government no-one is doing that.

“If you stop travel from Coronavirus hotspots into these clean areas then you can relax restrictions, restart business and implement a public works scheme of dam building, new railines, roads and transmission lines.

“It’s a far better alternative than implementing an Orwellian phone app that will invade every aspect of our much loved privacy and freedom.”

Reader’s comment:

“The truth is that with their 5g technology they can only track you provided that you maintain a five foot exclusion zone between you and the next nearest person. Because 5G is not fully operational at the moment, it’s not really necessary, but what better way to train the monkeys to stay apart, than to frighten them with a pathogen?”

Get your cash out before the LNP and the banks grab it

MEDIA ALERT

Bob Katter

Don’t get caught with more than $10,000 legal tender or the LNP will send you to jail.

Federal Member for Kennedy

 

Will address the Press Gallery at the

Mural Hall, Parliament House

12 pm Today 05/03/20

The LNP/Labor duopoly strikes again-gone will be your savings under the Bail-in laws as soon as interest rates hit zero. The banks, thanks to new laws passed by the LNP before Christmas can take your savings from your bank accounts to prop up their viability in the upcoming depression enabled and orchestrated by the trojan horse Coronavirus pandemic. Remember the Greek banks stole the deposits of their customers three years ago.

Most intelligent Australians know this $10,000 cash ban has nothing to do with curbing drug dealers’ cash flow. It is all about control. Scomo has been compromised by Hillsong church activities and is simply doing the bidding of the City of London for the New World Order. – Editor

Mr Katter will purchase gold bullion with more than $10,000 cash ($40,000 of gold and cash will change hands); an act that will soon be illegal under proposed laws.

 The implementation of the Restriction on Cash Bill, currently before the Senate, significantly abolishes our right to “Legal Tender” – a right enjoyed for a millennium. Property rights and privacy are undermined.

 When facing uncertain economic times, as we are now with the Coronavirus, Australians will be restricted from withdrawing their life savings (When such savings are under real threat).

www.bobkatter.com.au

Minister asked to block any sale of the Tip of Cape York to Chinese interests

LAST month, the Gudang/Yadhaykenu Aboriginal Corporation took tenure of 211 ha of land in Cape York, including the abandoned Pajinka Resort and it is reported that Chinese investors are negotiating with the Traditional Owners to purchase the land.

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter shares the concerns of Northern Peninsula Area Mayor, Eddie Newman, that a takeover of the resort by offshore Chinese investors would lead to a dire situation for the Traditional Owners, and would be a major national security threat for Australia.

The freehold deeds to 211 ha (527 acres) on the Tip of Cape York being handed to Bernard Charlie, a representative of the Gudang/Yadhaykenu Aboriginal Corporation, by the Deputy Director of Lands, Wally Kearnan.
The three titles take in all of the Tip from the east coast high water mark to the west coast high water mark, compliments the Queensland Labor Party

“I have been reliably informed that Chinese buyers have visited the northern tip of Cape York on at least two occasions to inspect the abandoned resort, with a particular interest in photographing the northern rugged coastline,” Mr Katter said.

“Concerns raised by Mayor Eddie Newman are that due to no consultation there has been no safeguards for local jobs and no reassurance that the profits will actually go back into the local community.”

Options for rebuilding the resort will be discussed at the Gudang/Yadhaykenu Aboriginal Corporation’s annual general meeting tomorrow, Friday December 6.

“Why would they want the most northern point of Australia? The closest point to Papua New Guinea,” asked Mr Katter.

“There are numerous questions here and I would think the answers are pretty ugly.”

Mr Katter has taken the step of meeting with Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton, who has the power to block such foreign investment if it were to proceed.

“Losing control of the Torres Straits would be a national security disaster,” Mr Katter said.

“They’ve already handed over the Port of Darwin and given away the Ord in Western Australia. Almost every big cattle aggregation is foreign owned.

“The defence and security of this nation is precipitation for extreme anger in the United States and, infinitely more importantly, for every Australian who is just simply fed up with watching day after day the sell off of their country.

“The suits are parading around saying isn’t this foreign investment marvellous, but one day they’ll wake up in

a country that isn’t their own.”