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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.”

Katter warns Folau witch-hunt example of worsening religious persecution

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has warned the Australian people that the persecution of Christianity is on the rise as Israel Folau again makes front page headlines for delivering a sermon in his church on Sunday which suggested the bushfires were a Divine repercussion of legalising same-sex marriage and abortions.

Israel Folau might be right. Christianity has been under attack for decades in Australia. It comes from all demonic shapes and sizes: atheists in parliament, the left of the ABC, Greens, ALP, Liberals, same sex marriage mob, Fabians, warlocks and witches within the public service, elements within the Roman Catholic church, Satan worshippers, ad infinitum

Mr Katter said, “I just toured with Pauline Hanson and we have some very fundamental differences but we work together for the good of the nation. I may disagree with Folau on some elements of theology and fundamentalism, but the intense persecution that he has been suffering to me is just continuation of the religious persecution that is taking place against Christianity almost everywhere in Australia.

“Is this any different to blaming the greenies for the fires? And is there any logic in the greenies blaming the people for the fires?

“They listen to the scientists with a different point of view, the scientists can argue, but theologists can’t. Clearly this man is a preacher and I don’t feel that a nation that kills little children before they are born is a good thing.”

“From where I sit, I’ve always voted for freedom in a society that is overly restrictive and there is no doubt that religious freedom is under attack here. And whether you agree with his comment or you don’t, rest assured they will come after you.

“They managed to take out Pell and Hollingsworth, and now they are going after the most prominent spokesperson for the Evangelic church.”

Mr Katter said that the history books tell of thousands of examples where the groups of people rose up against the persecution of their freedoms.

“Most of the world thought communism was good, even though Mao Tse Tung was responsible for 47,000 deaths and Stalin for 28,000 deaths. But we that belong to the English speaking tribe have prided ourselves on freedom of thought and expression and whilst we may attribute this to the German Martin Luther, and the Medici (who were also the Popes for nearly 70 years) Florentine family, both these people were characterised by Freedom of Thought. Tolerating and protecting even fanatics like Savonarola.

“Unfortunately for our enemies, history records that we Christians thrive on persecution. But even the most cursory reading of history will find that evil people don’t like being criticised for their evil – again, Stalin and Mae Tse Tung, McCarthyism, Salem witch burning, the Spanish Inquisition.

“People do not tolerate criticism or even people being different and not towing the conventional wisdom of the day.

“The great Thomas Jefferson said, ‘I do not agree often with what you are saying, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it”.

“Someone that puts moral convictions over his personal income, I find inspirational whether I agree with what he is saying or whether I don’t.”

Coal and climate change drain the swamp of Labor politicians

by Jim O’Toole, Townsville bureau

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is reeling after the Labor Party lost every federal seat north of Brisbane at last week’s election. Fed-up voters elected only one ALP senator for Queensland.

In a fleeting visit to Cairns on Friday to shore up its four state ALP MP’s, the Premier allocated just 15 minutes for each one to air their grievances.

Comrade Premier Palaszczuk discovered on Monday morning after the federal election that coal was not so bad after all

Pundits claim stalling on the Adani mine approvals and scaremongering over fictitious ‘climate’ change’ by the Labor Party turned voters away in droves from their federal candidates.

Even the hard-nosed, anti-coal mining Deputy Premier Jackie Trad joined with the Premier’s change of heart and discovered on Monday morning after the election that coal was all right after all.

These two hypocrites will battle to hold seats north of Brisbane at the next state election and rightly so as every city and all regions north of the Sunshine Coast, except the coal mining depot of Mackay are experiencing severe economic downturns.

Katters Australian Party warned during the federal campaign that every Labor- held state seat north of Rockhampton would be contested by its candidates, with some already campaigning in the regions.

Bob Katter’s spectacular result in the sprawling electorate of Kennedy left the LNP and ALP candidates speechless after he increased his margin by 2.5 points to 65 per cent easily retaining the vast cane, cattle, mining and tourism region.

Bob Katter has warned the Queensland Premier due to her alliance with the de-industrialising Greens she is likely to lose all Labor-held state seats north of Rockhampton

Although recording substantial results without spectacular numbers were KAP’s five other federal candidates who were bypassed by panicked voters in an effort to keep out the Labor Party.

Party polling officials in the hotly contested, marginal seat of Leichardt which extends to the PNG border some 1500 klms to the north of Cairns, were warned by Voting Australia to be on the lookout for voting fraud.

In the last federal election 18,000 voters across the nation were found by the Australian Electoral Commission to have recorded more than one vote.

No action was taken by the AEC against this fraud.

Just a small percentage of these dud votes would have enabled Liberal Party candidate and incumbent member Warren Entsch to get across the line.

In spite of numerous requests from voters to Prime Minister Scott Morrison prior to the election to ensure the AEC implemented the recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters for compulsory identification, the AEC confirmed no ID requirements were enforced at polling booths.

 

KAP introduces FNQ senate candidate

KAP Federal Leader and Federal member for Kennedy, Bob Katter was joined today in Cairns by Robbie Katter, KAP State Leader and Daniel McCarthy KAP candidate for Leichhardt to officially launch  Queensland Senate candidate, Joy Marriott.

North Queensland cattle producer and fruit grower Joy Marriott is a passionate Queenslander who is committed to developing Regional Australia. She has previously held positions such as President of the Cape York Peninsula Development Association and the National Councillor on the Cattlemen’s Union Australia.

KAP senate candidate Joy Marriott and Bob Katter in Cairns. Ms Marriott is the only genuine Far North Queensland candidate to nominate for the senate to date.

Joy will be campaigning to lower the cost of living for all Queenslanders particularly those most vulnerable such as retirees and pensioners and small businesses by reducing electricity and fuel prices.

She will also be campaigning for water security through her support of major water infrastructure projects, the creation of jobs through nation-building projects and by supporting industry, including mining.  Joy feels passionately about protecting and fighting for our famers and wants to ensure a better future for all of regional Queensland.

If elected Ms Marriott said she would open an electorate office in Mareeba, FNQ.

For a fair deal for regional and rural Queensland, vote 1 for KAP and Joy Marriott.

 

Cairns Post newspaper – no news by omission

by Jim O’Toole, editor-at-large 

Lachlan Murdoch’s trademark Far Northern Queensland rag, the Cairns Post, is well known for not covering the real news. It does a great job by publishing its version of daily events often far removed from the real deal.

The editorial content of major dailies is driven by the biggest advertisers.

In the case of News Ltd the largest contributor to their contracting coffers is the grocery duopoly Coles and Woolworths.

Followed by the banks are all three levels of government and national car dealership display ads.

Since the advent of Gumtree and other internet advertising kingdoms, classified line ads have been savaged.

Murdoch is feeling it across the nation as internet news, often more plausible than his columns of opinion and skewed, socialist scribble take a big hit. The Australian is a notable exception.

No news by omission is another favourite.

Tabloid publishers have always claimed their display ads have to occupy 60 per cent of every edition to be viable, unless some cashed up national advertiser takes out  lucrative, full pages.

The volume of ads determines the number of pages for each edition.

The Weekend Post of February 23, is indicative of dwindling advertising revenue. There are almost no national advertisers and only a few local ads for products and services. More importantly, for News Ltd, there are few government ads. Coles and Woolworths are conspicuous by their absence.

Is this a sign of the times? For the local economy it certainly is. The Far North has been dragging the economic chain for years while in the not so distant past, News Ltd has sucked hundreds of millions of advertising dollars from struggling businesses in the Far North.

For some advertisers there is no discernible benefit. The Townsville and north western floods will impact the northern economy for a decade casting an even deeper shadow over the small business sector.

Murdoch has other regional tabloids locked in his stable which often perform better than the Cairns Post. That’s because News Ltd has devoured almost all independent regionals throughout the nation. Any that might have been missed have gone to the Fairfax opposition.

Cairns Post editor Jennifer Spilsbury toes the government line when it comes to political coverage.

Murdoch’s hand-picked Cairns editor Jennifer Spilsbury sits on the endless conveyor belt of scribes to be eventually disgorged by the New Ltd editorial monster.

In the heady days of Pauline Hanson and One Nation during the late 90’s any reporter then working for the Townsville Bulletin would remember when Lachlan Murdoch, in response to a favourable editorial by the then editor, rampaged through the newsroom.

“Kill the cow (Pauline Hanson),” he ranted. Then I was living near Townsville and this episode was related to me at the time by a friend who worked for the Bully.

I can’t remember the ultimate fate of the editor.

It more recent times it would appear a similar scenario is playing out at the Cairns Post with help from its former managers, by mostly running the Liberal line.

Rumblings among the business sector indicate some big players and a good deal of the smaller ones are sick and tired of the local Liberal member and his policy platitudes.

According to a media release from Katters Australian Party, Bob Katter and Robbie Katter announced senate candidates in Cairns on Friday. Cairnsnews got this release then one could assume, so did the others. A segment appeared on Win Television.

We remember a huge splash in the Cairns Post for the Labor senate candidate recently parachuted into Cairns from the Gold Coast.

This KAP show should have been a significant, newsworthy event for the Far North but a quick glance at today’s Cairns Post reveals nothing about the two Katters being present in Cairns.

There are assorted bits about fashion queens, council spats, irrelevant LNP crocodile yarns from the Gold Coast, sports beat-ups and Sams pies with Worcestershire sauce but not much about policies supporting the economic future of the north

Cairnsnews is not in the habit of making excuses for Murdoch mendacity but we will publish Friday’s political event in its absence from the hallowed pages of the Cairns Post.

After all, editor Jennifer Spilsbury makes the point in her opinion piece today:

“Newspaper companies are tasked with tackling very serious and important topics. Politics and crime to us is what roads, rates and rubbish is to councils.

But we do much more than that. We celebrate our way of life, proudly highlighting the very best of who and what we are and what we like to do.”

Commendable Jennifer, but what happened to the political news?

Katter and Hanson table bank reform bill initiating another inquiry

The Senate Economics Legislation Committee on 14 February initiated an inquiry into the Banking System Reform (Separation of Banks) Bill 2019.

This landmark senate inquiry was ignored by big media which preferred sensationalising the dust-up between One Nation’s James Ashby and its former senator Brian Burston in the halls of the senate.

from Citizens Electoral Council

This is a major blow for the banks, which had assumed that the Hayne Report from the banking royal commission, which did not recommended structural separation, would be the final word on the issue—bank shares soared on the news they wouldn’t be broken up. They celebrated too early, however.

Pauline Hanson joins forces with Bob Katter to separate bank industry superannuation and insurance from banking

 

On 12 February, a week after Hayne’s report became public, Senator Pauline Hanson introduced into the Senate the same bill that Bob Katter had introduced into the House of Representatives in June 2018. This bill was carefully drafted by the Citizens Electoral Council based on the USA’s successful Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 and the updated “21st Century Glass-Steagall Act” bill currently before Congress, adapted for Australia’s financial system.

The bill separates traditional commercial banks that take deposits and make loans from all other financial activities. This solves the problems of both vertical integration—the gross conflict of interests involving banks advising their customers to buy products from other businesses the banks also own; and horizontal integration—banks mixing commercial banking with risky investment banking that puts customer deposits, and the whole economy, in danger. The bill also brings the failed bank regulator APRA (Australian Prudential Regulation Authority) under much tighter parliamentary control.

Support

 

Bob Katter joins forces with Pauline Hanson to separate bank industry superannuation and insurance from banking

Bank separation has the support of most cross-bench politicians in Parliament, including the Greens, Centre Alliance, One Nation and independents. It is also supported by key backbenchers in all of the major parties. The Labor Party had said they would support it if recommended by the royal commission; however, sticking with that position is untenable. They know that Commissioner Hayne’s terms of reference forbade the investigation of “structure”, which Labor had intended a royal commission would have looked at. Also, even Labor’s senior statesman Paul Keating has strongly criticised Hayne for not recommending structural separation.

(Hayne’s recommendation against structural separation is a scandal: that section in his report includes a blatant lie, and experts familiar with public inquiries have accused Treasury of a “dirty trick” to rig the outcome in favour of the banks.)

Opposition

The opposition to separation comes from the big banks, the discredited regulators which are captured by the banks, and the leadership of the major parties who take huge donations from the banks. The banks wish to keep the parasitical structure that has enabled them to amass huge profits, not only through gouging their customers but also through gambling with their deposits, which they use to underwrite their huge derivatives bets that collectively amount to more than $40 trillion. There is a revolving door between the banks and regulators: high-powered executives from banks take key positions in the regulators, such as ex-UBS chief John Fraser taking over as Treasury Secretary in 2013-18 and former senior investment bankers holding six of the nine positions on the executive of bank regulator APRA; and regulators retire to plum banking positions, such as former Treasury Secretary Ken Henry becoming chairman of NAB and former RBA governor Glenn Stevens joining the board of Macquarie Bank. And not only do the big banks donate to the major parties, but so does the Australian Banking Association which lobbies for them, as do the Big Four global accounting firms which audit the major banks and have a track record of covering up dodgy bookkeeping by banks all over the world.

Make a submission

This inquiry is the chance for the Australian public to force the debate on banking separation that the royal commission was not allowed to have. The Senate Economics Legislation Committee is taking submissions from the public, so every concerned Australian should make a submission.

Here are some points to note about the Glass-Steagall principle of full banking separation:

  • It works, as proved by its success for almost 70 years (1933-99) in America;
  • It ends the conflicts of interests of vertical integration, which is the only way to ensure the misconduct exposed by the royal commission can’t happen again;
  • It protects deposits from the dangers of speculation, which boosts confidence in the banking system;
  • It stops banks from diverting credit into unproductive financial speculation, thus making more credit available for lending to neglected sectors such as small business, industry and farming.

The submissions deadline is 12 April, but don’t delay—make your submission today!

How to make a submission

Written submissions can be delivered to the Committee in two ways: 1) by physical post; 2) online.

  1. Post your written submission to: Senate Standing Committees on Economics
    PO Box 6100
    Parliament House
    Canberra ACT 2600
    Phone: +61 2 6277 3540
    Fax: +61 2 6277 5719
    Email: economics.sen@aph.gov.au

North Qld economy takes $500m hit with more than 250,000 dead cattle

 

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has urged the Prime Minister in Parliament to commit to low-interest reconstructed debt through his Reconstruction Board Legislation to help farmers in North-West Qld who are facing the worst natural disaster to hit the cattle industry.

Up to 500,000 cattle have died and thousands of people are now without an income for years – all a consequence of the years of drought then devastating floods.

Mr Katter has been on the ground and seen first-hand the extent of damage; within a matter of weeks, most of the farmers’ entire livelihoods – many going back generations – have been wiped out. A whole economy and backbone of QLD agriculture has been devastated.

“The Mid-West and Gulf provides one tenth of the entire Australian cattle industry; beef is Australia’s fourth biggest exporter,” Mr Katter said.

“It is now decimated by droughts, flooding and the resulting terminal health conditions. With no stock, massive existing debt and hundreds of thousands of rotting carcases to clean up, farmers will have no capacity to pay their mortgage let alone restore and restock.

“I have asked the Government to commit to a Reconstruction Authority, cutting existing debt by 30%, providing finance at government interest rates

“Without this minimal action North Qld’s calamity, its misery, it’s human and economic hardship will worsen exponentially,” Mr Katter said.

The Prime Minister has said restoration of the Qld cattle industry isn’t about trying to prop up an industry that doesn’t have a future, it is an industry that has a massive future for Australia, and the Government needs to be there to support and re-build that cattle industry. He has assured Mr Katter there was a recovery and restoration plan and they would work to assure the cattle industry was going to be as great as it was going to be in the future – if not even greater and a plan will come forth from the Minister of agriculture to address these issues.

Mr Katter has been working tirelessly to help see the north west and Gulf through the greatest devastation known to the cattle industry.

Katter addresses the bank Royal Commission findings

Hon Bob Katter MP

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy

will respond via Facebook video to the release of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry report, as the first politician who called for a Commission back in May 2015.

3:30pm (Qld time)

TODAY (Monday, 4 February 2019)

Staff will upload live video to Bob Katter’s Facebook page re his response to the report’s release and findings.

Please note, Mr Katter is unable to travel from his home in Charters Towers today due to extensive flooding in Townsville and throughout the Kennedy Electorate and the closure of the Townsville airport (hence the Facebook video).

Facebook @bobkattermp

Katter tips the bucket on corrupt banks and the equally corrupt Australian Banking Association

Timeline of the Banking Royal Commission and how it originated:

  • End 2012 – Rural Debt Summit – Bob pressures the then Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan after a question in Parliament to act on spiralling rural debt. Bob pushes to form the Rural Debt Roundtable Working Group.

https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/amp.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/swan-to-talk-to-qld-farmers-about-debt/news-story/2ae90af857acf754781d12220a22a2b8

    • 7 May 2013 – Bob organises rural crisis meeting in Richmond, Central Queensland. Bob forms Gulf Cattleman’s Association to steer the meeting and actions going forward. Federal Member Barnaby Joyce as Shadow Agriculture Minister and (then) Chief of Staff, Matt Canavan attend. Former Senator the Hon Joseph Ludwig (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) also attends. Focus on the crisis meeting is on debt, drought and live cattle exports. After the meeting is called, but prior to being held, on 27 April 2013 Swan and Ludwig announce concessional loans (in Queensland, administered by QRAA) – package worth $420m Australia- wide.
    • 30 June/1 July 2013 – Indonesian Ambassador tours the Gulf with Bob. The next day, the Indonesian Ambassador flies to Jakarta to brief the President ahead of Prime Minister Rudd’s visit. Live cattle quota numbers are restored following Rudd’s visit.
    • 28 Feb 2014 – Bob and Rural Debt Roundtable Working Group Chair meet with Australian Banking Association (CEO and bank executive members) in Sydney regarding rural debt and the Private Members Bill for a Rural Reconstruction Board.
    • 5 December 2014 – Winton ‘Last Stand’ meeting called by Robbie Katter (Queensland State Member for Traeger and Bob’s son) where Federal Member Barnaby Joyce attends as now Minster for Agriculture and Water Resources. Radio and TV commentator Alan Jones is a special guest. From this, David Pascoe compiles a Facebook story about Charlie Phillott and the ANZ Bank , which goes viral. Following this meeting, Minister Joyce gives another $100 million in concessional loans and the ANZ puts a moratorium on foreclosing on any new drought-affected farmers for a year.  Bob says he will name and shame banks behaving badly in the media and Parliament.
    • May 2015 – After battling ANZ and other bank cases, Bob calls for a Royal Commission into the banks.
    • 12 July 2015 – 60 Minutes airs story on Charlie Phillott and ANZ Bank.
    • 30 August 2015 – Mike Smith’s (CEO of ANZ) apology to Charlie Phillott airs on 60 Minutes.
    • 19 October 2015 – Queensland State Member for Traegar Robbie Katter is appointed Chairman of the Queensland Government’s Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce. The final report, released in in April 2016, made 14 recommendations including establishing a Rural and Industries Development Bank, a Farm Debt Reconstruction Authority, and a commercial Multi-Peril Insurance (income protection) product for all primary industries.
  • 26 May 2016 – Queensland State Member for Traeger Robbie Katter introduces the Rural and Regional Adjustment (Development Assistance) Amendment Bill.
  • 10 October 2016 – Bob introduces Banking Commission of Inquiry Bill 2016, as per election promise. 

Federal Member of Parliament George Christensen comes out publicly saying he will support a bill by Bob.

  • 27 March 2017 – New Bill introduced by Bob which has input from other MPs – People of Australia’s Commission of Inquiry (Banking and Financial Services) Bill 2017.
  • November 2017 – Then Prime Minister Turnbull announces he will call a Royal Commission after the big banks give him the go-ahead.
  • 25 June 2018 – Bob moves the Banking System Reform (Separation of Banks) Bill – legislation for Glass- Steagall separation of commercial banks from all other financial activities.
  • 27 June 2018 – Bob attends the Banking Royal Commission public hearings and asks a question of the Commissioner Kenneth Hayne QC. Mr Katter interrupts proceedings to ask the Commissioner whether the banks’ failures will be properly fixed. The Commissioner concedes that public hearings into agribusiness lending will have to be extended.
  • 4 October 2018 – Bob directly asks then Treasurer and now Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Parliament if he could assure the House that the Royal Commission would include the “carrion” – the receivers – and address the issue of a Reconstruction Bank. The Banking Royal Commission a priority in the 45th Parliament for Bob Katter.

Katter’s troops ready to engage party hacks