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The decision by Member for Cook Cynthia Lui to move her electorate from Mareeba to Cairns is the latest slap in the face from Labor to rural, regional and remote Queenslanders, State KAP Leader Robbie Katter has said.
Mr Katter said while there were great challenges faced by MPs who represent large electorates, he was astounded that the Member for Cook had backed down from a pre-election promise and opted to move her office to Cairns.
Cairns is not in the Cook electorate.
The Traeger MP said Ms Lui’s relocation decision flew in the face of fighting against service centralisation and giving smaller communities a genuine voice in the Queensland Parliament.
He said he was not surprised by reports that Mareeba locals were up in arms about the move.
“In the interest of taking a stand against centralisation, I would like to call on the Member for Cook to reverse this decision,” Mr Katter said.
“Regional Members of Parliament like myself and Ms Lui need to send a clear message to smaller communities that they matter and that their voices will be heard,” he said.
“Relocating from Mareeba is one thing, but moving to Cairns which is not even in the Cook electorate sends a terrible message to the people of the North.”
Mr Katter said the State Labor Party had a shocking track record of removing services from the bush and ignoring the views and voices of rural communities.
“It is my experience that as an MP in these types of electorates, you need make a point of going to the people you represent and not waiting for them to come to you,” he said.
“I clock up tens of thousands of kilometres every year and spend many days and nights away from home because I get out of my office and am on the road or in the air trying to get to people.
“The KAP is fighting to keep services in the bush, meanwhile the Palaszczuk Government, with their own representatives, are taking services away – even a humble electorate office is not immune.
“This is astounding.”
The despicable and persistent hounding of Wendy Scurr by government enforcers terrified this hero and most other credible eye witness who publicly exposed the cover-up which made intellectually challenged Martin Bryant the patsy for the shooting at Port Arthur 28th April 1996.
The following article published in Gumshoe News by Malcolm Hughes is a befitting tribute to a great Australian taking on Goliath’s lies and relentless persecution of Wendy. Living in total fear this witness could not achieve her goal of bringing John Howard and his cartel to justice….
A courageous Australian passes —vale Wendy Scurr
Today Australians have lost a brave, patriotic lady, Mrs Wendy Scurr. We repost Mal’s article from The Great Australians: Wendy Scurr in 2016.
by Malcolm R Hughes (4 December, 2016)
This great Australian, Wendy Scurr, became an unplanned heroine during and after the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996. For those who have not previously seen the purposely lost word “heroine,” the meaning is female hero.
Wendy is happily married to Graeme Scurr and they reside on the mainland of Australia. Why the mainland? Because they were driven out of their home state of Tasmania. Why driven out ? For doing the right thing. You know how it goes these days – but Wendy was ahead of her time, having stuck up for the truth about Port Arthur 20 years ago.
The Port Arthur Massacre was a Federal and Tasmanian government-planned event whereby several people were to be shot dead, at the Port Arthur Historic Site on the island state of Tasmania in Australia.
The reasoning behind this plan (I think) was that the population would then accept the Commonwealth Government’s implementation of the United Nations wish to disarm this part of the World’s public. (See Terry Shulze’s 3-part article here.)
Unfortunately, to fulfill this plan, a dupe was required. Martin Bryant, an intellectually handicapped man, was framed as the gunman and has, until now been imprisoned for 20 years. The killing of 35 people took place on April 28, 1996.
It is now widely accepted that Bryant did not shoot anyone, and could not have been the gunman.
The most evil part of the situation is that many politicians, public servants, lawyers and investigative bodies, have had the proof of this thrust in their faces but will not do anything to rectify the situation.
Wendy Scurr, a survivor of that April 28, 1996 massacre, had been an ambulance driver for several years and a first-aid instructor. Very selfless occupations.
Wendy was a tour guide for the Port Arthur Historic Site until after the massacre, when, owing to events that took place that day, she like others were overtaken by post trauma stress disorder or P.T.S.D.
During the killings, Wendy was nearly hit by a bullet fired from the cafe as she went to investigate the noise coming from within. She had heard the whiz of the bullet right past her but did not realise what it was. Upon visiting the scene two days later, husband Graeme pointed out the hole in the window that indicated what a near miss she had had.
After the tremendous amount of shooting in the historic site’s café, it was Wendy who phoned the police to report the noise – this was at 1.32pm on that infamous Sunday. She had to hold the telephone outside of the office so the person on the receiving end of the call would believe that shots were being fired.
Once the killer had left the Broad Arrow Café (remember: it’s not Martin Bryant as we were brainwashed to believe), Wendy then entered to check on and help the victims. Although she did not see it – no mirror there — she became covered with blood and human tissue. The worst anxiety for all the survivors was not knowing if the gunman was going to return.
She, along with the remaining hundreds of people had to continue in a stressful state as police did not arrive in sufficient numbers until six hours after the first report of the shootings to police headquarters. That deliberate delay was, of course, planned, and is unforgivable.
Months after, Wendy had to cope with a letter she received from the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions of Tasmania, Damian Bugg) telling her that she would not be required in court to give evidence. That was despite her having been one of the main witnesses to the Port Arthur massacre!
Wendy soon realised the event had been a Federal and State conspiracy. Thus she travelled the east coast of Australia lecturing on her experiences and that of co-workers on the day of the massacre.
By this time, private investigating citizens had unearthed many troubling events of that day and these were spoken about by these investigators at Wendy’s talks. One who shared the podium with her was retired Victorian cop Andrew MacGregor.
Wendy’s contact with a later generation of Aussies has manly been by Youtube. One of her Youtube videos has had 166,000 hits. She is a very loved and admired figure – and a modest one.
Wendy wanted the public to know what really happened on Sunday 28th April, 1996 and to force the release from custody of the entirely innocent man, Martin Bryant.
For this, she was terrorised in her home by the Tasmanian Police to such an extent that the Scurrs were forced to sell up their property and move. She still has health and mental problems related to that pre-planned event.
When “the people” take no notice of what good people like Wendy Scurr tell us, and allow evil employees in Government to get away with their perverted schemes such as the Port Arthur massacre, more of the same will follow. Next time, and there will be many other next times, unless the vile evil-doers are stopped, you and your family members may be the victims either directly or as collateral damage.
I see Wendy as a very courageous woman who deserved a better fate than that dished up by Australian society. It takes an exceptionally brave person to take a stand against the Government and its agents, knowing that at any time, they may arrest you on false charges, to have you thrown in jail.
I consider Wendy Scurr a truly great Australian and am hoping that the Australian public will give Wendy the recognition that she so justly deserves, at some time in the near future.
(July, 2018 – SARASOTA, FL) — Attorneys at Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. negotiated a $101 million dollar settlement for an infant who suffered a severe reaction to the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
O.R.* was a one-year-old healthy baby girl who was already walking and climbing. On February 13, 2013, she received vaccinations for Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR), Hepatitis A, Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib), Prevnar (pneumonia), and Varicella (chickenpox). That evening, the mother noticed baby O.R. was irritable and feverish. After a call to the pediatrician, the doctor advised Mom to give her Tylenol and Benadryl. The fever continued for several days and on the evening before the baby’s scheduled pediatrician visit, O.R. began having severe seizures. She was rushed to the emergency room. Baby O.R. went into cardiac and respiratory arrest and doctors placed her on a ventilator.
The seizures and cardiac arrest left O.R. with a severe brain injury, encephalopathy, cortical vision impairment, truncal hypotonia (low muscle tone), and kidney failure. After months of treatment at the hospital, baby O.R. finally went home, but her disabilities require specialized medical care and supervision around the clock for the rest of her life.
The $101 million-dollar settlement will pay for the child’s constant high-level medical care for the rest of her life. The family received a lump sum of $1 million dollars to cover the immediate costs of medical bills and expenses. The rest will be paid out through an annuity over the child’s lifetime.
by Alex Bruce
The birth rates of most developed nations is at or below replacement levels, which is the argument for accepting large numbers of immigrants, because more people are always needed for the economy – as if the economy was something the people should serve, rather than the other way around, says Canadian YouTuber, Black Pigeon Speaks.
The financial system needs bodies to create debt-based money through fractional reserve banking and it will do anything – and buy any government – to see that the machine is not slowed down.
Media and academia take their cues from UN reports and promote the idea that demographic and cultural replacement and the eradication of ancient nation-states is the only answer to keeping economies strong.
However, Japan is one developed country that refuses to follow the West and replace its population and culture via the importation of millions of people from the developing world.
The Japanese people remain rich and are among the longest-lived people on Earth. Japan is safe, clean, comfortable and modern.
Contrary to what we’re often told, Black Pigeon cites studies that show that there is no relationship between per capita GDP and a growing population. Declining populations (if not replaced) could ease the housing crisis seizing the capitals of developed countries and thereby improve the quality of life.
Endless growth is not possible on the confined space of the Japanese islands any more than it is on our finite planet and and Japan does not seem willing to gamble the future of their nation on an ideology of multiculturalism and mass immigration for the comfort of one or two generations’ retirement pensions.
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KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter slammed the Government on foreign ownership in Parliament yesterday asking if there will be a new regime to stop selling Australia, or is it business as usual, Australia for sale?
Tensions mounted as Mr Katter listed the major foreign owned or run companies, stating that free trade means jobs exported, cheap labour imported.
“The biggest farm in Australia ‘Van Diemen’s dairys’ is 0wned by China, the 2nd biggest ‘Cubbie’ owned by China, the biggest grain farms ‘Nicoletti’ owned by China, biggest farming aggregation ‘Kidmans’ controlled by China, the biggest of all, ‘Ord stage 2 & 3’ owned by China, Australia’s most strategic port, Darwin owned by China, Taxi Hire industry Uber foreign owned, the car manufacturing, glass, textiles, petrol, whitegoods – all gone overseas,” Mr Katter said.
“What has free trade done for us? It gave away the entire coal seam gas reserves of this nation; $23 billion a year was given away. We gave it away for six cents a gigajoule and we bought it back for $16 a gigajoule. In fact, it is cheaper to buy Australian gas in Tokyo and bring it back to Australia than to actually buy it in Australia. That was a magnificent free-trade deal.
“We freed up the wool industry–oh, what a magical achievement; it is now costing the nation $16 billion a year. Ethanol: ‘Oh, we must have a level playing field; we must have a free market.’ So while Brazil produces ethanol and provides a $4 billion cross subsidy to its sugar industry, we’re ‘free trading’, so we import $23 billion worth of petrol every year instead of producing one litre of petrol of our own, which, of course, we could do tomorrow with ethanol.
“Oh, and we wiped out the entire manufacturing industry of Australia. The car industry alone was $25 million a year. Just in coal seam gas, wool, ethanol and motor vehicles, we have lost $40, $50, $60, $70 billion in just five items.
“Do we have a new regime that won’t continue to sell off Australia, or is it business as usual – Australia for sale?” Mr Katter said.
Remembering Larry Pickdering by Paul Zanetti is a Walkley award winning syndicated cartoonist with over 30 years in the media. He blogs at www.zanettisview.com
Larry Pickering was laid to rest yesterday.
Family and friends gathered on the Gold Coast to hear, and tell, yarns of the larrikin we all knew and loved.
Lifelong mate, John Singleton, delivered the eulogy by video (he flew up from Sydney to see Larry days before he checked out). Singo’s memories will be shared on this site in the next couple of days.
Larry Olsen, who goes way back to Larry’s horse training days, and spent a gazillion hours playing golf with Larry, got lost in time keeping the service amused with tales of his great friend.
Two of Larry’s sons, (Little) Larry and Ben spoke of their dad. There wasn’t a dry eye in the joint.
Larry’s family also asked me to say a few words (posted below). We were limited by time constraints, so I kept my memories to my first meeting with Larry. I could fill a book.
The service was filled laughter and tears.
And song, with a brilliant tribute, Ode To Larry Pickering, by Steve Mannix (coming soon).
Following these memories is a short video by Larry’s daughter, Steph, who picked a few public and private photos of Larry taken over his incredible life.
by Paul Zanetti
I remember clearly when I first discovered Larry Pickering.
It was 1975.
Gough Whitlam was Prime Minister, making one hell of a mess of the country with his Ministry of Misfits.
And there – in the Sydney Morning Herald – jumping from the pages were these hilariously outrageous, beautifully drawn cartoons making sense of the lunacy that was the political theatre of the day.
Larry didn’t like socialism.
So he was the perfect antidote to Whitlam.
Larry was brilliantly funny and clever – drawing Whitlam as a chook.
The infamous Pickering ‘Outhouse Series’ which ran in the Sydney Morning Herald in 1975
Whitlam hated the Pickering cartoons – which pricked Gough’s giant pompous ego – but Gough’s wife, Meg, loved the Pickering cartoons.
Meg would go around the Lodge pinning the cartoons up on the walls – and Gough would run around the Lodge tearing them down.
Poor old Gough became so beaten up by his own policies that Larry drew Whitlam with band aids on his face.
Naturally enough when Larry drew his calendars, the band aids were strategically positioned – including on his….donger, as Larry would eloquently explain.
Gough in Pickering’s Playmates calendar
Whitlam was furious and sued Larry for implying that by portraying Gough with a band aid on his donger, Gough had a sexually transmitted disease.
Larry couldn’t believe his luck.
In his defence, Larry said that Gough would need to drop his dacks in the court room to prove that he didn’t have a band aid on his donger.
Gough didn’t drop his dacks but he did drop the law suit.
The publicity sold another estimated 100,000 calendars.
Whether he realised it or not, Pickering was a pioneer, blazing a trail for a new generation of cartoonists.
I cut out his cartoons from the Herald and The Australian and glued them in a scrapbook. My late mate Bill Leak told me he stuck Larry’s cartoons on his bedroom walls.
My own connection to Larry goes back to my 16th birthday. It was 1977 and Larry was in his prime as a cartoonist.
I’m from a large Italian family of six boys. We lived in Wollongong, an hour south of Sydney.
For my birthday, my mum planned a trip to Sydney.
I got to choose where we would spend the day – The Zoo….or Bondi Beach…or Luna Park…my choice.
But I had other ideas.
“I want to meet Larry Pickering,” the 16 year-old me blurted out without hesitation.
So off we rode in the family wagon on our quest to find Larry.
When we arrived at the News Ltd Surry Hills building around 10:30am, we just assumed that:
·1) Larry Pickering would be there
· 2) He would allow a big Italian family to just march into his office without an appointment.
And yes, he was there.
And he did say ’Yes’.
The Brady Bunch-sized Zanetti family crammed into Larry’s office while I fired off a million questions.
At the time Larry Pickering was a household name, appearing in TV ads for Dulux Paints – and a regularly on talk shows and Blankety Blanks. He was a cartooning superstar.
Larry filling in for Singo’s Mumbleback Radio on Sydney’s 2KY
He patiently answered all my questions – and gave me the best present I ever had, a personally signed caricature.
“Who’s your favourite character, chief?” he asked me.
“I love your John Gorton.” I replied.
And quick-as-a-flash, he picked up a box cutter and sliced off a sheet of light drawing cardboard, grabbed a pen, while I watched enthralled as he magically waved his hand around the paper.
He finished off Gorton’s caricature with the ubiquitous flies that dotted his crumpled face- then signed it, ‘Happy Birthday, Paul. Larry Pickering’.
I had it framed and it hung above my bedhead until I left home at 18.
Larry asked me to send him some of my work.
He wrote back a two line letter that changed the course of my life.
“Your work shows tremendous promise. It’s up to you how long you stick to it.”
That was all the fuel an aspiring kid needed.
Two years later Larry retired to grow tomatoes and train race horses, to follow his childhood dream of winning the Melbourne Cup.
The famous Pickering Tomatoes
If there wasn’t a real Larry Pickering, then Banjo Patterson, Norman Lindsay or Henry Lawson would have had to invent him…the quintessential Australian character that embodied everything that is the Aussie larrikin.
Larry Pickering lived life to the full.
Larry Pickering lived multiple lives, each to their fullest.
He was a dad, a grandad, a husband, a mate, musician, punter, poker player, taxi driver, footy coach, mud crab catcher, fisherman, golfer, truck driver, proof reader, story teller, political candidate, TV celebrity, plane and helicopter pilot, philosopher, tomato farmer, race horse trainer, magazine centrefold, magazine publisher, inventor, racing car driver, blogger…too many lives to list….and somehow managed to squeeze in a career as Australia’s greatest cartoonist – a multiple Walkley Award Winner.
Above all, Larry Pickering loved this country – the best country in the world.
He was a patriot who, through his work, fought to preserve its freedoms and values.
Letter to Editor
Before we ask what is fair to illegal economic immigrants and refugee boat people we must firstly ask what is fair to Australian Families, Students and Taxpayers – Australians are suffering and dying because they cannot get medical attention because economic refugees are costing billions consuming medical funding.
Compliments of the ALP and Greens. Economic refugee boat people who have already passed through several safe countries that do not give free-money.
Metropolitan and National newspapers, carried headline in April 2018 “Patients drop off wait list for surgery due to death”, ‘Thousands of patients are dying because they cannot get surgery’.
G J May
Letter to the editor
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not a lawfully binding Treaty, so it does not directly create legal obligations for countries to provide these universally agreed human rights to their inhabitants or citizens and at the time of this universal Declaration some governments, including the government of the Commonwealth of Australia were already taking advantage of the ignorance of our parents and they were already securitising one of the declared human rights and trespassing on our parents personal property before and when they were adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on the 10 December 1948.
Australia has ratified almost all of the major international human rights instruments and it declares that human rights are universal – to be enjoyed by all people, no matter who they are or where they live EXCEPT those human beings who live or are born to the land in Australia as the Government is going to get the beneficial use of your universally accepted human right to the “security of person” in Article 3 as we have been doing that since 1934.
Motivated by the experiences of the preceding world wars, the Universal Declaration was the first time that countries agreed on a comprehensive statement of inalienable human rights but with the help of the Roman Civil administrative law that commenced in Australia after 1934, when the government of the Commonwealth of Australia signed up a juristic person and legal entity, COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA registered as an American company with the United States and Securities and Exchange Commission, to be bound by the statutory provisions of the Securities Act 1933 US and the Securities and Exchange Act 1934, we were then allegedly able to abandon this particular inalienable human right, our equitable share of the wealth in the land we were born to that provides for the “security of our person” of which the governments were already securitising and using and investing these securities and getting the beneficial use of as collateral for the debts of the government’s commercial entity, the COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA and State commercial entities that were registered in a foreign jurisdiction, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the securities and our financial assets were deposited in the Federal Reserve System without our knowledge or consent.
G J Tudehope