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No adequate political representation for the Far North after ECQ and ALP gerrymandered northern seats to Brisbane. Consequently the new State of North Queensland is in the making
The Electoral Commission of Queensland, a Brisbane-based bureaucracy headed by H W H Botting has long defended itself against corruption allegations and again has come into the spotlight after a State electoral redistribution moved several key northern seats to Brisbane.
The Labor orientated ECQ cries independent but long suffering voters outside of the south east corner of the State have been crapped all over by its ALP and LNP driven agenda for decades.
Released today, the ECQ has engineered a gerrymander of monumental proportions removing Katters Australia Party Shane Knuth’s seat of Dalrymple stretching from Atherton in the north to the southern mining town of Moranbah in the Coalfields.
The last time the effective and independent member Rosa Lee Long threatened the status quo of the LNP and ALP, her seat of Tablelands was abolished by the ECQ in 2009.
Far North people are sick and tired of being the political football for the LNP and the ALP. Cairns News has no doubt many thousands of voters who have depended on Shane Knuth for his astute representation will protest to the ECQ during the public comment period.
Several contributors to Cairns News have already suggested that the entire population of the Far North refuse to vote at the next State election.
The people should take a line on the map north of the Tropic of Capricorn and tell the south east corner Labor and Liberal politicians and their public servants to go to hell – the north is creating its own state, we don’t need you, one contributor said.
The Mt Isa electorate will now take in Charters Towers in a ploy to spread its highly effective member Robbie Katter wafer thin across an electorate nearly twice the size of Victoria.
Robbie Katter says the re-mapping of the boundaries is another blow for rural representation.
He has constantly pushed against further expansion to rural seats and had hoped for more adequate representation in regional areas.
“The major parties have got what they wanted, in particular the ALP,” he said.
“Adequate representation means that each person has the opportunity to meet and shake hands with their local member.”
“It’s a shame the new seats being created are closer to metropolitan areas, not in western areas where it’s already difficult for the local member to get around their massive electorates.”
Mr Katter said the proposed changes meant that the Mount Isa electorate will lose Diamantina and Winton Shire boundaries, of less than 2,000 people combined, while taking in the Charters Towers Regional Council, with a population in excess of about 12,000 people.
“I’m very concerned that we’ll continue to see people with no idea what it’s like to live out west, making decisions about how we use our land and water.”
“That’s a nett gain of approximately 10,000 people for the local member to represent.”
“The people of these smaller rural towns, that already struggling, need more representation, not less.”
“We need to make sure that everything is being done to ensure adequate representation in rural and regional areas.”
Mr Katter was disappointed the rural areas would miss out once again.
“The major parties have got what they wanted which is less representation in regional areas,” he said.
“It’s another example of rural areas being overlooked.”
“With less representation in the bush we’ll continue to see policies focussed on cities.”
14 February 2017: Today KAP Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter delivered a Question without Notice in Question Time to the Minister for Communications about the $5.6m pay packet for the CEO of Australia Post – Ahmed Fahour.
Mr Katter’s Question raised Mr Fahour’s pay; the cost of postage doubling to $1 a letter; and the $2.8m pre-tax donation it is reported that Australia Post “mutually agreed” to give to the Islamic Museum of Australia, founded by Ahmed Fahour’s brother Moustafa Fahour, when in the same year 900 Australia Post staff were sacked. Mr Katter asked the Minister for Communications:
“Australia Post’s CEO pre-corporatisation received $360,000, Ahmed Fahour the current CEO enjoys $5.6 million.
France’s Postal Services CEO receives $1m whilst the United States CEO only $550,000.
Pre Fahour stamps cost 50c; now $1.
Minister, no more Christmas cards.
In 2014 Australia Post sacked 900 staff. In the same year, Mr Fahour’s Australia Post donated $2.8m to his brother’s Islamic Museum.
In light of Ahmed’s Australia Post’s generosity, Minister, could I get $30,000 to repair the Catholic Church in Julia Creek?”
On appointment in 2010 Mr Fahour was paid $2,086,710. This salary package has almost tripled in 6 years to $5.6m.
Mr Katter has highlighted exorbitant CEO pay as a consequence of privatisation and deregulation; and it is not limited to Australia Post.
“The case was strongly pleaded by Lance Hockridge, to privatise Queensland Rail. Mr Hockridge was the then CEO and as a senior public servant would have been on around $250,000 a year. Within a few years after privatisation he was reported to be paying himself a package in excess of $6m a year, for exactly the same job.
“According to the Australian and the Daily Telegraph with one article titled ‘Happy Dragon’, assuming these stories are accurate, it would mean Gail Kelly had received $77m in 8 years, between 2002-2009. “Happy Dragon indeed, but where is St George?” Mr Katter asked.
“Sol Trujillo for little more than 3.5 years at Telstra was paid $40m. Ben Butler at the Courier Mail said ‘complaints had a 241% increase in three years during Trujillo’s reign at Telstra’. Before he arrived at Telstra share prices were $5, when he left they were $3.
“Piketty in his landmark book, stated clearly that the world’s wealth now is going to the managerial class, which effectively sets their own wages. He makes the point that 100 years ago the world’s wealth was going to the owner class, the Carnegies, the Fords, the Rockefellers. People who risked their own money and built the motor vehicle industry, the steel industry, the American railways industry.
“It is now going to a class of people that really produce nothing. Particularly in Australia’s case they simply cut workforce numbers and send the jobs overseas. Then pay themselves an extra $1m a year for closing down an Australian industry. “They cry out for foreign investment, which of course means CEOs pay themselves increasingly more. Until now we reach the point where the only thing we export are jobs.
“Essington Lewis who created the biggest company on earth BHP, an Australian company, when he died he had an estate of $1.7m. In today’s terms an estate worth a measly $2.4m, which would not buy you a decent home in Sydney today.
“Essington Lewis, Les Thiess (coal), Lang Hancock (iron ore), Laurence Hartnett (motor vehicles) all died with very little money. Their riches were in another treasure chest which, please god, they are enjoying now.
“Their riches were what they gave to their fellow Australians. That was how those men measured their wealth”, Mr Katter said.
FORMER SENATOR ROD CULLETON ASKS COMMUNITY TO STAND UP TO BANK RECEIVERS AT BALLABAY STATION
Former Senator Rod Culleton, has released a plea on social media for people to get to Ballabay Station located just outside Charters Towers, at Pentland, 9am on Thursday morning.
Nolene Bradshaw and her family own Ballabay Station and Mr Culleton said that he had been working closely with Mrs Bradshaw when he was a Senator, to help keep them on the farm.
Mr Culleton said Rabobank, the lender, was one of the most aggressive banks along with the ANZ, when it came to farm foreclosures.
“Once we lose the great generational farmers of this nation, they will never be replaced and we will have lost the knowledge and expertise forever. This happened in Europe and it can happen here! Our farmers are irreplaceable,” he said.
“Rabobank have engineered the demise of Nolene Bradshaw and her farm. Nolene, her husband and their son are great pastoralists and have survived drought for years and the government induced live export debacle. Even through these tough times, the Bradshaws were able to look after their cattle, which are in prime condition now to be sold. The market is at an optimum peak and Rabobank should be allowing the Bradshaws to sell their cattle, to help service their loan. The Bradshaws had room to financially manoeuvre to meet repayment deadlines but Rabobank kicked in their heels.”
“The cattle are calving at present and the heat is extremely high, yet, the receivers have sent in a helicopter to muster the cattle. There is no court order to do this and the cattle do not belong to the bank. This is theft, not to mention that these actions will cause stress to the cattle and it is highly likely that they will die as a result.”
Mr Culleton says that he does not have a hatred for banks, but how the major four Australian banks treat their customers. “Instead of sitting down at a table and working out a commercial and viable way for the borrower to service the loan, the banks send in receivers and lawyers,” he said.
“This is why I am fighting for a Royal Commission into the banks, the receivers and other financial associates. The Senate has already agreed to one with the terms of reference I presented to them and now the House of Representatives will be voting on it again, imminently. I urge people to contact their local member and tell them you want a Royal Commission.”
Mr Culleton said that all members of the public and media are invited to attend Ballabay Station, on Gregory Springs Rd in Pentland, at 9am on Thursday 9th February.
“Mrs Bradshaw has advised me that the receivers could come at an moment during the day, so we are asking the public to be prepared to attend and stay for the day and potentially into the night. Our aim is to stop the receivers moving in so that we can prepare other avenues for the Bradshaws to save their farm. Bring drinks, food and shelter. It could turn out to be one big bush barbeque.”
Member for Mt Isa, Robbie Katter has questioned a plan for a reduction of seats in Queensland Parliament, which would give people in the bush even less representation.
The State Leader of the Katter’s Australian Party said the proposal would result in further neglect of rural and regional communities, robbing constituents of their opportunity for face-to-face conversations with their local MP.
“It’s vitally important that MPs are able to get out on the ground in their electorates and talk to their constituents face-to-face,” Mr Katter said.
“The suggestion that MPs could spend less time out in their electorates and replace handshakes with emails simply doesn’t work in Western Queensland.”
“The Mount Isa electorate is more than twice the size of the state of Victoria and it’s already hard enough to get around to meet people face-to-face and understand their issues first hand.”
“Every voter has the right to shake hands with their MP.”
“It would make representation absolutely impossible for Western areas.”
“Frankly, it’s a bush killer, no question, because it would see more power go into the hands of the city-centric establishment.”
Mr Katter was supportive of better checks and balances in Parliament but believes this can be achieved by breaking up the two-party system.
“What we need is the public to embrace a multi-party system that would deliver competition to parliament to break up the duopoly of the two major parties,” he said.
“We need representation that champions development West of the Great Divide.”
“This plan would only exacerbate the gravitation of government spending towards votes in high population areas.”
Mr Katter said relying on undependable technology for communication with constituents in the bush would be disastrous.
“Try and tell the people of Gregory or Karumba who regularly experience internet and mobile phone outages for weeks on end,” he said.
KAP Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter believes democracy has been compromised in response to the Senate President’s decision to remove Senator Rod Culleton from the Senate before Senator Culleton’s bankruptcy appeals have been exhausted. Mr Katter is resolute that the bankruptcy ruling is not final until the appeals have been exhausted.
Mr Katter said, “The Senate President has a very checkered past. This reputation has been reinforced by his precipitate actions which quite frankly raise issues of ultra vires.
“We would not expect fairness from the ‘Senate Kangaroo Court’ but ultimately there’s going to be a lot of joeys looking for pouches to hide in after this appalling damage to democracy.
“The issue is fairly simple; they tried to railroad Senator Culleton out of the Senate for the loss of a $7.50 key of which he was subsequently found totally innocent. I just hope none of the Senators lose their hotel key when the hotelier doesn’t like them. The most dangerous precedent has been created here.
“On the second Culleton issue of bankruptcy, the ‘golden rule’ prevails under the LNP / ALP junta that runs Australia. The ‘golden rule’ :– he who has the gold, rules.
“Senator Rod Culleton did not have the money to fight off vindictive debt claims and being an average knock-about Australian, he was at a great disadvantage without the legal sophistication and big pockets of his opponents.
“If you can have the will of the people overturned for the loss of a $7.50 key and if you can have the will of the people overturned because someone doesn’t have the big pockets to pay the legal costs to fight debts whether valid or not, then there is clearly a debasement of our democracy.”
The deadly mantra of free trade has threatened the existence of the $358 million Australian prawn industry after white spot disease contaminated prawn farms in the Logan River south of Brisbane.
Imported raw green prawns from Vietnam, Thailand and China where the highly contagious white spot virus is rampant, have wiped out southern farms, forcing the government to place a ban on imports of green prawns.
Infected prawns die quickly and all the Logan River farms have been destocked in the hope of decontaminating the river.
It is thought that green prawns used for fish bait, were the source of contamination.
Although the virus has no effect upon humans, it would have a serious economic impact on the seafood industry in southern Queensland.
North Queensland farms have not yet contracted the virus and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says the priority was to protect the northern industry which catches 20,000 tonnes of wild prawns and farms another 5200 tonnes worth $86 m annually.
Chinese prawn importer, Sino, had its import licence revoked on Friday and will face serious criminal charges for breaching Australian quarantine laws.
Sino and four other companies allegedly were caught providing samples of non-infected green prawns for biosecurity testing by the Federal Agriculture department when their imported consignments were known to be infected.
Four more foreign importers are in the government sights allegedly for deliberately breaching biosecurity rules.
Other imported products such as cooked, marinated or crumbed prawns do not carry the virus.
Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter whose electorate has a prawn farm, warned the Federal Government not to allow imports from white spot infected countries.
“All other ‘smart’ countries won’t import seafood from a country that has white spot, Mr Katter remarked.
“But we have some of the lowest quarantine protections in the world.
“Quite frankly I can’t think of anything that has been stopped from coming in.
“Out of probably 100 horticultural applications, all have been agreed too, similarly with seafood.
“Australia has for some time been a net importer of seafood. We pleaded with the authorities to refuse the application to bring in imported prawns. They brought in prawns. Now we have white spot.”
The grocery duopoly, Woolworths and Coles, being the largest retailers of imported prawns, have found themselves smack in the middle of the industry crisis, that Logan River farmers say will eventually kill off all farmed prawns.
The duopoly, best known for not supporting local farmers, enforcing low farm-gate prices and dodgy supply contracts has remained quiet, but should take the blame for the impending destruction of the local prawn industry square on the nose.
The Liberal, National and Labor free trade policies have produced the toxic fruit of Australian primary industries.
Fortunately American President-elect Donald Trump has sounded the death knell for free trade but it will be too late for Australia.
Current list of Islamic entities in Qld 18/09/2016
Masjid Algester Mosque Algester
Org Islamic Society of Algester Algester
Org Islamic Trust of Algester Algest…er
Org International Islamic Halal Organisation Pty Ltd Archerfield
Org Australian Halal Development and Accreditation Archerfield
Masjid Gold Coast Mosque Arundel
Org Islamic Care Queensland PTY LTD Arundel
Registered Charity Islamic Society Of Gold Coast Inc Arundel
Proposal Muslim Youth Centre Arundel
Registered Charity Trustee for Gold Coast Mosque Trust, The Arundel
Registered Charity Islamic Society Of Mackay Inc Bakers Creek
Masjid Mackay Mosque Bakers Creek
Org Islamic Society of Bald Hills Bald Hills
Masjid Masjid Taqwa Bald Hills
Proposal Berrinba Madrasah Berrinba
Org Queensland Islamic Education Charitable Trust Bethania
Musalla Harbour Town Shopping Centre Biggera Waters
Org Muslim Assistance Worldwide Inc Biggera Waters
Registered Charity Biloela Islamic Society Ltd Biloela
Masjid Brassall – Waterworks Road – Ipswich Mosque Brassall
Org Islamic Society of Ipswich Brassall
Musalla Elizabeth Street Brisbane
Musalla Queensland University of Technology Musalla – City Brisbane
Org QUT Muslim Students Assoc. Brisbane
Registered Charity Brisbane Cbd Muslims Inc Brisbane
Org New Muslim Care Melbourne Brisbane
Proposal Multicultural Educational Centre of Australia MECA Brisbane
Musalla Airport Musalla Brisbane Airport
Registered Charity Muslim Organisation Sunshine Coast Buddina
Registered Charity Turkish Islamic Association Bundaberg
Masjid Turkish Mosque Bundaberg North
Org Trustee for Australian Islamic Education Trust Buranda
Masjid Cairns Dunn Street Mosque Cairns
Org Islamic Society Of Cairns Incorporated Cairns
Registered Charity Cairns & District Islamic Cultural & Building Trus Cairns North
Masjid Capalaba Mosque Capalaba
Org Youth Muslim Club Inc Capalaba
School Australian International Islamic College – Carrara Carrara
Org Islamic Society of Chermside Inc Chermside
Musalla Dreamworld Musalla Coomera
Failed Mosque Curumbin Mosque Curumbin Waters
School Australian International Islamic School – Durack Durack
Masjid Eagleby Mosque Eagleby
Revoked Charity Bosniak Islamic Centre of Qld Islamic Society of Eight MIile Plains
Org Crescents of Brisbane Inc Eight Mile Plains
Masjid Eight Mile Plains – Logan Road – Rochedale Mosque Eight Mile Plains
Proposal Brisbane Islamic Centre & Masjid Eight Mile Plains
Org Brisbane Islamic Centre Ltd Eight Mile Plains
Org Indonesian Muslim Centre of Queensland Ltd Eightmile Plains
Masjid Gatton Islamic Community Centre Gatton
Registered Charity Islamic Medical Association Of Queensland Inc Gatton
Org Lockyer Valley Islamic Association (LVIA) Gatton
Musalla University of Queensland – Gatton Gatton
Proposal Gatton Islamic Community Centre & Masjid Gatton
Org LVIC Pty Ltd Gatton
Org Trustee for LVIC Trust Gatton
Org Islamic Society of Gladstone Gladstone
Musalla Gladstone Musalla Gladstone
Proposal Gladstone Masjid Gladstone
Org Griffith Uni Muslim Students Association Griffith
Musalla Alma Street Musalla Gympie
Org Islamic Cooloola Regional Association Gympie
Doctors kill 25,000 patients each year: guns kill 211
The Australian Medical Association, better known as the ‘medical mafia’ has stumbled into the firearms ownership minefield making erroneous and ignorant statements about a “real time national firearms register” that somehow would magically remove firearms from groups such as the Muslim bikies.
Opening his mouth before engaging his brain, AMA vice president Dr Tony Bartone told ABC news that a national register would be able to track guns from when they were imported or manufactured to when they were either crushed or exported.
The AMA wants to infect your children and yourselves with toxic vaccines on one hand, and on the other impose a national level of even more restrictive regulations curtailing your Bill of Rights guarantee to own a firearm.
Shooters should demand a register of dirty, toxic vaccines that have without any doubt as the empirical evidence shows, caused autism in 2 per cent of all vaccinated American children and killed many more across the world.
The Australian statistics are just as bad and have been published over the past few years in Cairns News.
Cairns News has championed the burgeoning anti-vax movement for years as more and more evidence comes across our desks revealing the long term damage caused by most vaccines.
We advise shooters with registered and unregistered firearms to tell the well-heeled medical mafia to go to hell.
Few people have an understanding that their trusted AMA members are ripping off patients and Medicare to the tune of $3 billion a year for practicing voodoo medicine and infecting thousands of babies and young children each year with toxic vaccines and drugs.
One disillusioned doctor told Cairns News the first thing medical students learn at medical school is how to suck up to big pharma and rip-off patients by rorting Medicare with bulk billing and exorbitant charges for mostly unnecessary surgeries and prescribing deadly narcotics when there are non-lethal and non-addictive natural remedies readily available.
Big pharma controls the medical mafia, so one can only speculate why this stupid doctor would be their mouthpiece on such a touchy subject.
The number of Australian gun deaths has been declining since 1986 when 677 were recorded to 211 in 2015 (GunPolicy.org). This is in contrast to the thousands of patients doctors kill each year.
After all doctors kill more than 25,000 patients each year in Australia according to the medical industry expose, ‘Dead Doctors Don’t Lie’, the handbook about the medical mafia and available at most health shops.
Controversial Western Australian senator Rod Culleton has been seriously assaulted and hospitalised allegedly by a former Western Australian politician.
A spokesman for Senator Culleton told Cairns News the assailant attacked the senator from behind, knocking him and a companion to the concrete footpath outside the Perth Magistrates Court.
The assailant, aged 52, was known to the senator and had been ‘annoying’ him for some time, the spokesman said.
Senator Culleton has been admitted to the Perth Hospital for observation and to undergo X-rays for a suspected fractured wrist.
Sources claim the assailant had been a Liberal member of the Western Australian Legislative Council representing the Agricultural Region from 2005 to 2009.
Senator Culleton has filed an appeal against his bankruptcy handed down in the Federal Court before Christmas.