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Police tell robbery victims not to touch violent juvenile offenders in Cairns – vigilante groups are the only hope

Juvenile crime is so out of hand in Cairns that a black, nine year old kid threatened shop owner Ezzy Wells of Adventure Cairns and Beyond after a robbery by other juveniles just hours after they were released from the watch house.

‘Í’m gonna f….n stab you for getting my mates locked up’ the kid criminal told Ms Wells whose home had also been robbed a few days before.

The kids broke into her shop and stole her cash register containing $600 and were later arrested. It is unknown if she recovered her money.

Adventure Cairns and Beyond $4000 shop windows continually smashed by juveniles who laugh all the way in and out of the revolving doors of court houses. Pic Cairns Post

Ms Wells has long battled crime and unruly behaviour outside her shop and now is in fear of being stabbed or worse.

“Ëvery day we are getting threatened and the copper said to me ‘don’t you touch (the offenders) Ezzy’ and I said ‘so what I’ve got to wait until he stabs me’?” she told the Cairns Post.

Police said three 14 year old boys had been charged with entering premises and committing an indictable offence. Investigations into two other boys, aged 10 and 11 are continuing.

The Queensland Labor Party is determined to allow this criminal behaviour to flourish across the state particularly in Cairns because blackfellas are the ‘sacred cows’ of the ongoing, communist Black Lives Matter campaign.

Last week after a terrible stabbing murder of a Brisbane mother allegedly by two black 17 year olds, in a predictable knee-jerk reaction the socialist Premier, who was hiding behind the door when brains were handed out, said she would stop the out-of-control crime waves by increasing jail sentences for offenders.

The kids are laughing all the way to court knowing they will be released almost immediately to go back onto the streets and commit another serious crime.

The public are furious. Cairns News has been told of vigilante groups operating behind the lines in Cairns and the nearby Atherton Tablelands while stressed out businesses and older home owners who have locked themselves in, can only hope these tough vigilantes can have an effect before more people are killed or injured.

Exacerbated police are unable to protect anyone. In the USA these kid criminals would immediately have been dealt with by victims in most cases and almost without recrimination.

Mt Isa MP Robbie Katter has long pushed his key policy of relocation sentencing which gives courts the option of sending these juveniles for rehabilitation on a remote cattle station where they would learn respect, how to work, do schoolwork and have a stable life.

The Labor Party will not have a bar of it. The Liberals are bereft of any remedy. -contributed

Cairns’ abundant car thieves soon to be tracked by military drones

by Jim O’Toole, Townsville bureau

Police in Cairns will soon deploy high-tech military grade drones that can look through windows and photograph backyards in what the state government claims is an effort to tackle spiraling youth crime across the region.

High tech military drones will soon be patrolling Cairns suburbs

The drones will be equipped with enhanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and artificial intelligence technologies for tracking stolen vehicles and thermal imaging cameras to find people.

These $400,000 state-of-the-art drones are similar to those used by allied forces in combat zones. They can carry armaments capable of shooting specified targets and to deploy explosives.

This is another typical political party duopoly reaction to black youth holding Far North Queensland to ransom instead of going to the heart of the generational problem.

Police, youth workers and most people with half a brain know that these mainly juvenile black youth do not attend school or do they regularly stay at their residences from where they have to contend with massive overcrowding, witness drunkenness, drug abuse and a total lack of normal home life.

Leader of Katters Australian Party, Mt Isa MLA Robbie Katter has seen a similar problem in his town for many years where predominantly black youth rule the streets and participate in runaway car theft and break and enters.

Getting these offending kids out of town and away from their peers is a priority, sending them to remote facilities based on the successful Petford Farm model where kids learn life skills and respect for others.

The Katters Australian Party Relocation Sentencing policy has been on the table for several years but the Labor Party claims it is too hard on young kids aged between 10 and 18 whom they believe should be left alone to create havoc by stealing hundreds of cars a month, robbing pensioners and other vulnerable people.

Police have said their hands are tied. Last week a helicopter was used to track stolen vehicles being driven dangerously through Cairns suburbs.

With the aid of the dog squad 28 offenders were eventually caught over a four day period, charged with 222 offences and taken to court only to reappear on the streets next day thanks to Labor’s watered down juvenile bail laws.

Police recovered 18 stolen cars during the crime spree.

It will take months before they reappear in court to be sentenced and by then, as experience shows, these same kids on bail will have stolen another fleet of cars and robbed more homes and shops.

None will be sent to remote facilities.

Brisbane’s socialist media no longer believe Qld Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

This vicious cycle is attracting more recruits by the week because they know they can commit serious crimes with impunity.   

When questioned about the runaway crime across the state, socialist  Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said today, “We have the toughest juvenile justice system in the country.”

A statement even the socialist media now disbelieves.

Cairns freedom rally picture gallery from today

Nearly 1500 fed up Cairns residents turned up today for a rally along the Esplanade finishing in the CBD with election candidates speaking from a podium.

There are 11 candidates contesting the seat of Leichardt held by Liberal Warren Entsch, the architect of gay marriage laws.

Entsch naturally did not attend or did the Labor candidate Elida Faith. No doubt they could have held fears for their safety had they shown up.

The protest was well organised and there were no arrests for unruly behaviour. Police stopped traffic while protesters converged onto the mall area for short speeches from candidates.

All called for the demise of LNP, ALP and Greens describing them as traitors to the people for selling the country out and their police-state Covid responses.

Bob Katter said he would be investigating the prospects of prosecuting Queensland Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for killing off small business and enforcing vaccine mandates.

Every candidate spoke extremely well and it should be comforting that Cairns residents have so many capable independents to choose from on the ballot paper.

It was indeed refreshing to hear from KAP, UAP, One Nation, Informed Medical Options Party, Australian Federation Party and Fusion Party.

Geena Court, One Nation

Silvia Mogorovich, Informed Medical Options Party

A lineup of arguably the best group of independents ever seen in Leichardt electorate. Bob Katter is re-contesting his adjoining seat of Kennedy

Rod Jensen, Katters Australian Party candidate

Palmer, Hanson, Katter, Newman go head-to-head from the Gold Coast in Paul Murray’s Live Pub Test

United Australia Party chairman Clive Palmer, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, firebrand independent federal MP Bob Katter and Liberal Democrats senate candidate Campbell Newman have partaken in Paul Murray’s Live Pub Test.

They passed with flying colours.

These figureheads are four of Australia’s most colourful figures and have gone head-to-head in Paul Murray Live’s The Pub Test which put them in front of a live audience in an unscripted and televised Q&A format.

United Australia Party chairman Clive Palmer, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, firebrand independent federal MP Bob Katter and Liberal Democrats senate candidate Campbell Newman answered questions from voters in the forum hosted by Sky News Australia’s Paul Murray.

Following the debate and Q&A, Murray was joined for analysis by Sky News Queensland Editor Peter Gleeson, Courier Mail editor Chris Jones and Senator Amanda Stoker.

“I’m thrilled to be announcing our ‘Paul Murray Live Pub Test: The Mavericks’ episode,” Murray said.#

Cairns News strongly supports these independent party leaders being the best of a bad bunch. We would also add Riccardo Bosi to this group and urge readers to get this video to everybody they know. Under no circumstances vote for LNP, Labor or Greens.

Be careful of ‘independents’ read story in Cairns News about Climate 200 supported candidates.

https://www.climate200.com.au/candidates

Watch out for GetUp and voter fraud. There is a story coming.

Culling of cattle herd and cattle stations on Cape York Peninsula

Part of the depopulation plan by disrupting food supplies

Shoot to kill cattle operations in Cape York must stop now, Member for Hill Shane Knuth said.

Mr Knuth said for years parks and wildlife had been performing shoot-to-kill operations, indiscriminately killing unbranded and branded cattle, often without any, or little notice to surrounding landowners who own most of the cattle.

KAP member for Hill Shane Knuth warns Qld Labor not to strangle any more cattle stations and cattle numbers on Cape York

“The department needs to communicate with landowners, who are rarely notified and often held up by government bureaucracy, sometimes waiting up to 50 days before they can obtain a permit to collect their branded cattle from national parks,” Mr Knuth said.

“Cattle are continually shot before landowners are given permission to enter parks to muster their cattle, which is a huge economic loss to the region.”

He said over the past three years more than 5,000 cattle, which could be worth more than $6m on today’s market, have been shot on orders from the Department of Environment.

“The question is, why are neighbouring properties to Cape York National Parks given only one week’s notice, or no notice before the killing of cattle occurs?” he said.

“And when adequate notice is given, it’s always during the wet season when it is far too difficult and dangerous to muster cattle.

“It is quite obvious that this Government wants to drive pastoralists out of the region, so they can lock it up to meet their environmental agenda.”

“I call on the Minister to fix this long-standing issue, streamline the permit process, instruct the department to give adequate notice and work with landowners to muster valuable cattle, instead of destroying this income stream.”

Sally Witherspoon, who has been involved in the cattle industry on Cape York for more than 50 years, (and still runs cattle on a northern Peninsula sublease) says, that National Parks are putting the final nail in the coffin of the beef industry in North Queensland.  

“There is a ridiculous rule that you must contact Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service 40 days before submitting a Permit to Muster application,” Mrs Witherspoon said.  

“The application takes time to be assessed and could then be denied for some reason. For example, too late in the season for a muster.

“National Parks should not be purchased unless there are funds to fully fence and maintain the Park. 

“They are the worst neighbours one could wish for with little to no weed control, no fences, nobody living on the property, little firefighting capability, and a propensity to shoot cattle.

“Shooting from a helicopter is often not humane and it is distressing to think our cattle are being cruelly “hunted” and maybe left to die a slow death.

“It is very telling that graziers on Cape York Peninsula and the north-eastern coast of Queensland are being forced out of business in the only areas of Queensland that have guaranteed rainfall. 

“It is my belief that this is part of a state government drive to disrupt food production.  A plan that is also evidenced by the recent slashing of the Queensland Mackerel quota.”#

Editor: The State Labor Party has just set aside $20m to purchase more cattle properties on Cape York. Since its recent $11.5m acquisition of Bramwell Station and Resort, there are few cattle stations left.

The Labor Party is intent on removing all of 15 remaining white pastoralists then turning Cape York Peninsula into a vast, unmanageable slab of impenetrable scrub. This has already occurred over much of the sterilised land area handed to Aborigines without a secure title.

It will become a potential firebomb of nuclear proportion already home to more than one million feral pigs and tens of thousands of wild dogs.

Yet feeble-minded city people keep voting for the ALP eco-fascists not even thinking about where their next beef steak will come from.

Qld Extension of Expiring Provisions bill passes – 82 votes to 5 reassuring voters the Liberals and ALP want to keep killing you with vaxx mandates

A parliamentary welcome for the Mother Ship returning to take them home to their planet
Stephen Andrews MP member for Mirani

by Stephen Andrew MP for Mirani

The Bill extending the ongoing use of emergency powers passed earlier today.
It did so amidst the deafening roars of Queensland’s furious citizenry, outraged at the state’s ongoing slide into tyranny.

The second reading vote (the one that counts) was held at 5.22pm. The final result of the second reading was 82 votes in favour and 5 against. The five ‘NOs’ were myself, all three members of the Katter Australia Party, and the Independent Member for Noosa, Mrs Sandy Bolton.

When push came to shove, however, not a single member of the LNP found it within themselves to oppose the Bill until the 3rd reading when a division was called and the opposition changed their vote to end up 48 Ayes to 36 Noes.

Despite many admitting in their speeches, that they had been flooded by people begging them to vote against it, it wasn’t until the 11th hour.

A few even acknowledged that the vast majority in their electorates were opposed to it.

The debate had earlier been ‘guillotined’ by Labor, denying many members, including myself, from getting a chance to speak on the Bill.

I will post a copy of it later, so anyone interested can read what I planned to say.

It was a gut-wrenching end to a grueling week in Parliament.
Never was the Government’s hubris and arrogance more on display than it was today.

Studiously ignoring the stormy protests outside, one after another stood up and proceeded to gaslight the hell out of Queenslanders opposed to the Bill.

Instead of acknowledging people’s concerns, frustration and anger, or recognising what many have gone through the last 2 years, one Member said haughtily:

“I am sure all members of Parliament have been hammered by the anti-vaxxers who have gone down a rabbit hole with Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine”.

I can only imagine how all those Queenslanders who fought so long and hard to stop this Bill, must be feeling tonight.

Katters Australian Party members Shane Knuth (Hill); Leader Robbie Katter (Traeger) and Nick Dametto (Hinchinbrook) vigorously opposed the the tyrannical bill which enables the madmen and women of the Labor Party backed by Deep State to shut down the state at their whim.

On a positive note, I want to thank my fellow cross-bench members, Sandy Bolton, Robbie Katter, Shane Knuth and Nick Dametto. All four were absolute stand-outs this week. Their electorates are lucky to have them.

All day, today, the chamber was filled with the ‘sound and fury’ of the people of this great state.

By the time the vote was taken, MPs were struggling to be heard above the din.
I am willing to bet that nothing remotely like it has ever been seen before in Qld.

Oh I know, we have had riots and protests before, but not like this.

This phenomenon of ordinary Queensland citizens taking to the streets in ‘numbers too big to ignore’ is completely unprecedented.

Everyday Mums and Dads, small business owners, tradies, truckers, emergency workers, nurses, teachers, sole traders, defence force staff, firefighters and pilots – these are the people who have drawn a line and said enough!

People who were once regarded as the ‘backbone of this nation’.

Described as “a minority group” by the Health Minister today.

I salute them all!

Bob Katter warns Queensland is a police state

Joel Jammal journalist interviews MP Bob Katter, meets protesters and slams mandatory jab

Robbie Katter tells Premier ‘no mandate’ needed only personal choice for vaxx

From Hansard October 27, 2021

Mr KATTER (Traeger—KAP) (4.54 pm): I rise to speak on behalf of the KAP against the government’s motion. The KAP has been quite clear on our position. We respect the job that any government is trying to do in rolling these vaccinations out.

From the start our message has been that we recommend that people consult their doctor or talk to their medical adviser and get advice from them and make their choice, and when they make that choice we respect that. We are a party that founded itself on personal freedoms and choices, so we are trying to be true to the principles that people voted for us on in that respect.

Robbie Katter speaks against vaccine mandates in state parliament in October. “When people trust the science and trust what people are telling them, they can make logical choices.” He later took aim at the Premier asking why there was no vaccine mandate for state politicians?

The government is faced with an extraordinary situation—we accept that—but there are some interesting points to reflect on in the context of this debate. I am told that childhood vaccinations are around 95 per cent, so no-one is holding a gun to their heads. When people trust the science and trust what people are telling them, they can make logical choices.

What we are consistently hearing is, ‘The more I’m being told by government I’m forced to do this, the more I don’t want to get it. I’ve got nothing against vaccinations.’ There is the question of trust here, because those of us in North Queensland have been fed garbage about tree-clearing science and we have been fed garbage about the reef science. Peter Ridd pulled out and was sacked for it, and no-one has proved him wrong.

 No-one is game to even try to prove him wrong; they just got rid of him out of the job. This is all flawing the trust in government and the science. It underscores the fact that under normal conditions people reasonably would say, ‘Yeah, I’ll get the vaccination. I’ve got no problem.’ However, when the government starts forcing and saying, ‘This is what’s got to be done,’ that is when it is encountering problems.

The other issue I want to raise is that, on reflection for me, we are having trouble keeping hospitals open in the electorate. Julia Creek was downgraded and I am told that it still will not go back to a 24-hour service. We cannot get nurses into hospitals in some areas. Some extra staffing does come, but if not they are still told to rollout this massive health program.  Someone said that it was only 20 per cent in Doomadgee. I rang up Doomadgee asking if there was a sentiment against it. I was told, ‘No, there’s not really a sentiment against it.’

Therefore, I made the assumption that they had not had proper exposure to getting either education or having the vaccine there available to them.  Another family pulled me up in town the other week to say that their kids were given one day to go into Richmond to get it. They were told, ‘You’ve got to go on this day to get it.’ They said, ‘We’re mustering cattle. We’re busy. We can’t get in that day.’ Tough luck! 

Then there is the question of health services. If we cannot even perform the primary health functions in regional and rural areas, how can we be expected to roll this out on top? Before the government starts mandating and enforcing this, it has to lift its game on the other things it can be doing. There is a lot more that can be done before forcing this down people’s throats.

Katter will vote against euthanasia laws

Statement from Robbie Katter MLA regarding proposed Euthanasia Legislation

I am opposed to euthanasia law reform in Queensland.

While myself, and my Katter’s Australian Party colleagues plan to review the Queensland Law Reform Commission’s report into the subject as well as the legislation that will be introduced today, it is highly likely we will be voting against it based on principle.

I am of the belief that creating and preserving life is, and should remain, the most primary endeavour of our society and our governments should reflect this. 

Leader of Katters Australian Party Robbie Katter does not support euthanasia or abortion laws

It was a dark day in Parliament for all three state KAP MPs when Labor’s limitless abortion laws passed in 2018, and those celebrating in the House caused us even more concern. 

While I understand there is great complexity and emotion around issues of life and death, we do not believe the legalisation of suicide (even with the strictest of conditions) is the answer.

The need for a better focus on and improved funding for palliative care services for all Queenslanders through a purpose-built palliative care system has been overlooked as part of the debate around end-of-life.

Palliative Care Queensland, the peak body representing the sector, has decried that current funding arrangements equate to only about 1 per cent of the overall State health budget.

This is grossly inadequate to meet the care needs of dying Queenslanders and their loved ones.

They have requested an additional investment of $275 million per year – around $53 per person – to directly improve the quality of life for terminally-ill Queenslanders of all ages.[1]

Further, in a state with a myriad problems that are as fundamental as access to critical health services like dialysis, CT scanners and mental health support for rural and regional patients, I find it perverse that we are having this debate as those issues continue to fester.

Death will come to us all and it is never easy, but all Queenslanders, including First Australians who overwhelmingly abhor the idea of legalising euthanasia, deserve far better than this.

[1] https://palliativecareqld.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/PCQ-QLD-Requirements-for-New-Investment-to-Transform-Care_Nov-2020-1.pdf


Home-invading black youths hospitalise Townsville resident after hitting him with a machete

by Jim O’Toole, Townsville Bureau

Over the past fortnight Townsville’s population of 174,000 has seen 300 home break ins and 70 cars stolen in a crime orgy unequalled anywhere in Australia.

Townsville police have warned it is only a matter of time before gangs of marauding, mainly black youths kill a resident in a home invasion or a homeowner kills one of them.

Black youths show off a car they stole in the besieged Queensland city of Townsville. Police are unable to take effective action because of the Labor Government’s ineffective and lax juvenile justice policies

In the latest incident, juveniles allegedly forced their way into a Townsville home just after midnight on Wednesday and attacked a 28-year-old man with a machete.

Police said he was taken to hospital in a stable condition with multiple wounds to his hand and back.

A blue four-wheel-drive was stolen during the incident.

The 4WD Ford Ranger was later sighted at 4am and police began a short pursuit before calling off the chase.

Chief Superintendent Craig Hanlon said since Thursday, 12 people had been arrested in Townsville on 57 charges ranging from unlawful use to burglary and stealing.

“Of those 12 people, nine are juveniles and all of those juveniles currently remain in custody,” he told the Townsville Bulletin on Wednesday.

“The use of knives and machetes has to stop.

“We’re one minor issue away from someone being seriously injured or killed.

“I want to know what those family and friends of those people are doing … this is disgusting behaviour and it’s got to stop.”

Approximately 40 police were deployed across the city overnight to deal with a range of incidents.

Residents of a home who are invaded, threatened or injured have every right at common law to defend themselves with whatever means are available.

Guns are not out of the question and should be used as a deterrent against these anti-social attackers before these often mentally retarded* invaders kill an innocent resident.

Last year black youths stole a car from a home in Townsville after pointing a rifle at the owner and taunting him as he moved towards the offender: “You want to be a hero mate….?”

If this homeowner had a firearm he could have defended himself but Labor’s gun policies have left people unprotected and at the mercy of marauding Aboriginal youths.

It will take just one blackfella to be shot, then their gutless mates will disappear into the night when they realise Labor’s policies rightly have been ignored. People when threatened or injured will arm themselves and defend their families and property. That is their inherent right.

After all the homeowner is the first responder. Calling the police as the evidence shows often is a waste of time because the understaffed and under-equipped stations cannot respond immediately even if a victim was fortunate enough to actually speak to an officer on the phone.

Dial 000 and get an operator from anywhere in Australia or Police Link which is a recorded phone service requiring an email address to record a crime.

Labor is trumpeting its recent changes to the Juvenile Justice laws which purportedly allow magistrates to refuse bail to serious repeat offenders, but Katters Australian Party leader Robbie Katter and LNP Opposition Police spokesman Dale Last say the changes are superficial and will not and have not made one bit of difference to re-offending.

Mr Katter said the evidence revealed the crime rate is increasing even though the Labor Party had instructed senior police to downplay the burgeoning crime data.

*Data regarding young Aboriginal and white offenders in 2019 showed most were suffering from malnutrition or had damaged brains from petrol sniffing, illicit drug and alcohol abuse.

Katter says tear up Darwin Port lease to China now – he has the numbers to make it happen in parliament

Former LNP Trade Minister Andrew Robb profited enormously from the port deal

Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, MHR has warned the federal Government to tear up the Port of Darwin lease with its Chinese owners, arguing that a “review” will achieve nothing but waste time.

Mr Katter’s opposition to the Port of Darwin sale – a 99 year lease to Communist Chinese controlled Landbridge Corporation – has been tenacious over the last six years, concerned by the economic and security implications of the sale.

Minister for Northern Australia Josh Frydenberg, Trade Minister Andrew Robb with Landbridge Chief Ye Chang, supported the takeover of the Port of Darwin in 2015, adding to China’s ‘String of Pearls’. Robb picked up an estimated $2 million from the deal. Pic ABC

Former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has joined the crescendo to kick out Landbridge which secured the long-term operational control of the commercial facility in 2015 as part of a $506 million deal with the Northern Territory government.

The lease was signed by former CLP chief minister Adam Giles, but Mr Rudd said key ministers within the federal Coalition government were also responsible for the outcome.

CLP Chief Minister Adam Giles signed the deal with China on behalf of the Northern Territory administration

“[It was] all approved, all let through, by Morrison when he was Treasurer [and] Frydenberg was then Minister for Northern Australia,” Mr Rudd said.

He added that former Trade Minister Andrew Robb also took on a lucrative consulting job with Landbridge after he left office.

“For all those political reasons, Dutton, Morrison, Frydenberg know that they are deeply exposed on this issue.

Katter warned Australia’s national security was being severely compromised while the CCP continues to acquire strategic assets across the north of the country, “right on our doorstep”.

He reminded the LNP government that the top half of the Australian continent was already encircled by China, stretching from Cockatoo Island near Derby in Western Australia to Keswick Island near Mackay in Central Queensland.

“Why do we need a review to see if it is good for Australia? Blind Freddie could see it’s not!,” Mr Katter said.

“Darwin is the only port between Cairns and Broome making up half of the entire Australian coastline and the sale should never have happened in the first place.

“You can’t get anything out of the Northern half of Australia except out of a foreign Check Point Charlie (Port of Darwin) which can charge you whatever he feels like charging you.

“Up to 300,000 head of live cattle go through Darwin, and for six years we have been in a situation where a foreign corporation can charge us whatever they feel like charging and decide what goes through the port because they own the port.

Fiery independent Far Northern federal Member Bob Katter wants to see the Communist Chinese Party kicked out of Darwin Port. He says he has the numbers in parliament to do it

“They can close the port to any competing development by Australians and by having control of that port, they control the whole economy of the north western quarter of Australia.

“It is not my aspiration as an Australian, to work in a country owned by foreign landlords where I’ll work as some sort of modern-day serf for whatever amount of money that they feel like paying me”, Mr Katter said.

“I’ve said this before, anyone that would give away their only ‘non-coal loading’ Panamax port in the northern half of the continent to a foreign power has committed treason.

“Don’t waste time with a review. Just tear it up now.”

Mr Katter said that he was confident he had the numbers in the Parliament to suspend standing orders and move for the Port of Darwin lease to be torn up.

“I’ve had a motion drafted and ready for the last few months. I’m confident that I have to numbers to get this up. So who’s going to move first?!”

Landbridge secured the long-term operational control of the commercial facility in 2015 as part of a $506 million deal with the Northern Territory government.

Former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says government Ministers Dutton, Frydenberg and PM Morrison are “deeply exposed” over the Chinese Communist Party’s covert control of Northern Australia. Pic ABC

The lease was signed by former Country Liberal Party chief minister Adam Giles, but Mr Rudd said key ministers within the federal Coalition government were also responsible for the outcome.

“[It was] all approved, all let through, by Morrison when he was Treasurer [and] Frydenberg was then Minister for Northern Australia,” Mr Rudd said.

He added that former minister Andrew Robb also took on an $800,000 per annum lucrative consulting job with Landbridge after he left office.

As part of the “confidential” consultancy deal, Mr Robb, the architect of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, began consulting to Ye Cheng the day before the July 2 federal election in 2016.

It’s estimated that Mr Robb pocketed more than $2 million plus expenses from Landbridge. A company document revealed that Mr Robb’s consulting contract was so vague and ill-defined he would be paid even if he did nothing.

“For all those political reasons, Dutton, Morrison and Frydenberg know that they are deeply exposed on this issue.

“Hence, my prediction is that they will seek to scupper the lease and then there’ll be a huge financial liability on the part of the taxpayer.”

Mr Rudd said he was not privy to current intelligence briefings, but he was aware of concerns raised by the US after the deal was signed.

“My understanding from Washington, for example, is that the US administration at the time was absolutely ropeable by the dim-witted nature of this particular decision back in 2015.”

DFAT has previously said the Darwin Port lease was not within the scope of the Foreign Relations Act.

Mr Robb’s consultancy with the leaseholder of the Darwin Port, Landbridge, was trumpeted by the Chinese-government aligned company in 2016, but became intensely controversial when an investigation by The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and Four Corners revealed his fee, and that he had joined the company straight after quitting parliament.

Mr Robb joins former foreign minister Bob Carr and former Victorian premier John Brumby in taking up lucrative roles with companies or, in Mr Carr’s case, a think tank, founded by businessmen with strong ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

Absent Victorian Premier now has more wounds to lick

Federal MP Bob Katter applauded the federal government’s move to get China out of Australian government and backed by a swell of public sentiment is calling on the Prime Minister to tear up the CCP backed lease on Darwin Harbour. He said the cabal that has been trying to ingratiate itself with Australian governments and industry had to go saying he has also set his sights on the large amount of water entitlements held by China.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has scrapped Victoria’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) deal with China, calling it “inconsistent with Australia’s foreign policy”.

The decision made late on Wednesday night threatens to inflame already fraught diplomatic tensions between Canberra and Beijing.

Deploying Australia’s powerful new veto powers under legislation passed last year for the first time, the Federal Government ended the deal, warning it was against Australia’s interests.

“I consider these four arrangements to be inconsistent with Australia’s foreign policy or adverse to our foreign relations in line with the relevant test in Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Act 2020,’’ Foreign Minister Marise Payne said.

“I will continue to consider foreign arrangements notified under the Scheme. I expect the overwhelming majority of them to remain unaffected. I look forward to ongoing collaboration with states, territories, universities and local governments in implementing the Foreign Arrangements Scheme.”

China quickly hit back at Australia over what it called an “unreasonable and provocative move”.

In a statement, a Chinese Embassy spokesman slammed the decision which is expected to plunge the fractured relationship into greater acrimony.

“We express our strong displeasure and resolute opposition to the Australian Foreign Minister’s announcement on April 21 to cancel the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation within the Framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and the related Framework Agreement between the Chinese side and Government of Victoria,” the spokesman said. – News Ltd

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