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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.”
Singapore-owned Wilmar Sugar refuses to pay cane growers fair price.
Thanks to the Liberal National Party cane farmers cannot go to arbitration because the LNP removed the clause from Shane Knuth’s bill.
19 February 2017: KAP Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter and State Member for Dalrymple, Shane Knuth MP today, in the Burdekin town of Ayr, attended a meeting with cane farmers to end the sugar marketing stalemate with Singaporean based company Wilmar.
In 2015 Mr Knuth introduced into the QLD Parliament the Sugar Industry (Real Choice in Marketing) Amendment Act 2015 giving an estimated 4,500 cane growing families choice in who they market with – the Bill passed with the support of the LNP and Independent Member for Cook. It was the second KAP Private Members Bill to become legislation and came within 24 hours of passing the ethanol mandate.
“The outcome of the meeting today still does not give clarity because there is no manoeuvre by the Federal Government to introduce a Code of Conduct,” Mr Knuth said.
“The numbers in the QLD Parliament have not been secured by the LNP, as yet, to get any amendments to the sugar marketing legislation. But as I did in the past when we drafted this legislation – working with the LNP and Canegrowers – we will be doing the same to ensure effective changes can take place,” Mr Knuth pledged.
Mr Katter whose electorate of Kennedy is highly reliant on sugar, was critical of the LNP for removing the final arbitration from the KAP legislation.
“The State representatives who were there today – we are only in this hole, without any cane supply agreements (no contracts between farmers and millers), because the LNP took out the clauses for final arbitration – where the referees decision is final. That was in there and the LNP took it out. We didn’t have the numbers without the LNP so it had to go through QLD Parliament without that clause,” Mr Katter said.
“With all of the QLD State LNP seats now in serious doubt and vulnerable to attacks from KAP and PHON, we might be able to get the QLD State LNP more scared of us than their corporate masters.
“George Christensen has crossed the floor on ethanol. His crossing the floor on ethanol was an act of very great courage and I think he has played a key role in convincing the Feds to stop them from intervening and overturning the sugar marketing legislation.
“The LNP today says ‘we believe in a competitive market and when it doesn’t work we intervene’. Fancy saying that when they (the LNP) introduced the deregulation.
“Statements about ‘we believe in competition setting the market price’. What an appalling statement! Do you believe the market sets the price of milk with only two buyers in there? Or the price of apples, bananas, oranges or sugar?
“The two giant supermarket chains set the market price. Sugar has a 400% mark-up on the price for refined sugar that the industry gets paid.
“Our second underlying problem is the world sugar market price is set by Brazil and they have over the last 16-17 years received $420 a tonne, and I doubt whether we have got $360 a tonne. We can’t survive on $360 a tonne average price.
“George Christensen no doubt was instrumental in getting the Deputy Prime Minister to stop any intervention from Canberra to overturn the Sugar Marketing legislation. Farmers and every worker in Australia should be entitled to arbitration. Thanks to KAP for introducing the legislation, at least one industry now has arbitration.
“We thank the Deputy Prime Minister for listening to George Christensen on this issue,” Mr Katter ended.
from Robert J Lee
How did Rabobank get into Australia to take the place of the Commonwealth Development Bank?
The Netherlands-based Rabobank has its origins in Australia thanks to former Labor Prime Minister Paul Keating and his then wife Annita, a Dutch-born Australian.
Reputedly the world’s largest rural bank, Rabobank reportedly was asked to hang up its shingle in Australia by the Keatings when he was Prime Minister in 1995.
Several years before the Keatings were involved with Danish interests in setting up a string of large piggeries in NSW.
Eventually the business failed and the Keatings were left holding the bag with the Commonwealth Development Bank reportedly for about $4million however according to then Senator Michael Baume, who doggedly pursued Keating over his debts at the time, it could have been much more.
To get out of debt in one foul swoop, Keating wound up the CDB in 1995, and put Rabobank in its place. Senator Baume said at the time the CDB debt was not ever repaid by Keating.
Most Rabobank profits go back to European shareholders. Paul Keating today drip feeds hundreds of thousands of dollars each year from the public purse, his reward for destroying Australian manufacturing and opening up Australia to the rapacious foreign banks.
Even today Keating still maintains Australia should be a ‘service country’, an ideology carried on by Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party.
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.”
BRING ON THE NATIONAL ID CARD
Australia is maintaining its ‘guinea pig’ status for the world by enforcing facial recognition and iris ID scans for its citizens, aided and abetted by the Liberal Party. If it works other countries will follow.
We suggest you contact Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s office and tell him you will not participate in such draconian ID measures
New technology will mean many travellers will soon not need to present their passports when entering or leaving Australia.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is seeking tenders for a self-processing system to be introduced later this year.
The system will use fingerprints, iris or facial structure recognition at major air and sea ports.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the aim was for more than 90 per cent of passengers to avoid paperwork or manual processing by staff.
“In many cases that will mean people, whilst they’ll still have to carry their passport, may not have to present their passport at all in the long term,” Mr Dutton said.
“But in the immediate term, this will make it easier, it will make it quicker, for people going in and out of our airports.”
Mr Dutton said the $78 million upgrade would also boost security at the nation’s borders by making it easier to detect threats.
“Already we know from the money we’ve invested into biometrics collections that that is a much more reliable collection than we have with people just scanning manually passports,” he said.
“So there is the ability through this technology to improve detections of people that might be coming into our country to do the wrong thing.”
Mr Dutton said cutting down processing times for travellers was also likely to boost tourism.
He said the government was keeping an open mind as to what technology may be used as it sought tenders.
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
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.
Liberal Senator for Queensland Ian McDonald wants the defence force to buy 23 agricultural and grazing properties next to Townsville city to accommodate Singaporean troops
Katter Australia Party – 2 December 2016
KAP Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter is continuing the fight for nervous landholders who look set to lose their properties through the Australian Defence Force’s expansion plans.
Mr Katter met with Finance Minister Cormann and the Defence Minister Pyne during the last sitting week in Parliament.
Mr Katter told the Finance Minister there are more cost effective areas than Hervey Range for the ADF’s training expansion needs to meet the Singapore Defence Deal.
Mr Katter said, “I told him there won’t be much change from half a billion. One of these properties was recently sold for over $17m.
“Well there are 23 properties in this proposed resumption area.
“They can acquire a vastly more secure area for under 30 million verses half a billion!
“My experience of these issues is that Government end up paying two or three times the market price when these things are fought out in the courts.
“An extra two hours’ drive to the other side of Pentland (where I propose the ADF buy out) would be neither here nor there.
“The other side of Pentland is very poor country. There is no run off from that area to the Great Barrier Reef or domestic water.
“All the problems of the Range simply do not exist at Pentland
“You do not take prime agricultural area to use for a military training area.”
In fierce contrast to Mr Katter, Senator Ian McDonald — who is based in Townsville supports the deal.
Mr Katter said, “The Liberal spokesman (who I’m sure many Liberals would like to put a bung in his mouth, in his vast wisdom he lost the LNP the seat of Townsville and most of the QLD seats too…) well, he’s come up with a gem here.
“Probably the most serious issue here is the strangling of development .
“Townsville has only one serious growth corridor which is Hervey Range.
“This proposal will land lock Townsville. It is disastrous for the city.
“We are positive for the expansion, but not at the expense at our future meat works, the future growth of our city, the destruction of prime agricultural land and serious issues of ordinance running on to the Great Barrier Reef.”
Harry Palmer Comments:
Senator MacDonald has confirmed – “All the seats of fools are now taken in parliament” as that voice of the people diminishes further under this LNP government control generating a fast dawning back to democracy with Bob Katter remaining true voice of the people of Queensland in the house that makes the rules.
Without consultation of the people on this trade agreement that affects all Australians, the duopoly establishment rolled us into this agreement that would have handed our sovereignty to other countries – WELL – Donald Trump has killed it as egg pours over Julie Bishop’s face sending a clear message to Turnbull “IT’S NOT ON MATE”.
TPP: Trade pact dead, buried, cremated amid Donald Trump presidency
By rural reporter Anna Vidot ABC News
It was an ambitious and controversial trade pact that would have covered nearly 40 per cent of the global economy and solidified US leadership in the Asia-Pacific.
But Donald Trump’s victory in the United States’ presidential election has likely killed off the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which the Turnbull Government promised would deliver valuable new markets for Australian beef, wheat and dairy.
Pro-traders in the US and within the Obama administration had held out hope that regardless of who won the US election, the TPP could be ratified by a ‘lame duck’ session of Congress — held after the election, but before the new president is sworn in.
The chance of that happening was always slim, after a presidential campaign that inflamed and fed on anti-trade sentiment.
But the victory of that movement’s most vehement advocate in the US presidential election, pushes that chance beyond the plausible.
Opposition to the controversial Pacific trade pact was a centrepiece of Mr Trump’s campaign from the start, and it will surely be irretrievably sunk the moment he takes the oath of office on January 20.
The 11 other TPP nations could conceivably forge ahead without the US, but that seems unlikely given much of the agreement’s appeal was better access to the vast US economy.
The broader ramifications of a Trump presidency for global trade could be considerable.
He has promised to formally label China a “currency manipulator”, and vowed to pursue trade cases against China at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
‘No indication Trump would renegotiate’: Bishop
The Peterson Institute for International Economics in the US reported Mr Trump’s trade policies could trigger trade wars with China and Mexico, and lead to a recession costing 4 million American jobs.
Mr Trump promised he would renegotiate international trade agreements if he won the White House, and argued that agreements like NAFTA — the North America trade pact covering the US, Canada and Mexico — were directly responsible for rust belt job losses and the decline of American manufacturing.
Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop told the ABC she did not believe Australia’s 11-year-old trade agreement with the US would be at the top of the list for renegotiation.
“There is no indication that Donald Trump would want to renegotiate the Australia-US free trade agreement,” she said.
“We run a trade deficit with the United States. The US has a considerable surplus so it’s unlikely to change.
“In relation to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is a regional agreement, we are concerned that both candidates were opposed to the agreement in its current form.”
Ms Bishop said Australia continued to urge the US Congress to ratify the TPP in its session during the transition period before Mr Trump’s swearing-in.