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Liberal plan to outlaw cash a bigger threat than terrorism

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has slammed a Federal Government Bill which will control how much cash people are allowed to spend as being a danger to the Australian freedoms; a danger which he thinks is greater than the danger to our lives through a terrorism event being carried out in Australia; which the bill sells as being able to reduce.

Katter warns banning cash transactions will have a worse effect than terrorism. Liberals sneak bill through the House after it had risen

The Federal Government snuck through and tabled The Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019 on Friday afternoon of the last parliamentary sitting while the House had risen and all Members and their staff were returning home.

The bill carries a punishment of significant fines and jail time of up to two years if a person is caught spending or accepting a cash payment over $10,000. If passed, the bill will come into effect from 1 January 2020.

“The danger here to our freedom is greater than the danger to our lives through terrorism,’’ Mr Katter said.

“Clearly there are a thousand reasons why people like to hide a little bit of wealth; and have access to cash.”

Mr Katter quoted George Orwell in his dystopian novel ‘1984’ saying “Big Brother is watching” and that a person’s right to privacy with some of their wealth is one of the most important rights that Australians have.

“I’m told that for every 10 people in China there is one camera watching. Now whether that’s accurate or not, in most police cases that have caught my interest, I notice that the first thing they go to is the security cameras and people have no idea to what degree they are being watched on a daily basis.”

The Federal Government’s key selling point of the bill is better control of the ‘black economy’; arguing that it will reduce money laundering and the purchasing of weapons on the black market, but Mr Katter warned that an increase in going digital will result in an increase in cyber-hacking and that the bill’s passing will open the flood gates on further restriction of freedoms.

“The Government promotes the bill as a measure to combat funded international and homegrown terrorism yet with the ever-rising digital theft and threat of international cyber hacking I wouldn’t be trusting my bank account or the authorities to protect it, nor should they be controlling it.

“The Government will argue that this is the one and only initiative that they will implement to eliminate the black economy however, once the bill is introduced and passed, they will have the flexibility to dictate many more amendments to the law. It will give the police the power to control your cash over $10,000.

“Once the legislation is in place, they have opened the doors to regulate and change as they see fit.

“The assumption that our cash transactions are due to unsavoury activity allows for the prosecution of the potentially innocent, it has always been innocent until proven guilty?

“I’m sure the Government and policing authorities’ intentions are good but the only people allowed to have guns in our society are the people in uniforms.

“So we have lost the right to protect ourselves and now our right to privacy has been taken away with this bill. Are the Government and authorities going to act responsibly? Yes, most of the time. All the time? No.

“All I see here is the undermining of the great principles of Magna Carta in the rule of law. Through insidious increments, ‘The means that is argued justifies the end’.”

Australia needs vaccine damage compensation fund

Letter to the Editor

Whilst I do have problems with Israel Folau’s funding campaign, I have more of a problem with GoFundMe censoring the anti-vaxxers.
In Australia we have freedom of speech, and it is no-one’s business to interfere with that. No-one.
The anti-vaxxers have a case, and they should be able to make that case, as there is a vast body of proof concerning hugely adverse reactions to vaccines-even the UK and US Governments have set up vaccine damage compensation funds for those affected.
Where is Australia’s Registry of Vaccine-Damaged People, and where is the concomitant fund?
Alternative medicine needs support also, as I, myself, used the former to cure a life-threatening infection, in two and half weeks, that my doctor, and his futile penicillin, could not cure in nine weeks of treatment.
We all have a right to make our case known, and for opponents to attempt rebuttal, but not to simply to censor.
Free Speech is a God-given right. Let it remain so.

Gary Oraniuk

Geelong

Alan Jones says Adani wants railway line coal freight to prop up its mine

This week’s two best stories came from 2GB. Alan Jones completely exposes the Adani coal mine and its Indian owners who cannot get finance for the project in India. Jones says the economics simply do not stack up and is greatly concerned about the amount of water the mine will use. It should be noted coal mines use lots of fresh water in the coal wash plant, cleaning coal of foreign matter before it is trucked off site.

Jones says the mine is unsustainable at its present, planned 27 million tonnes output. Its government permit allows for 60 million tonnes to be mined.

He says Adani wants the government to fund the railway line which Adani will own and charge all others to carry their coal to port. This is the only way the mine can show a profit.

Alan Jones slams Adani decision

Senator Jim Molan, Senator for NSW Liberal Party of Australia was too honest and smart for the Liberals or Nationals.

Retired Major General Jim Molan was a liberal senator in the last parliament. He was doing a great job and was one of the best and brightest Liberal performers in years. He served under Malcolm Turnbull as PM. He was far too honest for the Liberals and Nationals especially when he exposed Australia had only 19 days or less fuel supply at any given time, useless in times of emergency.

This got right up the collective Liberal hierarchical noses who retaliated by placing him in the unwinnable fourth spot on the senate ticket. He ran a vote below the line campaign and according to ABC election guru Anthony Green got 115,000 votes as an individual, the highest in Australian history.

Molan should replace Arthur Sinodonis when he is bought off by the party, vacates the senate and relegated to the position of Ambassador in Washington.

https://www.2gb.com/jim-molan-makes-political-history/

 

 

What has five eyes and wears fishnet stockings?

from CEC Australia

The Five Eyes* intelligence partners are scurrying for dark hidey-holes. On 24 May US President Donald Trump announced that he has declassified everything related to the Russiagate hoax, so that US Attorney-General William Barr can investigate how the hoax came about.

“He can look and I hope he looks at the UK and I hope he looks at Australia and I hope he looks at Ukraine”, Trump said. “I hope he looks at everything, because there was a hoax that was perpetrated on our country.”

The Australian link in the British Intelligence operation to sabotage US-Russia cooperation

 

 

This is a stunning development for Australia, which for too long has foolishly based its security solely on its relationship with the United States, but which in 2016 miscalculated that Trump wouldn’t get elected, and so participated in the intelligence hoax to derail Trump’s campaign policy of improving relations with Russia. Thanks to that miscalculation, Australia’s intelligence agencies have endangered Australia’s relationship with the USA, and therefore have endangered Australia’s national security, in terms of the way they have always defined it.

Former Leader of the Liberal Party, UK High Commissioner and ASIS agent Alexander Downer, will be investigated by US Attorney General over his part in Russia-Gate.

The hoax centres on the role of Alexander Downer, in likely setting up Trump campaign official George Papadopoulos to ostensibly reveal Russia’s intention to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s campaign, in a way that implied coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. In the following Australian Alert Service article from 2017, Downer is revealed to be deeply embedded in MI6 networks that are the driving force behind the Five Eyes spying partnership, and which is determined at all costs to sabotage any chance for improvement in the strategic relationship between the USA and Russia, as well as China.

For background on Downer, read the CEC’s January 2018 article, “What has five eyes and wears fishnet stockings? The Australian link in the British Intelligence operation to sabotage US-Russian cooperation” here.

Gay voters favoured Warren’s seat

by Robert J Lee

Incredibly the perennial Warren Entsch has managed to hang onto the seat of Leichardt defeating Labor’s gay candidate Elida Faith, a former Centrelink worker.

Liberal Warren was champion of the same sex marriage bill which passed through parliament last year after a dodgy postal plebiscite which saw 248,000 envelopes returned to the ABS marked ‘return to sender, not known at this address.’

“I flogged that gay candidate from the ALP by this much.” With Liberal on 53.6% and ALP at 46.4% two party preferred, Warren has never been known to exaggerate

These fictitious entries which originated from the roll remain on it. As a result you may use your imagination as to the election outcome in marginal seats, just like Warren’s.

In Leichardt, the Christopher Skase Utopia of Port Douglas is Queensland’s significant gay garrison and its foot soldiers to a man and woman (woops, fluid genderless persons) supported Warren.

Cairns has a reputation nationally and internationally as the ‘gay capital’ of Queensland so Warren was on safe ground taking the multitude of gays under his arm.

Ditto for Cairns northern suburbs such as Palm Cove which has a large ‘fluid’ population.

Similar to the result in many other electorates across Australia fearful voters simply wanted to reject the ABC/ALP/Green climate change rubbish and voted with their feet, ignoring the independents.

Fortunately only a few Liberal MP’s believe the UN’s global warming or climate change agenda which has been designed through the Paris Agreement on Climate to transfer even more wealth from developed nations to black juntas in Africa.

The blacklisting of coal by the ABC/ALP/Greens triumvirate and the potential loss of franking credits for several million retirees was the hapless Shorten’s Achilles heel.

As re-elected Member for Dickson(north of Brisbane) the much maligned Liberal Peter Dutton said it was the best help anyone could get after the Shorten-aligned GetUp doorknocked his electorate vigorously trying to slander his reputation.

 

What happened to Biblical government?

by Brent Melville

With government and elections on many people’s minds this week, is it possible for epistles written two millennia ago to be relevant to this topic today?

It’s not hard to find discussion somewhere on the topic of “biblical government” as referenced by St Paul in his letter to the Romans and his often controversial statement in 13:1: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”

Solicitors advise you have certain enshrined rights if pulled over by police.

People reading this immediately think “what about Hitler? What about Stalin? What about ….”

I think what Paul is driving at here is the broad issue of government authority and those who administer the law, not popularly elected parties or national leaders, or despots. St Paul goes on to explain: “For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.”

God gave flawed mankind law and authorities in order to provide peace, security and justice for communities. Of course our human systems of government often do not work and are prone to corruption.

Many are aware of issues around our corporate state structure and will argue with cops on the side of the road about these profound issues.
Mostly it’s better to give the cop a break i.e. take the apostle’s big-picture advice and “submit to the authorities”. Pull over, say gidday mate, what’s the problem? Remember: “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
It’s better to take the matters of law to court or just deal with them as the system provides.

New Snowy hydro power scheme will supply zero electricity

by Viv Forbes, Science Writer

“Malcolm Turnbull’s “Snowy 2” debases a great name – “the Snowy Scheme”.

“The real Snowy Hydro-electric Scheme catches and stores water, uses it to generate reliable electricity, and then controls and releases that water for irrigation and other uses. It supplies both electricity and water.

“Snowy 2 is a fraud – it provides ZERO additional supplies of water or electricity. In fact it will consume some of each. It will be a giant expensive battery propping up a grid which is becoming increasingly unstable because of the growing amount of unreliable weather-dependent wind and solar power.

Malcolm Turnbull’s dud Snowy River hydro power scheme

“It will take already stored water, buy electricity from the grid to pump that water up hill, and then recover some of that electricity by letting the water flow through turbines back down the hill.

“Their aim is to buy cheap power when wind/solar energy floods onto the grid, and use this power to pump the water back up the hill. They would then run the generators and sell electricity when power prices are high. This will damage the profitability of base-load power stations by grabbing high power prices when wind/solar fails.

“(As an aside, here is one bit of faint praise – Snowy 2 is probably better value for providing backup for unreliable green energy than the giant Tesla battery in South Australia, – but that is not saying much.)

“It is unlikely that Snowy 2 will provide an acceptable return on taxpayer investment. The Federal government has already spent about $7,500 million on buying the Snowy Scheme and the Snowy 2 construction cost is sure to exceed $4,500 million. They should sell the project and devote all this spare cash towards ensuring the construction of a couple of modern clean-coal generators. These will be urgently needed if older existing power stations are prematurely closed by green pressure.

“A short term Band-Aid would be some flexible gas backup generators paid for by the wind-solar operators who have caused the mess. But of course, thanks to lock-the-gate and death-by-delay we have no spare gas, especially down south.”

Katter slams Entsch for no indigenous housing funds

Katters Australian Party leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has fired a warning shot at the outgoing Member for Leichhardt for again failing First Australians.

During a press conference in Cairns yesterday he promised to deliver housing funds power back to the remote local government bodies.

Mr Katter has been integral in the fight against the Federal Government alongside delegations of Indigenous Mayors in Canberra and around the electorate after the Government removed its Indigenous housing funding, handballing the issue to the State Queensland Government in the 2018 Federal budget and again this year.

Mr Katter said that during  meetings held in Parliament, he was certain the money would have been allocated given a Federal election was imminent in a marginal seat – Leichhardt. 

“Myself and half a dozen Indigenous Mayors had meeting-after-meeting with Minister Scullion and others, and I was certain he would give the money.  To send the outgoing Member for Leichhardt into the election without the housing money was a foolish move. I think he’ll be crucified; he deserves to be crucified. The useless bastard.

“If I was in the Party in a marginal seat, I would have read the riot act to the Prime Minister. I would have said ‘get me the money or I’m walking. I won’t run in the seat if you don’t give it to me’. But of course, the outgoing Member for Leichhardt did nothing; that big, fat, blood-sucking, useless, toad.”

Mr Katter said house construction was one of the last decent jobs available to First Australians and that without the funding, they have since lost their Blue Cards and has ultimately widened the gap rather than closed it.  

“The situation is appalling. The only bit of income they had was from the housing jobs.

“I was absolutely staggered. Yarrabah, the biggest community in Australia, has been left out. I was getting way back in the 1980s in the Queensland Government $25m a year then – about $60m now – for housing.

“So what do they have left?

“You’ve taken their timber rights off them.

“You’ve taken their quarry rights off them.

“You’ve taken their right to cattle off them.

“You’ve taken their right to water off them.

“You’ve taken their hunting rights of them.

“What have you left them, except Government jobs which they won’t get because they’ve all lost their Blue Cards. So what are they doing now?

“The only jobs left were in housing and this absence in funding destroyed them. Thank you Mr Government”, Mr Katter said.

“KAP Senate candidate Greg Wallace who is a First Australian said 70 per cent of houses would have maybe around 15 people in a house which was designed for four, with little tiny windows and costing $650,000.

“When Greg and  Noel Pearson’s brother, Gerhardt Pearson, were in charge, they were building housing for one-tenth of that price because they were using work-for-the-dole;  totally Indigenous local labour – they even made the concrete blocks.

“Under the Labor Party the block-making was abolished and never restored by the LNP. Then the LNP took away the housing money.

“Well they found the money for the Northern Territory for Nigel Scullion, he found it for himself. But the Outgoing Member for Leichhardt who is in the Government – who should have threatened to not run the seat again if they didn’t deliver this money – got nothing. Did nothing.”

Mr Katter said he had already received agreement from the Prime Minister to restore the market gardens for First Australian communities in the Far North and was confident that should there be a change in government, his positive  working relationships with the proposed relevant Ministers would result in getting Indigenous housing back on the table along with the ‘work for the dole’ program.

“Don’t forget, it was Kevin Rudd after all that originally implemented the $1 billion Indigenous housing fund. Their track record is far superior in this space than the other lot of useless bastards,” Mr Katter said.

 

Firebomb takes election campaign to a new low in Far Northern Qld seat of Leichardt

Sabotage of hundreds of election signs by Greens supporters, a firebomb, a stolen trailer, prosecution of a union member and a protracted offensive against independent candidates by News Ltd’s Cairns Post newspaper so far have marred the 2019 federal election campaign.

Candidates said although they knew they would be ignored or maligned by the Cairns Post, the newspaper’s exceptionally favourable promotion of sitting Liberal member Warren Entsch has gone far beyond expectations.

Entsch was the champion of gay marriage legislation last year which divided the nation on religious principles. Analysis of the plebiscite results since the passing of legislation has revealed the results were dodgy at the very least.

Vote Australia analysed the Australian Electoral Commission database from where the Australian Bureau of Statistics got its addresses. More then 248,000 envelopes marked “return to sender not known at this address” came back to the ABS.

The ABS did not give these names to the AEC enabling it to cleanse the roll.

These fictitious names remain on the electoral roll which allows those having access to these entries to register a dud vote at the federal election, a ploy developed by the Labor and Liberal parties some 30 years ago.

At the last federal election according to the AEC, at least 18,000 persons voted more than once in support of the ALP slogan ‘vote early and vote often comrade.’

The Townsville seat of Herbert, being hotly contested by Clive Palmer, was ‘won’ by the ALP at the last election by just 37 votes.

In spite of hundreds of requests to Prime Minister Morrison from constituents, he has steadfastly refused to follow the recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters to make voters provide identification when voting.

Leichardt is a marginal seat and voting fraud could be a lifeline for Warren Entsch or the saviour of ALP candidate and union hack Elida Faith.

Katters Australian Party candidate and charter boat skipper Dan McCarthy now is being attacked through social media by the Electrical Trades Union which is a sure indicator of his surge in the polls.

Once upon a time such election frivolity occurred only in corrupt Asian or African dictatorships, but it seems these tin pot nations had their training upgraded in Australia.

by Jim O’Toole, Townsville bureau

 

 

 

Defence gets $38.7 billion in 2019 budget

The Morrison Government’s number one priority is keeping Australians safe and secure. The 2019–20 Budget sees continued strong investment in Australia’s national security, with a particular focus on enhancing our regional security, building defence capability and supporting Australia’s sovereign defence industry.

The Budget maintains the Government’s commitment to grow the Defence budget to two per cent of GDP by 2020–21. The Government will allocate Defence $38.7 billion in 2019-20 and $175.8 billion to 2022-23.

REGIONAL AND GLOBAL SECURITY

As our security environment evolves, we are increasing Australia’s commitment to regional and global security to protect our interests at home and abroad.

Australia currently has around 2,300 Defence personnel deployed around the world, including on operations across the Middle East Region and Afghanistan.

Australia will continue to make a meaningful contribution to the US-led international Counter-Daesh coalition in Iraq. For this reason, Australia has around 400 personnel deployed as part of Operation OKRA.

The Government is committed to assisting the Government of Afghanistan to control its security and to make sure the nation never again becomes a safe-haven for terrorist networks. Operation HIGHROAD will continue to provide security, development assistance and capability building for Afghan institutions.

Defence will also continue to support other Government agencies to keep our borders safe and maintain the capability to support Australians affected by flooding, cyclones and other natural disasters.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) contributes to the whole-of-government effort to protect our borders through Operation RESOLUTE. At any one time, up to 600 personnel at sea, in the air and on the land, are working to protect Australia’s borders and offshore maritime interests.

Defence is also playing a crucial part of the Morrison Government’s Pacific step-up. This includes:

  • building Fiji’s Blackrock Peacekeeping Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Camp into a regional hub for police and peacekeeping training;
  • working with the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to increase security cooperation; and
  • helping to develop the Papua New Guinea Defence Force’s Lombrum Naval Base in Manus Province and increase the inter-operability between our defence forces.

Defence will also increase the level of support to Southeast Asian countries including:

  • increased frequency of visits and training opportunities for regional countries;
  • supporting the training of regional military forces in Australia, including the
    $2.25 billion Australia–Singapore Military Training Initiative in Central and North Queensland;
  • continuing to work cooperatively with regional countries to support their security, including through the Five Power Defence Arrangement; and
  • assisting the Armed Forces of the Philippines with counter-terrorism training to counter Daesh’s influence in the Southern Philippines.

DELIVERING THE INTEGRATED INVESTMENT PROGRAM

The Government is increasing investment in advanced Defence capabilities, while boosting Australia’s sovereign defence industry and creating Australian jobs.

Over the next decade to 2028-29, the Government is investing more than $200 billion in Defence capabilities including:

  • the continuous naval shipbuilding program, which is investing around
    $90 billion to build world class vessels, while also building a strong and viable Australian naval shipbuilding industry;
  • continuing the purchase of the 5th generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and
    P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft to provide Australia with regionally superior combat and maritime surveillance capabilities;
  • continuing to upgrade our EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft and
    E-7A Wedgetail battlespace management aircraft; and
  • building our policy and intelligence capabilities to ensure Australia has a deeper understanding of the world we live in.

DEFENCE CAPABILITY INVESTMENT

Since the release of the 2018-19 Budget, the Government has committed around
$47.5 billion to new capabilities including:

  • signing the Strategic Partnering Agreement for the $50 billion Attack class submarine program, which will see 12 regionally superior submarines designed and built in Australia;
  • nine Hunter class frigates, valued at $35 billion, to replace the Anzac class frigates from the late 2020s. The Hunter class will be a highly capable and lethal surface combat capability;
  • a fleet of 211 new advanced Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles to protect our troops, with the majority to be manufactured by Australian workers in Queensland, using Australian steel;
  • unmanned maritime patrol aircraft, with an initial investment valued at
    $1.4 billion to acquire the MQ-4C Triton through a cooperative program with the United States Navy;
  • Integrated Soldier Systems, valued at up to $1 billion, that will deliver a broad range of equipment to ensure ADF personnel continue to meet emerging threats and that are less detectable, less susceptible to enemy attacks and able to fight longer and more effectively in challenging conditions; and
  • the first tranche of the $1.1 billion Defence Fuel Transformation Program to deliver a safer, simpler and more assured Defence fuel network in partnership with industry.

NAVAL SHIPBUILDING PROGRAM

The Government’s $90 billion investment in continuous ship and submarine building is the largest regeneration of the Navy since the Second World War. Fifty-four naval ships will be built in Australia using Australian steel. This commitment will create thousands of jobs for decades to come.

Development of the Osborne North Shipyard in South Australia is continuing in preparation for the construction of the 12 new Attack class submarines.

The $535 million infrastructure redevelopment at Osborne South is on track to be completed in early 2020, in time for the start of Hunter class frigate prototyping. Nine Hunter class frigates will be built at the shipyard.

The first two Arafura class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) are being built in existing facilities at Osborne South. Twelve OPVs will be built as part of the $3.6 billion investment to protect our borders and replace the existing patrol boat fleet. Ten OPVs will be built at Henderson in Western Australia. This project will also help sustain critical skills in Australia’s naval shipbuilding workforce.

Plans for the upgrade and development of facilities in WA to support the Hunter class frigates and the Arafura class offshore patrol vessels are progressing. Around $1.5 billion dollars will be spent on infrastructure in WA to support our new fleet.

Twenty-one Guardian class patrol boats are being built in WA to help our Pacific neighbours and Timor-Leste. Our $504 million investment will improve the security and prosperity of the region.

 

SUPPORTING DEFENCE INDUSTRY

The Government is making additional investments in our national sovereign industrial capacity, which will ensure we can respond to changes to Australia’s future security situation. The Government’s actions include:

  • implementing the Defence Industry Skilling and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Strategy, released by the Government in February 2019, which outlines support to help our defence industry to meet anticipated workforce and skills demand over the next decade;
  • establishing the Defence Global Competitiveness Grant program, an initiative of the Defence Export Strategy (launched in January 2018), investing up to $4.1 million a year to support small to medium enterprises to overcome barriers in accessing export opportunities;
  • establishing the Sovereign Industrial Capability Grant program, a key initiative of the Defence Industrial Capability Plan (launched in November 2018) to invest up to
    $17 million per year in grants to build the capacity and capability of Australian small to medium-sized enterprises to deliver operationally critical capability for Defence;
  • providing advisory and facilitation services through the Centre for Defence Industry Capability for 550 small and medium enterprises, issuing over $3 million in grants and conducted stakeholder outreach events which have been delivered to more than 5,000 participants; and
  • administering the Defence Innovation Hub which has received over 800 innovation proposals and awarded around $100 million in contracts and an additional 12 Special Notice contracts worth around $10 million focused on specific capability challenges.

ENHANCING CYBER SECURITY

The Government continues to invest in the Australian Signals Directorate, including the Australian Cyber Security Centre, to deliver intelligence, cyber security and offensive operations in support of the Australian Government and ADF.

As part of our continued investment to protect Government networks from hostile cyber compromise, and ensure the integrity of the 2019 Federal Election, the Government is investing in the creation of cyber security ‘SPRINT teams’ and a Cyber Security Response Fund.

LOCAL JOBS SUPPORTING THE DEFENCE ESTATE

The Government continues to invest in upgrading and expanding the Defence estate, comprising hundreds of bases, facilities and other sites right across Australia, particularly in regional communities.

The Government has commenced pilots of Local Industry Capability Plans for major Defence infrastructure projects to ensure local industry has the best opportunity to be involved in our unprecedented investment in Defence capability. Pilot projects include:

  • the HMAS Cerberus Redevelopment Project in Victoria, a $465.6 million project;
  • the Explosive Ordnance Logistics Reform Program, a $230.9 million project covering 12 Defence sites across Australia;
  • the Shoalwater Bay Training Area Redevelopment in Queensland, an approximately $135 million infrastructure upgrade project; and
  • a program of works worth approximately $112 million comprising the Townsville Field Training Area Mid-Term Refresh, RAAF Base Townsville Mid-Term Refresh and the HMAS Cairns Mid-Term Refresh in Queensland,

All of these investments and initiatives continue to ensure that we remain on track to implement the plans as set out in the 2016 Defence White Paper to keep Australia safe and secure, while maximising the involvement of Australian industry in our unprecedented capability investment.

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First dam funding for 30 years in federal budget

2 April 2019: KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has commented on the 2019/20 budget.

  • Budget surplus of $7.1 bn

General Budget comments:

“For the first time in 30 years our Government has committed to building dams and we praise all of the people that have fought the great battle to secure this wonderful breakthrough”.

Government is reduced to arguing that some people should get more, some should get less. 

“KAP we want to make the cake bigger so everyone gets more,” Mr Katter said.

Water

  • NQ Water Infrastructure Authority – establish 12 March 2019 (roll out Hells Gates Dam, HIPCO, Big Rocks Weir)

“This authority streamlines and overrides hurdles we’ve been made to jump through for the past 30 years.”

  • $11.6m Mareeba Dimbulah Water Supply Scheme

“This is much needed and long overdue but we must go after with aggression.  The North Australia Development Fund for the North Johnstone Transfer, the Upper Mitchell Dam, realignment of the Tully Hydro Penstock. Hell’s Gates Dam will supply almost all of North Qld’s baseload power, the Tully hydro realignment will provide all of North Qld’s peak load requirements.”

  • $54m for Big Rocks Weir and Hell’s Gates
  • $180m for Hughenden Irrigation Scheme (HIPCO)

“This is the culmination of a journey which started when my father took me, at the age of 18, to Charlie Phillott’s keyline irrigation scheme.

“The great battle for Bradfield, which we won, but then we watched within a year both the much maligned and greatest ever Bjelke Petersen Qld Government and the Malcolm Fraser Government both go down 11 months later.

“Hughenden will change the world as we know it. It is a template for 17 other schemes in North Qld and five in Northern Territory’s Western Gulf”

Infrastructure

  • $100bn over next decade
  • $380m Townsville area
    • Constructing stadium
    • Port Channel Capacity Upgrade
    • Preserving the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor

“My great grandfather paid for the original two cranes which created Port of Townsville. He did get repaid later. This is a welcome initiative and will mostly benefit the North West area.

“The upgrades to the railway line – that line is there to service Mt Isa – fertiliser, copper, silver, lead and zinc. The major beneficiary is my homeland.”

  • Roads of Strategic Importance – $50m Cairns to Northern Territory border, $200m Tennant Creek to Townsville
  • $2.2bn for Safer Roads

“The notorious Feluga intersection and the Silkwood Kurrimine intersections on the Bruce Highway are in urgent need of funding.  Whilst it is not notorious, the Mareeba bypass is vital. 

“We are going after these projects with super aggression.”

  • $1bn to improve freight routes and access to ports

 “I’m thinking very strongly in terms of Normanton, which is out for 1-2 months of the year at the present moment with flooding; and which will become over the next three years the major live cattle port export terminal in Australia.

  • $100m over four years to 2022-23 for regional airports

“Innisfail’s Mundoo Airport must be shortlisted for assistance. Through cyclones and flooding, it’s the only all-weather airport for the 80,000 people between Townsville and Cairns”.

  • $2.2bn to fix blackspots, ageing bridges and funding to Councils for roads.

“It’s absolutely vital. I deeply regret that, except for the Mulgrave River Bridge, almost every bridge in Kennedy would fit into this category”.

  • Another $200m for the fourth round of Building Betters Regions Fund

“We have got money under this fund before.  It is the ‘big key’ to the water development in Georgetown, Normanton and the Mid-West, Cloncurry and back to Hughenden which we vitally need.”

  • $150,000 for Kennedy through the Stronger Community Program
  • $272m over four years for the Regional Growth Fund

.Disaster recovery

  • $6.3bn drought support
  • $3.3bn flood support
  • Establishing the Future Drought Fund
  • NQ Livestock Industry Recovery Agency – providing long-term assistance, including $1.7bn low-interest loans.
  • $3.9bn Emergency Response Fund
  • Income tax exemption for qualifying grants made to producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations affected by NQ floods
  • $4.3m from 2019-20 to improve and maintain National Drought Map
  • Funding for schools in flood-affected areas
  • Additional $3m mental health services for flood-affected people in North and Western Queensland
  • One-off payment of $1,000 to students who between 25 January and 14 February 2019 received a qualifying payment and whose parental home is in the local government areas of Burdekin, Burke, Carpentaria, Cloncurry, Douglas, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, McKinlay, Richmond, Townsville or Winton. NB Qualifying payments are Assistance for Isolated Children Basic Boarding Allowance, Assistance for Isolated Children Second Home Allowance, Assistance for Isolated Children Distance Education Allowance, Abstudy school fees. This will be paid by 23 April 2019.
  • $300m for two grant programs for restocking where farmers can access up to $400,000 to rebuild and restock.
  • $5m over five years as part of $10m joint funded program with Queensland Government to tackle prickly acacia.
  • $5m grant to the CWA to provide financial assistance’

“The prickly acacia has taken over one million of the five million hectares in the Mid-Western Gulf plains country. There’s controversy as to whether it’s an advantage or a weed and I’ve got to say that the ubiquitous nature of the tree, with no leaves for most of the year, I’m afraid on the other side of the fence, and I’m tremendously pleased at this money.

“Low Interest Loans– my rage at the current proposal, and I don’t want to pre-empt further discussions with Shane Stone, CEO of the NQ Livestock Industry Recovery Agency, but currently the scheme rescued the banks from their bad debt and imposes extra debt burden upon farmers.

“Banks wrote off their bad debts; under the current proposal, the banks’ bad debts have been removed and the farmers have been given an extra debt burden. That was no solution except for the banks.

$300m restocking: “This is much better – actual grants.”

First Australians

  • No Queensland funding for remote housing.

“The removal of the housing scheme is disastrous. Probably ¾ of the houses have an occupancy of 10-15 people in a house designed for 4-5 people. Desperately we need to recreate the housing scheme of the 80s utilising work for dole labour, exclusively local Indigenous labour, and give title deeds.

Bureau of Meteorology

  • $77.2m over 23 years from 2019-20 to improve radar coverage in regional areas (including between Charters Towers and Hughenden, Burdekin and Flinders region rain gauges)

“This is vital because we did not have detailed rain gauges in 74-75 floods, in the upper flinders we were caught totally ambushed.  Massive flooding did untold destruction; we didn’t know it was coming.”

Biosecurity

  • $137.8m over five years additional biosecurity funding
  • $9.2m for yellow crazy ant

“Fantastically good news because we’ve raised repeatedly the issue of crazy ants.

“Biosecurity is essential, we have had constant breakdowns in quarantine, while most attributable to ‘free market’ policies, that just makes our case stronger for quarantine bolstering up. 

Jobs and skills

  • $525m skills package
    • Create 80,000 new apprenticeships
    • Double incentive payments to employers to $8,000 per placement
    • New apprentices receive $2,000 incentive payment
    • Ten new training hubs
    • $62m to boost literacy, numeracy and digital skills

“We desperately need that (the $8,000 for employers for placements).  We have numerous people in the mining industry at Mt Isa where the training skills have disappeared. Where there were 720 apprenticeships at MIMs there would be flat out being 2-3 dozen now (not entirely MIM’s fault).   We would plead that the slipways, auto electricians, sugar mills, most of all our mining operations and Councils – they will benefit from this and we plead with them to take this money for NQ.

 

Science

  • $9bn for science research technology
  • $20bn Medical Research Future Fund (previously announced)

“Medical research is one of the areas in Australia that is almost holding its own.  I think it’s laudable that the government is concentrating on it.

Health

  • $80bn spend on healthcare
  • $160m to improve Indigenous health
  • $60m for James Cook University Tropical Enterprise Centre in Queensland to become Centre of Excellence in Tropical Medicine
  • Upgrading Townsville Hospital
  • Medicare Benefits Schedule, including diagnostic imaging for breast cancer and heart health checks
  • $461m for youth mental health and suicide prevention
    • 30 new Headspace centres
    • Increased support for Indigenous youth
    • Treatment for early psychosis
    • Perinatal mental health
    • Extra counselling for communities that have suffered natural disasters
  • Increasing Breast Screen Australia from women aged 50-69 to 50-74
  • $21.7m in 2019-20 for dental services  in Queensland
  • Heart of Australia, $12m three-year partnership providing mobile cardiology services.  Heart of Australia will have two ‘Heart Buses’ on the road providing a number of health services on a fortnightly basis including gynaecology, neurology and endocrinology to residents of 16 towns including Dalby, Goondiwindi, Stanthorpe, St George, Charleville, Quilpie, Roma, Cloncurry, Emerald, Barcaldine, Blackall, Longreach, Winton, Hughenden, Charters Towers, Moranbah, Richmond, Weipa, Cooktown, Sarina, Palm island, Biloela, Childers, Proserpine and Ayr.

“This service saves the lives of those in the bush who would not otherwise access heart related services.

“You are twice as likely to die of heart issues if you live in the bush. The work that this organisation is doing could be described as work by the Good Lord himself.”

  • $550m over five years from 2017-18 to strengthen rural, regional and remote health outcomes, in particular creating a new junior training doctor program to support training in rural settings
  • Additional $84.1m over four years from 2018-19 for the RFDS to increase dental care, mental health and emergency aeromedical services.
  • $8.2m over four years from 2018-19 to improve access to maternity services for women in rural and remote areas.
  • $793.9m over four years from 2018-19 for the rural health and multidisciplinary health program to encourage recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural and remote Australia.

“We are deeply appreciative but I don’t think that is going to get us where we need to be. There is an extra 100 places at JCU Medical School and we need an extra $150,000 to be paid to doctors serving in private practice in towns in NQ, and public-private practice in these towns as well.

“But the government’s efforts are laudable but we just need change of direction.

Aged care

  • 10,000 new home care packages
  • Additional financial support for residential care (capital works with a focus on regions)

“There are 2,500 people that need to go into aged care centres and we probably have less than 200 beds – an appalling shortfall.

“The home care program actually came out of the Mid-West.  The pilot program started in Richmond and Hughenden and we pay those great pioneers a tribute today, as we see the full flowering of their work.

“Meals on Wheels needs assistance – less regulation and more assistance.

Carers

  • $84m for carer respite

“One of best initiatives by Government in the last 30 years.

Energy

  • One-off energy assistance payment (for pensioners) – $75/singles, $125/couples
  • $10m detailed evaluation feasibility projects in North and Central Queensland

“All we want is the freedom to revert to use our balance of power to secure ‘operating cost only’ for electricity. Currently $2,500 per year per household, will be reduced to under $700.

“The silly nature of solar panels and subsidies and the ‘save the planet brigade’ and the most outrageous profiteering by the State Government – takes it up to costs of $3000m a year in what is just a secret tax and falls part heavily on families young families and our retirees. These are the last people on the planet that you should be taxing.

Education

  • $300bn to schools, an increase of 63 per cent
  • Local school community program
  • New scholarship program – 1,000 students a year to study in regional Australia
  • $453m to extend pre-school education
  • $9.8m over four years for non-government distance education schools

Tax cuts

Two initiatives:

  1. Tax cuts for low and middle income-earners:
    • For taxpayers earning up to $126,000/year (better off each year – single income $1,080, families with dual income $2,160).
    • More than 10 million Australians will benefit. 4.5m will receive the full tax cut. To start 1 July 2019.
  1. Decreasing tax rate 32.5 per cent to 30 per cent from 1 July 2024 – 94 per cent of taxpayers will pay no more than 30 cents in the dollar.

Government is reduced to arguing that some people should get more, some should get less. 

“KAP we want to make the cake bigger so everyone gets more.

Small business

  • Cut tax to 25 per cent
  • New $2bn fund
  • Instant asset write-off increased and expanded from $25,000 to $30,000 for businesses with turnover of up to $50 million

“Don’t want to denigrate benefits but it’s not about micro rearrangements.  The emphasis is shallow to say the least.

Banking royal commission

  • $600 million for ASIC and APRA to implement royal commission findings

I am sickened by that proposal.  They are two of the most disgraceful institutions I have ever dealt with in my 50 years of political life.  I can give case after case where they have failed to act.

“What they do with their time nobody knows.

“To think they’re still there and getting money I find sickening.

  • Banning excessive credit card surcharges
  • Protecting retirement savings from undue erosion from inappropriate insurance premiums and excessive fees
  • Establishing the Australian Financial Complaints Authority
  • Establishing a compensation scheme of last resort
  • Significantly broadening and increasing civil penalties
  • Increasing ASIC’s and APRA’s powers
  • Requiring mortgage brokers to work in best interests of their clients
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Mistreatment of people with a disability royal commission

  • Half a billion dollars for royal commission into the mistreatment of people with a disability

Export

  • $60m increase to export marketing development grants
  • $29.4m over four years to enhance agricultural exports and trade

Multinational tax avoidance

  • Crackdown to raise $12bn.

That the government would crack down on multinationals: “I believe in the tooth fairy and that the abominable snowman comes from Bedourie.”

Environment

  • $3.5bn Climate Solutions package ($2bn to go to working with farmers and Indigenous communities)
  • $100m Environmental Restoration Fund to improve water quality and erosion
  • $3.1m in 2019-20 in Queensland for critical threats such as feral animals and weeds in world heritage areas
  • $150,000 for Kennedy for the Communities Environment Program for community-based groups

“Pig numbers in North Queensland are currently at 10.5 million. This figure explodes to 25 million within six years without adequate management.

“The cassowary, the symbol of NQ, is doomed; the eggs are taken by the pigs. The turtles are doomed; eggs laid on the beach are now being totally taken by the pigs. The Julia Creek dunnart, Australia’s most endangered species, cannot survive the pigs. In part or overwhelmingly the turbidity impacting the Great Barrier Reef has to be coming from the pigs.

“Nothing is being done by the Government to oppress the pigs at all.

“There has to be serious money put forward here, although with proper licencing, we don’t need much money at all. The young blokes will go out hunting, but I will be the first to say it has to be tightly controlled in terms of days and areas, so we have complete security,”

Communities

  • $328 m for women’s safety
    • $82.2m for frontline services for women and children
    • $78.4m to provide safe places for people impacted by family and domestic violence
    • $68.3m for domestic and family violence prevention
    • $64m for counselling services
    • $35m for support and prevention strategies for First Australians
  • Safer Communities Fund for religious organisations
  • Funding to prevent bullying
  • Expanding the cashless debit card
  • $337m for drug strategy
  • $20.1m over four years from 1 July 2020 to expand no-interest loans of up to $1,500 for women experiencing family and domestic violence.

Defence

  • $680m to support service men and women deployed overseas.
  • Joint agreement on a comprehensive strategic partnership between Australia and Singapore through the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative – 14,000 Singapore armed forces unilateral training for up to 18 weeks annually. One of the two sites in Greenvale. Singapore Government will provide $2.25bn, providing an estimated $50m spent in Queensland annually during construction. Construction will commence in third quarter of 2019.

Agriculture

  • Extending the Farm Household Allowance (forced sale of livestock will be exempt from the income test)
  • $8.7m over 11 years to set up mandatory code of conduct for dairy industry
  • $1.9m to develop national agriculture workforce strategy
  • $24.6m 2019-20 in Queensland for improving cattle supply chain
  • $71.7m 2019-20 for northern Australia roads – Queensland component
  • $2.9m 2019-20 for national leadership for agriculture innovation
  • $15m for wild dog fencing

“I can’t believe that the LNP and the Nationals not only voted against a minimum price scheme for milk but argued against it.  Using arguments that would oppose any survival program for rural industries. 

“Farmers everywhere else in world get 41% of their income from the government. Our farmers get nothing from the government. 

“We have an artificially high dollar, propped up to nearly twice its value.

“Beef and sugar industries have been cheated out of half their incomes because of an inflated dollar.  Finally on the home market you only have 2 places to sell agriculture produce to – the supermarket duopoly.  And the LNP and Nationals are running around talking about codes of conduct!

Telecommunications

  • $160m for two additional rounds of the Mobile Blackspot Funding Program.

Liberals end Medicare freeze

Labor is clearly a medi-fraud with their latest claims today.

Labor started the freeze and we ended it. Labor stopped listing medicines whereas we have guaranteed the listing of medicines.

Embarrassingly for Mr Shorten we ended the Medicare freeze which Labor introduced. Labor introduced the Medicare indexation freeze in 2013; the Liberal National Government ended it in the 2017 Budget.

This indexation of the Medicare Benefits Schedule, which the Government reintroduced in the 2017-18 Budget, is delivering an additional $1.7 billion (including 90% of diagnostic imaging items) for Medicare services through to 2021-22.

Labor entirely refused to index a single diagnostic imaging item. By contrast we are the first Government to have indexed imaging including x-rays ultrasounds, CT Scans and mammography among other items.

Medicare funding is up from $19 billion per year under Labor to $25 billion in 18-19, $26 billion in 19-20, $27 billion in 2020-21 and $29 billion in 2021-22 under the Coalition Government.

Our stronger economy has enabled the Coalition Government to deliver record federal funding for public hospital services, increasing from $13.3 billion in 2012-13 when Labor left office to a record $21.1 billion this year (a 54 percent increase).

Under a new national hospitals agreement, the Government has committed an extra $30 billion in public hospital funding from 2020-21 to 2024-25, taking overall funding during this period to $130 billion.

Bulk billing is up nearly 4% from 82.2% under Labor to a record 86.1% under the Coalition Government. This means more patients are visiting their local GP without having to pay an out of pocket cost.

The simple fact is Labor and Shorten cannot be trusted. They can’t manage the economy and they can’t manage health.

Three questions for Mr Shorten:

  • Why did Mr Shorten stop listing medicines in his 2011 Budget as Assistant Treasurer and will he now apologise?
  • Why did he not index one single X-ray, ultrasound or diagnostic imaging item in Labor’s six years in Government?
  • Why is he ripping the Private Health Insurance Rebate away from 65,000 mostly regional and older Australians?

These questions must be answered.