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LNP VOTE WITH LABOR TO KILL RURAL DEBT REFORM
State Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter has slammed the LNP for supporting Labor to vote against a real solution to address rural debt.
In a parliamentary session that went into the early hours of Wednesday morning the KAP’s Rural and Regional Adjustment (Development Assistance) Amendment Bill was denied a vote in the House through the blocking of a motion put forward by Robbie Katter.
“The motion was put forward to enable the Parliament to adequately consider and vote on a solution that would’ve seen a new lending mechanism established to address the shortcomings in QRAA’s current activities”
“Each member of the crossbench voted to allow the motion to be heard but it was the major parties who didn’t allow it. It’s unbelievable that they would so blatantly work together to stifle a minor party Bill.”
“With so much public disappointment in partisan politics it’s ironic that the only thing the major parties can agree on is limiting consideration of minor party Bills”
Mr Katter highlighted the amount of consultation and analysis that went into the KAP’s Bill and expressed his disappointment at the behaviour of the major parties.
“The LNP not only supported Labor’s Bill over the KAP alternative, they actively worked to restrict debate and consideration of the KAP Bill”
“The LNP and Government used every excuse in the book to avoid undertaking a difficult reform. They even used banking regulations as an excuse. Do they forget where here to change laws and regulations? If I told my constituents that I wasn’t prepared to undertake legislative reform because of a regulation I wouldn’t deserve to represent them”
“For me, the genesis of this Bill was during the term of the Newman Government, which shows that this has taken years of stakeholder discussions, industry forums, community and local leader’s input,” Mr Katter said.
“Through the Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce that I chaired in this parliament it was clear that the debt problem is massive and that a significant response from the Government was required to address it”
“However what the Parliament has achieved is an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. A farm debt mediation mechanism doesn’t solve the debt problem it just ensures that when the problem has finally caught up with a producer they can shut their business efficiently”
KAP’s legislation was designed to address not only the cattle industry, but also the viability of our rural towns.
“We need ways of stimulating the economies of the rural towns that rely on agriculture. Rather than using blunt funding programs to create short term employment, why not invest in reconstructing the core industry so longer term organic growth can be delivered”
Mr Katter expressed disappointment at the Government and Opposition’s “hands-off” approach to supporting a key Queensland industry.
“In 2015, I thought the Palaszczuk Government was serious about identifying solutions to address rural debt issues with the formation of a Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce. I was wrong. Just like the Opposition they prefer to leave it to the “market”. This approach has delivered a declining sugar industry, a decimated dairy industry and some of the most expensive gas and electricity in the world.”
“Government’s “intervene” in markets all the time. Between the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency there’s about $5 billion worth of low interest loans to help stimulate the industry. However when it comes to supporting agriculture, and particularly family enterprises, the Government doesn’t want to touch it”.
“The rural community right throughout the State should be angry that a significant proposal to benefit people doing it tough and earning a living in regional Queensland would be stymied and watered down by both major parties.”
This review below from the Vaccine Information Service when read should be sufficient to bury the lying, misleading and harmful Australian Medical Association which claims vaccines are safe for all, including little babies.
What rot and the sooner Turnbull and wife Lucy are removed from the top job the better.
Lucy Turnbull is a major shareholder in a vaccine company, and the Prime Minister’s unlawful blackmail of unsuspecting parents who will be prevented from admitting their unvaccinated kids to child care and schools must be stopped. Section 51 (xxiiA) of the Commonwealth Constitution of Australia prevents enforced mass medication by government.
“The sooner one of the anti-vax groups starts a class action the better.”
Vaccination Information Service
|“It is the inability to see the effects of chronic, low-level toxicities on human health that has been, and remains, our greatest failing as intelligent beings.” Dr. Boyd Haley|
|General information brochures – educate your local community!
|Below is a list of ingredients in vaccines. (It is not exhaustive – there are other chemicals not in the list.)
If you are tempted to assume that these poisons would only be in harmless quantities in vaccines, note:
1) There is no safe level for some of these poisons, such as formaldehyde and mercury, even if one of them was consumed or injected on its own.
2) Even if the quantity of any given ingredient was within a safe level, remember that a large number of these are being taken in all at once, which can lead to the accumulative toxicity being much higher.
KAP Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter has called on Australians to contact their local politicians and give them ‘The Request’- to support the Banking Royal Commission/Commission of Inquiry.
A Newspoll released today shows that sitting member for Dawson, LNP George Christensen is neck to neck with One Nation, which places him on a suicide mission if he does not cross the floor to support Katters bill for a Royal Commission.
Although 68 per cent of voters in Dawson support the Royal Commission, they haven’t yet realised One Nation is now another branch of the Liberal Party and will not support the inquiry.
George would be best placed for his longevity in Parliament to support Katter and join his party.
PM Malcolm Turnbull and his Cabinet, including Barnaby Joyce have been instructed by the Australian Bankers Association new chairman, Anna Bligh (ex Qld ALP Premier), to prevent a Royal Commission from going ahead.
Bligh is simply reinforcing a long-held policy of the ABA and the Liberals.
Only the executive arm of Government can call for a Royal Commission, so a Commission of Inquiry is being pursued with all the powers of a Royal Commission, but it will report to the Parliament, instead of the executive arm of Government.
To become law the Commission of Inquiry will require two members of the Government in the lower house to cross the floor. The Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen has publicly stated he will support a Commission of Inquiry – so one more Government MP’s vote is required for the bill to pass.
“So we just need one more. There is only one language politicians understand and that is ‘we are going to get you, we are going to get rid of you at the next election’,” Mr Katter said.
“We have had 100s of people from all over Australia ringing my office and demanding a Royal Commission into the banks – which we already support and we introduced Commission of Inquiry legislation last year.
“So from now on we are telling them to put ‘The Request’ to their local Federal Member of Parliament and get three people to do the same. Those three people are then asked to get another three people each, who then get another three people….and so it continues.
“I’m telling Australians to contact their local Federal Member of Parliament and say ‘are you voting to support this?’ If the Local Federal Member is not supporting the Royal Commission into the Banks then say, ‘we officially inform you that we are working to get rid of you at the next election’. It is not about saying we support someone else, it is just that we are getting rid of you.
“80% of the Australian people want a Royal Commission into the banks. It is a litmus test really on whether you are there to represent and protect the established order, or if you are there to represent the people. This could not be a more clear cut case.
“It is quite clear to me that George Christensen is a man of integrity and will cross the floor, as he has done before. He is a Lone Ranger. Not another soul from the ALP or LNP has crossed the floor in the last 20 years.
“Depending on definition there has been between 15 and 38 inquiries since 2010. But the savagery of a Royal Commission and its powers can’t be ignored. I never regretted the Royal Commission in QLD, even though it cost me and my Country Party greatly and many innocents were burned. Even though we never put the bad guys in gaol, we did remove their protection and destroyed the corruption. This is what a Royal Commission brings.
Australians can find out who their local Federal Member of Parliament is on the following website which has a search function to search by electorate, postcode or politicians name: http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Members
by Robert J Lee in Canberra
Judicial corruption has again reared its head after Western Australia Federal Court Judge Michael Barker informed the President of the senate that Senator Rod Culleton is a bankrupt.
Senator Culleton said he had challenged the alleged financial claims against him that led to Judge Barker issuing sequestration orders to freeze his assets yet the judge had ignored all due process in his haste to get him tossed out of the senate.
The President of the senate, Liberal Stephen Parry, a former Tasmania police officer and mortician who has been accused of involvement in the official Port Arthur massacre cover-up, had “usurped the powers of the senate” by declaring Senator Culleton’s position vacant.
Senator Parry announced on Wednesday he had received confirmation from the Federal Court that Mr Culleton was bankrupt, making his position vacant, but Mr Culleton said the statement was premature and “should be withdrawn immediately”.
“No one is above the law, and the 21 day stay of proceedings granted to me in the Federal Court on December 23 does not expire until tomorrow,” Senator Culleton said.
“Senator Parry has no right to jump in before the 21 day stay period expires.”
Senator Culleton also filed a notice of appeal in the West Australian registry of the Federal Court late on Wednesday, along with an interlocutory application seeking that the sequestration order and proceedings under the sequestration order be stayed pending the hearing of the appeal.
“I am not a bankrupt and evidence of sworn valuations was given to Judge Barker by my solicitor in the court hearing but he refused to accept it,” he said.
The ‘law’ particularly in Western Australia has long had a question mark over its head and Senator Culleton has been another victim of the nexus between the judiciary, the Parliament and the public service.
He said the judiciary was a ‘basket case’ and this had been highlighted after Judge Barker called his own court a “circus” a sentiment echoed by the West Australian newspaper when reporting on Senator Culleton’s hearing in December after several One Nation antagonists were ordered to leave the courtroom.
“The courts have been starved of government funding and are not getting the revenue they need to operate properly,” he said.
“All courts need juries and litigants have the right to get one.”
On March 11 last year, to commemorate Australia’s worst official massacre, Cairns News ran a story about Senator Parry and his involvement in the Port Arthur cover-up by the major media and governments.
Revelations by Austrian-based author and researcher, Keith Noble, that Senator Stephen Parry had prior knowledge of the shootings, have not been refuted by him.
In his 16 page, disturbing 1997 paper entitled ‘Port Arthur Massacre – AFDA National Embalming Team – Detailed Report’, that appears in a little-known book entitled ‘PORT ARTHUR SEMINAR PAPERS: A record of the Port Arthur Seminar’, 11-12 March, 1997, Melbourne, Victoria (ISBN 0642271364) clearly shows the incident that rocked a nation was planned.
Senator Parry stated in the following passage :
“I was particularly impressed by the quick response and initiatives by some of the team members in packaging and collecting equipment.
The response time and the amount of equipment quickly relocated was fantastic. One firm in particular, Nelson Brothers, had organised for an embalming machine box and a special large equipment case to be manufactured ready for the incident. These two containers were the envy of all embalmers and worked extremely well.
I would suggest that design specifications may be available from this firm for any future considerations by other firms.”
Such is the appalling state of injustice in Australia where justice is only(sometimes) available to those who can afford it, that the public has lost any confidence it may have had in the court system and parliaments long ago.
This year Australia will hand out a borrowed $365.7 million in foreign aid to Indonesia, an Islamic regime, which is seen by some as a mafia-styled protection payment.
In effect, Australia in 2015 supported the world’s 12th largest army with an annual budget of IDR95 trillion($6,900,000,000 AU).
According to the manpower statistics below, the Indonesian Armed Forces (Tentera Nasional Indonesia, or TNI) could easily overrun Northern Australia in a few days.
Total Population: 253,609,643
Available Manpower: 129,075,188
Fit for Service: 107,538,660
Reaching Military Age Annually: 4,455,159
Active Frontline Personnel: 476,000
Active Reserve Personnel: 400,000 (source WowShack)
Australian military strength is too pathetic to publish.
Even more worrying is the military training being offered by the Australian duopoly government to our potential, greatest enemy.
In November an Indonesian instructor complained that “offensive” material about West Papua displayed at an Australian Special Forces base. It prompted Indonesia’s defence chief to cut military cooperation, throwing future joint exercises into doubt.
Indonesian Special Forces group Kopassus trains with the Special Air Service at the unit’s Campbell Barracks in Perth.
Capitulating in normal Australian style, Chief of Army Lieutenant General Angus Campbell also wrote to his Indonesian counterpart on November 24 to reassure him that Australia did not endorse the material.
Never mind that over the last 20 years hundreds have been killed and thousands of West Papuans have been dispossessed of their land and homes by Indonesian armed forces.
The Indonesian President eventually poured cold water over the training officer’s complaint and assured the Federal Government military ties would remain.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says Indonesia is one of our most important bilateral relationships.
According to DFAT Australia and Indonesia have an extensive framework of cooperation spanning political, economic, security, development, education and people-to-people ties.
Sustainable and inclusive economic growth in Indonesia benefits Australia and contributes to regional growth and stability.
Indonesia has experienced steady economic growth in recent years. It has reached middle income status and achieved substantial development progress. However, economic growth is now slowing and inequality is rising.
At least 100 million people in Indonesia continue to live on $2 or less per day. Slow growth will make it more difficult for Indonesia to meet its development goals. Furthermore, low growth means the poor will find it harder to escape poverty, DFAT said.
In 2014-15, Australia exported 1.38 million cattle to Indonesia, valued at A$1.35 billion FOB.
This reflected a 22% increase on 2013-14. Indonesia was Australia’s largest live cattle export market, taking 746,193 head, up 20% year-on- year and was valued at A$601 million FOB.
Indonesia accounted for 54% of total Australian live cattle exports in 2014-15. In 2014-15, the second largest market for Australian cattle was Vietnam, taking 309,505 head (up 136% on 2013-14), valued at A$328 million FOB.
Inquest in 2014 finds against Indonesian military
Seven years ago the AFP launched an investigation into the deaths of Brian Peters, 29, Malcolm Rennie, 28, Gary Cunningham, 27, Gregory Shackleton, 29, and Anthony Stewart, 21, who were killed in October 1975 reporting on Indonesian military action.
In 2007, New South Wales deputy state coroner Dorelle Pinch found the five men died at Balibo in Timor Leste, also known as East Timor, on October 16, 1975.
In her inquest into the death of Peters, Ms Pinch concluded the men “died from wounds sustained when (they) were shot and or stabbed deliberately, and not in the heat of battle, by members of the Indonesian special forces, including (Commander) Christoforus Da Silva and Captain Yunus Yosfiah on the orders of Captain Yosfiah to prevent (them) from revealing that Indonesian special forces had participated in the attack on Balibo”.
The AFP confirmed in a statement to the ABC they had abandoned their investigation into the killing of the men, who came to be known as the Balibo Five.
“The AFP has conducted an extensive review of the investigation,” the statement read.
“During the investigation the AFP identified challenges associated with establishing jurisdiction. The investigation continued in an effort to overcome those issues.
“However, the AFP has concluded that there is currently insufficient evidence to prove an offence.
“As a result, the AFP has exhausted all inquiries in relation to this matter and will be taking no further action.
“The AFP has had ongoing consultation with the families throughout this complex and difficult investigation. Family members based in Australia and the United Kingdom were briefed by senior AFP investigators this evening.”
The AFP said the men’s families had been informed of the decision.
The AFP has a reputation for botched investigations particularly the questionable circumstances leading to the conviction of Shapelle Corby and the Bali Nine in 2005.
In 2009, former Indonesian soldier Gatot Purwanto said the men were shot deliberately but not executed. (from ABC)
It is no secret that most Muslim Indonesians dislike Australia yet Australians flock to the tourist destination of Bali spending millions of dollars a year.
Tourism bodies say that the numbers of Australian travellers has levelled out due mainly to executions of Australian drug dealers, volcanic eruptions and terrorist attacks.
While 16,000 Indonesians visited Australia in 2016, 1 million aussies on average visit Indonesia each year worth a projected $1 billion to its economy by 2020.
Large oil producer
Oil Production: 983,000 bbl/day
Oil Consumption: 1,355,000 bbl/day]
Proven Oil Reserves: 4,030,000,000 bbl/day
Air force capability
Total Aircraft: 405
Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 52
Transport Aircraft: 187
Trainer Aircraft: 104
Attack Helicopters: 5
Our nearest neighbour could one day become our nearest aggressor and paying the Indonesian military government protection money will be unnecessary should the military decide to move on Australia.
Four years ago when Rudd was Prime Minister a northern development paper was released describing millions of acres that were “available for development by other nations.”
The Australian Government will borrow to provide an estimated $365.7 million in total ODA to Indonesia in 2016-17, including an estimated $296 million in bilateral funding also borrowed and managed by DFAT.
Indonesia is one of Australia’s most important bilateral relationships. Australia and Indonesia have an extensive framework of cooperation spanning political, economic, security, development, education and people-to-people ties. Sustainable and inclusive economic growth in Indonesia benefits Australia and contributes to regional growth and stability.
Indonesia has experienced steady economic growth in recent years. It has reached middle income status and achieved substantial development progress. However, economic growth is now slowing and inequality is rising. At least 100 million people in Indonesia continue to live on $2 or less per day. Slow growth will make it more difficult for Indonesia to meet its development goals. Furthermore, low growth means the poor will find it harder to escape poverty.
Australia works in an economic partnership with Indonesia, supporting its efforts to leverage its own resources to generate growth and distribute those benefits to a larger number of its people. Australia provides policy and technical advice that will improve the quality of Indonesia’s investments in infrastructure, economic governance, human development and social policy.
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
The Communist Chinese government, through state-controlled corporations masquerading as private entities, is accelerating its plan to acquire control over deep water ports and major shipping lanes across the world.
The Sri Lankan government, heavily indebted to China, recently agreed to lease approximately 80% of a strategic port in the southern part of the country to a state-owned Chinese company for $1.1 billion.
The port of Hambantota lies along an important trade route connecting Asia and the Middle East, and is a key part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “one belt, one road” plan to expand Chinese control over key shipping lanes.
The United States refers to these strategic ports as China’s “string of pearls.”
China Merchant Port Holding Company, which purchased the lease to operate the port of Hambantota, is owned by the Communist Chinese government; specifically, it is owned via majority share by the China Merchants Group, a state-run corporation based in Hong Kong.
The same state-owned corporation maintains an 85% share over a large new terminal at the port of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, as well as varying levels of control over ports in the African nations of Djibouti and Togo.
After acquiring 49% of Terminal Link, a portfolio of terminals run by struggling French container line CMA CGN, China Merchants Group gained access to the following ports: Antwerp and Zeebrugge in Belgium; Dunkirk, Le Havre, Montoir, and Fos in France; Casablanca and Tangiers in Morocco; Marsaxlokk in Malta; Abidjan in the Ivory Coast; Houston and Miami in the United States; Bussan in South Korea.
Another major state-owned corporation, COSCO Pacific, has minority control over the following ports: Antwerp, Suez in Egypt, and Singapore.
COSCO acquired a majority share (51%) of operations at the Greek port of Piraeus in April, 2016 (another 16% will be acquired after an agreed upon period of modernization lasting five years).
The Greek government was forced to sell control over the port, as well as control over 14 regional airports to a German-based company, in a desperate bid to satisfy EU creditors eager for repayment.
COSCO was at the center of controversy when the company sought to lease a former naval base at the Port of Long Beach, California after one of their ships was suspected of illegally trafficking firearms and was raided by customs officials in 1997.
President Bill Clinton was tied to the Chinese company that produced the firearms, Polytechnology, after a supporter escorted the company’s president, Wang Jun, into one of the President’s “White House coffees”, where he reportedly met with Clinton.
Clinton later said the meeting was ”inappropriate” and “an example of the failure of the White House to screen visitors rigorously.”
The cash-strapped (and corruption-plagued) government of the Australian Northern Territory leased control over port facilities in the capital city of Darwin to the Landbridge Company, a company closely connected to the Chinese government, for $361 million late last year.
The 99-year lease raised concern among some in the United States as Marines use the base to train approximately six months out of the year. In addition, fuel storage tanks used by the Marines are situated directly on the land leased to the Chinese company.
Critics argued that China’s port control “could facilitate intelligence collection on U.S. and Australian military forces stationed nearby,” according to the New York Times.
Ye Cheng, chairman and founder of the Landbridge Company, was honored as one of the top “10 individuals caring about the development of national defense” by the Shandong provincial government in 2013.
The Landbridge Company’s website notes their strong ties to “state-owned companies like China National Petroleum Corporation, which supplies oil to Landbridge and allows them to sell it at retail pumps under the corporation’s name.
Panama Ports Company, a subsidiary of Hutchison Ports, maintains exclusive rights to operate ports at both ends of the Panama Canal (Balboa on the Pacific Ocean, Cristóbal on the Atlantic Ocean).
Hutchison Ports is a subsidiary of CK Hutchison Holdings, chaired by Hong Kong-based billionaire Li Ka-shing. He has close ties to the Chinese government, as does the company’s co-managing director and deputy chairman, Victor Li Tzar-kuoi, who served on the Standing Committee of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
As of 2006, over 60% of the container terminals at the ten largest ports in the United States were operated by a foreign corporation, with the number rising to 80% at the largest ports in Los Angeles and New York/Newark.
Cairns News Links:
- Cairns News published the China private army takeover of Port Darwin – https://cairnsnews.org/2015/11/21/chinas-landbridge-army-to-takeover-darwin-port/
2. Cairns News published China purchasing John Holland Ltd a major Australian Defense Contractor – https://cairnsnews.org/2016/08/11/communist-china-buys-john-holland-constructions-key-defence-dept-provider/
3. Cairns News published China’s warning for Australia to dismiss USA alliance – https://cairnsnews.org/2012/05/26/china-warns-australia-dismiss-us-alliance/
20 October 2016:
KAP Member for Kennedy Bob Katter condemned the Prime Minister’s and Treasurer’s answers in Question Time today in relation to S Kidman & Co as “a load of bull-dust.
Mr Katter said the Question asked by NXT Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie about the Kidman sale was, “clear and straight forward, but the Prime Minister gave a waffling non-answer handballing it to Treasurer Morrison for more waffle.
Rebekha Sharkie’s question whether the PM agreed that the 100 per cent Aussie bid for Kidman should receive preference over any equivalent bid involving foreign interests – should have received an unambiguous answer from the PM.
Instead the PM and the Treasurer wouldn’t even say that a local bid should get preferential treatment — especially given there would be more jobs and the money staying in Australia.
Today Mr Katter teamed up with Senator Nick Xenophon and Rebekah Sharkie MP to throw political support behind the all Australian bid for the Kidman cattle empire.
Backpacker Tax changes: gagged & goaded but no victory
18 October 2016:
KAP Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter voted against the Backpacker Tax changes in the lower house today.
The proposed changes, implementing a 19.5 % instead of the originally touted 32.5% were eventually passed. Mr Katter is hardly surprised that the National Party has sold out on non-city Australia again.
Mr Katter spoke passionately against the supposed “reduction” that is being lauded as a victory by the LNP when in fact the Backpacker will still be paying significantly more.
Mr Katter said, “I was one of the few Representatives of a regional and tourism seat that got to speak on the Backpacker tax before the Government gaged debate, denying others to have their say.
We do not have any illusions that we are applying a tax of 30 per cent. It was a little bit over 30 per cent before, so there really has not been much change at all.
“We are going around clapping our hands and saying, ‘How wonderful!’
“You will not have a tourism industry if you take away the backpackers. One quarter of the Far North Queensland tourism industry is in fact the backpackers—and you have taken away their incentive to come here. Their wages, their incomes, have been cut by a third, and you are saying that will have no effect. Of course it will have an effect.”