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Dirty deals between QLD LNP and ALP

Disgrace: LNP and ALP government abandon North Queensland

KAP MP’s Rob Katter & Shane Knuth

KAP’s Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth have called the LNP a disgrace after they confirmed they will sell out North Queensland and pass the budget as is, without any negotiation.

Robbie and Shane asked the government for four basic things to address the current crisis in North Queensland. Robbie and Shane and the rest of the crossbench said they would vote against the budget if the government refused to come to the negotiating table. “North Queensland is in crisis. The government should be ashamed of itself for not agreeing to these four very reasonable requests,” Robbie said. “Even more shameful is that the LNP had an opportunity to stand with us to force the government to listen, but instead they’ve decided to sell out North Queensland and rubber stamp the budget.”

Robbie and Shane requested four urgent actions to support North Queensland, which faces unemployment rates as high as 14%, compared with unemployment of about 4% in Brisbane:

  1. Power prices reduced by 5%
  2. Commit to reducing North Queensland unemployment to 6% by 2020
  3. Commit unspent infrastructure funding to North Queensland to kick start the economy
  4. Set up a North Queensland Budget Equity Board

Shane Knuth said he was disgusted, but not surprised, with the government and LNP. “I wish I could say I was surprised, but I’m not,” Shane said. “I was excited because we had a real chance to make some change for North Queensland, but we needed support from either the government or LNP to make it happen, and neither of them would step up to the plate. They should hang their heads in shame,” Shane said.

Robbie said he was shocked the major parties wouldn’t consider KAP’s requests. “They’re quite happy to throw billions of dollars at a Brisbane rail project so city people can get home from work earlier, but won’t commit to something as critical as reducing unemployment in the North. At least we in North Queensland know exactly where we stand with the government and LNP: and that’s on the wrong side of the Brisbane border,” Robbie said.

Robbie and Shane will vote against the budget unless the government accepts their basic requests – which could make an immediate difference to North Queensland.

EHP draining irrigation dam flushing tonnes of sediment onto the reef

Draining and bulldozing of the ‘Cook’ irrigation dam on Springvale Station by the EHP has been described as “environmental vandalism” by a neighbouring landowner

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The draining and bulldozing of a 1000 megalitre irrigation dam at Springvale Station south west of Cooktown by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has made a mockery of preventing sediment runoff onto the Great Barrier Reef.

Millions of litres of dam water is being siphoned from the dam directly into the East Normanby River, creating a muddy plume for many kilometres downstream, dumping thousands of tonnes of sediment onto the reef.

The East Normanby runs into the now dry West Normanby to become the Normanby  River which eventually runs into Princess Charlotte Bay.

The 2016 purchase of the former cattle property by EHP drew much criticism from the farming industry when it was discovered flawed sediment runoff data was the basis for its acquisition by the government.

A spokesman for EHP Minister Stephen Miles confirmed the dam was being pumped out and millions of litres of valuable water were being discharged into the flowing East Normanby River.

Deep channels have been cut below the dam wall by water gushing from a siphon polypipe in the 1000ml dam flowing straight into the East Normanby River. The EHP intends to bulldoze this massive earth wall

Water being siphoned from the irrigation dam has cut a deep channel through the soil and is draining directly into the flowing East Normanby River(top of photo) creating massive sediment plumes kilometres downstream

The EHP has claimed the dam could fail, but adjoining landowner and former Cook Shire Mayor Graham Elmes said the dam was sound, properly built, had gone through four wet seasons and had filled easily during its first wet in 2013.

“This dam also acted as a large sediment trap filtering runoff into the river system, but when the walls are bulldozed what will happen to the 30,000 cubic metres of earth that an engineer has measured,” he said.

“It can’t be left in the excavation area because it will simply run off into the river and then Springvale actually will have a sediment runoff problem.”

KAP Rob Katter MP for Mt Isa

KAP State leader Robbie Katter said the State Government is on a crusade against farmers.

“They are deceiving the public through misinformation and inaccurate data,” Mr Katter said.

“This is a fallacy, again derived from incorrect data and is a waste of viable, developed grazing property, which would be far better managed by a farmer than the State Government. This dam should be left intact.”

North East Regional Manager of Agforce Paul Burke was incensed that a government could undertake such “wanton waste.”

“It beggars belief that such a precious commodity could be pumped down the river when this property could have been producing a number of irrigated crops and still breeding cattle,” Mr Burke said.

The EHP spokesman claimed the dam “did not undergo a full regulatory approvals process as required by State legislation and is therefore unauthorised.

Stephen Miles (away) EHP Minister

“To prevent dam failure and any subsequent downstream impacts, including contributions to sediment production within the catchment, the dam will be decommissioned and the land will be rehabilitated,” the spokesman said.

Mr Elmes was adamant the dam had been properly constructed and there was absolutely no chance the dam wall could fail.

“Bulldozing this water asset that cost $400,000 to build is totally irresponsible and an act of environmental vandalism.

“The government should stop all destructive activities on this property, freehold and subdivide it into four blocks and ballot these blocks for younger farmers,” he said.

Qld Govt at war with itself over $7m cattle property purchase

More jaundiced reporting from the ABC about Springvale Station west of Cooktown that the Queensland Environment Department bought for $7 million to prevent sediment runoff into the ocean.

The only problem is that bogus data was used to base the purchase, when in fact the Government’s own previously published scientific data clearly showed Springvale Station was responsible for less than one per cent runoff into Princess Charlotte Bay.

See story Cairns News: ‘Lakefield National Park contributes more reef runoff than all combined cattle properties in the catchment’

from ABC

In what could be a storyline from the satirical TV series Yes Minister, the Queensland Government has gone to war with itself.

Key points:

  • The Mines Department is considering an application to mine a river on state-owned land for gold and tin
  • The Environment Department bought the land in a bid to halt sediment reaching the reef
  • The two departments are in a legal fight in the Land Court

The ABC has learned one Queensland Government department has lodged a legal objection to another department over a plan to mine a river on state-owned land.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is taking on the Department of Natural Resources and Mines in a stoush in the Land Court over Springvale Station on Cape York.

The Queensland Government bought the massive cattle station for $7 million last year.

The idea was to stop, or at least reduce, hundreds of thousands of tonnes of sediment from the property washing from the West Normanby River into the Great Barrier Reef.

But it seems — in the best traditions of Yes Minister — the left hand did not know what the right hand was doing.

At the same time the Environment Department was buying the property to prevent damaging sediment flowing down the river, the Natural Resources Department was considering an application to mine the river at Springvale Station for gold and tin ore.

Now the case is before the Queensland Land Court.

In its objection, the Environment Department argues “the public right and interest will be prejudiced by the proposed mining activity as it will directly and negatively impact the biodiversity values for which the property was acquired”.

It says research suggests that “Springvale Station is the source of approximately 460,000 tonnes of sediment runoff every year, which is around 40 per cent of all gully erosion-derived sediment in the Normanby River catchment”.

The West Normanby River joins the eastern branch of the river before draining into Princess Charlotte Bay and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

“The proposed mining activity will likely further destabilise the alluvial and colluvial soils of the West Normanby River and increase soil erosion and sediment loss,” the Environment Department said in its objection.

“… The long-term economic benefits of enhancing environmental outcomes through this acquisition will far exceed the economic and employment benefits of this small mining operation.”

The department also warns sedimentation blocks light for coral, smothers marine organisms and reduces coral and seagrass growth.

It states the northern section of the reef has been significantly affected by coral bleaching, with “high levels of coral mortality”.

“For those corals to have the best chance of recovery, the water quality needs to be as good as possible,” the Environment Department wrote.

Endangered plants, animals on land: Environment Department

The State Government has already begun removing cattle from Springvale Station in a bid to reduce sediment run-off.

The Environment Department said it would invest a substantial amount of public money for conservation work on the property to further reduce run-off, with the price tag set at $30,000 a hectare.

The department also said the property was home to endangered or vulnerable flora and fauna species, including the northern quoll, red goshawk, brown antelope orchid and spectacled flying fox.

In a statement to the ABC, the Environment Department said it was the Government’s “intention that Springvale Station be declared a nature refuge”.

But it said such a declaration would “not necessarily preclude the commencement of activities proposed under the mining lease application”.

A spokesman for the Land Court said the objection to the proposed mine would be heard in August.

Crocodiles in plague proportions in North Queensland and KAP is moving laws to reduce numbers

In response to a public outcry, Katters Australia Party is drafting legislation to remove or cull crocodiles in northern waterways after a spate of savage attacks on tourists and residents.

The recent death of a spearfisherman and the mauling of a man at Innisfail by crocodiles prompted a series of public meetings called by the Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth to gauge public support for crocodile removal, culling, egg collection and safari hunting.

Meetings were held last week at Mareeba, Innisfail and Port Douglas.

At the Mareeba meeting Mr Knuth said the attacks had been given international media coverage and tourists were now cancelling visits to the Far North because they were frightened of being attacked by a salt water crocodile.

Former deputy Mayor of Mareeba Shire, Evan McGrath spoke of crocodiles close to the town and how farmers had been menaced by them when checking their water pumps in creeks and channels.

He said crocodiles had been seen in irrigation channels and the Barron River near his farm. “Their numbers are out of control in areas where crocodiles have never been seen before.”

Crocs eat crocs or humans in the Far North. KAP is drafting legislation to reduce the runaway numbers of dangerous crocodiles in North Queensland

“Enough is enough,” Mr Knuth told a supportive audience of more than 100 residents.

“We have to bring the numbers back under control. Over the past 40 years since croc shooting finished the numbers have exploded and crocs no longer fear man and they have become cheeky and not afraid to attack people or domestic animals.”

A three metre long photo backdrop of a crocodile with a kelpie in its mouth reminded the audience of the audacity and savagery of a crocodile eating a pet dog near Innisfail two weeks ago, greatly upsetting the dog’s young owner.

Supporting the KAP legislation was the Chairman of Cape York Peninsula Land Council Richie Ahmat who suggested a truck load of large crocs should be taken from a local crocodile farm and dropped into the Brisbane River.

“Then we would see some action,” Mr Ahmat quipped.

Former Gulf area cattle station manager Jack Fraser told the meeting the excessive number of crocs in the vast Lower Gulf district were out of hand and should be culled as a matter of urgency.

He said several years ago a large crocodile on a cattle station was found dead on a riverbank. It was cut open to reveal 60 plastic cattle ear tags in its stomach.

“Sixty ear tags represents a loss to the station of about $60,000 worth of stock on today’s market,” Mr Fraser said.

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter received thunderous applause when he stated the obvious: “The Brisbane Government does not care a less about North Queenslanders and it is time we looked after our own problems.

“Home rule is across the world and like Brexit, North Queensland must now take a stance,” referring to a new State of North Queensland.

Member for Mt Isa Robbie Katter said he would present a bill to State Parliament in the May sittings to address runaway crocodile numbers that were of grave danger to the public.

He alluded to making unchecked crocodile attacks a precursor to blocking the May budget should the Labor Government not support his bill.

Meanwhile the Independent Member for Cook, Billy Gordon, did not attend either the Mareeba or Port Douglas meetings held in his electorate.

On his Facebook page after the meetings Mr Gordon claimed he would not be supporting the crocodile removal legislation because he had not been invited to either the Mareeba or Port Douglas meetings.

“The needs of my electorate are quite substantive, the areas of health, education, telecommunications….and tourism are of primary concern to me,” the post said.

“It’s on these issues that hard- nosed negotiations should be had on.

“As a matter of public record I have not been invited to or included in meetings in both Mareeba and Port Douglas to advocate for culling of crocs.”

A KAP spokesman said today Mr Gordon’s office was contacted early on Tuesday morning by staff inviting him to the meeting.

“On Wednesday morning his office put in an apology telling us they were unsure if Mr Gordon would attend,” the spokesman said.

“A meeting flyer was emailed to his office. KAP contacted his staff who said they were unable to send a representative to the meeting.

“KAP staff also left a message on his phone,” the spokesman said.

Mr Gordon is believed to be in Melbourne and was unable to be contacted for comment.

At the Mareeba forum, local Labor Party stalwart Duncan McInnes said most Aboriginal communities and Traditional Owners he had spoken to supported the proposed legislation.

We do not owe the blackfellas a living

Aboriginal cultural history did not begin until the end of 1945. Prior to the end of WWII indigenous inhabitants of Australia faced a grim future with Japanese imperial forces on our door step and the German army taking over Europe.

It took the US Navy to stem the Japanese tide at the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942 otherwise it would have been all over for our languishing black population.

Do indigenous agitators think the Japs would have spared their forefathers if they started their mainland push southwards from Darwin or Cairns?

The Aborigines would have been exterminated to a man, but thanks to the heroic Australian army they held off the pagan invaders at Kokoda.

Australian 39th Battalion at Kokoda fought off the Japs

Australian 39th Battalion at Kokoda fought off the Japs

Thankfully there was a scattering of indigenous soldiers in the Australian forces who fought just as hard alongside the white troops and their efforts have been formally recognised.

Violent demonstrations in Sydney about ‘invasion day’ being held on January 26 to commemorate the 1788 arrival of the first fleet have fallen on the deaf ears of mainstream Australia and repulsed while the unwashed, dole collecting, pinko rent-a-crowd clashed with police.

National conscription has again been mooted by One Nation and polling has shown it will be accepted by the rank and file population.

Pauline Hanson. One Nation has mooted a return of national conscription for 17 to 24 year olds

Pauline Hanson. One Nation has mooted a return of national conscription for 17 to 24 year olds

These brain-dead, university indoctrinated Bolsheviks need cleaning out just like the second generation of left-leaning university lecturers and the black militia that have infiltrated the so-called halls of secondary education.

The army needs beefing up, most likely with the aid of a battalion of US Marines who could assist our hopeless Generals with discipline by kicking out the gay brigade and women from front line troops.

Then our military would easily accommodate the hordes of 17 to 24 year olds sucking off the social security teat and show them there is more to life than rallying against and bludging off normal people who really run the country.

US President Donald Trump has started to drain the swamp. Australia needs to drain the swamp and flush out the malcontents as soon as possible.

US President Donald Trump has started to drain the swamp. Australia needs to drain the swamp and flush out the malcontents as soon as possible.

Trump has started with the disinfectant in the US to flush out the same mob from their once-esteemed campuses and to ‘drain the swamp’ a process we should follow as soon as possible, that is when we put the broom through the limp-wristed, politically correct bureaucracy that infests Canberra.

All jobs for the boys in the bureaucracy and judiciary should be declared vacant by the militarist Governor General from June 30, 2017 and then re-employ half the number who sign declarations of non-membership of trade unions, political parties and the Lodge.

Turnbull’s ever- diminishing ‘ruling elite’ and Shorten’s mishmash of miscreants should end up in the mop bucket along with this third generation of bureaucratic malcontents who with the aid of their ideological masters have pushed Australia to a standstill.

Australians must thumb their noses at the international ruling elite whose designs of a one world government will stop with Trump.

Unfortunately we do not yet have a political messiah emerging from the ranks but when the going gets even tougher, the Australian camaraderie historically, will shine through.

No corporate party hacks will be tolerated and in reality it is not a job for a woman.

May God help this country for right now there is nobody else!

Residents call for senate inquiry and audit into Peninsula Development Road construction

A group of Coen residents has called for an independent audit into the distribution of $260 million of federal and state funding allocated for a major upgrade of the Peninsula Development Road.

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Senator Roberts(left) talking to local graziers Paddy Shephard; John and Sally Witherspoon after the meeting, intends to take residents’ concerns over mismanagement of the PDR construction to parliament

One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts was invited to the Coen meeting on Wednesday night to hear the concerns of locals who believe there had been a wide-spread waste of government funds by Roadtek.

Long-time local grazier Paddy Shephard explained to the meeting how an Indigenous Land Use Agreement(ILUA) was about to signed off by the State Government giving part control of the PDR to a “Coen Aboriginal family group” which had no connection  to the highway.

Another resolution was passed at the meeting asking Senator Roberts to instigate a senate inquiry into the granting of an ILUA over the PDR, an important arterial tourist and defence road.

Senator Roberts is no stranger to the Cape having taken a number of holiday trips to the Top.

He said he was at the meeting to listen to the concerns of local people and would do what he could to have the matters investigated.

“It seems the place is being held back and the road is important  for defence and the opening up of the region,” Senator Roberts said.

“There is no accountability and now it seems lots of waste in general and an abuse of power where ordinary people are missing out every day.

“We are losing our sovereignty in government under regulations coming from the United Nations.”

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Senator Roberts discusses with Nichol Keppel the takeover of the PDR by the Cape York Land Council

Businessman Barry Mulley launched an emotional attack on the Cape York Land Council for demanding the PDR be handed over to their elitist members allegedly in order to take a cut of funding for contractors engaged in the upgrade.

“Once they have control of the road they can do what they like with it even charge a toll for tourists to use it and decide which contractors will get jobs,” Mr Mulley said.

“We believe local indigenous people should get jobs on the road but the land council should not be in control of it. There are too many jobs for the boys on big pay that has pushed up the cost of building it.

“There is no accountability from the government or land council in how they spend large amounts taxpayers money.

“I am sick of paying large amounts of tax only to have it wasted by the government on mismanagement of the road works.”

Mr Mulley said Peninsula ratepayers and residents had no political representation which is why Senator Roberts was invited to take their concerns to Parliament.

“Nobody cares about the Peninsula. The government just throws lots of money into it without any accountability,” he added.

The notorious ‘Land Claim Number 1’ according to Cape York Alliance member Jack Wilkie-Jans gave the CYLC the ability to claim ownership of the PDR.

“How do just nine claimants speak for the hundreds of clan groups across the Cape?” he asked.

“Is it any wonder there is such widespread derision among the indigenous and white people of the Cape.”

Deep and dangerous dust holes on Peninsular Development Road

Vehicle on gravel road

Deep dust holes have developed in a gravel section of the Peninsula Development Road 40 klms south east of Weipa.  The dust holes have been flagged by road authorities however most drivers unfamiliar with the road find themselves dropping into the 400 mm crevices before they can react.

Once a vehicle falls into a hole the steering becomes unresponsive and drivers can often lose control at speeds over 40 klm/hr.

Nearby property owners believe this road disrepair will soon lead to a roll over and injury for unsuspecting tourists who often tow caravans or bike trailers.

The Main Roads Department currently is laying bitumen on southern parts of the PDR, but the Weipa section apparently is a long way from being sealed.

Federal and State funding of $220 million for PDR upgrades has been seen largely misspent according to Peninsula businessmen who accused the MRD and Roadtek of discriminatory tendering and kowtowing to a select few of the indigenous hierarchy.

“There has been awful mismanagement of this project and millions wasted on so-called jobs for the boys like cultural heritage surveys and wrong road materials or spending $70,000 a day to cart water to fill dams because the wet season did not fill them when they could have just carted the water from the Coen River on demand,” one irate local told Cairns News.

“A lot of the water they tipped into dams just ran out the bottom or the sides.

“The whole project has been blackmailed and threatened by the laughable Land Claim No 1 led by the Cape York Land Council.

“The land council told the Main Roads Minister to give them all the work or they would shut down the job.

“Locals don’t mind the indigenous people getting work but they have stretched their credibility with most people on the Cape with their outrageous demands and prices being charged.

Editor: The MRD has repaired these dangerous dust holes much to their credit and made the road much safer.

 

Vegetation bill makes strange bedmates

Harsh vegetation management laws to be enacted by the State Government have united political identities across the spectrum. Protesters marched on the Gordonvale electorate office of State Treasurer Curtis Pitt on Saturday. Speakers at the rowdy rally of 80 farmers, politicians, indigenous representatives and political aspirants, warned the proposed laws would “shut down” agriculture and make criminals out of farmers if they clear regrowth or vegetation on their farms

Pictured above are L to R, Pixie Hughes, Cape York Sustainable Futures; Cr Brett Moller, Cairns Regional Council; One Nation WA candidate, Rod Culleton; State LNP Member for Hinchinbrook Andrew Cripps and Senator-elect Pauline Hanson.

Pictured above are L to R, Pixie Hughes, Cape York Sustainable Futures; Cr Brett Moller, Cairns Regional Council; One Nation WA candidate, Rod Culleton; State LNP Member for Hinchinbrook Andrew Cripps and Senator-elect Pauline Hanson.

Atherton solicitor Anne English on the doorstep of Curtis Pitt’s office told the rally the new laws turned farmers into criminals by reversing the onus of proof and removing the centuries-old ‘mistaken belief’ principle as a defence if trees are cleared.

Atherton solicitor Anne English on the doorstep of Curtis Pitt’s office told the rally the new laws turned farmers into criminals by reversing the onus of proof and removing the centuries-old ‘mistaken belief’ principle as a defence if trees are cleared.

Indigenous protesters Duncan McInnes, Mareeba and Chairman of the Cape York Alliance Rod Burke

Indigenous protesters Duncan McInnes, Mareeba and Chairman of the Cape York Alliance Rod Burke

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                               Protesters march on Treasurer Curtis Pitt’s Gordonvale office

 

ABC 7.30 Report airs another untruthful story about embattled Cape York and reef runoff

from Jim O’Toole at Cooktown

The highly controversial purchase of the 150,000 acre Springvale Station, 50 klms west of Cooktown by the State Government is refusing to die in the media, in spite of a recent scientific report clearing the Lakeland farming district of any reef runoff from the Springvale river catchment.

Taking advantage of annual coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef , 200 nautical miles north of Cooktown that this year covered a larger than normal area, ABC Television and their usual Green bed mates have wasted tens of thousands of dollars of taxpayers money with false and misleading reports.

Tuesday night’s 7.30 Report hosted by Mark Willacy took the cake.

After lower Cape York Peninsula viewers last year were treated to one of the most misleading reports ever broadcast by the ABC about land clearing at Olive Vale station, 60 klms to the north, WWF head kicker Andrew Picone was joined on the show by Tim Hughes of the South Endeavour Trust.

Local viewers said the story was devoid of fact and an insult to Peninsula farmers and cattle producers who believed comments by Mr Hughes amounted to a “bid for paid management rights.”

“Never let the facts get in the way of a Green story,” another landowner, who asked not to be named, told Cairns News.

Tim Hughes, through the South Endeavour Trust, manages the neighbouring property Kings Plains.

The Trust has 10 properties in its portfolio, purportedly managed by Mr Hughes for ‘conservation values.’

Predictably the ABC trotted out an indigenous group from Laura to visit the seasonal river.

They said members of their community visited the Normanby to catch fish and for recreational camping.

Cairns News can report that some indigenous people regard river beds as rubbish dumps, as the picture below of the nearby Laura River shows.

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Rubbish from an Aboriginal camp site left in the bed of the Laura River

This campsite in the Laura River bed was photographed last year after a group of indigenous people left a mountain of rubbish behind. Beer bottles, food wrapping, an old mattress and disposable baby nappies were strewn about the river bed.

It was not removed and ended up being flushed down the river in the first fresh late last year.

Kings Plains manager Daryl Paradise and Mr Picone claimed a mining application by former Cook Shire Mayor and onetime owner of Springvale, Graham Elmes would silt-up the entire Barrier Reef if mining in the sandy bed of the West Normanby River went ahead.

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The West Normanby River 50 klm west of Cooktown locked up by the State Government to prevent construction of an irrigation dam

Mr Elmes explained that removing gold or tin from sandy river beds is quite common in the Far North.

A large gold dredge was operating in the Mitchell River last year and the rich Palmer River had been extensively mined in this way for 120 years, without any evidence of serious river degradation.

Along with Mark Willacy, who was present at nearby Lakeland three weeks ago when the Great Barrier Reef Water Science Task Force gave the entire catchment area of the Normanby River system a clean bill of health, Mr Hughes seemed to be unaware of this finding. http://www.gbr.qld.gov.au/documents/gbrwst-interim-report-highres.pdf

Chief Scientist for Queensland, Dr Geoff Garrett, who heads the Task Force, told farmers in late May that the study found no measurable runoff coming from the Normanby catchment area that eventually runs into the sea.

This makes the $7m purchase of Springvale a rather spurious acquisition to halt alleged reef runoff.

Most farmers agree the well-improved cattle station, which runs 3500 breeder cattle, was purchased solely to prevent the proposed West Normanby dam site from going ahead.

Prior to the election, the Federal Government allocated $825,000 to conduct a feasibility study for a new dam site to provide reliable irrigation water for the nearby, expanding Lakeland farming district.

A substantial State Government budget allocation was made for the purpose of progressing World Heritage nominations for Cape York Peninsula.

The WWF and ACF have for two decades or more pushed the ALP to nominate the entire Cape for World Heritage, in defiance of the wishes of all Aboriginal communities.

Lying campaign in Kennedy by Liberals spectacularly backfires

by Jim O’Toole in Cairns for the election

Political chicanery and deception by the Liberal National Party handed the nation’s most colourful politician an 11 per cent surge in popularity at Saturday’s poll.

Bob Katter romped it in leaving young Liberal opponent Johnathon Pavetto choking in his dust with 62 per cent of the two party preferred vote against Pavetto’s 38 per cent, representing an 11.4 per cent swing.

A concerted campaign by the Liberals erecting signage at most Atherton Tableland booths claiming a ‘vote for Katter is a vote for Labor and Greens’ spectacularly backfired.

According to LNP sources, two of the Liberals responsible for the false signs, former Eacham Shire Mayor Ray Byrnes and Atherton LJ Hooker franchisee Kevin ‘Rambo’ Ramke will endure a “reaming out” by Johnathan Pavetto and his team members for the failed campaign.

Katter’s booth workers reported hostile comments from voters after viewing the discredited signs then checking the order of preferences on KAP how-to-vote cards.

Heading off the unlawful Liberal signage were advertisements in local newspapers the preceding week featuring the KAP card that clearly showed the party had preferenced the ALP and Greens second last and last.

The thought bubble originating this misleading message began at the 2013 federal election,when the LNP placed large roadside signs in the Atherton district. It nearly cost Katter his seat. This time shrewd voters no longer believed the LNP.

Proforma letters-to-the-editor writers such as Ray Byrnes, Helen Kanak(Dickinson) of Mareeba and Beverly Prescott of Atherton made fools of themselves with their hateful spiel demonising Bob Katter.

Not to be outdone the narrowly re-elected Member for Leichardt, Warren Entsch lambasted Bob Katter on ABC Radio Monday morning for not bringing home the bacon to the Kennedy electorate.

Co-creator of the offensive LNP sign, Kevin Ramke of the LJ Hooker franchise in Atherton.

Co-creator of the offensive LNP sign, Kevin Ramke of the LJ Hooker franchise in Atherton.

Voters saw through the misleading election sign displayed by the LNP at various polling booths on Saturday, returning Katter with an 11 per cent swing

Voters saw through the misleading election sign displayed by the LNP at various polling booths on Saturday, returning Katter with an 11 per cent swing

It seems Mr Entsch, like Mr Katter, does not read newspapers. Two page advertisements placed in regional newspapers by KAP detailed the vast amount of funds for infrastructure and roads that have poured into Kennedy over the past two terms of Parliament, a direct result of Mr Katter’s administration.

For incredulous Leichardt voters, Mr Entsch’s attempt at the pot calling the kettle black must be a slap in their face.

The only significant infrastructure building in Mr Entsch’s electorate over his past two terms has been a $220 million road construction project on Cape York Peninsula.

Member for Leichardt, Warren Entsch, the 'pot calling the kettle black'

Member for Leichardt, Warren Entsch, the ‘pot calling the kettle black’

Mr Entsch omits to mention this funding was put in place by the previous Labor Government Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese.

Election results in the north

Political party pundits and smart university commentators are at a loss to understand the re-election of Katter and the huge resurgence of Pauline Hanson and One Nation in the senate.

Posturing all sorts of theories on radio and television the commentators jump from one lame excuse to another, because these people, just like party pollies, News Ltd and Fairfax reporters, are far removed from reality.

Letters to the editor and comments received by Cairns News and most other notable independent news services for the past several years describe readers’ anguish at being left out of the policy loop, where the embedded bureaucracy make the decisions that the parties simply endorse thus denying any say to electors.

One example is the sovereignty-destroying Trans Pacific Partnership treaty agreed to by the Liberal Government, others are the China free trade agreement, foreign ownership and unbridled immigration.

Islam, publicly embraced by Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy, gave Pauline Hanson a tremendous platform prior to the election. While Islam dominates 15 per cent of the vote in Turnbull’s electorate and 14 others across NSW and Victoria, Turnbull was unapologetic to the nation for kowtowing to Islam, Sharia law and halal.

For Hanson it was manna from heaven.

The two Liberal held seats of Capricornia and Herbert look like going to Labor, but in this case the reasons seem obscure, although both cities of Rockhampton and Townsville have high levels of unemployment thanks to the party duopoly’s destruction of manufacturing and primary industries.

Mr Katter says he has been humbled by the result.

“I thank the hundreds of great Australians who stood outside in the wind, hot sun and in some places cold handing out our How to Vote Cards passionately for Kennedy and the future of their country; and everyone who voted. And I thank my brilliant strategy team who got our key messages out there,” Mr Katter said.

Ketter holds Kennedy with an 11 per cent swing.

LNP candidate Johnathan Pavetto(left).  Katter holds Kennedy with an 11 per cent swing in defiance of a spiteful campaign being waged by the LNP

“But upon this base, if the Australian people have delivered a small modicum of power, that power will be used to create a happy and a prosperous North Qld.

“The financial oppression of the elderly, the struggling abandoned young families will be addressed

“It looks like we’ll be in a very powerful position.

“We will be saying our prayers to the good Lord and we hope we can get enlightenment through to the people who have to date exercised power in Canberra.”

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