Category Archives: Queensland Labor Party
by staff writers
In its generational, ideological war against agriculture the Queensland Labor Party has delivered a final blow to the farming and livestock industries by closing down the state’s two iconic agricultural and pastoral colleges.
Amid a loud hue and cry from farmers and former staff, the state government has removed or stacked boards of management to ensure a fait accompli.
Several weeks ago sources revealed the prized Central Queensland Emerald Agricultural College irrigation farm was leased to a former director of the college’s board of management.
This valuable 360ha (900 acre) farm, which is attached to the college, two kilometres from the Emerald CBD has trained several thousand students over 40 years in the irrigated production of fibre and grain crops ensuring the state can prosper and generate billions of dollars in farm production.
Recently prized horses from Longreach college were offered for sale on Auction Plus.
Former students, now successful farmers have gone on to run their own farms or manage others bringing the latest technology to agriculture and cattle production.
State Member for Traeger, Robbie Katter said the closure of these iconic institutions was a national tragedy, considering their decades-long contribution to the economy by training younger famers to stay on the land to produce food and fibre.
Mr Katter said he is preparing to move against the planned disposal of the two multi-million dollar facilities and with the help of the LNP, force the state government to keep funding them.
Longreach Pastoral College has an international reputation for research and development of rangelands management producing cattle, wool and sheep meat in a semi-arid environment.
The horse production and horsemanship course is managed by Chief Instructor John Arnold whose acclaimed international reputation has drawn students from across the world.
The state government claimed low student numbers this year proved the colleges were no longer relevant to industry, but the seven year drought across much of the state prevented potential students from leaving their family grazing properties to study.
Or did parents have the financial resources to pay for tuition.
The vast Longreach training establishment showcased its 50th anniversary last year when many hundreds of former students converged on the college for a reunion.
At a time when sheep, wool and cattle have broken all previous market indicators the state government should allow and in fact support these institutions for the next generation of farming, instead of portraying farmers as environmental vandals.
The colleges could have paid their way instead the state government siphoned off most of the hundreds of millions of dollars revenue from decades of produce sales into consolidated revenue according to a retired senior manager.
The former manager of student services at Longreach Mr Bill Angus said he had devoted a lifetime steering students into running their own sheep and cattle properties across Australia and without the knowledge imparted by the colleges the ‘brain drain’ from agriculture would have had a serious impact on continued food production.
“Now I fear for agriculture,” Mr Angus lamented.ends
Longreach Pastoral College
Emerald Agricultural College
by Viv Forbes science writer
After four years of blissful ignorance the Queensland Liberal Party spokesman for the Environment David Crisafulli has finally woken up to the crocodile menace in North Queensland.
He obviously has been listening to Katters Australian Party Member for Hill Shane Knuth who has championed human rights over animal rights by wanting to eradicate dangerous saurians across the north.
God help us, crocodiles could also provide economic benefits for indigenous people of the forgotten north.
Crisafulli told the ABC in Cairns today he now believes something should be done about the explosion of crocodiles in the north.
Perhaps the Townsville floods which saw dozens of large salties roaming along roads, under houses and in backyards terrifying flood victims and their rescuers gave him and the hopeless Liberals a pang of conscience.
He says there should be no safari hunting or “nonsense like that” which might give “a few people a nice warm and fuzzy feeling.”
Tell that to the several thousand people who live in communities on Cape York Mr Crisafulli who are threatened by monster crocs on a daily basis.
These languishing people would be most grateful for an industry of any kind.
Mr Crisafulli has no idea that traditional hunting rights allow indigenous people to take crocodiles for meat and skins and there is not a thing his urbane political party can do about it.
If community members conducted guided hunting of large crocs a new and viable tourist industry would emerge from the economic doldrums of Cape York.
Unfortunately the Liberal Party, like Labor has its head stuck up its South East rear end and can’t see the forest for the trees, of which there are many millions on Cape York.
Is it any wonder the Queensland Liberal Party will never again rule the state in its own right.
If women are left defenceless then they need self-protection. Pepper sprays, electric prods or handguns have been used in the United States for decades with very few reports of misuse. Heavy penalties apply if misused.
Many centuries of Common law gives us the right of self-defence, but the corporate political parties have denied honest citizens to use force against force.
The political parties claim they own our children and they will protect them and naturally us the parents. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Television news yesterday was awash with the funeral of the young girl, Aiiwa Maasarwe murdered in Melbourne by a young indigenous man. Could she have survived if she had some means of self-protection?
Probably because the conditions for self-carry are to have undertaken a rigid firearms handling course before getting a licence, but if it is widely known that women legally have a means of self-protection, such as a gun or mace then the attack most likely would not have occurred.
How many more women have to be murdered before the political party quislings take action?
ALP suggests college infrastructure should be converted to camps for illegal immigrants
Milk does not originate in a bottle from Coles or Woolies Mr Furner!
from Viv Forbes
The enemies of the bush (resident in green-and-pleasant Brisbane) want to close the Queensland pastoral colleges in droughty Longreach and Emerald.
It’s time for the Feds to act – slash spending on the climate alarm and climate tourism industries and use the money to save these threatened colleges.
For too long tax payers have watched federal agencies like CSIRO waste money on climate models that do not work, on carbon accounting that is not needed, on never-ending climate jamborees, and on re-invention of “carbon farming”.
Our great pastoral industries need trade-skilled people with relevant academic knowledge. They do not need lectures from city academics in green uniforms who are often hostile to rural industry.
Farming parents would prefer their taxes were spent on local colleges educating their sons and daughters in practical skills rather than sending them to the coast to learn how to smoke pot, drink beer, buy ice and follow the green religion.
Our rural food bowl is far more important to Australia than all the tax-supported climateers with their dodgy science, biased forecasts and green propaganda.
The Marxist Queensland Labor Party intends to close the famous Longreach Pastoral College and the Emerald Agricultural College after receiving a negative report on the future of rural training from the notorious ALP stooge and socialist, Professor Peter Coaldrake. The dumb Minister Mark Furner sat on it until early December, hoping its release would get caught up in Christmas madness and pass unnoticed.
Furner further suggests the college buildings be used for accommodating illegal immigrants and refugees, including Muslims. This slap in the face for the hard-pressed rural sector struggling to find trained recruits after enduring years of drought comes from an totally urbanised, socialist, Marxist Labor Party Government which prefers to pass laws allowing doctors to kill unborn babies.
It also heralds the ALP plan to flood the country with unwanted and often subversive immigrants from Muslim countries, at the instruction of the United Nations.
The agricultural sector could die out completely which would suit the Labor traitors.
Katters Australian Party Queensland leader Robbie Katter has foreshadowed legislation to counter the ALP closure plan.
Port Arthur false flag did the damage
In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
56 million defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control:
You won’t see this data on the evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.
Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.
Take note fellow Australians, before it’s too late!
The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.
With guns, we are “citizens”. Without them, we are “subjects”.
During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!
If you value your freedom, please spread this message to all of your friends.
-from former Senator Len Harris
Editor: Recent research shows Katter’s Australian Party is the only political party in the country which supports the abolishment of long arms registration and no restrictions on ammo sales.
Letter to the Editor
Liberal Member for Warrego urges ALP mates to remove Katter’s staff
The ongoing lies of Ann Leahy must be addressed. The Member for Warrego goes on like a broken record with her false claims the KAP preferenced Labor over the LNP at the last election. A simple fact check by visiting the Electoral Commission Queensland website, where all how to vote cards from the last election are recorded, puts Ann Leahy’s favourite fantasy to bed and exposes her willingness to deceive the public. Clearly the 22 LNP staff just aren’t enough when it comes to undertaking a simple fact check. I have requested a meeting with Ms Leahy so I can assist her on how to read how to vote cards.
As far as her reference to the KAP undertaking a ‘sweet heart deal’ with Labor at the previous Parliament, the Member for Warrego forgot to mention the fact the LNP also offered this so-called‘ sweet heart deal’ to the KAP. It’s also important to remember it was Peter Wellington who gave Labor government, not the KAP.
Ann Leahy receives $60,000 a year over and above her MP entitlement – for being an opposition spokeswoman. Apparently this isn’t even enough for get together facts right, but it is enough for her to spend a huge amount of time attacking the KAP rather than the government. Nice work if you can get it Ann. Being so flush with cash it would only be fair to highlight what Ms Leahy has done for her electorate and regional Queensland. Well, we all know not a single LNP member has introduced a Private Member’s Bill in this Parliament.
However, Ms Leahy did attend a hearing of an estimates committee that wasn’t her own in Brisbane and achieved…absolutely nothing. While she was busy achieving nothing in Brisbane, KAP members were out in our electorates. Of course it is a matter of record that the KAP, with support from Billy Gordon, blocked the Labor government’s vegetation management laws in the previous parliament.
Ann Leahy’s only impact on Queensland has been to ensure other regional MPs lost four staff and reduced their ability to help regional Queenslanders. The LNP’s voting record on rural issues, rather than the KAP, has been more closely aligned with the Labor Government such as the Dairy Bill, Rural Development Bank and the Budget from the previous parliament. Well done Ann, regional Queensland salutes you for all of your great work.
-Rob Katter, Member for Traeger
from Tracey Leigh
Broken election promises and inaction on recommendations from the Lemon Laws inquiry of 2015 are hurting Queensland ‘lemon’ vehicle owners badly. It is costing consumers and the State economy in the millions as rogue manufacturers and dealers continue to thrive and grow.
A ‘lemon’ is a vehicle—including a car, caravan or other recreational vehicle, or motorbike—that is severely defective, often dangerous and has often had multiple repairs but is still defective. This leaves the owner financially, emotionally and often physically in a very bad way.
The Australian Consumer Law is supposed to protect consumers but it doesn’t when it comes to expensive products. Regulators are supposed to protect consumers but they don’t and say they can’t. Rogue businesses exploit loopholes in the ACL, breach other laws and never get fined or prosecuted.
The Paluszek Government could have resolved this problem in 2016, after they accepted most of the recommendations of the Lemon Inquiry Report. They didn’t do a thing. All they agreed to do is fob it off to the ACL review process, which is yet to conclude some two years later.
They also made an election promise in March to increase the QCAT limit from $25,000 to $100,000. The majority recommendation in the Lemon Inquiry report is no cap but $100,000 is better than no change. Queensland lemon vehicle owners are still waiting. I am one of them. How much longer?
The consumer losses are in the multi millions and all governments around Australia are protecting the perpetrators. They fiddle while Rome is burning. The financial losses are one thing, but the losses in life are quite another. So many new vehicles are dangerous, there are no product safety laws, recalls are often too late and there have been few, if any, prosecutions.
Governments are paying lip service to consumer protection while in fact protecting the perpetrators. The wheels of government grind very, very slowly while consumers continue to suffer. The Queensland Government is a prime example of lip service and inaction after initiating an inquiry and getting consumers’ hopes up that there might be change.
The problem goes much, much deeper. Product safety statistics are quite horrifying. ACCC reports 4.5 million products recalled (including the Takata air bag disaster, with no prosecutions to date); half of all Australian households are affected by unsafe products; a minimum of ten consumers a day are injured by faulty products; and cars, caravans and camping products are listed as key culprits.
How does this happen if there is an effective consumer protection regime? It doesn’t and is evidence that the ACL and consumer protection is fundamentally flawed in Australia, while governments choose to protect the perpetrators and abandon consumers by not enforcing the laws that are already there.
Walk the talk Premier Paluszek. Or have more blood on your hands. You would think they might learn after the Dreamworld disaster but the Queensland government appears to be a slow learner.