Category Archives: Queensland Labor Party

Qld Fire Services Minister bungles fitness test failing 2500 firemen

from CN Townsville bureau

Queensland’s hapless Fire and Emergency Services Minister Comrade Craig Crawford recently ordered the State’s permanent firefighters to undergo a rigorous fitness test but discovered to his horror three quarters of the 3,337 seasoned firies failed.

Just two of 56 recruits who passed the new testing regimen and progressed to the paid 16 week  training course were women.

Bungling Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford sets bar too high failing more than 2500 permanent fire fighters in a fitness test

Senior firemen say the test was devised to weed out female recruits. Last year only 24 of 148 new recruits were women.

The upgraded physical testing procedure includes a beep test, aerobic fitness, muscular strength and endurance assessments.

The high level of fitness failures sits astride the refusal of more than 17,000 volunteer rural firefighters to apply for a working with children blue card.

Volunteers say they are more interested in saving lives and property from bush fires than playing footsie with the Marxist policies of the QFES, Comrade Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Craig Crawford, who happens to a be a former ambulance driver from Victoria.

The attempted hijacking of the volunteer Rural Fire Service by the QFES has created widespread disharmony and many thousands of potential resignations from the RFS.

Recently, Crawford was asked by a volunteer to provide any contract between the QFES and individual volunteers. He was unable to do so, consequently the corporate QFES is legally unable to take over the RFS.

Gone Batty: “KAP announces ‘Bat Re-Stocking’ Proposal

19 February, 2020

KAP ANNOUNCES “BAT RE-STOCKING” PROPOSAL

Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) has today offered to devise a plan to safely export hundreds of thousands of Queensland flying foxes to New South Wales with no option for “return to sender”, as part of a proposed “Bat Re-Stocking Program”.

Rob Katter MP Outside Sunset Lawn Cemetery Mt Isa which has been a bat house for years

The announcement follows the news that hundreds of bats were flown on a private plane for care at Queensland’s Australia Zoo following the recent NSW bushfires, and that local populations on the ground were likely to have taken a hit during the natural disaster.

It also follows an announcement by Australia Zoo that its ‘flying fox intake’ had sky-rocketed by 750 per cent due to the effects of drought in Queensland, followed more recently by the import of bats to Queensland affected by the NSW/Victoria fires.

While obviously a tongue-in-cheek proposal that should in no way been taken too seriously, the KAP is using this opportunity to call for some common sense to be injected into the way the State Government and Queensland communities handle flying fox populations.

KAP Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter said for too long Brisbane had failed to acknowledge through legislation the effect huge populations of flying foxes are having on the towns they inhabit.

Regional communities across Queensland have in recent months been battling with plague proportions of flying foxes, with hundreds of thousands of the animals roosting in urban towns like Charters Towers, Townsville, Ingham, Cairns and Mount Isa at any one time.

More recently, new reports circled that SEQ was also expecting a “flying fox invasion” of upto 600,000 bats, highlighting that no community is immune to the unsustainable numbers seeking refuge in urban areas.

Mr Katter recently made the Minister for Environment and Science, Leanne Enoch, aware of the bat import situation.

He has called for the Minister to detail if the State Government supported the import of bats from interstate and also asked her to clarify if any state money had been spent on the exercise.

Mr Katter said he has no personal issue with flying foxes, but believes it is ludicrous that Queensland’s Nature Conservation Act 1992 has enshrined their rights to the point that their well-being is routinely being prioritised ahead of people.

He said the latest news of the import of bats to Queensland was a symbolic slap in the face to the communities which have been battling plague proportions of the animals for weeks, months and in some cases, years.

Premier Palaszczuk to legislate against the Bradfield Scheme with ‘pristine rivers’

Drastic changes to the Lake Eyre Basin Management Plan, proposed by the Queensland Labor Government under new “Pristine Rivers” legislation, could crucify future development in north and western Queensland, Katter’s Australian Party MPs have warned.

 Environment Minister Leanne Enoch announced a review into the basin’s management plan just before Christmas, saying the “proposed framework will increase protections for streams and floodplains in the Queensland section of the Lake Eyre Basin”.

The Marxist Queensland Labor Government is set to legislate pristine rivers which will prevent drought proofing Queensland and halt the Bradfield Scheme

 Feedback is required by late January, but the public is not allowed to participate in this process.

 KAP State Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter said the secret proposal, the details of which have so far only been shared with invited stakeholders, could lock up almost of third of Queensland and make much of the state’s prime mining and agricultural land untouchable.

 He said the misguided move, aimed at shoring up Labor’s green credentials in Brisbane ahead of the 2020 State Election, would also rip away all economic opportunities open to a vast portion or rural and remote Queensland.

 “The Labor Government has time and time again smashed regional, rural and remote Queensland with legislation that suits them in Brisbane but rips opportunity and autonomy away from us,” Mr Katter said.

 “So far this term they have given us the reef regulations and the tree-clearing laws, all because of the need to keep feeding the green monster in Brisbane.

 “Now this ‘Pristine Rivers’ proposal is their third attack, and it’s being launched ahead of the election campaign.

 “All the KAP can say on behalf of these northern and western areas is that we are sick of being the sacrificial lambs to win Green votes in Brisbane.

Queensland Premier Comrade Annastacia Palaszczuk is set to legislate against the Bradfield Scheme to gain Green votes in this year’s state election

 “There is nothing to stop the State Government right now adjudicating on any development, mining or otherwise, that is inappropriate in an area or detrimental to the environment.

 “This is regulation for regulation sake, and like the tree-clearing laws it will be politically-based and centred around flimsy science.”

 Mr Katter said it was ludicrous to think that the Labor Government, which is presiding over a huge deficit and high unemployment rates, would put a blanket ban on development across large section of the state.

 “Quite frankly, Queenslanders need a new deal for the regions because the current state of affairs is simply not good enough,” he said.

 “If they want a fight on this, I will say bring it on because the KAP will give them one.”

 KAP Member for Hinchinbrook Nick Dametto said, if the proposed changes were to go ahead, Queensland could never be drought-proofed.

 “We have heard a lot of talk over the last few months from the major parties about their plans to ‘drought-proof’ Queensland,” he said.

 “If this ‘Pristine Rivers’ legislation gets up, you can kiss that goodbye.

 “You can kiss goodbye: any style of the Bradfield Scheme ever taking off, any chance of drought-proofing Queensland and any chance of building an agricultural sector on the other side of the Great Dividing Range which would help western Queensland prosper.”

 The KAP said it believes the current review and the “Pristine Rivers” proposal was a broad re-hash of the previous, controversial Wild Rivers legislation that was first introduced by Premier Peter Beattie in 2005.

 The party has called on Premier Palaszczuk to make the Lake Eyre Basin Management Plan proposal available to the public, and to extend the timeframe allowed for consultation.

Bushfires and drought to help depopulate the bush making way for smart cities

Is the directed energy weapon used to make way for an infrastructure of “smart cities” in Australia?

L’arme à énergie dirigée est-elle utilisée pour faire place à une infrastructure de «villes intelligentes» en Australie ?

More than 1000 homes destroyed by wildfire

A Laser beam destroyed the bonnet of this car.

Source photo : Copyright © 2019 Lockheed Martin Corporation

by Guy Boulianne in Montreal

“Our fiber lasers operate with an efficiency that generates less heat and exists in a smaller housing allowing easier integration into various defense platforms. Our ALADIN laser has been operating in the field for two years without the need for realignment, proving both the deadliness and the reliability of our solutions. ”

– Dr. Rob Afzal, Senior Researcher, Sensors and Laser Systems

A theoretical, and entirely legitimate, question arises when we seek to perceive the truth among the scraps of information that we receive every day from the traditional media: is the directed energy weapon secretly used to make room for “smart cities” infrastructure in Australia? A directed energy weapon emits energy in a desired direction without the need for a projectile. It transfers energy to a target for the desired effect. The desired effects on humans may or may not be lethal.

In addition to its use on people or as a potential missile defense, directed energy technology has also been shown to stop or disable moving cars, drones, jet skis and electronic devices such as cell phones. An electrolaser allows (thanks to the laser) that the blooming occurs (forming a channel / path of ionized air of conductor), then sends a powerful electric current through the channel / path of plasma formed in the direction of the target, much like lightning. It works like a giant version of the Taser or a high-energy electric pulse pistol over a long distance.

“Now is the time to send directed energy weapons to the battlefield. The Army recognizes the need for directed energy lasers as part of its modernization plan. It is no longer a research or demonstration effort. It is a strategic combat capability, and we are on track to get it into the hands of the soldiers. ”
– Lieutenant-General L. Neil Thurgood, Director of “Hypersonics, Directed Energy, Space and Rapid Acquisition”

On December 11, 2019, Julie Kern wrote on the Futura-Sciences site: “The fires in Australia do not seem to be ending. It has been almost five months since the beginning of August that the country of kangaroos burns everywhere. The regions of New South Wales and Queensland are the most affected. More than three million hectares have been devastated by the flames in these two regions. Currently, 87 homes are still active covering a perimeter of more than ten kilometers. They are essentially  bush fires which progress quickly and produce a lot of smoke which suffocates cities like Sydney. The fires also damaged precious ecosystems that house endangered animals, and more than 684 homes were consumed by the flames. Despite the emergency, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has not declared a climate emergency in his country. ”

On December 22, 2019, the Sky News reported the Prime Minister’s words that there were “many other factors” than the climate change responsible for the fires that killed at least nine people.
“There is no argument, in my opinion, or from the point of view of the government, and any government in the country, about the links between the broader issues of global climate change and weather events around the world – but I I’m sure people would also recognize that direct connection to a single fire is not a credible suggestion. ”

The “official” news continues to say that the fires were caused by high heat and drought due to climate change and high winds. According to these sources, the earth has become so hot that the trees and grass have caught fire or is so dry that fires have spread over the grass and passed from one house to another even if the grass and brush between the burned houses was still green. For too hot soil, it should be at least 172 degrees C. (341.6 F.) as this is the temperature at which the hay burns (which is drier than the grass) and between 190 and 260 degrees Celsius (374 to 500 degrees F) for wood depending on the type and condition of it. In addition, warmer weather should bring more rain as more water is drawn from the ocean, creating clouds of rain. In the Contracts for Weather Control document, you can read at the bottom of page 13 how HAARP disperses storms and can create winds up to 70 mph.

The order of the day is to convince people that global warming is real in order to gain their acceptance to lose their rights and to shape their lifestyles into a single dictatorial world government.

https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/cities/Sustainable-Development-Goal-11.aspx

Although the fire map is not evidence of the use of directed energy weapons, it is strange that almost the entire continent burns at the same time, around the same time that California burns. Australia has had bush fires before, but not nearly as much and at the same time. Mainstream media continues to blame climate change for the hot, dry conditions. As noted above, it must be at least 374 to 500 degrees F for the wood to start burning. (Chemtrail Planet)

“Our beam control technology enables equivalent accuracy when firing a beach ball from the top of the Empire State Building to the San Francisco Bay Bridge. ”

– Paul Shattuck, Director of Directed Energy Systems

 

MyFireWatch – a collaboration between Landgate and Edith Cowan University:  www.myfirewatch.landgate.wa.gov.au.

Presumably, directed energy weapons appear to be used in California and Australia.

Planning for 5G  “smart cities” in Australia

High view to Hyde Park, Sydney at night Driven by cutting-edge technology and infrastructure, smart cities have progressed, embraced a future concept and are now becoming a reality, with the Australian government initiating a new plan to “transform cities and regional sites ”. The “smart city plan” will include new mechanisms to monitor and control society through technology, including intelligent management of infrastructure functions, ground and air sensors, surveillance with facial recognition, “Sustainable projects” and more.

Many systems are already there, and over the next decade, regions of the country are expected to interconnect to create a national 5G smart grid controlled by advanced biometric technologies. By 2021, the number of devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to double, and one major development that is already happening around the world to respond to this increase is the “smart city revolution”.

Using information and communication technologies, a “smart city” aims to provide personalized and intelligent services to residents, businesses and, most importantly, authorities. A smart city is officially defined by international standards as:

“Efficient integration of physical, digital and human systems into the built environment to provide a sustainable, prosperous and inclusive future for its citizens. “(ISO PAS 180, 2014).

A smart city uses data from IoT devices and sensors, widely used by artificial intelligence systems, to improve the city’s service experience, using “smart management” of resources to mitigate problems such as congestion, crime and pollution. Common themes found in smart city designs include: CCTV cameras with facial recognition capabilities, “smart lights” and LED sensors, pedestrian trackers, city movement monitoring systems and “ environmental analyzes ”to understand air quality such as dust, pollution and temperature.

The technology to create this type of smart city is already available and used around the world, including bins that compost, street lights that darken when not needed and light up when pedestrians pass, moment sensors and apps advising live data and much more.

Closure of Emerald and Longreach agricultural colleges raises the ire of industries

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.

In the federal election KAP senate candidates visited Longreach Pastoral College gathering information in an effort to stop its closure

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smUDaQ7_pFc

Emerald Agricultural College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxAFYLmqc6c

 

Get rid of foreign green snakes in the grass

by Viv Forbes science writer

Poor policies are taking Australia into tough times.

There are four priorities for the coming election.

Firstly: Decimate the Foreign Green Snakes in the Grass.
The climate/emissions obsession started with unelected foreigners in the UN and the IPCC who drafted deep green agendas to be imposed via elected Federal, State and Local governments. Australia must immediately withdraw from the Lima/Paris/Kyoto agreements, reject the 2030 Agenda, and repeal all the green tape they spawned. This costly mess creates no measurable climate or environmental benefits.

https://saltbushclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/four-priorities.pdf

Secondly: Build more Reliable Base-Load Power Stations.
Green extremists want to destroy the carbon energy that powers our industries, supports our life style, funds our welfare and provides our jobs. They want to take us back to primitive green energy that can never support modern civilised life.

We have played with weather-dependent wind-solar toys for too long. They will never power an advanced economy, nor will they lift poor nations from poverty. And they provide no demonstrated benefits for the climate, the landscape or consumers. All taxes, subsidies and energy targets that prop up unreliable intermittent energy must be abolished.

Thirdly: Build More Dams and Weirs.
Much of our continent cycles between droughts and floods. Both problems have the same solution – catch and store flood waters. The oceans are never short of water, but our land often is.

Finally: Fight Fire with Fire.
Every dry season we lose homes, properties, livestock, parks and wildlife to massive bushfires. There is only one solution – copy aboriginals and graziers and use small, managed, early-season fires to remove flammable ground litter. This will require landowners and local fire-fighters (not urban greenies) to manage fuel-reduction burns.

We must fix these four issues. Stop draining Australian money to support foreign agendas and the bloated UN bureaucracy. Let’s help Australians instead.

Qld Liberals finally wake up to northern croc danger

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.

Crocs terrifying Townsville flood victims could have given the Liberals a pang of conscience to back KAP member Shane Knuth’s push to remove crocs

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.”

This three and a half metre croc claimed the back yard of an Ingham resident during the floods

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 the right of self-protection means carrying a gun – so be it

 

Editorial

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 still hates the bush by its rush to close rural training colleges

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.

Students learning sheep husbandry at Longreach Pastoral College, est 1967. It and the Emerald College will be closed down by the Marxists of the ALP. The hopeless Minister for Agriculture, Mark Furner, a former senior union organiser and senator, knows nothing about the rural sector or from where his next meal will originate. Furner is a typical union hack, not unlike Bill Shorten who infest our parliaments just like termites in a nest or flies on a carcase. Pic -ABC

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.

Agriculture Minister mark Furner, a former ALP senator, union organiser now farm eradicator, wants to shut down the State’s multimillion dollar rural training colleges and fill them up with Muslim refugees

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.

Editor:

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.

 

Stricter gun control supported by fascist Qld government

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.

The socialist Queensland Labor Government soon will impose restrictions on ammunition sales. Police Minister Comrade Mark Ryan also proposes to allow only minimal purchases by licenced shooters for only the calibres listed on their licence. Cairns News advises shooters to buy up as much as you can as soon as you can.

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.

Ann Leahy the clueless member for Brisbane

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.

Ann Leahy’s lies have again caught up to her this time she claims KAP preferenced the ALP at the last state election. The poor silly woman should take reading and comprehension lessons. She would discover KAP voters have the option of preferencing either ALP or Liberals, in contrast to the Liberals which preferenced the ALP in several seats.

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

Palaszczuk government throws lemon car owners under a bus

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.

Annastacia Palaszczuk has dumped pre-election promises to protect consumers from lemon cars and consumables

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.

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