Category Archives: Rob Katter

Katter will vote against euthanasia laws

Statement from Robbie Katter MLA regarding proposed Euthanasia Legislation

I am opposed to euthanasia law reform in Queensland.

While myself, and my Katter’s Australian Party colleagues plan to review the Queensland Law Reform Commission’s report into the subject as well as the legislation that will be introduced today, it is highly likely we will be voting against it based on principle.

I am of the belief that creating and preserving life is, and should remain, the most primary endeavour of our society and our governments should reflect this. 

Leader of Katters Australian Party Robbie Katter does not support euthanasia or abortion laws

It was a dark day in Parliament for all three state KAP MPs when Labor’s limitless abortion laws passed in 2018, and those celebrating in the House caused us even more concern. 

While I understand there is great complexity and emotion around issues of life and death, we do not believe the legalisation of suicide (even with the strictest of conditions) is the answer.

The need for a better focus on and improved funding for palliative care services for all Queenslanders through a purpose-built palliative care system has been overlooked as part of the debate around end-of-life.

Palliative Care Queensland, the peak body representing the sector, has decried that current funding arrangements equate to only about 1 per cent of the overall State health budget.

This is grossly inadequate to meet the care needs of dying Queenslanders and their loved ones.

They have requested an additional investment of $275 million per year – around $53 per person – to directly improve the quality of life for terminally-ill Queenslanders of all ages.[1]

Further, in a state with a myriad problems that are as fundamental as access to critical health services like dialysis, CT scanners and mental health support for rural and regional patients, I find it perverse that we are having this debate as those issues continue to fester.

Death will come to us all and it is never easy, but all Queenslanders, including First Australians who overwhelmingly abhor the idea of legalising euthanasia, deserve far better than this.

[1] https://palliativecareqld.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/PCQ-QLD-Requirements-for-New-Investment-to-Transform-Care_Nov-2020-1.pdf


Woke culture in curriculum being forced onto young students places too much emphasis on Black Lives Matter

All lives matter – time for more parents to start home schooling

Albert Facey’s autobiographical tome A Fortunate Life would become required national reading in Years 7, 8 or 9 as part of the Australian Curriculum in a proposal floated by the KAP to prevent the further “woke” ideological indoctrination of today’s youth. 

The draft changes to Australian’s national education doctrine were revealed last week and have led to heated debate.

The new national plan, which must be signed off on by the state and territory governments, effectually cancels any positive mention of Judeo-Christian tradition and frames the birth of modern Australia as an inhumane, colonial conquest that has led to continued Indigenous dispossession and oppression.

KAP leader Robbie Katter warns the new national educational doctrine is anti-Christian, promotes a false portrayal of Australia’s early history and fosters Islam

Islam is mentioned in the new curriculum eight times, but Christianity just five. Liberalism, the West’s defining ideological principle since the 17th century, is hardly mentioned at all.[1]

However the KAP said there was one quick fix that would create some balance – introducing Albert Facey’s poignant, and quintessentially Australian, book.

KAP Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter said few youth of today would be able imagine the hardship the author, born in 1894 in Melbourne, had faced and overcome in his life.

Albert Facey’s father died when he was two, then his mother deserted him. He started work aged eight and being denied an education, grew up illiterate but later taught himself to read and write. [2]

He survived Gallipoli but lost two of his brothers there and suffered terrible pain because of injuries he sustained. He married and had a family, but one of his sons died in World War II.

Despite all this, the retired pig and poultry farmer decided to term his life story A Fortunate Life when he sat down at his kitchen table to write it in the early 1970s.

Mr Katter said contemporary Australia was so far removed from the reality of lives like Albert Facey’s, even though he was around until just a few decades ago. 

“Mr Facey’s book is one I read when I was young and something I have revisited over the years – it is an incredible story and a very good lesson on perspective that many of us could do with these days,” he said.

“History is not for those who have an ideological agenda, and it is not there to be twisted to indoctrinate our kids – it is for remembering in all its complexities and learning from.

“Young Australians are being perpetually taught to be ashamed for simply existing, whether the topic is climate change and their involvement, racism or some other systemic inequality – they are being falsely led to believe the world has never been in a worse state and it’s all their fault.”

Mr Katter said Albert Facey was a self-described “Labor man” who believed the party stood on the side of the workers.

“I am not sure what he would think of the Labor party we have today,” he said. 

The KAP believes the book should become mandatory reading for English students in Years 7,8 or 9 – while the book is sometimes currently used in schools, it is not mandatory.

The Australian National Curriculum serves as a framework for all Australian educators and students, but the new draft curriculum has been publicly criticised for being ideological and abstract. Further it proposes to delay teaching primary school kids core maths concepts, and places a greater focus on sex and relationship education in the early school years. 


[1] https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/how-the-west-was-airbrushed-from-history/news-story/9eedf4d5fbe09bf83c7355b0a6b6dc1c

[2] https://journey-and-destination.blogspot.com/2015/12/a-fortunate-life-by-ab-facey-1894-1982.html

Games bid by bankrupt Qld Labor will hit regions hard

Regional health, road and bridge network crisis will suffer even more

Katter’s Australian Party MPs have described the $1 billion redevelopment of south-east Queensland’s Gabba stadium, announced today as part of the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games bid, as “gluttony of the highest order” that will further entrench neglect of Queensland’s regions.

The terrible condition of the regional Queensland roads and bridges network will suffer even more when the ALP tries to fund a spurious Olympic Games bid. The Barron River bridge at internationally-acclaimed tourist destination Kuranda near Cairns, is under repair but engineers say it has passed its useful life like most other road bridges of similar vintage in the State . Another regional crisis thanks to the hopeless Labor Party.

Despite state debt levels rising to around $130 billion in the next four years, the Palaszczuk Labor Government is pushing on with pre-emptive and extravagant social infrastructure spending in preparation for glitzy event.

Brisbane has not yet been officially awarded the 2032 Olympic Games, however the International Olympics Committee (IOC) named the city its preferred host city in February.

It’s understood the plans for the Gabba are contrary to the IOC’s proposal to use existing facilities to reduce host city costs, and that Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is still waiting for the Prime Minister to confirm what federal funding will be provided for the proposed event. [1]

The cost of hosting the Olympic Games is notoriously unpredictable, and budget blow-outs well into the billions are normal.

The upcoming Tokyo Olympics is expected to cost at least $15.4 billion. [2]

KAP Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter said while the Olympics were a wonderful event that most people loved to watch; Queensland’s already precarious economic position meant there was little joy to be had in taxpayers having to stump up the costs.

“I don’t want Queenslanders having to live through the next 12 years of deficits in hospital and road funding, education investment or any other services needed west of the Great Divide,” he said.

“There is actually a health crisis in rural and regional Queensland but that doesn’t seem to be a priority for the Government, their priority is hosting a big party in 10 years’ time that almost no one else in the world wants the responsibility of holding.

“This is not the panacea of prosperity for the people of Queensland, it is re-building from the ground up our core industries across the entire state and starting with the regions.”

[1] https://inqld.com.au/insights/2021/04/20/wheels-within-wheels-inside-the-delicate-balance-behind-our-olympic-venues/

2 https://apnews.com/article/tokyo-coronavirus-pandemic-2020-tokyo-olympics-japan-olympic-games-3c46bce81928865d9aae0832b5ddd9e3


[1] https://inqld.com.au/insights/2021/04/20/wheels-within-wheels-inside-the-delicate-balance-behind-our-olympic-venues/

[2] https://apnews.com/article/tokyo-coronavirus-pandemic-2020-tokyo-olympics-japan-olympic-games-3c46bce81928865d9aae0832b5ddd9e3

Chinese military heading for Daru Island and the Torres Strait

LNP and Labor trying to attract foreign investment at the expense of our own industries. The LNP’s love affair with China is getting more intense

Katter’s Australian Party is demanding an immediate response and action from both State and Federal Governments regarding a Chinese company’s multi-million-dollar plan to encroach on territory 3 klms from Australia’s northern border.

Robbie Katter warns the State and Federal Governments they must act to halt this dangerous militarisation of the Torres Strait. China wants to build a $39 billion complex on PNG’s Daru Island 3 klms from Australian waters. Naturally the Chinese being honorable people would never think of making the proposed port and industrial facility a military installation. Their so-called fishing boats are equipped with the most sophisticated surveillance equipment available today.

Hong Kong-registered company WYW Holding Limited has lodged plans to build a new city on Papua New Guinea’s Daru Island, just kilometres from Australia’s border, which would include a seaport, resort and business and commercial zone.

It follows the revelation just three months ago that PNG signed a memorandum of understanding with a separate Chinese company to assess establishing a multi-million-dollar fisheries park on Daru.

“The PNG Government is saying it doesn’t know anything about the plans to build a city on Daru, but a letter was addressed to Prime Minister James Marape early last year from the Chinese company involved, and the Government is saying it won’t stop a big foreign investor from coming in and benefiting the locals,” KAP Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter said.

He condemned the plan as disgraceful and demanded a response from the Palaszczuk Government on whether it would advocate against the proposal.

“This is outrageous and I want to hear from our State Government as to whether it will advocate against this emerging encroachment on territory so close to our border,” he said.

Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter had called on the Foreign Minister to intervene and will use the next parliamentary sitting to ask the Federal Government what it’s doing to protect the region, known as one of the world’s busiest shipping routes and location of strategic importance to Australia and PNG.

Chinese warships could be a familiar sight in northern and eastern Torres Strait if the PNG Government allows them onto Daru Island

In the drawn-out wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Robbie Katter said it was essential that all levels of government committed to stabilising Australia’s assets and building up the sovereignty of the nation.

Last September, Mr Katter condemned the Federal Government’s preposterous plan to give foreign companies tax breaks to invest in Australia, claiming it would leave local industry dead in the ditch.

“I am appalled and flabbergasted by Peter Dutton’s announcement to offer enticements to foreign investment rather than save dying local businesses in our own backyard,” he said at the time.

“The KAP has been urgently calling for incentives and subsidies to ensure the survival of local industries, particularly manufacturing.”

The same month, the KAP called on both State and Federal Governments to pressure the Foreign Investment Review Board to stop the sale of now-liquidated Queensland mining company CuDeco Limited to China.

KAP intends to raise the issue of WYW Holding Limited’s plans to build a city on Daru Island when Parliament resumes at the end of the month.

 

Fruit rots in north Qld while 20,000 live on Jobseeker

Going to waste – citrus fruit rotting in a north Queensland orchard because of a government-induced labour shortage.
Bob Katter exposes 20,000 jobseekers available to pick fruit soon to rot on the ground

By EDITOR, CAIRNS NEWS

NORTH Queensland MP Bob Katter has sounded the alarm about a massive undersupply of fruit picking workers in his electorate, despite the fact that some 20,000 people in the same region are on the Jobseeker allowance.

Katter has called on the Minister for Agriculture and Acting Minister for Immigration to intervene immediately to help provide an estimated 15,000 farm jobs available in the Cairns hinterland region in a few weeks, during the peak season. Fruit on orchards in the region is already dropping off trees and rotting on the ground.

Katter says there are similar figures elsewhere in Queensland which is prompting the industry to question why their fruit is being left to rot when thousands of idle workers are receiving the dole.

“The Government’s response to Covid-19, whether good or bad, has left us with a serious lack of willing workers in north Queensland which is impacting industries that hold our communities together,” Mr Katter said.

“The Minister needs to explain why fruit is being left to rot on the ground in far north Queensland when there are 20,000 people in the area on Jobseeker allowance.”

Mr Katter has suggested a three-prong approach to alleviate the worker shortage problem:

  • Abandoned, cyclone damaged, resorts to be renovated and used as quarantine hubs for incoming overseas workers.
  • Remove the mandatory quarantine requirements for incoming workers from Samoa and Vanuatu, where there is no Covid-19 transmission.
  • Nationalise the social welfare job allocations, which has been run disastrously since it was privatised.

“The privatisation of human services and job allocation has been disastrous for jobs because it means these people can get away with doing nothing whereas they couldn’t before. There’s no accountability now,” he says.

“Whether it is Mackay mining contractors, farmers in Tully, or Taxi drivers in Cairns or Townsville, the complaints are coming in from everywhere and the Government is left with no alternative – the Department of Human Services needs to be back under government control.”

Mr Katter has spoken to numerous farming organisations that have supported his call for intervention, particularly in lifting the restrictions on South Pacific Islander workers and the reignition of backpackers to fill the jobs.

“I’m told that the Pacific Islands are Covid-free, and north Queensland is Covid-free. So why are these workers being forced to quarantine here at the cost of the farmer?

“The farmers I have spoken to are simply asking for the restrictions on South Pacific Islanders to be lifted like with New Zealand which allows a reliable coming and going of the workers.

“Under normal circumstances, the backpackers comprise 50 per cent of the fruit pickers in north Queensland which is a region that produces 20 per cent of Australia’s fruit and vegetable supply. But due to border closures, the number of backpackers available is dwindling by the week.”

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Qld Nationals long gone, only Liberals wearing Akubras remain

LNP in love with Greens. Queensland as we know it will disappear

The LNP’s gifting of preferences to the Greens ahead of Labor should come as no surprise but is nonetheless the final death knell on the former National party’s allegiance to rural and regional Queensland, Katter’s Australian Party Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter has said.

“The Liberals have well and truly won over the old Nats; and these are Liberals who appear hell-bent on selling their souls,” Mr Katter said.

Speaking on the confirmation by Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington that the LNP would preference the Greens above Labor in all 93 Queensland seats at the upcoming State Election, Mr Katter said there had been no real Nationals in Queensland politics for a long time.

Robbie Katter warns the LNP that giving Greens their preferences will see a Greens minority government which will stop all development

“In the interest of playing politics and boosting their chances of taking office in the tower of power on George Street, the LNP has betrayed everyone outside south-east Queensland,” he said.

“The LNP’s former leader Tim Nichols best stated why the LNP should put Greens last and the KAP agree with his reasons completely.

“According to Tim, and the reasoning for which he provides very publicly on social media and the internet, the Greens are: anti-jobs, anti-farmers, anti-small business, anti-property rights, anti-school choice, anti-health choice, pro-death duties, pro-carbon tax, pro-higher electricity prices and pro-more government intervention.”

“Can the Opposition Leader tell us why she thinks that Tim Nichols is wrong, and why her path is right?

“Why does she disagree that the Greens are anti-jobs?

“Why does she think that the Greens are not anti-farmers and small business?

“Why does she give support to a party that is pro-carbon tax, pro-higher electricity price and anti-coal?”

Mr Katter said while he understood the age-old rivalry between the major parties, the LNP’s decision to effectively back the Greens during what has been heralded the most important State Election in decades was narcissistic and reckless.

He said it was likely both Labor or the LNP would need to seek support from the cross-bench to form government after October 31, and that handing extra seats to the Greens could be the end of Queensland as we know it in a balance of power situation.

“The fact is that the LNP is a Brisbane party and it is not surprising that it has all come to this,” he said.

“We already know that the LNP will not support financially coal-fired power stations and that the LNP voted against a motion that the KAP pushed for, which called on governments to treat coal the same as renewables,” Mr Katter said.

“The LNP Member for Callide Colin Boyce put the interests of his electorate first and shocked us all last month when he voted with the KAP, One Nation and Jason Costigan against the mining commissioner/reef approvals legislation, which is even more lead in the saddle for miners and farmers.

“However it was the LNP who ignored the interests of regional Queensland and pandered up to the inner suburbs of Brisbane once again.

“This will be the last straw for many long-suffering LNP supporters who have put up with the LNP’s drift away from its values and its supporters to the point that it is now unrecognisable.

“What we need to know is what else the LNP will give away.

“We know that Labor is ready to pander to the extreme Left if needed; but now it would appear we have much of the same from the Opposition too.

“The LNP are ‘cityslicker wolves in sheep’s clothing’, and they should be ashamed to show their faces north of the Sunshine Coast.”

Mr Katter said the KAP had always put the Greens last on its how-to-vote cards and would do the same in the 2020 Queensland Election.

“If people want to be certain that they are putting Greens last and voting for a party which will not deal with the Greens, they should look to the KAP,” he said.

Premier Palaszczuk, Jackie Trad and Warren Entsch do not give a damn about the Far North; let it burn!

Updated

These politicians refuse to partition North Queensland from Coronavirus

Far North Queensland Coronavirus tally stands at 19 confirmed, imported cases in Cairns and Hinterland

Gun shops in Qld and WA closed

 

 

Cairns ALP MP Curtis Pitt has jumped into line with Comrade Premier Palaszczuk(left) opposing the separation of North Queensland to prevent any more Coronavirus infections from the Brisbane hotspots. Pitt also opposes forming a separate North Queensland state

 

These politicians don’t care if North Queenslanders live or die from Coronavirus. Top left to right:  Deputy Premier Jackie Trad; Federal Liberal Member for Leichardt(Cairns) Warren Entsch and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. While the Far North has only 21 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, now is the time to shut the gate.

Speaker of the House and Member for Mulgrave (Cairns) has joined the ‘hate North Queenslanders’ throng by opposing the annexure of North Queensland to keep out Coronavirus.. He told the ABC the boundary being suggested by KAP leader Robbie Katter and many others is the proposed boundary for the new State of North Queensland. Therefore he opposes it. There is no doubt voters who survive the epidemic will remember this if they get to vote again.

These disingenuous politicians do not give a damn about North Queensland. In spite of urgent calls from the medical profession, local government, residents and politicians, Comrade Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Comrade Deputy Premier Jackie Trad refuse to separate North Queensland from the Coronavirus hotspots of south east Queensland.

Member for Traeger, Robbie Katter has demanded the State Labor Government cut off North Queensland at Marlborough, Central Queensland before any more infected travelers from the south afflict an as yet  largely healthy population.

Close the gun shops

Instead a terrified State Government responded by ordering the closure of all gun shops.

Northern gun dealers have reported record ammo sales and an unusual spike in gun sales.

But the horse has bolted. Gunshops are on their last stocks of ammunition and if the Labor Party thought hoarding dunny rolls was awful, they had better remember there are more than 600,000 registered gun owners in Queensland and at least another100,000 unregistered.

Queensland gun dealers have reported record sales because the public have been terrified by the controlled media about further lock-downs and martial law. Governments would do well to recognise there are more than 600,000 registered gun owners in the state and around 100,000 unregistered owners. The hoax has been imposed upon the west by a wily China whose Coronavirus ‘epidemic’ might not be all that it seems according to independent reports and videos getting out of the communist state.

Rolling out the army to keep tabs on those quarantined with Coronavirus has now branched into the military manning road blocks on all entrances into Cape York Peninsula, west to Kowanyama and south at the Gulf Developmental Road turnoff at 40 mile scrub, about 45 minutes south of Mt Garnet.

All of these roadblocks will be situated in Bob Katter’s electorate of Kennedy.

Has anyone heard if the federal government has sought permission from the Governor General to declare martial law?

Some politicians are more caring about North Queensland than the urbane Labor Party of the south east.

North Queensland Federal Members Michele Landry, George Christensen, Phillip Thompson and Senator Matt Canavan have backed Bob and Robbie Katter’s demand to separate the northern part of the state before there are any more infections.

 

These worthwhile Members have much more on their minds than the next state election which the Labor Party is predicted to lose.

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.

Watch out for rabies-infected flying foxes

State KAP Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter has implored human health and safety be prioritised, calling for the potentially life-saving treatments given to anyone scratched or bitten by a flying fox to be readily available in flying fox hotspots.

 Mr Katter wrote to Townsville Hospital Health Service chief executive Kieran Keyes after a concerning incident on December 26, 2018, whereby a 12-year-old Charters Towers boy was scratched in a local park.

Flying foxes are in plague proportions in north Queensland causing incalculable damage to fruit crops and infecting humans and horses with rabies.

 The boy was initially seen at the Charters Towers Hospital but was later sent to Townsville where he was treated with rabies immuno-globulin and a course of rabies vaccine in order to prevent the Australian Bat Lyssavirus.

 Following this media reports were circulated that the boy had to travel to Townsville because the treatments were not readily available at the Charters Towers Hospital.

 The THHS released a social media statement saying rural hospitals like Charters Towers had the rabies vaccine, while the rabies immunoglobulin was stored at the Townsville Hospital and could be couriered out within 48 hours, or the patient could go and get it in Townsville.

 Mr Katter said this just wasn’t good enough.

“Charters Towers’ issues with flying foxes are long and documented,” he said.

 “For a long time the State Government’s attitude to helping us deal with the flying foxes has been to create awareness of any of the health risk they pose.

 “I am very aware of how dangerous the Australian Bat Lyssavirus can be and also know that following a scratch or bite, every hour delay in getting those vaccines administered is a risk.”

 Mr Katter said while it was estimated only around 1 per cent of flying foxes carried the virus, this was large number when you considered the plague proportions they were in at times in Charters Towers.

 “Just over a year ago we had 200,000 bats in the centre and across the town – that could be 20,000 bats carrying a deadly virus in extremely close proximity to people and their homes,” he said.

 “I don’t intend to be alarmist, but it is common sense to me that, in rural places like Charters Towers and Ingham where bat populations are high, these vaccines should be available on the ground.

 “If it is a matter of budget, then the State Government needs to make sure it is providing enough funding to cover any costs that the hospitals accumulate to ensure these treatments are available when and where they are needed.”

 

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.

 

ALP running scared of new NQ state

Katter’s Australian Party says a $70 billion rail proposal for south east Queensland is a slap in the face to North Queenslanders and supports the argument for North Queensland to break away and become self-governing.

 The KAP says the State Labor Government is looking at pie in the sky proposals to save itself at the next state election, funded by the resurgence in coal prices and the likely start of the giant Adani coal mine.

 KAP State Leader and Member for Traeger, Robbie Katter wants $250,000 allocated by the State Government to look at the economic, legal and cultural elements of a separate state in North Queensland.

Robbie Katter pushing hard fo a new state of North Queensland before the south east corner wipes out the north

 “I bet this Government is spending a lot more on supporting the Jeff Horn/Anthony Mundine fight later this year in Brisbane, than the $250,000 requested to map out the costs and benefits of North Queenslanders being able to govern themselves,” he said.

 “This Government has brought out the Adani credit card and is starting to spend the coal royalties, the great bulk of which come from North Queensland.

 “We do not want to see progress stopped in south east Queensland but fair go – what about the North?”

 “We don’t want $70 billion. We just want to see a better allocation of government investment in infrastructure, human and natural resources.

 “The first step is $250,000 to map out a plan. Queensland Rail spent $500,000 on organic soap and toiletries in 2017, so we are not asking for much from this government to prove that the North can stand on its own two feet.”

 Mr Katter said respected demographer Bernard Salt had said as far back as 2010 that North Queensland had a case for secession. He said that case was even stronger today.

 Mr Katter said the combined gross regional product from the economies of Townsville and Cairns was around $25 billion – the same as Tasmania, run by its own State Government.

 “Even without Adani, combined mining royalties in Queensland generated in the North is about $5 billion and that money should flow to the North. It isn’t,” he said.

 “This Government is spending over $500,000 on trade missions overseas every year; millions on promoting boxing matches in Brisbane and at least $30 million to try and attract the Hollywood film industry here.

“The $250,000 we are seeking is a drop in the ocean.

 “Why is the Premier so scared of this independent study proceeding? The answer is she knows that it will prove the case for North Queensland to make its own way.”

 Mr Katter said previous work done by Queensland Treasury estimated the gross domestic product for someone living in the north west of the state was $186,502 per person compared to $63.631 in the south east, yet the flow of investment back into the regions doesn’t reflect this.