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TPP corporate colonialism – Katter asks for Senate support to overturn TPP

6 October 2015:

katter-for-farmersFederal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter today called the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) the greatest blow to democracy in 300 years, saying that it amounted to nothing more than a new form of Corporate Colonialism.

“This agreement is not about trade, it’s about sovereignty,” Mr Katter said.

“Governments will now be stripped of their power to regulate the behavior of overseas companies.

“Companies will be able to come here under certain terms and conditions and no Government will be able to change those without fairly horrific consequences, if at all.

“It takes away our sovereignty and hands it over to the giant foreign owned corporations.”

Mr Katter expressed concern over the foreign workers who would be let into the country under the TPP agreement.

“Foreign workers will pour in and they are already at high levels, there are 600,000 foreign workers a year coming into an economy creating only 200,000 jobs a year.

“They are taking our jobs and undermining our pay and conditions, and there’s nothing we can do about it.

“Once in place, withdrawing from the TPP will ensure the wrath of countries infinitely more powerful than our own.

“The Americans have imposed this regime upon South and Central America, reducing them to some of the lowest living standards in the world.”

Mr Katter said that he was deeply disappointed with Prime Minister Turnbull, this being his first major initiative since taking the office.

“Mr Turnbull’s background is very much associated with a merchant banking company who’s preeminence in both the Bush and Obama administrations is a matter of public record.

“These are people who make money out of money; they do not make money out of producing goods and services.

“I absolutely believe we are now retreating back to the days of colonialism, the only difference being that it is Corporate Colonialism and not Imperial Colonialism.

“We will be fighting the TPP and have forwarded a letter today to all Senators pleading with them not to turn the control of their country into the hands of foreign corporations.

“We will be moving for the Treaty’s disallowance as soon as Parliament resumes,” Mr Katter said.

GILLARD/RUDD LET 120,000 ILLEGALS FLY IN

Thursday, 7th August 2014

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, recently returned to the fray over concern that news sources are being threatened by the Gillard Government.

GILLARD/RUDD LET 120,000 ILLEGALS FLY IN

 

In an astonishing Fairfax report, compiled from freedom of information documents, an estimated 120,000 illegal entrants flew into Australia between the years 2008 and 2013… and they remain here on fake passports and false documents.

The majority of illegal fly-ins are on fraudulent student visas and work permits and they departed mostly from Middle Eastern hot spots, including Afghanistan, under the auspices of people smugglers.

Perhaps Sarah Hanson-Young might be convinced to call these people illegal immigrants? Hmmm, no. Sarah will shed another tear while she describes them as more desperate refugees escaping persecution.

The SMH complains that. “… they arrive unchecked while the Government focuses on stopping boats.”

In a comprehensive lead article not once is it mentioned that illegal arrivals on both boats and planes began and continued under the Gillard/Rudd regime.

Fairfax continues, “The confidential Immigration Department files reveal repeated internal warnings over several years that widespread visa fraud is ‘business as usual’ yet remains largely untreated because the department’s investigation and enforcement capacity had collapsed.

“… an internal inquiry into Afghan visa applicants in 2012 assessed that more than 90 per cent of cases contained fraud of some type and raised people smuggling, identity fraud, suspected child trafficking and national security implications.

“Also, a 2010 report reveals that immigration investigators had uncovered a Somali people-smuggling cell in Melbourne linked to terrorist suspect Hussein Hashi Farah, who ‘is believed to have links to the al-Qaeda offshoot al-Shabab’ and who fled Kenyan counterterrorism officials using an Australian passport in 2010.

“But the departmental file shows that a 2009 investigation into the cell’s activities was deemed low priority and ceased due to a lack of resources”. Hmmm, 2009? Again no mention of the responsible Government of K. Rudd.

* “Tens of thousands of immigration fraudsters living freely after being assisted by migration crime networks exploiting weaknesses in working, student, family and humanitarian visa programs, including loopholes that have left the department sometimes ‘generating the fraud’.

* “The (immigration) department is ‘responsible for granting a record number of student visas to people who may not be considered genuine students as well as granting permanent residence to skilled migration applicants who do not have the appropriate skills being claimed.

* “In 2013, department chiefs were warned in a confidential report that the agency’s investigations arm had collapsed, risking the integrity of its programs and ultimately national security.”

Hmmm, let me think, I’m almost certain that was under the Gillard Government.

Fairfax continues, “A 2010 report into a Somali people-smuggling network stated that despite evidence pointing to multiple breaches of the Criminal Code Act and the Migration Act, the department had secured only one minor prosecution. Media attention and three PMQs [prime minister briefings] on this issue have not been enough for the government to address this situation, the immigration file states.

“Another 2010 report states that evidence uncovered to date indicates that fraud within the General Skilled Migration program is extensive with estimates at around 90 per cent [or] more than 40,000 suspect visa applications lodged per year for the last three years.”

And still no mention of the culpable governments of Gillard’s or Rudd’s.

Oh well, I guess that’s our culpable Fairfax.

Bob Katter’s role in the 43rd Parliament

This document has been prepared to communicate to the Kennedy electorate on Bob’s time in the 43rd Parliament, however, it is a public document and as such provides a good reference to all interested parties on Bob’s last three years in office.

I encourage you all to click on the link below and download this retrospective on Bob’s time in the 43rd Parliament.    

Please feel free to also forward this email to your networks or in replies to enquiries.

http://www.bobkatter.com.au/your-member/43rd-parliament-a-retrospective.html

It covers:

·         How Bob voted
·         Major projects in the 43rd parliament
·         Bills introduced into parliament
·         Questions without notice
·         Motions in the house
·         Big issues in the 43rd parliament.

It also has a number of photos from the 43rd parliament