KAP Leader, Robbie Katter said it’s quite clear major businesses and government are closely aligned with China, after the ACCC cleared the way for China Mengniu Dairy to takeover Lion’s dairy and drinks portfolio.
“Unlike Australia, China’s government looks after the Chinese people first and foremost,” he said.
“It’s no secret that they have an insatiable appetite for our goods and industry and when it comes to their interests compared to ours, of course we will lose.
“Governments have proven time and again that they are less than willing to correct that imbalance.”
The State Member for Traeger said it was a bad outcome for the nation’s dairy farmers.
“While foreign investment is nothing new to the dairy industry, it still remains a characteristic of the government culture in Australia,” he said.
Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter said he was sick of the blood sucking Sydney suits selling their country out.
“They get their 30 pieces of sliver for selling their country but I am certain they will rot in Hell,” Mr Katter said.
“The government is a joke. It’s not a government. It doesn’t bear any resemblance to a government.
“They are not reflecting the will of the people. The only will Australia’s governments reflect is the one they see in the mirror.”
Mr Katter said he was taking his fight against the foreign takeover of Australia to the Parliament; just last week he introduced the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Amendment (Strategic Assets) Bill 2020.
KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has expressed his outrage at the sheer audacity of the supermarket giants, following today’s announcement that Coles has been banned for three years from advertising that its bread was made or baked on the day it was sold.
Coles has also been ordered to display a Federal Court Notice in its stores and on its website, telling consumers that it had broken Australian Consumer Law by falsely advertising bread products as “freshly baked” and “baked today”.
“It is extraordinary that Coles would advertise the bread as ‘fresh’ when it was made, partially baked then frozen some months earlier overseas,” Mr Katter said.
“Why would they do this? As the great economist John Quiggin said, “Because they can”.
“The supermarket giants here live in a world where they get whatever they like.
“There are only two people to sell to and two people to buy from, then obviously you have a situation which is disastrous for food producers.
“This is a colossal blow and essentially serves notice that the public of Australia have reached the end of bovine acceptance that ‘free markets will be good for us all’.
“A free market is when corporations feel free to ‘mark it up’ to whatever price they feel like it”.
“The Federal Government said we have to compete on the world market; our Australian dollar is dangerously high, our interest rates are the highest in the world and in other countries around the world farmers get nearly 40% of their income from the Government,” Mr Katter said.
“The LNP has been in power 13 of the last 18 years and they are in power now; their only proposal to reign in the supermarket giants control is through deregulation of trading hours.
“This proposal contained in the Government’s review of competition law (Harper Competition Review Draft Report) only strengthens the hands of the supermarket giants, and will completely wipe out whatever is left of the independent sector.
“The AC Neilson series tracked the supermarket giants’ growth at consistently 2% annually, accumulating a market share of 76.2% in 2002.
“The supermarket giant’s own annual reports to shareholders demonstrate market share growth of 2% annually. The Australian Bureau of Statistics in 1998; also had the supermarket giants on an annual growth of 2%.
“This judgement today confirms that we need to head off the untrammelled greed of the supermarket giants. If not, farmers and the future of our Australian agriculture are doomed,” Mr Katter said.
The Court is yet to decide whether to fine Coles, which faces penalties of up to $3 million.
6 December 2013: KAP Federal Leader and Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has congratulated the ACCC after WoolColes voluntarily agreed to limit discounts linked to supermarket purchases to a maximum of 4 cents per litre.
For 18 months the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been investigating whether the fuel-saving offers, known as shopper dockets, from Coles and Woolworths have been decreasing competition.
“A massive congratulations to the ACCC, this is the first time in 30 years that Woolworths and Coles have been restrained.
“They have hunted with gay abandon and the buffalo are almost extinct.
“But let us not wallow in a fantasy of victory.
“This is just slowing down a remorseless destruction of family owned business in Australia,” said Mr Katter.
This week, the Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Markers Association cite ACCC data which indicates that 1000 independent service stations have closed in four years.
“The shopper-docket campaign was strangling the market and crushing competition.
“We have been warning Australians for years that if left unchecked the supermarket giants will spread their tentacles into all aspects of retail, trampling and decimating competition and then they will be free to charge every-day Australians whatever they wanted for bread, milk, hardware, liquor, fuel etc.
“There is no other country on earth, which would enable two chains to control close to 90% of the food market in the country.
“This is the first time that WoolColes has been slayed down,” said Mr Katter.
Earlier this year, Mr Katter introduced laws to Parliament to qualitatively reduce the stranglehold of the supermarket giants on Australia’s grocery retailing and food production; this would reduce the market share of all retailing giants to a maximum of 20 per cent each year within six years, with a Food Retailing Commissioner ensuring compliance.