5 April 2016 The Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter thanks Alan Jones for throwing his support behind the workers of Queensland Nickel (QNI).
“We welcome the news that Alan Jones will be coming up to chair the meeting,” said Mr Katter.
This is the first meeting organised by the workers. It will be held at 1:45PM, Monday, 11 April at The Ville Casino in Townsville.
Mr Katter has called on the State and Federal governments, business leaders and the workers to assert themselves at the meeting:
“Workers need to demand a worker’s buy-out or some other approach to get QNI reopened,” said Mr Katter.
“The business leadership in Townsville must step forward and organise a prominent business group to provide comfort for a government coming in with a guaranteed loans scheme and discomfort for any of the politicians not backing a buy-out scheme.”
“There must be action from the State ALP members and the Federal LNP and Senators to help us here. I’ll be the first to encourage and applaud them if they step forward and fight for their people. Come on fellas!”
“When you’ve got 2000 families in the electorate staring down the gun barrel of bankruptcy or near bankruptcy, it is your responsibility to get off your tailbone and do something about it.”
Mr Katter said this meeting is an opportunity for the workers to say what they want:
“There were 40 or 50 of the workers at the leadership meeting that I attended and I saw in them a determination in them to fight.”
“Fellas, ladies we can win this. But we can only win this as a community who stands up and fights.”
“The first people who need to stand up are the workers and I would plead on bended knees to a quarter of those workers who I represent, and to the concerned people of the town to attend Monday’s meeting.”
Queenslanders living in an economic backwater
19 January 2016: Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has written to the Prime Minister today urging him to intervene in the situation concerning Queensland Nickel, owned by a Clive Palmer company and provide bridging finance to the company until the market recovers.
The company employs nearly 1,000 direct jobs and according to Mr Katter is now in grave jeopardy unless the Government intervenes.
Mr Katter said in his letter to the Prime Minister that the industry was going through the standard ‘boom and bust’ cycle.
“For the past fifteen years the price of nickel has averaged $25,000 per year, it is now $8,000 per year.
“China is suffering a normal ‘boom and bust’ cycle; minerals live with a ‘boom and bust cycle’.
“Nickel is used in the production of stainless steel and in turn these alloys are used in the production of many electronics, power tools, transport and emergency power supplies.
“Nickel is of immense commercial value. Its long term outlook is solid.
“World bank projections are for $20,000 per tonne within the next few years,” Mr Katter said.
Clive Palmer says the placing of Queensland Nickel into receivership has “nothing to do with me.”
Mr Katter said that in the 1980s the Queensland Government had no hesitation in providing a loan guarantee for $40 m (the equivalent of nearly $100 m now) to get Queensland Nickel running.
“The tax revenue from an operation bringing, we are informed $800 m per year, generates a tax revenue of at least $200 m.
“The loss of one of the bigger nickel refining plants in the world would be yet another blow to the North Queensland and Australian economy.
“Last year we saw the closure of Australia’s last motor vehicle plant and white goods plant.
“There is not the slightest doubt that the Australian people believe that they are, or will very soon be, living in an economic backwater.
“We urge immediate Government action to assist this situation, put in place strict guidelines, and provide bridging finance until the market recovers,” Mr Katter said.
Big Clive is on the ropes. His Sino iron ore project in Western Australia has all but collapsed leaving Chinese partner Citec holding the bag for more than $1 billion. Iron ore has slumped to about $50 a tonne and going down, down, down.
The same company has Clive in court for borrowing $12 million from the joint account to pay for the federal election. He has only one senator left.
Keep your nose out Clive, you are just a spoiler. You got rid of ‘Campbell can’t do’ so leave the poor deluded electors alone and do something constructive for your country.
Labor benefits from Green and PUP preferences
by Robert J Lee
Coal seam gas and open cut coal mining on the way to Cape York
Clive Palmer and the Greens share first place for screwing up the chances of Independents and the Katter party winning seats at Saturday’s election. The hopeless nitwits of the Greens, usually off in weed-induced fairyland actually believe their fruit-loop Senators or other parliamentary members will do something about halting the coal seam gas scourge that is ruining water supplies and some of the best farm land and in Australia.
Christine Milne, Tasmania – Janet Rice, Victoria – Rachel Siewert, WA
Scott Ludlum WA – Penny Wright, SA – Lee Rhiannon, NSW
Richard di Natale, Victoria – Larissa Waters, Queensland
Pictures: Some of the Malthusian Green Party Senators clambering for Queensland taxpayer’s funds
But the Queensland Greens Party is primarily after the lucrative $2.90 per vote handed out by the Queensland Electoral Commission, compliments of the taxpayer. The Greens how to vote card gave closet CSG supporters, the Labor Party number two. Conversely the ALP card did the same. Most of the arm draggers of the Greens are too stupid to know their megalomaniacal idol and one-time Premier, now American citizen Peter Beattie actually started CSG in Queensland when he handed out hundreds of exploration permits to foreign CSG companies ten years ago. Beattie, of course was handsomely rewarded for his efforts and has a share portfolio that would be the envy of Macquarie Bank.
At an anti-CSG meeting Bob Katter told Cairns News 12 months ago he had presented a Bill in Federal Parliament to place a moratorium on CSG exploration and drilling until its environmental effects could be properly assessed by competent authorities. This Bill has been widely publicised. Where are the Greens? What has Queensland Green senator Larissa Waters ever done to stop CSG. Nothing!
It is now overwhelmingly apparent the pagan Greens have no interest in halting the CSG industry. The party’s claims of helping the environment fly in the face of reality.
The ETU, CYLC, Balkanu and Bill Gordon
The Electrical Trades Union claims it dispatched 6000 of its drones from Melbourne, Tasmania and New South Wales to converge on polling booths and towns across the state. In the electorate of Cook that stretches from the PNG border to Mareeba(60klm west of Cairns), ETU minions adorned with their red Billy Gordon(ALP) T shirts clutching ‘no sale of assets’ green signs assisted indigenous candidate and now Member for Cook Bill Gordon with his election campaign. The ETU assailed the inhabitants of Thursday Island, Bamaga and Aurukun with their presence and dominance at pre-polling centres in communities across the top of Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait. What policy deals have been done between the ETU, Bill Gordon, the Greens and the dodgy Cape York Land Council and its business arm, Balkanu, are not yet evident.
What is evident however, in true ALP style, is that a bus load of indigenous rent-a-vote people was seen arriving at the Mareeba pre-polling centre to vote, evidently for Bill Gordon. How this crowd was able to bypass the new identification requirement of the Electoral Commission is not yet known.
The sad part of the Cape York Peninsula result is that rank-and-file Aborigines, duped by the CYLC and Balkanu believe that their plight might change with the election of CLYC puppet, Bill Gordon. Nothing could be further from the truth. When in government the ALP shut down the Peninsula with Wild Rivers and other Green ideology. The ALP and then the LNP allowed the CYLC and Balkanu to manipulate communities and their leaders, depriving them of funds intended to lift the living standards of its languishing people.
The federal government handed self-appointed indigenous leader Noel Pearson $22 million for his pet school curriculum, that none of the communities seem to want. If that was not enough the Liberals dished out a further $8 million to another of Pearson’s private companies for a training program.
The Greens have demonised coal mining, the backbone of the Queensland economy, claiming runoff from coal mining, hundreds of kilometres inland, somehow finds its way to the Great Barrier Reef, more than 50 kilometres off the coastline. The Environmental Protection Act disallows run off from any mine site and according to independent geologists, seldom occurs.
The brain-dead Greens know little about the importance of thousands of years of soil run-off during the wet season. This important natural occurrence provides the sediment for upper estuaries, nurturing mangroves and fish breeding grounds. The Greens omit to mention that Gladstone Harbour, like other coastal ecosystems has a permanent oil slick. Shale-oil runoff from Kerosene Creek and shale-oil beds along the upper reaches of the Calliope River seep into the waterways that feed Gladstone harbour. This has been occurring for several thousand years, ever since the shale oil beds formed.
What will these knuckleheads do about this natural phenomena?
Sarah Hanson Young, SA – Adam Bandt, Vic MHR – Peter Whish Wilson, Tasmania
Pictures: Some of the arm-dragging Green Neanderthals
Palmer gets wrecker of the year award
Clive Palmer should get the wrecker of the year award for standing candidates in 50 seats, neutering the KAP and independent candidates. PUP’s best result was eight percent, predicted by most observers who said PUP would not gain one seat. Palmer has turned out to be the secret weapon of the Labor Party. He did not care if he trashed KAP or independents, he just wanted the LNP and Campbell Newman’s scalps. But he took votes from those independents with similar policies to PUP, caring less about the economic fate of business or households.
Should Palmer’s antagonism towards the Liberals not dissipate over the next three years, and if he has the financial resources, can we expect a similar fiasco next time around?
Palmer United Party senator Lazurus says internet “greatest threat to our existence”
Terror laws clear Senate, enabling entire Australian web to be monitored and whistleblowers to be jailed
Date September 26, 2014
Deputy technology editor
Terror laws enabling internet monitoring clear Senate
Australia’s spy agency could soon have the power to monitor the entire Australian internet after new anti-terrorism laws passed the Senate on Thursday night.
Australian spies will soon have the power to monitor the entire Australian internet with just one warrant, and journalists and whistleblowers will face up to 10 years’ jail for disclosing classified information.
The government’s first tranche of tougher anti-terrorism bills, which will beef up the powers of the domestic spy agency ASIO, passed the Senate by 44 votes to 12 on Thursday night with bipartisan support from Labor.
Attorney-General George Brandis praised the laws being passed. Photo: Andrew Meares
The bill, the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014, will now be sent to the House of Representatives, where passage is all but guaranteed on Tuesday at the earliest.
Anyone – including journalists, whistleblowers and bloggers – who “recklessly” discloses “information … [that] relates to a special intelligence operation” faces up to 10 years’ jail.
Any operation can be declared “special” by an authorised ASIO officer
The senate voted on the bill on Thursday night.
This also gives ASIO immunity for criminal and civil liability in certain circumstances.
Many, including lawyers and academics, have said they fear the agency will abuse this power.
Those who identify ASIO agents could also face a decade in prison under the new bill, a tenfold increase on the existing maximum penalty.
The new bill also allows ASIO to seek just one warrant to access a limitless number of computers on a computer network when attempting to monitor a target, which lawyers, rights groups, academics and Australian media organisations have condemned.
They said this would effectively allow the entire internet to be monitored, as it is a “network of networks” and the bill does not specifically define what a computer network is.
ASIO will also be able to copy, delete, or modify the data held on any of the computers it has a warrant to monitor.
The bill also allows ASIO to disrupt target computers, and use innocent third-party computers not targeted in order to access a target computer.
Professor George Williams of the University of NSW has warned previously the bill was too broad.
And, unlike the government’s controversial plans to get internet providers to store metadata for up to two years, the bill passed on Thursday allows for the content of communications to be stored.
Most groups that had complained about the new bill also said they feared its disclosure offences went too far, with the Australian Lawyers Alliance saying they would have “not just a chilling effect but a freezing effect” on national security reporting.
Attorney-General George Brandis did not seek to allay their concerns on Thursday but said that, in a “newly dangerous age”, it was vital that those protecting Australia were equipped with the powers and capabilities they needed.
When the bill passed on Thursday night, he said it was the most important reform for Australia’s intelligence agencies since the late 1970s.
On Wednesday afternoon, Senator Brandis confirmed that, under the legislation, ASIO would be able to use just one warrant to access numerous devices on a network.
The warrant would be issued by the director-general of ASIO or his deputy.
“There is no arbitrary or artificial limit on the number of devices,” Senator Brandis told the Senate.
However, Senator Brandis did say on Thursday that the new bills did not target journalists specifically, despite concerns from media organisations that they would be targets.
The new legislation instead targeted those who leaked classified information, such as the former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, Senator Brandis said.
“These provisions have nothing to do with the press.”
Despite this, Senator Brandis refused to say whether reporting on cases similar to Australia’s foreign spy agency ASIS allegedly bugging East Timor’s cabinet and the Australian Signals Directorate tapping the Indonesian president and his wife’s mobile phone would result in journalists or whistleblowers being jailed.
The Australian Greens, through Senator Scott Ludlam, put forward an amendment that would limit the number of computers ASIO could access with one warrant to 20 but it failed to gain support from Labor or the government.
Speaking after the bill passed, Senator Ludlam told Fairfax Media he was disappointed.
“What we’ve seen [tonight] is, I think, a scary, disproportionate and unnecessary expansion of coercive surveillance powers that will not make anybody any safer but that affect freedoms that have been quite hard fought for and hard won over a period of decades,” Senator Ludlam said.
“I have very grave concerns about the direction that the Australian government seems to be suddenly taking the country.”
Independent Senator Nick Xenophon and Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm also put forward amendments that would protect whistleblowers but these did not gain enough support either.
The legislation, which also covers a number of other issues, addresses many of the recommendations of a joint parliamentary inquiry into Australia’s national security laws.
After concerns were raised by Labor and Senator Leyonhjelm, the government agreed to amend the legislation to specifically rule out ASIO using torture.
“ASIO cannot, does not and has never engaged in torture,” Senator Brandis said.
The Palmer United Party was also successful in amending the law so anyone who exposes an undercover ASIO operative could face up to 10 years behind bars instead of one.
“The internet poses one of the greatest threats to our existence,” Palmer United Party Senator Glen Lazarus said, speaking out against Senator Ludlam’s amendment.
The Australian Greens voted against the bill, slamming the new measures as extreme and a “relentless expansion of powers” of the surveillance state.
Senator Leyonhjelm and Senator Xenophon also opposed the legislation, as did independent Senator John Madigan.
One of the amendments put forward by Senator Xenophon would have required ASIO’s watchdog, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, to report publicly each year on how many devices ASIO accessed.
But Labor and the government voted against it, with Senator Brandis saying it “would not be appropriate” to report figures as it would reveal information about ASIO’s capabilities.
The legal changes come amid growing concern over Islamic State extremists in the Middle East and terrorism threats at home.
Islamic State (also known as ISIL) has ordered followers to target civilian Australians.
In less than a week, police in two states launched the biggest counter-terrorism raids in Australia’s history, and shot dead a known terrorist suspect after he stabbed two officers in Melbourne.
A second anti-terrorism bill targeting foreign fighters was introduced in the Senate on Wednesday and will be debated next month.
These changes have opposition support and would make it a criminal office to travel to a terrorist hot-spot without a reasonable excuse.
A third bill enabling the collection of internet and phone metadata for a period of up to two years for warrantless access by law-enforcement and spy agencies will be introduced later this year.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO DANCE WITH THE DEVIL?
from Larry Pickering
Bemused climate disciple Al Gore does not know if he has been punched, bored or drilled.
A report out of Canberra today insists Clive forked out $200,000 to have Al Gore pretend he supported Clive’s carbon tax policy. To be honest that Canberra report is the only thing that makes sense of a very unusual Press conference and one of the craziest spectacles yet pulled by Clive. Is Gore that much of a whore?
Well, Clive certainly wants everyone to love him and Al certainly charges $200,000 per engagement, so why wouldn’t they both get together to promote the opposite of what each “passionately” believes in?
Gore’s global warming myth took its final swan dive yesterday as he stood, stoically red faced, supporting Clive’s dumping of a carbon tax and burying of an emissions trading scheme while Clive busily pretended he was green for a moment.
Will Penny Wong and Fred Nile be calling a joint Press conference today maybe?
Of course our reliably Left Press gallery didn’t think it was all that disingenuous of Al Gore to support the reverse of his global warming mantra because it might have been the final nail in the coffin of their favourite hoax.
16 August 2013
Katter and Palmer parties reach preference deal.
Katters Australian Party (KAP) and the Palmer United Party have negotiated a preference agreement for the Federal Election.
Both parties have agreed to exchange preferences above the major parties for the House of Representatives in the Federal Election.
The two parties are independently standing together against the might of the major party duocracy that serves its own interests over the best interests of all Australians, who for too long have been taken for granted by the major parties.
The agreement has been reached in the spirit that all parties must work together on preference outcomes to deliver the best outcomes for Australian voters.
The two parties are pitted in a ‘David and Goliath’ battle against the major parties who believe they are born to rule.
Both parties continue to negotiate independently regarding Senate preferences.
For further comment from Palmer United Party, please contact Andrew Crook on 0419 788 431
For more information from Katters Australian Party, please contact Rob Katter on (07) 3267 7799.
The latest news from eccentric millionaire miner Clive Palmer is that he will be starting his own political party and running candidates in all federal seats across Australia.
Other political analysts have interpreted his move as a counter-gang operation designed to buffer the Liberal Party vote by a tight exchange of preferencesat the Federal election.
To which party will Clive direct preferences?
Palmer’s obvious political naivety shines through the blustering façade of television interviews where he states he wants to become the Prime Minister, but does not want to dislodge Opposition Leader Tony Abbot.
It seems Palmer wants to have his cake and eat it too.
He also said he would not be forming any alliances with Katters Australian Party causing further speculation that KAP is seen by Liberal strategists as the major threat to the two party system.
Whatever party name he finishes up with, before the Australian Electoral Commission’s registration deadline of May 10 is anyone’s guess, but his chosen United Australia Party identity will be too close to another name already registered.
Two former Queensland Liberal Party State Members have announced their defection to Palmer’s Party.
One high profile pollie, Brisbane-based Dr Alex Douglas told a media conference he did not want to join Katters Australian Party because it was a “cult” party.
This extraordinary discovery by Dr Douglas (obviously a General Practitioner) reeks of hypocrisy when he has just thrown his weight behind Palmer, a larger than life cult leader dating back to the Joh for PM campaign in the 80’s.
Palmer’s cult following is the big end of town and other mining magnates who are selling off Australia’s finite resources to foreign countries.
Only a minor portion of income from these multinational mining ventures remains in Australia.
Clive made his money by selling Australian mining leases to the Chinese.
He can’t be serious.