WHERE IS THURSTON?
KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is ‘not happy Jan’ about a US Rapper playing at the NRL North Queensland Cowboys v Melbourne Storm Grand Final in Sydney on Sunday.
US Rapper Macklemore is being flown over to Australia for the NRL Grand Final and has vowed to play a single ‘Same Love’, which supports Same Sex Marriage. It is reported the rapper’s sound check, is the reason that the North Queensland Cowboy’s are unable to do a training session at ANZ stadium and instead have been relegated to Kogarah oval.
“The NRL CEO obviously thinks promoting his associate’s sexual proclivities is appropriate for an NRL Grand Final. Outside of Christmas for the eastern half of Australia this is the most important event of the year and they have besmirched it,” Mr Katter said.
“It is unbelievable that the NRL are denying the Cowboys their familiarisation training use of the oval because this US rapper needs a sound check. This is the first time ever that I know of, that teams have been forbidden to use the ovals.
“Instead it has been made available to some American rapper, who no one has ever heard of, to promote his associate’s sexual proclivities.
“We have a plethora of talent in Australia – Jessica Mauboy, Delta Goodrem, Lee Kernighan – why do we need to bring over some US rapper?” Mr Katter questioned.
“I’ve used the term again and again, the NRL CEO has put sewerage seepage into the debutante ballroom”.
Bolshevik Bill Byrne alias Bolshevik Buffalo Bill the former army officer turned Labor politician wants to disarm law abiding farmers who use revolvers. He should tell us more about the possums he used to shoot in the ceiling of his house in town with a .22 rifle. Why penalise farmers for your indiscretions Buffalo Bill? Why not tell us about the Browning 9mm semi-automatic pistol you carried while in the army? That was your profession just the same as farmers need to carry a sidearm because it is their profession. Keep your hatred of farmers to yourself!
PRODUCERS ARE NOT “LONE COWBOYS” SAYS KAP
Rural property owners and hand gun users have been labelled “lone cowboys,” by Police Minister Bill Byrne in Parliament today.
The statement was made when the Minister was questioned by Member for Mt Isa Rob Katter, as to why the licenses and renewals for Category H weapons are being consistently denied.
Disregarding the safety of property owners when travelling via bike or horse, the Minister stated he simply did not accept the idea that a pistol was a legitimate agricultural tool.
“The idea of the lone cowboy, with the pistol strapped to the hip as an effective weapon in an agricultural application simply doesn’t cut it with me,” the Minister said.
“The core argument that a concealable pistol, Glock or any equivalent type of weapon is going to be a preferable agricultural weapon, for application in the agricultural sector is not a viable argument to make,” he said.
Mr Katter said he was extremely concerned to hear the statements from the Minister responsible for gun regulation.
“The Minister clearly does not appreciate the reasons for pistol use or have any concern for landowners on isolated rural properties,” Mr Katter said.
“To simply deny licenses because of personal beliefs is shocking, and highly irresponsible,” he said.
Mr Katter said many graziers had expressed their concern about safety when travelling with a cumbersome rifle, and frequently used a pistol especially when dealing with feral animals at close range.
“It is not uncommon for producers working alone in remote areas to check stock water while in the vicinity of wild dogs, this is a very compromising position,” Mr Katter said.
“Pistols have long been a tool within Australia, the suggestion that pistol use in outback pastoral Australia is not a legitimate agricultural tool is outrageous.”
“These statements are unfair on lawful producers who rely on these tools in remote areas,” he said.
Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth said he has heard from many people were also bewildered that their licenses had not been renewed.
“I’ve received complaints from responsible firearm owners who have had their applications rejected,” Mr Knuth said.
“I struggle to see how a producer using a handgun in thick country on dying cattle and feral animals isn’t appropriate agricultural use,” he said.
KAP will continue to fight vehemently for the rights of firearm owners in rural and regional Queensland.