KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter slammed the Government on foreign ownership in Parliament yesterday asking if there will be a new regime to stop selling Australia, or is it business as usual, Australia for sale?
Tensions mounted as Mr Katter listed the major foreign owned or run companies, stating that free trade means jobs exported, cheap labour imported.
“The biggest farm in Australia ‘Van Diemen’s dairys’ is 0wned by China, the 2nd biggest ‘Cubbie’ owned by China, the biggest grain farms ‘Nicoletti’ owned by China, biggest farming aggregation ‘Kidmans’ controlled by China, the biggest of all, ‘Ord stage 2 & 3’ owned by China, Australia’s most strategic port, Darwin owned by China, Taxi Hire industry Uber foreign owned, the car manufacturing, glass, textiles, petrol, whitegoods – all gone overseas,” Mr Katter said.
“What has free trade done for us? It gave away the entire coal seam gas reserves of this nation; $23 billion a year was given away. We gave it away for six cents a gigajoule and we bought it back for $16 a gigajoule. In fact, it is cheaper to buy Australian gas in Tokyo and bring it back to Australia than to actually buy it in Australia. That was a magnificent free-trade deal.
“We freed up the wool industry–oh, what a magical achievement; it is now costing the nation $16 billion a year. Ethanol: ‘Oh, we must have a level playing field; we must have a free market.’ So while Brazil produces ethanol and provides a $4 billion cross subsidy to its sugar industry, we’re ‘free trading’, so we import $23 billion worth of petrol every year instead of producing one litre of petrol of our own, which, of course, we could do tomorrow with ethanol.
“Oh, and we wiped out the entire manufacturing industry of Australia. The car industry alone was $25 million a year. Just in coal seam gas, wool, ethanol and motor vehicles, we have lost $40, $50, $60, $70 billion in just five items.
“Do we have a new regime that won’t continue to sell off Australia, or is it business as usual – Australia for sale?” Mr Katter said.
Katter and Lazarus seek Federal renewable fuels mandate
8 February 2016: KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter today introduced the Renewable Fuel Bill 2016 into Federal Parliament which will see ethanol flow from every petrol bowser in Australia at a minimum of 5% from 2019 and 10% from 2022.
Mr Katter was supported by fellow Queenslander and Leader of the Glenn Lazarus Team, Senator Glenn Lazarus.
The introduction of the Bill into Federal Parliament follows a win by the KAP in Queensland late last year which will see a 4% ethanol mandate in Queensland from 2018.
Mr Katter paid tribute to the proponents of ethanol in his speech in Parliament today and cited the four fundamental reasons that ethanol should go ahead: health, agriculture, fuel security and petrol prices.
“I think the opening statement should lie with Mr Iemma, the then Premier of New South Wales – he said, ‘I cannot go another day with people’s deaths on my conscience, people that simply don’t have to die’,” Mr Katter said.
“The most distinguished medical journal in the world has released figures – if you double the amount of small particles (in the air with ordinary fuel) then you double the number of deaths from lung disease and pulmonary diseases for the heart and lungs.”
Mr Katter said that ethanol was critical for survival of the sugar and grains industries.
“The lot-feeding industry in Queensland is raging with horror at the thought of ethanol being introduced because it raises the price of grain.
“There are about 10 lot feeders in Australia—they do about 90 per cent of the lot feeding—and almost all of them are foreign owned corporations.
“So should we be looking after the 15,000 grain growers in Australia or the nine foreign corporations that are doing the lot feeding in Australia?
“In sugar we have been closing a sugar mill every two years and our industry is slowly grinding out of existence.
“And why – because we can’t compete. The value of our currency plus the massive direct subsidies in America and Europe make it impossible to compete.
“The Brazilians have been getting $420 per tonne for their sugar, yet we get $340 per tonne – the vast bulk of the Brazilian cane goes to the ethanol stream, while ours goes to the sugar stream,” Mr Katter said.
Mr Katter also pointed to Australia’s desperately low fuel security.
“Ten years ago we were almost entirely self-sufficient in fuel, now we have almost no domestic source of supply at all.
“We are the only country on earth that has no plan in case of an emergency or defence contingency.
“The NRMA has said that the fuel supply chain in Australia will shorten down to two weeks over the next two years.”
“If ISIS happens to blow up two or three fuel ships coming into Australia, this economy will be crippled as we are the only economy on earth totally dependent on imported fuel.”
Mr Katter said finally that the price of petrol under ethanol made it a no-brainer.
“The world price for petrol is AUD$.65c per litre yet the average price in Australia is AUD$1.15 per litre.
“Every county on earth with the exception of Australia, Africa and the Middle Eastern oil producing companies are relying on ethanol.
“But sending $25,000 million a year to the Middle East to buy oil, instead of sending it into rural Australia, is brainless stupidity.
“And what a ‘no brainer’ it is – to send $25,000 million into regional Australia where we are reeling in pain, or to the middle East,” Mr Katter said.
Wind power depends on coal
by Viv Forbes, science writer
June 15th was declared by wind energy rent-takers as “Global Wind Day”. This is just another orchestrated media event designed to distract taxpayers, electricity consumers and wind turbine victims from the follies of wind energy. The only people celebrating will be turbine owners getting subsidies, propped-up prices and guaranteed markets; lucky landowners getting rich on compensation; and green zealots promoting a UN Agenda. But neighbours of turbines driven mad by the noise of the thumping blades are not celebrating; neither are the birds and bats being sliced by the spinning sickles; nor nearby property owners who see their property values slashed; nor true environmentalists concerned to see the destruction and uglification of their landscapes and hilltops with a spider-web of turbines, transmission lines and access roads; nor electricity consumers facing expensive and increasingly unreliable power supplies. Future generations will look back in wonder at a whole generation of westerners whose misdirected religious green zeal wasted billions of dollars to create industrial and environmental destruction, while insisting (without evidence) that it would create a cooler climate, and that everyone wants a cooler climate. Those who sow the wind will reap the whirl-wind.
Further Reading: Why Wind Won’t Work: http://carbon-sense.com/2011/02/08/why-wind-wont-work/
Green Energy Steals from the Biosphere Earth has only three significant sources of energy.
First is geothermal energy from Earth’s molten core and decaying radioactive minerals in Earth’s crust. This energy moves continents, powers volcanoes and its heat migrates towards the crust, warming the lithosphere and the deep oceans. It can be harvested successfully in favourable locations, and radioactive minerals can be extracted to provide large amounts of reliable heat for power generation.
Second is energy stored in combustible hydrocarbon minerals such as coal, oil, gas, tar sands and oil shale. These all store solar and geothermal energy collected eons ago and they are the primary energy sources supporting the modern world and its large and growing populations.
Third are radiation and gravitational energies from the Sun and Moon which are captured by the biosphere as heat, winds, tides, rain, rivers and in biomass such as forests, crops and animals. These are the natural “Green” energies that support all processes of life and still support a peasant existence for some peoples. Green zealots believe that we can and should run modern societies exclusively on “Green” energies, and they have embarked on a war on hydrocarbons. They need to be told that their green energy favourites are just stealing from the biosphere – they are not as green as they claim. The most obvious example is the ethanol industry which takes food crops like corn, sugar and palm oil and uses heaps of water and a lot of hydrocarbon energy to convert them to ethanol alcohol which will burn in internal combustion engines, but has less energy density than petrol.
See: The Water and Corn costs to produce Ethanol: http://gazette.Com/the-water-and-corn-cost-for-a-gallon-of-ethanol/article/1506579 This process is replacing natural grasslands and forests with artificial monocultures. The latest stupid ethanol suggestion is to power Obama’s “wanna-be-green” US Pacific Fleet using Queensland food crops. Feeding ethanol to the engines of the US Navy would consume far more food than was used feeding hay and grain to the thousands of horses used to move our artillery and Light Horse Brigades in the Great War. Sailors in the British Navy got much of their energy from Jamaican Rum, but the American navy will not run on Queensland ethanol whiskey.
More: World turning against Biofuels: http://www.cfact.org/2014/06/02/a-world-turning-against-biofuels/
Biomass is a fancy name for plant material and vegetable trash which, if maintained in/on the soil, will provide the fertility for the next crop. Burning it reduces the humus that maintains fertile soil. The ultimate biomass stupidity is to harvest American forests, pelletise them, dry them and ship them across the Atlantic (all using hydrocarbon fuels) to burn in a UK power station. Burning biomass produces the same emission gases as coal. Most plants will not grow without energy from the sun. Solar arrays steal energy directly from the biosphere. Some incoming solar energy is reflected to space by the panels, some is converted to waste heat on the panels, and some is converted to electricity – much of which ends up as waste heat. Solar radiation that could have given energy to growing plants is largely returned to the atmosphere as waste heat and much is then lost to space. Some solar farms are built over land that is already a desert – the rest create their own deserts in their shadow. Because solar energy is very dilute, very large areas of land must be shaded and sterilised by the panels in order to collect significant energy. Solar radiation also evaporates water from the oceans and provides the energy for rain, winds and storms. Much of this moisture falls as useful rain when the winds penetrate land masses. Wind turbines create artificial obstacles to the wind, reducing its velocity and thus tending to create more rain near the coast and rain shadows behind the turbine walls. And they chop up many birds and bats. Again, green energy harms the biosphere. More: The Windfarm Delusion:
http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/7684233/the-winds-of-change/ Hydro power is one of the few green energy sources that is “grid ready” and can supply economical reliable energy. So, naturally, many greens are opposed to it. However, in most places there is competition for fresh water for domestic uses, irrigation, industry and environmental flow. Hydro power is just one more competitor for this valuable green resource. So… Green energy is not so green after all. It reduces the supply of food, water and energy available to all life on earth, and it often consumes large amounts of hydrocarbon energy for its manufacture, construction, maintenance and backup. Green advocates are enemies of the poor. They want to burn their food, waste their water and deny them access to cheap reliable energy. Hydrocarbon fuels are the true green energy sources. They disturb less land per unit of energy produced, they do not murder wildlife, and their combustion produces new supplies of water and carbon dioxide for the atmosphere. More carbon dioxide and water in the atmosphere enables plants to grow faster, bigger and more able to cope with heat or drought. It was coal, and later oil, which created and still largely supports the populations, prosperity and industry of developed nations. With a backdrop of freedom under the law, they can do the same for the whole world. Those professing concern for the poor need to realise that Green Energy steals from the biosphere and that hydrocarbons are the real friends of the poor. Finally, those who have swallowed the carbon dioxide scare should be told that nuclear energy is the most reliable and least damaging “low carbon” option.
Further Reading: Corn Ethanol Destroying the Prairies: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/12/16/corn-ethanol.aspx
Ethanol Mandate fuels Habitat Loss: http://www.cfact.org/2013/12/24/ethanol-mandate-fueling-habitat-loss/ The Biofuel Curse: http://canadafreepress.com/print-friendly/64405
Meetings into the future of sugar marketing in Australia over the past two nights in Ingham and Innisfail have seen resounding calls for State and Federal Governments to act to preserve growers’ economic interests and to retain existing marketing arrangements.
The meetings were attended by KAP State MPs Shane Knuth and Robbie Katter, leading cane growing groups Canegrowers and Australian Cane Farmers, peak ethanol industry body Biofuels Australia, a representative of the AWU speaking on behalf of employees, local farmers and community members.
State Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth said that he and Robbie Katter MP would be introducing a Private Members Bill on behalf of the sugar growers, but better still they hoped the Government would take the Bill on themselves with the KAP MPs and farmers’ support.
Mr Knuth said he had seen what the closure of industries had done to small towns across Queensland.
“I have great concerns for the coastal communities that stretch from Bundaberg through to north of Mossman, including the Atherton tablelands, if this is not resolved.
“The sugar industry drives the economies of those towns.
“The last thing we want to see is all the profits going to foreign companies at the expense of these communities.
“I’ve seen the damage that closing one railway station does to rural communities and those once-thriving western communities are now ghost towns,” Mr Knuth said.
State Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter said at the meeting that he wanted a future for his children where there was still an agricultural industry in Queensland.
“We want more opportunities.
“The foreign owned Wilmars of the world can say they create opportunities, but they’re essentially opportunities for the corporatised, foreign owned Wilmar, rather than for farming families.
“Governments really need a punch in the nose, they need to deliver outcomes and not just another inquiry and lip service.
“There needs to be legislation that protects the farmer as the primary producer and sees a return to statutory marketing,” Rob Katter said.
Chairman of the Innisfail meeting Barry Barnes said it was testament to the integrity of the KAP State politicians that they had attended a meeting outside of their electorate on an issue that affected a large portion of Queensland agriculture, the viability of the Queensland sugar industry.
“Most politicians only come out of their electorates before an election to buy votes.
“But Shane Knuth and Robbie Katter have come to these meetings early in the Parliamentary cycle because they realise the urgency in the marketing of sugar, which is currently not in the farmers’ best interest,” Mr Barnes said.
Federal member for Kennedy Bob Katter, who called the meetings, said he was deeply appreciative of the two State members of Parliament who were shouldering the responsibilities of not only their own electorates but also the wider interests of North Queensland.
He also advanced the calls for mandatory ethanol in Australia, which relies heavily on sugar production, saying it was about the only product left that Australians could make any money out of.
“Try growing tomatoes, China will kill you.
“Try growing prawns, Thailand will kill you.
“We just can’t compete with the imported products.
“But ethanol, we know we can make money out of and we have to convince the Parliament of the absolute necessity for ethanol,” Mr Katter said.
Mr Katter will be putting forward amendments to legislation at the Federal level reflecting the meetings’ resolutions.
The meetings’ formal resolutions were as follows:
QLD State Government – Sugar Industry Act 1999 – Demand the State Government legislate as required to recognise:
- grower economic interest
- real choice in grower market interest
- preserve current equity marketing interests
- provisions for commercial dispute resolution
- retention of independent industry owned marketing body.
Federal Government – Australian Competition and Consumer Act 2010 – Demand the Federal Government legislate for a mandatory Code of Conduct to recognise:
- grower economic interest
- real choice in grower market interest
- preserve current equity marketing interests
- provisions for commercial dispute resolution
- retention of independent industry owned marketing body.
Katter: Rejection of Ethanol Bill shortsighted
Member for Mount Isa, Rob Katter said he was disappointed but not surprised that his committee, the State Development Infrastructure and Industry Committee (SDIIC) has rejected the Katter Party’s Liquid Fuel Supply (Ethanol) Amendment Bill.
The SDIIC has just tabled its report on the bill, recommending it should not be passed, giving what Mr Katter described as “a litany of excuses” as to why the bill would not work.
The Ethanol Bill, introduced by KAP Member for Condamine, Ray Hopper, is almost identical to the Liquid Fuel Supply Bill the LNP made every effort to get passed in Parliament three times under the previous Labor Governments in 2002, 2004 and 2008. *
Mr Katter said it was a missed chance for the creation of thousands of Queensland jobs.
“This is frustrating, because Queensland Government had the chance to lead the way here in ethanol production and legislation, and they’ve given no substantial reason to deny Queenslanders an opportunity to have this industry grow.
“This was a chance for the Queensland Government to invest in agriculture and sugar production, creating thousands of jobs in North Queensland.
“This was a chance for us to create our own fuel, where as a country we have a massive problem with fuel insecurity, importing 90% of our fuel.
“Currently we’re not meeting our 90 day International Energy Agency oil stockholding obligation and the opportunity to be more fuel secure has now gone.”
“It’s an easy enough product to sell to the public; the health benefits alone make a good case for the ethanol mandate,” Mr Katter said.
Mr Katter said he submitted a dissenting report to the SDIIC today [Friday 24 October].
6th December 2013: KAP Federal Leader and Member for Kennedy Bob Katter used Question Time to ask the Treasurer if the Federal Government and Treasury will continue to provide the strong support for the mighty Pentland irrigation scheme.
“The money that was set aside by the ALP Federal Government for the copper string project remains in the budget and I am committed to ensuring that it goes to where it needs to be – here in north Queensland– to generate jobs, drive the local economy and prosperity in this great region.
“The project would mean incredible things for both the people of the coastal and inland communities in the north by producing of ethanol, sugar, electricity and open our vast land for agricultural production,” said Mr Katter.
The Pentland Project is projected to generate 800 megawatts per year of base and peak load power and has the potential to generate $30,000M a year.
“The Project would provide cheaper, clean and limitless electricity which would meet all of north Queensland’s current power requirements and most importantly, it feeds electricity into the Galilee Basin,” Mr Katter said.
Mr Katter began his question by officially announcing that the Treasurer had been “accorded the highest of appellations, the title of Honorary North Queenslander”.
“In light of this august title and its obligations and in the spirit of Christmas, could the Treasurer assure his fellow North Queenslanders that the ‘self-funded’ mighty Pentland irrigation project, which would produce over $1000m of ethanol, electricity and cattle stock feed, plus a power station, continue to receive the strongest support from Treasury and the Federal Government?” questioned Mr Katter.
The Treasurer confirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to the project, stating that North Queensland has the “capacity to be in the engine room of the Australian economy in the 21st century”.
After extensive pressure from Mr Katter, in April 2013, the former ALP Federal Government announced a commitment of $2.5million towards the compilation of a commercial report of the power component association with the colossal project which would see some 126,000 ha of land accessed for the viability of agriculture, coal, mining and energy production.
The commercial study is progressing with a team from GHD Hill Michael working under the guidance of a local steering committee to identify investment opportunities and development in the north.