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The KAP has condemned reports this afternoon that the State Government will review new crocodile management plans following an attack on a snorkeller on Lizard Island yesterday.
The man was treated for minor cuts and abrasions to his head after the reptile, estimated to be up to two metres long, attacked him near Watson Creek Inlet.
ABC reported Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the incident was concerning and that maybe stricter measures were needed, although she’s ruled out culling.
KAP State Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth said a review was the last thing Queenslanders needed.
“The time for talk is well and truly over; we need real action in the form of a controlled cull now to put a stop to the attacks, which seem to be multiplying by the day,” he said.
“We do not need a review – we know what the problem is and we demand action.”
State Member for Mt Isa Robbie Katter said the latest attack was the final straw.
“Human safety is paramount and the Government has now run out of chances to evade action; we need to activate a controlled cull as soon as possible,” he said.
The latest development comes just hours after reports of a beheaded crocodile near Innisfail, revealing locals may be taking steps to control crocodiles themselves because the Government is failing to act.
“People are saying this was bound to happen and it will continue if the Government doesn’t do something,” Mr Knuth said.
Following a well-supported consultation tour around north Queensland, the KAP will table legislation next month to allow for a controlled cull in populated areas across Queensland.
Under the legislation, Mr Knuth said crocodiles could be culled or relocated to a crocodile farm, and safari hunting and egg collection initiatives could be set up to create jobs for Indigenous rangers.
Katter calls for minor parties to come together & don’t forget the Culleton factor
KAP Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter watched Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party’s performance in the Western Australia (WA) election closely. It is Mr Katter’s little party, the KAP – who stand to gain or lose the most from One Nation’s performance in the looming Qld election.
Mr Katter said, “Anyone in Qld who thinks One Nation is dead in the water is badly misreading the situation. The LNP is toxic in WA, but the difference in Qld is, so is the ALP (as well as the LNP).
“The disaster of One Nation giving all their preferences to Liberals, and voting with them all the time in Canberra… (This brought down Tony Windsor who was always voting with the ALP), One Nation is beginning to look like a LNP lamb in wolf’s ‘Third Force’ clothing, the Hanson Party must realise the reason people vote for them is because they’re not one of the majors.
“But when in Canberra, One Nation has taken a stand on the following (and these were all burning issues):
“Came out against a banking Royal Commission,
“Came out in support for the sale of Kidman to Shanghai Cred (whoever their partners are is irrelevant),
“Voted for the Bash up the Workers Legislation (ABCC),
“Voted for the Bash up the Farmers and Tourist Operators legislation (the Backpackers Tax).
“Not only does this portray One Nation as an LNP supporter, but it portrays them as LNP.
“But if you look like a duck and quack like a duck, then you will get shot like a duck.
“We would like One Nation not to duck, but listen to calm, reasoned and experienced counsel. This is the kind of counsel we always reply upon.
“Also, people have underestimated the reaction to throwing WA Senator Rodney Culleton out of the Senate. Cool heads would have seen the disastrous ramifications of this.
“We shall be urging all of the Third Force parties in Australia, whatever their strengths and weaknesses, to come together.
“All the little parties have one strength in common; they were not the ones who exported our industries and jobs overseas and imported workers into Australia to take what’s left of our jobs. That was (believe it or not) mostly the ALP, and most certainly the LNP.
“It will be a great tragedy for this nation if the Xenophons and Lambies, the KAPs and all the other non-major parties do not have a coming together.
“Our strengths are in our differences but one thing we all have in common is we tenaciously oppose the extremism of the Free Market ideologues and their privatisation, de-regulation and globalisation.
“To the people of QLD, don’t worry about WA; you’ve made a decision to leave the majors and as the Johnathan Thurston and his NQ Cowboys say — stay in the fight!”
Katter snaps on Cape Trib croc attack: “time for croc shooting safaris”
31 May 2016: KAP Member for Kennedy has “snapped” at Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch’s response to the Cape Tribulation crocodile attack in which a tourist was eaten. Mr Katter has long called for crocodile culls in Far North Qld and believes crocodile hunting safaris could be a solution:
“Where there is water, human beings will go near or in it. I can’t believe that Warren Entsch is attacking the people over this. Defending crocodiles instead of people is stupid.
“And I’d like to get Mr Entsch to swear on the bible that he hasn’t been in a river or creek in North Queensland. The crocs would take one look at him and they’d be licking their lips.
“We should have professional shooting and hunting safaris working now. Human beings have been hunters for three and a half million years. And you may not like it, but that’s how we got here as human beings.
Mr Katter believes numbers of crocodiles have reached unprecedented levels,
“The numbers of crocodiles have exploded. All of crocodile’s predators have been removed. Nature has a balance and the balance is completely out of whack. Goannas, dingos, humans, there are numerous other predators for the eggs and for the crocodiles themselves. For example, gropers ate all the small crocodiles, but now, there are so many big crocodiles that there are no gropers.
“We can put nature back in balance if we have shooting safaris.”
Changes to State Government liquor ‘lock out’ laws have divided the community in Far North Queensland, with letters to newspapers and radio talk back callers equally opposed and agreeing to the changes.
Taxi operators, nightclub owners and young patrons have criticised the Labor Party’s legislation that will see a reduction in drinking time, with last drinks at 1am instead of 3am.
Some venues can apply for last drinks at 2am with an additional 30 minutes grace before lock out.
The new regulations come into force on February 1, 2017, allowing a 12 month phase-in provision insisted on by Katters Australian Party MP’s Shane Knuth and Robbie Katter.
Those with a criminal history of violence or drug dealers will not be allowed entry to venues.
The regulations are to be reviewed in July 2018.
Emergency services personnel have shown total support for the new laws, praising the KAP for its insight into the burgeoning alcohol culture of young people.
The Australian Medical Association welcomed the changes, believing the shorter hours will go a long way towards halting ‘coward punches’ and drug-fuelled violence.
“The police asked us to include the banning of known drug dealers and users within night club precincts and the management of this is up to the night clubs,” Mr Knuth said.
“We indicated from the beginning we would not support the regulations in their original form.
“In Sydney, with its similar laws, clubs introduced food towards closing time, helping patrons to sober up before leaving.”
Our Nightlife Queensland Secretary Nick Braban attacked KAP for supporting the winding back of trading hours describing the 1am lock out as “draconian” that would cost jobs and kill business.
The LNP, in opposing the changes, has waded in accusing KAP of “backflipping” and causing chaos to Cairns’ status as an internationally renowned tourist destination.
Former LNP Member for Barron River and tourist operator Michael Trout, said KAP is not welcome in Cairns.
“It no longer has any relevance,” Mr Trout said.
“KAP is too close to the ALP and is now seen as being in bed with them.
“The night chaplains are upset and an ABC poll showed 75 per cent support against the changes.
“I thought they (KAP) would never sell our town down the drain. It is not a beat up and is not going to go away.”
Advance Cairns and the Cairns Chamber of Commerce joined the fray believing the early lock down would create transport issues.
Cairns Taxis chairman Layne Gardiner said the city’s 137 cabs would not be able to provide the same level of service when venues are unable to serve alcohol after 3am.
He said when large numbers of patrons leave venues simultaneously, on big nights, trouble usually breaks out at taxi ranks.
“I think that when they start to wait on ranks, that’s when fights do break out and unfortunately we are the end result who have to take them home,” Mr Gardiner said.
A KAP spokesman said due to the large number of calls and emails received by Mr Knuth and Mr Katter, the majority of Queenslanders supported the changes leaving Cairns as the main objector.
We will face the crisis with aggression and unity – KAP
Charters Towers Debt Summit August 31, 2015
With less than a week until the Charters Towers Rural Crisis Summit, Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth said he has felt a groundswell of interest.
” Since we announced that a summit would be taking place I have been fielding calls from graziers and small business owners in drought effected areas all over the state,” Mr Knuth said
“The amount of people who are getting involved in this is encouraging, the rural crisis really is the issue of our time.
Mr Knuth who will be chairman on the day with KAP member for Mount Isa Rob Katter said while the speakers at the summit will help bring context, it is a priority locals are given the opportunity to speak.
“The summit is important but the action that follows after is essential,” Mr Knuth said.
“The resolutions devised and agreed upon at the summit will form a blue print for action in rural Queensland.”
Member for Mt Isa Rob Katter who held a similar summit in Winton last year said the rural crisis committee which has since become the backbone for rural advocacy in the area.
“Less than a year on the committee has been instrumental in applying strong pressures to the government in face to face meetings, but we aren’t done yet,” Mr Katter said.
“There needs to be a stronger and more direct connection with between the cattle producers, business owners and the policy makers, we are trying to facilitate this.”
KAP Federal member for Kennedy Bob Katter who will also be part of the day has widely encouraged people from all walks of life to join to help find a solution.
Mr Katter said the current high price of cattle due to the lack of stock available isn’t a consolation for struggling farmers because they themselves have no cattle to sell.
“There are answers here, and we have got to go to those answers with aggression and unity,” he said.
“Wandering around blaming political parties quite frankly isn’t going to get us anywhere, there is a big system of power there and we must assail it on the political front, the economic front and through social media.”
Mr Katter drew reference to the story of Charlie Phillott (speaking at the summit) who’s story written by David Pascoe, went viral and became the most shared post in Australian History.
“The people of Australia are behind us, but we have got to know clearly what we want,” Mr Katter said.
“We must fight for survival.”
Final Agenda Charters Towers Rural Crisis Summit
Chaired by Shane Knuth and Robbie Katter
9:50 – Take your seats for the morning
10:00- Opening Address and Welcome Shane Knuth MP Member for Dalrymple
10:10- Andrew Jensen chairman Charter Towers Rural Crisis Committee, Committee work and goals for the day/ House keeping
10:15- Charlie Phillott face of the crisis/ Winton
10:20 – Bill Byrne MP, Minister for Agriculture Queensland Government
10.35 – Open Questions to Minister Byrne
10:50 – MORNING TEA
11.30 – Brian Egan, Aussie Helpers
11.40 – Cate Stuart, Formerly of Mount Morris Station
12:00 – Ben Rees, Australian Agriculture, the Real Story 12:15 – Dr Mark McGovern, Summing Up
12:45 – Committee Resolutions/ Other resolutions
1:30 – Bob Katter Federal Member of Kennedy, Closing address
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Guns might have dropped off the campaign radar for the ALP and LNP but Katters Australian Party will not ignore the plight of 156,000 registered owners who have to battle excessive paper work and bureaucracy whenever they want to buy a new gun.
KAP candidate for Cook, Lee Marriott said permits to acquire were an unnecessary burden in cost and time for shooters wanting to buy a new firearm.
“There are several hundred public servants in the police firearms department whose sole purpose it seems, is to hold people up for weeks or months while they issue a permit to acquire,” Mr Marriott said.
“The whole licencing system is far too onerous and costly.
“Permits to acquire that serve little purpose should be scrapped.
The Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter agreed saying the paperwork and licencing system had far too much red tape .
“Once a person gets a gun licence there should be no need for a shooter to get a costly permit for every extra gun you buy,” said Mr Katter.
“A permitted gun owner should not have to wait for sometimes months while the bureaucrats get their act together”.
KAP candidate Lee Marriott is aiming high for this election. Checking the score is Don Berg of Mareeba Pistol Club.
The loss of the Skytrans airline and 70 employees was a blow to the Far North and the State Government’s tendering system was “squarely to blame”, Katters Australian Party candidate for Cook, Lee Marriott said yesterday.
Speaking from Lakeland Mr Marriott said the Skytrans debacle was typical of the State Government’s discriminatory and flawed tendering system which often favoured interstate contractors.
“The LNP prefers interstate companies when awarding tenders and cares little about the collateral damage it causes to established local contractors, their workers and their families,” Mr Marriott said.
“If I can get into Parliament our party will ensure that capable local contractors, using a similar tendering method to Mareeba Shire Council, get preference over contractors from out of the local area.
“Just look at the Main Roads Department and the major blunders they have made with tenders on the Tablelands and on the Peninsula giving road construction contracts to the Perth company that attempted to do a major road building job at Ravenshoe.
“The company had no idea about Tablelands conditions or the wet season and the job over ran by a year and was $6 million over budget.
“Then the Walkamin highway job the year before where an interstate contractor got caught up and went broke and the job had to be finished by local contractors who should have been given the job in the first place.
“Then the Walsh River section on the Dimbulah Rd also suffered similar problems, and on it goes.
“The Peninsula spray seal bitumen jobs near the Weipa section fell apart in a year and that is why I am sceptical about the Member for Cook’s claims they will bitumen most of the Peninsula Development Road over the next two years.
“That is not possible with the amount of federal money they have got and the job will have to be below standard.
“The MRD might have $210 million over two years but when you take out 35 to 40 per cent for administration and traffic control there’s not much left for road works.”
Meanwhile the KAP Member for Dalrymple, Shane Knuth, said he was preparing a Bill to go before the Parliament for legislative changes to the tendering process whereby local, pre-qualified contractors would get preference over outside companies.
Robert J Lee in Cairns
Three Community Cabinet meetings, hundreds of thousands of dollars in hand-outs to sporting clubs, millions for council beautification works and Main Roads projects done on the cheap will not change the hostile community attitude towards the Member for Cook David Kempton and will not help him hold his seat.
Multi-million dollar grazing property purchases handed over to indigenous corporations, construction of useless walking and pushbike tracks and the demolition of valuable rail assets will drive the final nail into the box of the former Cooktown land rights solicitor.
Liberal Party sources say they know the writing is on the wall for their short-lived domination of the Far Northern electorate which stretches from just north of Atherton to the Papua New Guinea border.
Traditional Owners from communities across Cape York Peninsula say they are infuriated with the performance of Mr Kempton.
Likewise community leaders from southern parts of the electorate which will be the subject of a future article.
“Where are our jobs?” demanded an angry Traditional Owner from Injinoo.
Two outspoken indigenous community leaders have targeted the Liberal Party and Mr Kempton for “under the table deals” with foreign mining companies and inaction over the removal of Alcohol Management Plans that he promised before the last election.
Others are speaking out about the ‘freehold’ housing deal offered to some communities with conditions that are impossible to meet.
Self-appointed national indigenous spokesman Noel Pearson is believed to be “totally pissed off” with Kempton because of his “back door deals” between various community groups, which undercut the influence and domination by the Cape York Land Council and its business arm, Balkanu over varous community groups.
Cairns News is being careful not to specifically identify the issues that have alienated the Liberals from the CYLC and its “jobs for the boys” program, suffice to say the latest land grab over the entire Peninsula by the CYLC and its nominees has inflamed a turf war among competing groups that will be impossible to extinguish.
Another cop-out at Bamaga by the LNP and Mr Kempton will bring down the roof when it hits the national news bulletin.
Predictions by pastoralists of the 80’s and 90’s have begun to take shape as the State and Federal Governments further dispossess white pastoralists of their generational holdings and hand them over to Aborigines.
It goes without saying that abandoned indigenous cattle grazing enterprises have been the bane of the northern cattle industry and the shame of governments pandering to indigenous pressure groups who simply want to live “on country”.
Gone forever is an integral part of the Far Northern breeding herd and gone forever is proven white stewardship of the fragile Peninsula grazing environment.
Former Peninsula leaders predicted the invisible and sticky fingers of the CYLC would eventually control the entire area north of Lakeland.
The late Harvey Schwenke of ‘Strathmay Station’ and former Peninsula Cattlemans Union chairman created controversy 15 years ago when he said the Land Council would one day control the entire Peninsula.
“They will fence across the lower boundary between Lakeland and Laura, place a gate on the Peninsula Development Road and charge entry to any white people wanting to enter,” Mr Schwenke told a Cairns reporter of the time.
It is notable that ‘Strathmay Station’ was one of five large cattle properties recently handed over to an indigenous group.
Just who will replace the Liberal Party on the Peninsula is anyone’s guess but a tip from Cairns News: “Keep an eye on Katters Australian Party candidate Lee Marriott,” a Cape York Peninsula native from Lakeland.
For more information read Cairns News December 12, Entire Cape York Peninsula soon to be owned by Cape York Land Council