Mount Isa MP Robbie Katter says recent polling shows people are sick of the Government treating them criminals.
“The Government recently agreed to a number of changes to the National Firearms Agreement which are going to make it much harder for licenced shooters including farmers and recreational shooters, to continue to pursue their activities. The NFA changes were agreed to without evidence and without adequate consultation.”
Independent polling commissioned by the Law Abiding Firearm Owners (LAFO) shows 64% of people think the State Government is not listening to them and more than one third of Labor voters in three Townsville based seats would register a protest vote against the Government if more firearm restrictions were introduced.
“KAP has always been a strong supporter of law abiding citizens being able to own firearms and enjoy shooting both recreationally and professionally. Labor’s latest endorsement of the changes to the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) shows this Government will continue to treat law abiding citizen’s like criminals. Instead of consulting with firearm owners and the industry, the Government has ploughed ahead with significant restrictions to appease their left leaning constituents in Brisbane,” Katter said.
If the Government enforces the NFA changes in Queensland it will reduce access to ammunition and double the cost of maintaining a firearms licence.
“I’m yet to see any evidence that these changes will increase public safety. The changes are completely irrational and all they do is punish people who haven’t broken the law,” Katter said.
The polling showed that 91% agree with farmers owning a shotgun for farm work, 89% support feral pest controllers being licenced to use guns and 86% are okay with sporting shooters using guns at gun clubs or in competition.
“The results of the polling are very clear. Guns are a big issue for people in North Queensland. The KAP will be voting against any legislation or regulation that the Government brings in to Parliament that tries to increase restrictions on licenced shooters. The Government has provided no evidence to support the changes and they’ve shown they’re willing to restrict the rights of those who abide by the law for the sake of winning votes,”
The polling was conducted in the seats of Mundingburra, Thuringowa and Townsville.
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In State news Robbie Katter, together with the Health Minister Cameron Dick, has announced that construction will soon begin on a new carpark and helipad at the Mt Isa Hospital which will serve to provide better access for those in need.Mr Katter said the need for additional car parking on the hospital’s grounds had been an ongoing issue.
“It’s always been an awkward issue for a council owned car park issuing a service for a state owned hospital. If we can stop the elderly and sick walking an extra block or two we’ve done well,” Mr Katter said.
As the State Member for Mt Isa Robbie has consistently attempted to acquire state funding for rural and regional Queensland. This is but one of the initiatives which Rob has taken in order to provide North Queensland with their fair share
20 October 2016:
KAP Member for Kennedy Bob Katter condemned the Prime Minister’s and Treasurer’s answers in Question Time today in relation to S Kidman & Co as “a load of bull-dust.
Mr Katter said the Question asked by NXT Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie about the Kidman sale was, “clear and straight forward, but the Prime Minister gave a waffling non-answer handballing it to Treasurer Morrison for more waffle.
Rebekha Sharkie’s question whether the PM agreed that the 100 per cent Aussie bid for Kidman should receive preference over any equivalent bid involving foreign interests – should have received an unambiguous answer from the PM.
Instead the PM and the Treasurer wouldn’t even say that a local bid should get preferential treatment — especially given there would be more jobs and the money staying in Australia.
Today Mr Katter teamed up with Senator Nick Xenophon and Rebekah Sharkie MP to throw political support behind the all Australian bid for the Kidman cattle empire.
Katters Australia Party is spreading its wings over Cairns at the request of a group of keen supporters who on Saturday formed a branch with the intention of contesting the next federal and state elections.
State leader Robbie Katter, the Member for Mt Isa spoke to the gathering of small business operators and residents at the Shangri La hotel urging them to back the party in state and federal parliament.
“We have had some significant wins in parliament over the past year, particularly with freeing up sugar marketing and introducing a bill to regulate ride sharing company, Uber,” Mr Katter said.
“We have backed the dredging of the port and have listened very carefully to Cairns business operators and the general community about Labor’s proposed lock out law changes.
“Shane Knuth(Member for Dalrymple) and I are quite agreeable to help the community but we can’t be effective if people don’t support us, and I won’t be around for ever because I might not want to spend the rest of my life in parliament.
“I am concerned that government tenders don’t always go to local firms and we will be doing something about the economic loss to Cairns and other struggling towns when government unnecessarily gives away your jobs.”
A committee was elected and will advertise when the next meeting is called.
Chairman Keith Campbell said he was delighted to be elected to head the fledgling party.
“I have been following Bob Katter for five years and he has been a great advocate for regional development and giving ordinary workers a fair go,” Mr Campbell told the elated group.
Cairns businessman Victor Perazza was elected as Secretary.
Keith Campbell can be contacted on 0448-603-022
Christopher Pyne’s comments to Channel Nine about Clive Palmer and Queensland Nickel angers KAP’s Rob Katter
Christopher Pyne told Channel Nine this week that Queensland Nickel’s voluntary administration was; “an example of why people shouldn’t play with independents and minor parties, because of the instability they create.”
The comment angered Katter’s Australian Party State Member for Mount Isa, Rob Katter.
Mr Katter said; “I had steam coming out of my ears when I heard that.
“It is absolute nonsense and it’s part of the game for the major parties to really remove proper debate from the parliaments and operate as it’s intended to.
“Christopher Pyne sadly confuses simple government with stable government now.”
Mr Katter said a parliament kept to only two parties was not necessarily stable or effective.
For example, the Queensland Labor Government has been spending the first 12 months of its term undoing policy decisions made by the former LNP government.
“The poor people of Queensland keep getting this whole revolving door of policy,” he said.
Mr Katter said the two major parties in the Queensland Parliament had for at least 10 years tried to bring in ethanol mandate legislate but it took the KAP as recent as last year to get it passed.
Mr Pyne also told Channel Nine: “Quite frankly, whether it’s Labor or Liberal, we have the processes in place to ensure that we don’t have the kind of outcomes that happen with PUP or One Nation or whatever political party is passing at the time.”
Federal Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer’s Townsville based Queensland Nickel went into voluntary administration and recently made 237 workers redundant.
Fairfax Media reports that Mr Palmer promised to one day write to every Townsville home to explain what happened at Queensland Nickel.
“The issue is not a political one,” he said.
A meeting of more than 300 cattle producers at Charters Towers has called on the federal government to create the Australian Reconstruction and Development Board and place a moratorium on bank foreclosures before the state’s cattle industry completely collapsed.
Called by the Member for Dalrymple, Shane Knuth, the crisis meeting followed on from a similar meeting held by the Member for Mt Isa, Robbie Katter at Winton last year.
Producers demanded the federal and state governments act immediately to introduce the ARDB, modelled on the Rural Reconstruction Board of 30 years ago which was designed to absorb the “toxic” trading bank interest debt that has engulfed primary industries and to issue low interest development funds for primary producers and small business.
More than 20 resolutions were passed unanimously by the gathering of desperate and often distraught cattle producers.
While an unprecedented 80 per cent of the state is reeling under a drought declaration, producers heard how social media and 60 Minutes superstar Charlie Phillott, 81, of Winton, beat the ANZ Bank and had his property returned with a substantial settlement.
Mr Phillott’s plight has been closely monitored by the 60 Minutes television show and scored an Australian record 3.5 million hits on Toowoomba veterinarian David Pascoe’s social media site.
He urged producers to stick together when fighting questionable behaviour by the banks.
He said he had never missed a repayment but when the bank restructured his loan he was unable to manage and was eventually put off his Winton property after the bank took it over.
“All of us here owe a great deal of gratitude to Bob Katter for he saw my position and stood by me for two years ,” Mr Phillott said.
Primary Industries Minister Bill Byrne when addressing the meeting started an uproar when he said the State Government would not be building more dams because there was “no business return” from farming.
Charters Towers cattleman Mick Pemble attacked the Minister asking why he could not build dams, and “…do what everybody else in this room does and borrow the bloody money!”
“If I could make it rain I would, but our resources are finite and we are working on what can be done in the circumstances,” Mr Byrne said.
“There are amendments before Parliament and our policy is that water is critical to agriculture but the government capacity to fund such a project is limited.
“If you build dams in the city or for mining you get capital back but for agriculture you do not get capital back.
He said federal money or private investment would be needed to build dams.
Meeting chairman Shane Knuth said he was aware of highly questionable behaviour by bank-appointed receivers that had caused a lot of grief to families through no fault of their own.
He said there were many hundreds of northern producers in financial difficulties and the local industry could collapse unless the bank debt issue was resolved.
“I know some of you want to speak, and I am aware that confidentiality agreements stop you from telling us about what the receivers have done to you, but everyone is behind you and we must stop the foreclosures,” Mr Knuth said.
Burdekin farmer Max Menzell asked the Minister why police were involved when foreclosures took place adding that they should not be used by the banks and receivers as debt collectors because foreclosures were a civil matter.
The Minister strongly defended the use of police stating categorically: “That is the law.”
Mr Knuth said more meetings and what actions should be taken would be called unless the government brought the banks into line and stopped foreclosures immediately.
Member for Kennedy Bob Katter, Charlie Phillott, Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth and Member for Mt Isa Robbie Katter.
Mr Phillott said the northern grazing industry and businesses owed Bob Katter a great deal of gratitude for giving producers a voice in dealing with banks and foreclosures.
Bob Katter addresses 300 desperate cattle producers and small businessmen at the Charters Towers Debt Summit. Resolutions passed called on the federal government to halt farm foreclosures immediately and enact the Australian Reconstruction and Development Board to absorb toxic bank debt or the northern industry could collapse.
The member for Mount Isa Rob Katter said he was not surprised by the ALP’s success in taking government, and he is hopeful of still achieving KAP’s main priorities, but KAP support would come at a cost.
“The announcement of ALP taking government comes as no surprise and our strategy has been based heavily on this assumption from the start.
“We have had strong discussions with the ALP over the past weeks to give them an understanding of the deficit in investment in rural and regional areas that is holding back growth in the state.
“We still intend to deliver on the extension of the life of the Copper Smelter, the Hann Highway, proper Royalties to Regions and an Ethanol Industry.
“The new premier was highly interested in the policies we have been pushing and has committed to getting around the state during her term to get a better feel for our issues,” Mr Katter said.
Both ALP and LNP had acknowledged that under any future scenario of government the KAP support would be critical in providing a stable government and Mr Katter said KAP intended to make this value count for delivering investment into the regions.
“The KAP is all for supporting a stable government but this support will only come at a cost and the ALP will be held heavily to account in the early part of this term to ensure they show more commitment to rural and regional Queensland than the last LNP government made.
“There is still a cloud of uncertainty over how long the current numbers will stay where they are, pending the appeals on the Ferny Grove decision.
“Three years is a long time for a government to manage without any scandal, loss or absence of any sitting members.
“This underpins a strong reliance on, and therefore strong leverage for the cross benches.
“With the Gang of Six gone from the leadership of the LNP it keeps open the option of having them on hand if this government does not deliver to rural and regional Queensland.”
In front of 19 different media people, KAP members Rob Katter and Shane Knuth outlined their priorities for rural and regional Queensland on the Speakers Green at Parliament House this afternoon.
Saying it was time rural and regional Queensland enjoyed the spoils in terms of jobs and industry, Mr Katter said they would work with any Government that was prepared to unlock that prosperity that was lying latent in the regions.
Rob Katter Member for Mount Isa said he was bound to deliver to his electorate first, and listed no asset sales as top of the list and many others that all adhere to the theme of productive infrastructure not populist infrastructure.
“Dams, roads and rail lines not sports stadiums and traffic tunnels,” Mr Katter said.
Mr Knuth said the KAP MPs had not yet spoken to either Labor or LNP, but were open to those discussions.
“We’re basically not interested in the great Labor Party or the great Liberal Party. What we are interested in are the best interests of Queenslander’s and rural and regional Queensland.
“We don’t have any favouritism whatsoever.”
The MPs pointed out that “Labor and LNP are one scandal away or one member quitting, from needing our vote if one side takes majority government.
“They will be a lot kinder to us than they have been in the past
Undercover assassin for the Liberals, Clive Palmer defuses any chance of removing the corrupt Liberal Party from power
by Robert J Lee
Instead he will deliver them another term!
Palmer has contested most seats in the Queensland election, breaking a promise he made with Katters Australia Party not to run in agreed seats
Clive Palmer, the rotund, former (or existing) fossil of the infamous ‘white shoe brigade’ era, the confidante of Bob Sparkes, high-ranking Freemason and President of the old National Party in Brisbane, associate of ‘Top Level Ted’ (Lyons)’the founder and owner of fashion retailer Katies Vogue, the property developer bagman for the notorious Racing and Local Government Minister Russ Hinze and head kicker for Minister Don (Shady) Lane, has never relinquished his secret desire to be the Premier of Queensland.
Unfortunately Clive’s lust for total power took a mortal blow when he discovered he could no longer manipulate his LNP defectors, Carl Judge and Alex Douglas forcing them to jump ship.
Clive is supposed to have a lot of money, well that’s what he tells anyone who will listen, but he had to ‘borrow’ some $12 million from Chinese interests in Western Australia to pay for his federal election campaign, so others have posed the question: who paid for the state campaign?
Katters Australian Party parliamentary leader, Ray Hopper said on ABC television Clive is most untrustworthy, just as his Chinese partners in Western Australia discovered, and he has no problems stabbing anyone in the back, a crown he has stolen from Juliar Gillard, the knife thrower of the decade.
Clive has no policy about saving Queensland from trading while insolvent caused by decades of decadent corporate governance. His party members, (mostly family and employees) and candidates just do as he commands, and worry about the consequences later.
When the media ask questions of Palmer candidates about anything remotely connected to policies, they are programmed to reply: “Just ask Clive”.
Clive has four major law firms on permanent retainers, just in case minions like this scribe ruffle any more feathers on turkey Clive.
It is not hard to understand how his former compatriots and partners in crime, Seeney and Newman now have Clive in their sights. Fortunately for the LNP, he won’t be hard to miss.