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Coalition going for zero… zero votes in coal seats, says Bob Katter

Bob Katter is standing up for Queensland’s coal export industry. Photo: Scott Radford Chisholm

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter, says the Liberal and National parties better find a way out of a commitment on net zero emissions by 2050 or they will take huge pain at the forthcoming federal election, with five coal mining seats up for grabs in North Queensland.

“With fly in, fly out mining so prevalent these days even areas such as Cairns, the Atherton Tablelands, Ingham, and the Burdekin are coal areas,” Mr Katter said. “Capricornia is super marginal, Leichhardt is super marginal, the sitting member is retiring in Flynn, and as for Dawson no-one knows what will happen there and even what George Christensen will do.

“If there’s a hung parliament, who knows what I will do. I could back Liberal, or I could back Labor. I’ll back whoever gives North Queenslanders the best deal. There is nowhere else in Australia where there are five seats up for grabs and it all comes down to how the major parties vote on net zero by 2050.

“My own union, the CFMEU, are the only ones who have been active in this field, fighting for coal and I hope we are going to take more initiatives soon. I cannot speak more highly of Michael Ravbar. Even though he is out of the Construction Division, he has been a great leader.”

Mr Katter said he personally believes adopting net zero by 2050 would be criminally insane as there are only three industries of significance in Queensland. “We produce nothing in Queensland except the three Cs: coal, cane and cattle,” he said.

“Now the 2050 plan means the shutdown of those three industries. And if you want to stretch it to aluminium and copper they will be gone too. Coal and iron ore are worth $100bn each to the Australian economy. Close those down and Australia will be bankrupt.

“The other problem with net-zero is, we will be telling China and India that they can’t have any of our coal. Who do we think we are? We are a little enclave of Europeans living in Asia on the world’s greatest treasure trove of resources, and we are going to tell the two biggest populations they can’t have our coal. Are you completely mad?

Mr Katter said net-zero would not only cost the coalition seats in North Queensland but also in western New South Wales where the Shooters Fishers Farmers Party has formed a stronghold at a state level.

“The Nationals have lost North Queensland and western New South Wales, and if they keep going, they’ll have nothing left,” he said. “There will be no National Party soon.”

Katter says ditch Facebook and start building our own social media platform

Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter says Facebook’s ‘dummy-spit’ over proposed Federal Government laws that would make them pay for news, is a golden opportunity for the Australian Government to build its own social media platform.

Mr Katter admits it may take time for Australians to migrate to a new platform but it would have ongoing benefits for democracy and sovereignty.

“This is an opportunity to build something by creating an Australia social media platform, like Facebook, and we should not be held to ransom by a jumped-up, super-rich, American know-all,” he said.

“In Queensland we built and owned the railways, the electricity network and we built the coal industry, the aluminium industry and the tourism industry.

“I’ve been here in federal parliament almost 30 years and as far as I can tell we’ve built nothing. But we have sold off all the things that the great governments before us built.”

Mr Katter is a supporter of making the tech giants pay for news as most of the newspapers in the Kennedy Electorate have closed in the last decade.

“Without a news service, without a local media, the town ceases to exist,” he said.

“Democracy can’t operate without a free flow of information, that’s what Theophanous v Herald and Weekly Times held. Well, this week we’ve learned China is holding a lot of our defence information and secrets, as well as Australian Tax and company files, and that an American company can turn off the tap on Australian news.

“I say the American tech-giants should leave town immediately. We’ll run our own affairs thank you. An Australian-owned social media would restore the power of the Australian media.

“The government-run social media would have to be run by an independent board and have a charter.”

Queensland has the best courts money can buy

Taxi licences worth nothing due to Uber rideshare

Far North Queensland Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter delivered a scathing attack against the State judicial system today when the Supreme Court ruled against a delegation of over 1300 taxi plaintiffs seeking compensation from the Queensland Government for eroding the value of taxi licences when they legalised ride sharing in 2016.

The Closed Action case was submitted to the Brisbane Supreme Court in March last year and the decision which was handed down this morning ruled in favour of the State Government; a move which Mr Katter slams as being the most recent example in an “accumulating pool of evidence that the State justice system serves their masters.”

“I’ve received calls from many constituents who believe that the justice system just feel like they are part of the government, and saying this exposes me to great criticism, but I don’t make these statements without being able to back them up,” Mr Katter told media in Townsville.

Taxi drivers lose Supreme Court case against Queensland Government for compensation over devaluation of taxi licences once worth on average half a million dollars, now valueless. Bob Katter MHR (centre) lambasting the decisions of State courts serving their masters

“Over 1300 cabbies personally put in a thousand dollars each to fight against the Queensland Government for giving them a property right and then taking it away. I personally told them that we would not win this case in Queensland, history records case after case after case where they rule in favour of the Government.

“Pauline Hanson’s case was one of the most appalling cases in the history of the State – it was just political imprisonment and there was not a single respective justice person that agreed with that case – but Hanson’s was overturned at the Appeals Court.

“In the extraordinary case with Dan McDonald who fed his starving cattle grass – which they call mulga trees – and was fined $250k – his appeal was overturned.

Supreme Court Judge Tom Bradley refused compensation by State Government. He was appointed by Labor Attorney General Yvette D’Arth on December 3, 2018

“In Pell’s case the State Court was presented with 80 people saying he couldn’t have done it, and one saying that he did. They led a persecution of him, threw him in jail and then the High Court overturned it.

“In the outrageous case of defamation against me, four Justices in the State Court found against me. When we got to the High Court they humiliated the opposition 7/0 and threw the case out with a very stern caution.

“So it would appear to me that once again our faith in the system has been shaken and you’re now shaking the pillar upon which our democracy and freedoms were built.  Once again the Governments have served the interests of big corporations and just walked all over the top of ordinary Australians.

“As a result of these cases, the ordinary person could justifiably believe on this basis that State Courts serve their masters – the government. I’m inclined to agree.  It’s just another classic example where the people that are supposed to be looking after us are not on our side, they represent the interests of the stinking rich.”

Mr Katter said that the taxi owners had never said they wanted ride share banned, but was seeking compensation from the State Government for hanging them out to dry. According to a Cairns taxi owner, prior to ride sharing being allowed in Australia, taxi licenses were valued at over $500,000 and a number of drivers are repaying bank loans to cover that expense. Since ride sharing, the value has declined to around $100,000 – leaving almost a $400,000 abyss in the loan repayments. It must not be forgotten that the angst, and other lenders, are unforgiving and these poor people are now at their mercy.

Queensland Labor Attorney General Yvette D’Arth, Bachelor of Laws (QUT); Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (ANU). Mrs D’Arth presided over the passing of controversial abortion laws last year allowing late stage babies to be killed.

 

 

 

Homeless owners suicide, lose homes

He warned that the accumulating evidence over recent years demonstrated a pattern of behaviour of State Justices that was “very unpleasant.”

“The complete underpinning of our democratic rights, the separation of powers, just doesn’t exist. Each of those cases and today’s ruling proves that again and again.

“2000 taxi owners owned a property right created by the State Government, got us to pay that money for the property right and then took it away and now half the taxi owners have mortgaged their houses or foreclosed, I have no idea how many are homeless, suffering deep depression or how many suicides there have been – but this is the ugly reality of this decision.

“So, while these owners are copping it today, I warn you will get your turn.”

If you want justice never file in a Queensland Court. Party political judicial appointments must be stopped. We should be adopting the US system of voting for the judiciary with fixed term appointments. Editor

 

Labor plans to abolish negative gearing will crash house market

Non-recourse lending needed urgently to curb banks

Plummeting house prices has KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter slamming the banks saying it’s time we stepped in line with other countries and introduced non-recourse lending to prevent further torture to homeowners while the banks take a free ride, using their power to “drive over the top of us” and “crush us at their whim”.

Labor will crash the housing market when it removes negative gearing  for mums and dads

 Currently, Australia has recourse lending, while America (and most other countries) have non-recourse lending, which means the bank can only get the house back; they can’t get the debt back.

 “The borrower pays off $100k on their $500k house, he’s behind on his repayments, the bank sells it up for $300k, they get a tax write off of $100k, they have an insurance loan guarantee that pays off the other $100k. Meanwhile, the poor old once proud homeowner now has no house, has lost $100k and is $200k in debt – he’s a debt slave for the rest of his life,” Mr Katter said.

 “Undoubtedly we’d be one of three or four key players in securing the banking enquiry – we never made a call for it without reference to the overheated housing market.

 “There is an impending disaster – the average price of a house in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong is $800,000 and the average take home pay for a couple is around $80,000 – how are you going to service that debt?

 “KAP policy says that Australia must get in step with other countries. The bank knows better than a 23-year-old newly married apprentice and whether he and his wife can afford to pay $1000pw.

 “It may be argued the bank is more culpable than the borrower – in America there is non-recourse lending where the banks, as they should, share the loss.

 “Further, I am scared silly that the ALP actually intends to abolish negative gearing, people buying houses for investment will leave the market and housing prices will collapse even further, and I want people to know cold bloodedly there is a crashing down of housing values that will be precipitated if Labor proceeds with extraordinarily irresponsible action,” Mr Katter said.

 

Katter calls for more northern surveillance as asylum seekers dodge police in croc infested mangroves

Police and Border Force agents are rounding up a boat load of foreign refugees after their fishing vessel ran aground near the mouth of the crocodile-infested Daintree River north of Cairns at the weekend.

Indonesian fishing boat runs aground near the mouth of the croc-infested Daintree River, north of Cairns

So far 11 have been caught but an unknown number remain on the run.

Authorities have been left aghast as the vessel sailed through from the north completely under the radar of Border Force and local shipping.

Federal MP Bob Katter, whose electorate lies just south of the Daintree has accused the government of being asleep at the wheel instead “playing political games in Canberra while Rome continues to burn.”

Long-time border protection protagonist and former Army Reservist Bob Katter has been calling for more surveillance of our northern coastline.

“There should be dozens of fast patrol boats based at Karumba, Gove and Thursday Island with drones and armaments,” Mr Katter said.

Meanwhile the search continues today with the Cairns Police dog squad searching the shoreline and thick mangroves, avoiding the many large crocodiles which inhabit the area.

Police and Border Force agents detain the occupants of a half-sunk Indonesian fishing vessel on the beach while agents comb the mangroves looking for the remainder of the boat’s occupants-pic Cairns Post

Ironically today a State Government Parliamentary committee is taking public evidence in nearby Port Douglas to support the Katters Australian Party’s Safer Waterways bill which would allow crocodile culling and egg collection to reduce the explosion in crocodile numbers across the north.

 

Banks instruct Turnbull to have a ‘Claytons’ inquiry

Banks order the Member for Goldman Sachs, Mal Turnbull to knock up an inquiry for which they will provide the terms of reference

30 November 2017: KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter today applauded the Turnbull Government’s endorsement of a Royal Commission into the banks, but warns that whilst this battle is won, the war will continue should the Government opt to uphold a 12 month review period and construct the review board from those within the finance industry.

Mr Katter, who was the first Member of Parliament to call for a Royal Commission into the banks in May 2015 and who introduced legislation in the Parliament earlier this year, labelled today’s announcement as ‘a great victory of the people of Australia’.

“This is a great victory for the ordinary Australians. Today my fellow Australians we have won. We have proved that we can win. The Government has been resistant almost to a point of bringing down their own Government against having a Royal Commission into the banks.

“Resistant to a point where the people had a great stroke of luck and the Liberal Party was one down in the Parliament and since they were one vote down, we could cease control of the Parliament and get through the Royal Commission into the banks.

“But the victory lies with those people that did not cop if from the banks but stood up and fought and fought and fought, and with the meagre resources they had they went into the courts and got slaughtered, constantly coming to people like myself and the crossbench –  together were able to get the victory today”

Katter pushes to have social jurist Tim Costello on the board of Turnbull’s proposed bank inquiry, ordered by the banks

“I had the very great honour of having drafted the legislation in conjunction with George Christensen; just two ordinary Australians. The leader of the Government is a banker and unfortunately for him, from Goldman Sachs whose history is checkered.

“This is where the second ball game arises. The Government only acted at the request of the banks. They ignored the majority of the Parliament, they ignored the majority (I suspect) of their own Party and they most certainly treated with contempt the view of the people of Australia. They only acted when they got their writing instructions from the banks and that is a terrible indictment of the Government.”

Mr Katter said that the substance behind the Royal Commission will come down to the composition of terms of reference of the inquiry and said that appointments to the Commission should be approved by the Parliament.

“We put in our legislation, that there will be three judges and three people from the community. We don’t want Caesar judging Caesar. We don’t want just anyone from the financial sector. On our list of names, we suggested Oliver Yates who has a banking background but has proved again and again what he thinks is the right thing and not just what the banks say is the right thing to do. These are the sort of people the people of Australia would trust to do the right thing.

“To my fellow Australians I say this; you have risen up, not given in and fought, you never gave up and you never gave in. You kept out there fighting and fighting. But I warn you, the man from Goldman Sachs is not going to be giving you the inquiry that you want.”

 

Crocs putting the bite on nippers

November 16, 2017 – The number of life savers available to patrol Port Douglas beaches will continue to fall because parents are no longer enrolling their children in Nipper programs for fear they will become victims of a crocodile attack.

 State KAP Leader Robbie Katter and Michael Bolt, vice president of the Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club were united in their call for immediate action on the growing crocodile menace.

“This is the tip of the iceberg of the unforeseen repercussions due to the expanding territories crocs are claiming which are impacting on North Queensland communities,’’ Robbie said.

 

The runaway crocodile population in the Far North has chased lifesavers and tourists from the water. The exploding saltie population has seen residents of towns and cities between Daintree and Maryborough check their bath tubs before entering the water

“Less life savers patrolling beaches, tourism numbers dropping, loss of the Northern Queensland lifestyle and water sports operators suffering business downturns, all due to government inaction on removing crocodiles.

 “It’s not rocket science.’’

 Mr Bolt said a 20 per cent drop in Nipper members at the Port Douglas S.L.S.C also meant less parents were available to help patrol beaches.

 “The same problems are being experienced at Port Douglas, Ellis Beach, Mission Beach and in Cairns. Parents are telling us that 100 per cent the reason they are not enrolling their kids in Nipper programs is due to fear of a crocodile attack.

 “When we get to the stage there are not enough people to patrol the beaches the club will have to fold – that’s not good for community water safety.

 “We have had to close Port Douglas Beach seven times in the past year due to crocodile sightings. The numbers seem to be increasing every year. Five years ago we didn’t have this problem at all.’’

 Robbie Katter said commitment to the KAP’s croc solution would be a condition of support for either major party to form Government.

 “This is a priority issue for all members of the KAP. We’re a regionally focused party and we’re sick of seeing our lifestyles and the safety of our people undermined by decisions made in Brisbane,” Robbie said.

 KAP Member for Dalrymple and candidate for Hill Shane Knuth said the Safer Waterways Bill may set a new record for being the longest bill ever debated.

 “We introduced this bill in parliament in May. I would have thought the government and the opposition would have wanted to get the bill through quickly so it’s benefits become tangible and people can be protected,’’ he said.

 “Instead they used their numbers in parliament to ensure debate was put out until 2018.’’

 KAP candidate for Cook Gordon Rasmussen said the people of Cook wanted actions, not counts.

 “People need to come before crocodiles – whether they are lifesavers or the general public, their safety is not negotiable.’’

 

Katter outs the US rapper and NRL executive homos: screw the kids in the stadium

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.

Bob Katter MP

Katter outs NRL executive

“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”.

Katters Australian Party wants to abolish gun registration

Bob Katter took part in a recent western shoot at the Mareeba SSAA range. He joked that this might be the best way to bring the banks into line. Bob says KAP is the only party in Queensland that wants to do away with firearms registration which has been a long-held policy. Bob spent some time shooting at the range with pistol, rifle and shotgun. His pistol ability did not go unnoticed by the club. They want him to come back for a day’s competition. The veteran politician warns that if the Labor Party gets re-elected in Queensland with a majority, the state’s 600,000 shooters will be faced with restrictions on ammunition sales and even tighter restrictions on gun ownership. He says the ALP and LNP simply hate guns.

Christian teaching removed from schools

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter on Thursday afternoon questioned the Minister representing the Attorney General on the eradication of Christian moral grounding in Primary Schools across Australia.

“Attorney General, secularist attacks upon Christianity inundate – Nativity scenes gone. Star removed from Christmas trees. Now QLD’s government eradicates Christian moral teachings from schoolyards.

Chairman Mao killed millions due to humanism which is replacing Christianity in State Schools. Charles Darwin was a fraud admitting on his death bed that he had been wrong about evolution

“Can we be assured that the replacement won’t be humanism to quote Lenin, “Communism’s father and mother, Stalin Mao 72m dead or Charles Darwin Adolf Hitler’s master race 26m dead?

“And that education in Australia tells of Pax Romanus replacing Roman tyranny.  Bishop Langston’s Magna Carta, the abolition of slavery, the collapse of communism and history’s 6 greatest scientists all this from the carpenter preacher from Nazareth?”  

The question is in response to a report auditing religious instruction curriculum in public schools  issued by the Queensland Department of Education and Training which noted that “students should not be encouraged to evangelise to other students at school” and referenced that schools should “take appropriate action” if a student is found to be doing so.

Mr Katter said Judeo-Christian was the motivating force of some of the most prominent names in our history books.

“Pasteur, Newton, Einstein, Galileo, Mandell and Faraday all practiced Judeo-Christianity and the three great men of European history: Alfred the Great, Constantine and Charlemagne were all fathers of European Christianity”.

Mr Katter said Christian churches were being ridiculed and he was sick of sitting back and copping it by the humanists and the Darwinians.

“Let’s face our enemy squarely; the humanists and the Darwinians.

“We will stand as Christians on our record. Islam from Arabia executed 23,000 Christians in Aleppo while the Turkish Islam came back a century later and murdered 33,000 Christians. Arguably, the only time the Middle East knew peace was under the Crusaders.

“We make no apologies. We serve notice that we will not continue to cop persecution until they annihilate us”.

Liberals & Labor terrified of Muslim voting power

United they rule – divided we fall. ALP and the Liberals ignore the majority of Australians opposed to Islamic immigration.

By Robert J Lee in Canberra

The Liberal and Labor parties are terrified by the extent of the Muslim vote in Australia, particularly in NSW and Victoria.

The Pickering Post last year reported the Muslim bloc vote across both states could affect the outcome of a federal election.

Up to 15 per cent of the primary vote in 15 seats is controlled by the Muslim community and Defence Minister Christopher Pyne’s recent reaction, denigrating Pauline Hanson for her comments about stopping immigration from Muslim countries reveal how scared the Liberals are of offending Islam.

Independent Member for the Far Northern seat of Kennedy, Bob Katter has a bill prepared to do just what Hanson is frightening the Liberals and Labor about.

Katter’s bill is modelled on US President Donald Trump’s controversial anti-Muslim immigration bill that would stop residents of identified Islamic countries from entering Australia.

It will be tabled in the House of Representatives in May.

Halal caterers brought in taxpayer funded crockery untouched by infidels for Muslim guests at Malcolm Turnbull’s Ramadan feast at Kirribilli House

The Vaucluse vacuum, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull fares no better. His continued public support for Islamic citizens in Australia, more so those in Liberal-held electorates, demonstrates the extent of his fear.

Turnbull wants to continue with the importation of 12,000 ‘refugees’ from Islamic countries, in spite of 500 so far having been rejected on security grounds.

The religion of these ‘refugees’ remains largely unknown, a little bit like the section of the Australian Census form asking for religious status.

The Liberal Party seems oblivious to 80 per cent of Australians rejecting the UN-orchestrated immigration plan, to further inject a large number of Muslim ‘refugees’ into a once homogenous society.

Like a broken record Turnbull, at every opportunity claims Australia is the most successful ‘multicultural country in the world.’

This is correct in part thanks to the ‘White Australia’ policy that ensured the majority of immigrants from the 1950’s to the late 70’s originated from European countries.

Turnbull’s claim has not been relevant since the early 1980’s coincidental with the corrupt regime of the infamous Labor Prime Minister Bob Hawke, whom Australia has to thank for the ethnic ghettos of Sydney and Melbourne accompanied by rampant gangland crime.

To expect Muslims or any other person to truthfully reveal their religious ideology is a pipe dream of the Bureau of Statistics. It is easy to mark in ‘Christian’ without fear of checks or balances.

Thus the number of real Muslims living in Australia is anybody’s guess although the ABS claims there are roughly 500,000.

Australian Muslim ‘how to vote card’

In 2014-15, of the total of 13,756 humanitarian migrants:

  • 2,335 were from Iraq
  • 2,232 were from Syria
  • 1,813 were from Afghanistan and
  • 331 were from Iran.

These four majority Muslim countries made up 48.8% of the humanitarian intake. (source Business Insider)

During the 2007-13 Rudd-Gillard-Rudd era of Prime Ministership an estimated 120,000, mainly Muslim refugee immigrants entered Australia by air. It is believed most of these immigrants remained in the country, in addition to the normal immigrant inflow.

Australia’s immigration policy does not discriminate on the grounds of ethnic origin or religion.

Perhaps we should ask the United Kingdom or France how many radical Muslims does it take to make a bomb or drive a car?

Pictures from Google images

Liberals join Labor to let banks screw farmers even more

Liberals join with Labor at the behest of the banks to kill Robbie Katter’s Development Bank bill

LNP VOTE WITH LABOR TO KILL RURAL DEBT REFORM

State Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter has slammed the LNP for supporting Labor to vote against a real solution to address rural debt.

In a parliamentary session that went into the early hours of Wednesday morning the KAP’s Rural and Regional Adjustment (Development Assistance) Amendment Bill was denied a vote in the House through the blocking of a motion put forward by Robbie Katter.

“The motion was put forward to enable the Parliament to adequately consider and vote on a solution that would’ve seen a new lending mechanism established to address the shortcomings in QRAA’s current activities”

“Each member of the crossbench voted to allow the motion to be heard but it was the major parties who didn’t allow it. It’s unbelievable that they would so blatantly work together to stifle a minor party Bill.”

“With so much public disappointment in partisan politics it’s ironic that the only thing the major parties can agree on is limiting consideration of minor party Bills”

Mr Katter highlighted the amount of consultation and analysis that went into the KAP’s Bill and expressed his disappointment at the behaviour of the major parties.

“The LNP not only supported Labor’s Bill over the KAP alternative, they actively worked to restrict debate and consideration of the KAP Bill”

“The LNP and Government used every excuse in the book to avoid undertaking a difficult reform. They even used banking regulations as an excuse. Do they forget where here to change laws and regulations? If I told my constituents that I wasn’t prepared to undertake legislative reform because of a regulation I wouldn’t deserve to represent them”

“For me, the genesis of this Bill was during the term of the Newman Government, which shows that this has taken years of stakeholder discussions, industry forums, community and local leader’s input,” Mr Katter said.

“Through the Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce that I chaired in this parliament it was clear that the debt problem is massive and that a significant response from the Government was required to address it”

“However what the Parliament has achieved is an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. A farm debt mediation mechanism doesn’t solve the debt problem it just ensures that when the problem has finally caught up with a producer they can shut their business efficiently”

KAP’s legislation was designed to address not only the cattle industry, but also the viability of our rural towns.

“We need ways of stimulating the economies of the rural towns that rely on agriculture. Rather than using blunt funding programs to create short term employment, why not invest in reconstructing the core industry so longer term organic growth can be delivered”

Mr Katter expressed disappointment at the Government and Opposition’s “hands-off” approach to supporting a key Queensland industry.

“In 2015, I thought the Palaszczuk Government was serious about identifying solutions to address rural debt issues with the formation of a Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce. I was wrong. Just like the Opposition they prefer to leave it to the “market”. This approach has delivered a declining sugar industry, a decimated dairy industry and some of the most expensive gas and electricity in the world.”

“Government’s “intervene” in markets all the time. Between the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency there’s about $5 billion worth of low interest loans to help stimulate the industry. However when it comes to supporting agriculture, and particularly family enterprises, the Government doesn’t want to touch it”.

“The rural community right throughout the State should be angry that a significant proposal to benefit people doing it tough and earning a living in regional Queensland would be stymied and watered down by both major parties.”

 

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