Katter’s Australian Party Leader and Member for Traeger Robbie Katter has appealed to the State and Federal Governments to intervene as the deadline approaches for the cancellation of all newspaper deliveries to at least 30 rural Queensland communities.
Mr Katter said thousands of Queenslanders would effectively be cut off from the rest of the state in a matter of weeks in what could be termed as regional “newspaper blackout”.
He said, as proven by the McKell Institute’s new report, Bridging the Digital Divide, rural and regional Queenslanders were already adversely impacted by digital exclusion by virtue of geography and socio-economic challenges.
Removing their printed newspapers from the equation would be a final blow and would have hugely negative flow-on effects to local businesses like newsagencies, Mr Katter said.
According to the McKell Institute, geography is a huge disadvantage to when it comes to accessing the internet – for example, people in North West Queensland (including Cape York) have been found to be less likely to use digital technologies.
From September 26th, towns like Mount Isa, Winton and Clermont will no longer be provided with print newspapers.
Earlier this year, NewsCorp – who publishes major mastheads like The Courier Mail and The Australian – announced it would cease the delivery of its papers to central and North-West Queensland due to freight costs.
Rural Newsagent Merry Higgins from Cunnamulla, said, “I can’t increase the retail price to cover the price because of contractual conditions.
“During COVID lockdown I was required to continue trading as an essential service to provide the public with newspapers reporting on COVID. Now when it suits Newscorp they have decided to stop supplying the papers and the government is powerless to stop them.
“It has been extremely stressful dealing with the customers and their questions and also considering the direction I need to take my business.
“There has been scant interest from local government not even a conversation. This is disturbing given that council is at the moment rolling out an economic policy that includes strategies to attract more people to town and asking businesses to support them.”
Ms Higgins also said, “As far as receiving the newscorp papers – freight needs to be subsidised. There were several very good solutions offered to Newscorp regarding ways to decrease their freight charges, but they chose not to listen.
“I fully support Robbie’s plan – We have always had a privately owned local Cunnamulla paper and since the closure of the regional publications this has expanded to include neighbouring shires and districts.
“I’m not sure how profitable the paper is for the owner but I’m sure subsidised freight and legislation to ensure that the government advertises with the local papers would be of benefit to keeping them operating. Also support for employing cadet journalists would be an investment in the community.”
Mr Katter, said, “due to the high interdependency of delivery logistics in the bush, it was likely papers published by Nine (Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Financial Review) and Australian Community Media (The Land, Queensland Country Life and The North Queensland Register will also stop making their way to the regions in the near future too.”
Mr Katter is calling on all Queenslanders, and particularly those living in rural and regional communities, to sign his petition by September 10th – https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/Work-of-the-Assembly/Petitions/Petition-Details?id=3590
In the immediate future, the Government needs to offer subsidies to get these papers into regional and rural areas until local communities are able to develop their own regional newspapers, which is currently happening all around the state.
Currently, many rural communities are currently developing their own way of delivering news to their regions and once fully established, we will be in a position to replace the existing publications and remove the need for Metropolitan based media monopolies all together.
Thank God not all Australians are stupid in spite of the biggest co-ordinated fear campaign ever mounted against humanity. TGA reports 41, 406 adverse reactions and 399 deaths from mRNA inoculations across Australia
A ﬁt and healthy father-of-four with no underlying medical conditions, was mysteriously struck down in late June.
Sam Briggs says her husband Mark is a broken man.
Twice his family thought they would lose him, but he fought back, doggedly clinging to life.
He remains in a medical ward in the Rockhampton Hospital and despite countless tests, doctors are unable to ﬁnd a cause for his life-threatening symptoms.
Just as some of those symptoms improve – the ﬂuid around his heart and in his abdomen is decreasing and his liver is less inﬂamed – others appear.
As well as deep vein thrombosis in his legs, Mark is developing clots in his left arm.
His fever continues to spike, and doctors now suspect he has a bleed in his stomach.
He is being fed through a nasal gastric tube because he cannot swallow and is unable to eat.
Sam said the tube had been dislodged three times in the past two days, which had caused Mark considerable distress.
“His throat is very sore and every time they have to put it back in, he gags and chokes,” she said.
“Yesterday when they said they had to do it, he just broke down and cried.
“He just balled his eyes out because it’s just so traumatic.
“He’s a broken man right now.”
Sam said that Mark tested positive to Epstein-Barr Virus on Wednesday, something doctors believe could provide some answers.
They now want to send him for a PET scan.
Sam said she was pushing for it to be done in Townsville rather than Brisbane, given the Covid situation in the capital and because Mark’s immune system was so severely compromised.
Sam said every day was a challenge, and the uncertainty was unbearable.
“We will have a good morning where he’s feeling not too bad and then the rest of the day, he just goes backwards,” she said.
“We’re still managing a lot of the same stuff and then there’s new stuff popping up all the time.
“I’m mostly doing okay, but every now and then I have to cry.”
With the lack of a clear diagnosis, the family is questioning whether the AstraZeneca vaccine could be responsible, and say they’ve been told his case has been referred to the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) for investigation.
Mark had the ﬁrst of his vaccinations on June 15, and just over a week later started to experience symptoms, which included back and chest pain.
Discharge papers from Rockhampton list under the consultation notes: “COVID-19 Adverse Event Following Immunisation reporting completed”. – Courier Mail
Adverse reactions and deaths from Covid vaccine (gene therapy)
Typically the dodgy TGA mis-interprets the data on deaths and it is hard to extract the exact number caused by Pfizer and Astra Zeneca viral innoculations:
How many have gone on to die from reported side effects and those that are not reported?
This is one example their intentional misinformation:
“Since the beginning of the vaccine rollout to 18 July 2021, over 10.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given. The TGA has received and reviewed 399 reports of deaths in people who have recently been vaccinated and found six that were linked to immunisation. These deaths were all related to the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine – five were TTS cases and one was a case of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP).“
How to report side effects and deaths from Covid vaccine:
No Jab, No Play media campaign for a coercive vaccination law for children was waged by Murdoch tabloids/News Corp Australia in 2013-2015.
A serious conflict of interest was not disclosed during the Murdoch tabloids’ No Jab, No Play campaign in 2013-2015, i.e. that News Corp Australia is a corporate partner of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, which is involved in vaccination research, including now coronavirus vaccination research.
Murdoch media dominates in Australia, including over politicians who toe the Murdoch party line, e.g. by adopting the Murdoch tabloids’ No Jab, No Play campaign as the No Jab, No Pay Law in January 2016.
This is an example of a corporate media group, Murdoch tabloids/News Corp Australia, using its power and influence with politicians and the community to campaign for a law which may benefit its other corporate interests, e.g. vaccination research via the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.
The Liberal Party and the Murdoch family have been hand-in-hand for decades. Murdoch could get rid of a compromised Scott Morrison with one edition of The Australian newspaper.
On news.com.au, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth suggests people could be coerced to submit tocoronavirus vaccination via rules like No Jab, No Pay, which would restrict government payments.
Dr Coatsworth also suggests other possible coercive measures, such as not being able to enter restaurants and pubs, or travel interstate or internationally, and even restrictions on moving within the community, if Australians refuse coronavirus vaccination.
from a source in the United States
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Murdoch closed down most of his regional weeklies and some dailies earlier this year
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has admitted his petition calling for a royal commission into Rupert Murdoch’s media empire will likely be ignored by the Liberal government, despite amassing more than 40,000 signatures in just over 24 hours.
In a tweet on Saturday Mr Rudd said he was urging parliament to set up a royal commission into the abuse of media monopoly in Australia, particularly by the Murdoch media, and to make recommendations to maximise media ownership diversity.
“The truth is Murdoch has become a cancer, an arrogant cancer, on our democracy,” Mr Rudd said in a video launching the petition.
It has since racked up over 40,000 signatures, and he says he’s not surprised by the outpouring of support.
“What I picked up across the Australian community is growing levels of anger about the impact of the Murdoch media monopoly on people’s lives,” he told AAP on Sunday.
“This anger is finally bubbling over into a much more broadly based social movement. People are just fed up.”
According to Mr Rudd, 70 per cent of Australia’s print readership – and virtually every newspaper in Queensland – is owned by Mr Murdoch.
He keeps his loss-making newspapers in Australia to maximise his political power, pursue his commercial interests, and bully anybody who has a different point of view, Mr Rudd said.
“In 18 of the last 18 federal and state elections, we’ve seen the Murdoch media campaign viciously against the Labor Party and viciously in support of the Liberal and National parties.”
“There’s no such thing as a level playing field any more.”
Mr Rudd said the issue had been swept under the rug for too long, because the Murdoch media and coalition government scratched each other’s backs.
He hopes the groundswell of support will mean the government will be forced to consider calling a royal commission.
“That is a political decision for Mr Morrison,” he told AAP.
“The Murdoch media act as a political protection racket for the Liberal and National parties, so they don’t want to change things.
“But the bottom line is, any political party will always be mindful of where there is a groundswell of community sentiment.”
Mr Rudd also brushed off concerns that calling for government intervention into the agenda of a media company could set a dangerous precedent.
“What a Royal Commissioner would determine based on open terms of reference will be a matter for whoever that Royal Commissioner is. I don’t prescribe a particular outcome here,” he told AAP.
“But what I am saying loud and clear is that we no longer have sufficient diversity.”
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese on Sunday would not say whether he supports Mr Rudd’s call for a royal commission.
“Kevin is doing that as a private citizen, as a former prime minister. He’s entitled to put his views,” Mr Albanese told reporters in Adelaide.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been contacted for comment.
Editor: Whilst we might agree with some of Mr Rudd’s assertions we support News Ltd’s coverage of so-called climate change as legitimate and an attempt to balance the stupefied climate warriors of the Labor Party, Greens and particularly the ABC.
Regional Queenslanders and nearly all other districts across the nation are about to lose their local rag. Something as fundamental as a local newspaper which a reader can pick up from the newsagent is a part of Australian culture. Regional Australia can place the blame fairly and squarely on the LNP/ALP duopoly for allowing such a concentration of media in the hands of one media monolith. Murdoch took the abundant advertising cream from these tabloids for two to three decades after buying most independent newspapers from family owned businesses across Australia.
Murdoch editorials and general news stories have always favoured the LNP first, then the ALP and bugger everybody else. This is how Murdoch was allowed to have such a disproportionate concentration of media ownership which includes nearly all major city dailies and The Australian. Billions of dollars revenue from government advertising and the grocery duopoly also played a big part in the editorial flavour of News Ltd publications.
The opportunity now presents itself for new players to enter the print media market but there is one snag. Murdoch still controls most of the tabloid printing presses in Queensland and the price of printing a local paper might keep new publications from filling the void.
Banjo Peterson will roll over in his grave.
from the ABC
|Cairns Post||Print and Digital|
|Townsville Bulletin||Print and Digital|
|Gold Coast Bulletin||Print and Digital|
|Toowoomba Chronicle||Print and Digital|
|Mackay Daily Mercury||Digital only|
|Rockhampton Morning Bulletin||Digital only|
|Gladstone Observer||Digital only|
|Bundaberg News Mail||Digital only|
|Fraser Coast Chronicle||Digital only|
|Gympie Times||Digital only|
|Sunshine Coast Daily||Digital only|
|Queensland Times||Digital only|
|Warwick Daily News||Digital only|
|Central and North Burnett Times||Digital only|
|Central Queensland News||Digital only|
|Chinchilla News||Digital only|
|Dalby Herald||Digital only|
|Gatton Star||Digital only|
|Noosa News||Digital only|
|South Burnett Times||Digital only|
|Stanthorpe Border Post||Digital only|
|Western Star||Digital only|
|Western Times||Digital only|
|Whitsunday Times||Digital only|
|Whitsunday Coast Guardian||Digital only|
|Bowen Independent||Digital only|
|Albert and Logan News||Digital only|
|Caboolture Herald||Digital only|
|Westside News||Digital only|
|Pine Rivers Press||Digital only|
|Redcliffe and Bayside Herald||Digital only|
|South-West News||Digital only|
|Wynnum Herald||Digital only|
|North Lakes Times||Digital only|
|Redlands Community News||Digital only|
|Springfield News||Digital only|
|Northside Chronicle/Bayside Star||Ceasing publication|
|North-West News||Ceasing publication|
|South-East Advertiser||Ceasing publication|
|Southern Star||Ceasing publication|
|Bribie Weekly||Ceasing publication|
|Buderim Chronicle||Ceasing publication|
|Caloundra Weekly||Ceasing publication|
|Capricorn Coast Mirror||Ceasing publication|
|Coolum News||Ceasing publication|
|Nambour Weekly||Ceasing publication|
|Ipswich Advertiser||Ceasing publication|
|Kawana/Maroochy Weekly||Ceasing publication|
|Gold Coast Sun||Ceasing publication|
|Hervey Bay Independent||Ceasing publication|
|Maryborough Herald||Ceasing publication|
|Balonne Beacon||Ceasing publication|
|Surat Basin News||Ceasing publication|
|Herbert River Express||Ceasing publication|
|Innisfail Advocate||Ceasing publication|
|Central Telegraph||Ceasing publication|
|The Atherton Tablelander||Will continue to appear in regional sections of the Cairns Post and Townsville Bulletin|
|Northern Miner||Will continue to appear in regional sections of the Cairns Post and Townsville Bulletin|
|Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette||Will continue to appear in regional sections of the Cairns Post and Townsville Bulletin|
|Burdekin Advocate||Will continue to appear in regional sections of the Cairns Post and Townsville Bulletin|
Junk news, News Ltd is in damage control over social media revealing the true status of the UN Agenda 21/30 agreement which Australian states signed up to in 1992. Since then in Queensland it has been the blueprint for state and local government planning and by-laws to affect every mortal way of life.
Agenda 30, ‘A call for action to change our world’
Allotment sizes, storm water drainage, water ownership, road locations, vegetation control, fire management(no machinery), super cities, smart cities, environmentally smart homes, smart meters, power generation, national parks, forestry, education, science, ad infinitum…..
Sustainable Development Goals taken from Agenda 30
- Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
- Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
- Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
- Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
- Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
- Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
- Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
- Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
- Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
- Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
- Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
- Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
- Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
- Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
- Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
- Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
- Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
Lachlan and Rupert Murdoch in damage control:
It is of interest that just on this site alone over 8 years there have been more than a quarter of a million views of our stories about this insidious UN Agreement which has been rigidly adhered to by Queensland and all other state governments since 1992.
Brain-dead News Ltd reporters are claiming a Facebook site shared an Agenda 21 story 30 times. Our articles do this almost on a daily basis. Cairnsnews has a much greater readership than the News Ltd hallmark social rag the Cairns Post and most of its other regional dailies. If this readership is combined with Australian Patriot Radio listeners then suddenly we are big players in the regional media stakes. Robert J Lee, Editor
by Jim O’Toole, editor-at-large
Lachlan Murdoch’s trademark Far Northern Queensland rag, the Cairns Post, is well known for not covering the real news. It does a great job by publishing its version of daily events often far removed from the real deal.
The editorial content of major dailies is driven by the biggest advertisers.
In the case of News Ltd the largest contributor to their contracting coffers is the grocery duopoly Coles and Woolworths.
Followed by the banks are all three levels of government and national car dealership display ads.
Since the advent of Gumtree and other internet advertising kingdoms, classified line ads have been savaged.
Murdoch is feeling it across the nation as internet news, often more plausible than his columns of opinion and skewed, socialist scribble take a big hit. The Australian is a notable exception.
No news by omission is another favourite.
Tabloid publishers have always claimed their display ads have to occupy 60 per cent of every edition to be viable, unless some cashed up national advertiser takes out lucrative, full pages.
The volume of ads determines the number of pages for each edition.
The Weekend Post of February 23, is indicative of dwindling advertising revenue. There are almost no national advertisers and only a few local ads for products and services. More importantly, for News Ltd, there are few government ads. Coles and Woolworths are conspicuous by their absence.
Is this a sign of the times? For the local economy it certainly is. The Far North has been dragging the economic chain for years while in the not so distant past, News Ltd has sucked hundreds of millions of advertising dollars from struggling businesses in the Far North.
For some advertisers there is no discernible benefit. The Townsville and north western floods will impact the northern economy for a decade casting an even deeper shadow over the small business sector.
Murdoch has other regional tabloids locked in his stable which often perform better than the Cairns Post. That’s because News Ltd has devoured almost all independent regionals throughout the nation. Any that might have been missed have gone to the Fairfax opposition.
Murdoch’s hand-picked Cairns editor Jennifer Spilsbury sits on the endless conveyor belt of scribes to be eventually disgorged by the New Ltd editorial monster.
In the heady days of Pauline Hanson and One Nation during the late 90’s any reporter then working for the Townsville Bulletin would remember when Lachlan Murdoch, in response to a favourable editorial by the then editor, rampaged through the newsroom.
“Kill the cow (Pauline Hanson),” he ranted. Then I was living near Townsville and this episode was related to me at the time by a friend who worked for the Bully.
I can’t remember the ultimate fate of the editor.
It more recent times it would appear a similar scenario is playing out at the Cairns Post with help from its former managers, by mostly running the Liberal line.
Rumblings among the business sector indicate some big players and a good deal of the smaller ones are sick and tired of the local Liberal member and his policy platitudes.
According to a media release from Katters Australian Party, Bob Katter and Robbie Katter announced senate candidates in Cairns on Friday. Cairnsnews got this release then one could assume, so did the others. A segment appeared on Win Television.
We remember a huge splash in the Cairns Post for the Labor senate candidate recently parachuted into Cairns from the Gold Coast.
This KAP show should have been a significant, newsworthy event for the Far North but a quick glance at today’s Cairns Post reveals nothing about the two Katters being present in Cairns.
There are assorted bits about fashion queens, council spats, irrelevant LNP crocodile yarns from the Gold Coast, sports beat-ups and Sams pies with Worcestershire sauce but not much about policies supporting the economic future of the north
Cairnsnews is not in the habit of making excuses for Murdoch mendacity but we will publish Friday’s political event in its absence from the hallowed pages of the Cairns Post.
After all, editor Jennifer Spilsbury makes the point in her opinion piece today:
“Newspaper companies are tasked with tackling very serious and important topics. Politics and crime to us is what roads, rates and rubbish is to councils.
But we do much more than that. We celebrate our way of life, proudly highlighting the very best of who and what we are and what we like to do.”
Commendable Jennifer, but what happened to the political news?
Media baron Rupert Murdoch has taken a 14.99 per cent stake in the country’s second largest regional media organisation, APN News and Media (Australian Provincial Newspapers).
APN has long been an alternative source of regional news and often takes a more reasonable and believable news view than that of News Ltd or its corporate oligarchy.
If Murdoch had taken a 15 per cent share of APN he could have attracted the attention of the Federal Government or the competition watchdog.
But as it stands with Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, any larger stake would no doubt have had his blessings, in light of his demand last week that media ownership laws be relaxed even further, a topic he brings up in each term of parliament.
Turnbull cannot be trusted about much at all, particularly the media or banking, when he is a key player in the international investment bank, Goldman Sachs, a large Jewish financial corporation named in the US for its part in huge financial swindles.
A Galaxy poll commissioned by News Ltd, published in the Cairns Post newspaper has the ALP State leader Annastacia Palaszczuk one point behind Campbell Newman as preferred Premier. Whilst we know Campbell is on the nose it is hard to believe he is this far behind!
It has Palmers United party at 12 per cent and Katters Australian Party at zero. But don’t dismay this happened before Clive’s public outpouring of antipathy towards the Chinese Government. Polls, lying polls and dodgy data are the usual products of opinion polls, especially from those polling companies that are owned by Rupert Murdoch of News Ltd.
Their methodology is simple – just ask a loaded question and you get the required result. For example which leader is your preferred choice of Premier, Newman or Palaszczuk?
There are no other options on offer so the interviewee has to pick one or the other, neither of whom he likes at all. If the pollster was to ask, “If you don’t like either on offer, who is your choice of Premier?” Then the polling result would be much different.
This polling subterfuge is what happens when the ALP and the LNP allow Rupert Murdoch to control the vast majority of Australian media.
Thank God for the internet!