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New State of North Queensland on the way.
The ALP/LNP are terribly fearful of a new NQ State over which they would have little control because North Queenslanders don’t like the duopoly and its control by the UN

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Committee formed to initiate new state of North Queensland

Working Group for the Establishment of North Queensland

Northern MPs, academics, economists and community leaders have joined forces to push forward the case for North Queensland as an independent state.

The newly formed Working Group for the Establishment of North Queensland believes it is time for a concerted push for the independence of a Northern State to secure future development.

KAP leader and Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter believes the working group will assist in establishing the case as a strong representative body to lay the ground work for a referendum.

Mr Katter said he is sick of the hearing that a northern state isn’t economically viable.

“The arguments put up by the State Government that we can’t afford it are an offence. Just the opposite is true. We can’t afford not to,” he said.

“We have not baseload power, no dams, no real development and this is in contrast to the massive cannibalism economic spending in Brisbane, not even in the south east corner! Just Brisbane. In fact I think a lot of people on the Gold Coast and

Sunshine Coast and the South West, would like to come with us. There are few more centralised governments in the world.

Member for Mt Isa Rob Katter said the group will also assist in the push for strategic long term policy and development, something the north has lacked for a long time.

“This committee will work to make this proposition become a reality, this is more than just a thought bubble, it’s the beginning of a real future for North Queensland,”

“The reason for being independent is a simple one. It is fundamentally better for all of us if decisions about North Queensland’s future are made by the people who care most about North Queensland – that is the people of North Queensland.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen who has for a long time advocated for a referendum on this issue had written to all MPs, senators and mayors who represent areas above the Tropic of Capricorn to invite them to be part of a such a move.

“The committee is for action not more talk. The people of the north deserve a fair hearing on this, this working group is well placed to push for a referendum on the formation of a new state of North Queensland,” he said.

The working group hopes to meet on a monthly basis and involve other community leaders to contribute to the campaign.

Confirmed NQ Working Group as follows:

George Christensen MP Federal Member for Dawson (LNP)
Rob Pyne MP State Member for Cairns (Independent)
Jeff Cox Cane farmer and grazier
Colin Dwyer Leading economist
David Moyle Founder of Townsville Ratepayers Association
Peter Raffles Barrister and academic
Henry Fracchia Civil Engineer Executive Director of Infrastructure Design at UDP Group
Bob Katter MP Federal Member for Kennedy (KAP)
Robbie Katter MP State Member for Mt Isa (KAP)
Shane Knuth MP State Member for Dalrymple (KAP)
Vicky Kippin O’Connor Grower and grazier, former

State politician

Katter calls for new state of North Queensland

There are renewed calls for a dramatic shake-up of Australia’s three-tiered system of government, with one state MP saying the country is facing a reckoning.

Katter’s Australian Party MP for Mount Isa, Robbie Katter, is one of several parliamentarians pushing for a referendum on the issue of north Queensland breaking away from the rest of the state.

Mr Katter said the split was needed to address what he described as a “sinkhole” of funding to “keep building aquariums in Brisbane and office buildings and to buy votes”.

“Queensland’s always been agriculture, mining and tourism, you need those things … and a lot of those things exist outside the metropolitan area,” he told Lateline.

Mr Katter and many others have told Lateline the problem is nationwide and urgently needs to be addressed.

“This problem transcends just a discussion about a separate state for north Queensland. The problem is the misallocation of resources,” Mr Katter said.

“There’ll be a reckoning at some point and we’re starting to experience that reckoning, I’d say across Australia.

“We are not putting the money where it needs to be and we desperately need resources, our taxes, going to industry-enabling infrastructure, not vote-winning exercises.”

Home rule of North Queensland is economically viable

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Bob Katter

 The Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter has responded to claims made by Treasurer Curtis Pitt that a state of North Queensland would not be economically viable.

“Queensland’s income comes almost solely from the four C’s: coal, cane, cattle and copper — all almost exclusively come from North Queensland. And the tourism between Mackay and Cairns is bigger than the Gold Coast. The base of the state’s economy comes from the north,” said Mr Katter.

Mr Katter doesn’t dispute the regional domestic product in North Queensland is less than South Queensland, as stated by the Treasurer in the Courier Mail yesterday.

“Our lower GRP is proof of the need for a separate state for North Queensland. We cut the cane, we dig the copper, we muster the cattle and we ‘aint getting the benefit.”

Respected Economist at DSEconomics, and regular columnist in the Townsville Bulletin, Colin Dwyer has published in The Bulletin today (1 April 2016) a strong quantitative economic position for a separate state of North Queensland:

Currently about 20% of QLD revenue is generated from Coal, Base metals and a small amount of LNG gas mining royalties. Most of the coal is produced in North Queensland and all of the base metals are produced in North Queensland.  Mining royalties represent roughly $4 to $5 Billion, most of which could be spent in a new North Queensland state and not SEQ.”

If a new state of North Queensland where to receive the current Queensland GST funding share from the total GST pool of about $56B, then North Queensland would receive about $2.5 to $3Billion this year. 

If we then consider the additional revenue streams such as rail and freight charges from agriculture and mining, payroll taxes, stamp duties on residential and commercial property sales and home insurance, ports revenue, electricity and other GOC revenue, its obvious North Queensland is fiscally viable and more than likely will prosper into the future. 

Mr Katter believes the examples of other states matter in this debate,

“Curtis Pitt said that we can’t go it alone. Would he please go tell  Tasmania, South Australia, the Northern Territory, the ACT and to Western Australia. We are double to the size of most of them and equal to the size of all of them and they all stand on their own,” said Mr Katter.

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