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Residents call for senate inquiry and audit into Peninsula Development Road construction

A group of Coen residents has called for an independent audit into the distribution of $260 million of federal and state funding allocated for a major upgrade of the Peninsula Development Road.

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Senator Roberts(left) talking to local graziers Paddy Shephard; John and Sally Witherspoon after the meeting, intends to take residents’ concerns over mismanagement of the PDR construction to parliament

One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts was invited to the Coen meeting on Wednesday night to hear the concerns of locals who believe there had been a wide-spread waste of government funds by Roadtek.

Long-time local grazier Paddy Shephard explained to the meeting how an Indigenous Land Use Agreement(ILUA) was about to signed off by the State Government giving part control of the PDR to a “Coen Aboriginal family group” which had no connection  to the highway.

Another resolution was passed at the meeting asking Senator Roberts to instigate a senate inquiry into the granting of an ILUA over the PDR, an important arterial tourist and defence road.

Senator Roberts is no stranger to the Cape having taken a number of holiday trips to the Top.

He said he was at the meeting to listen to the concerns of local people and would do what he could to have the matters investigated.

“It seems the place is being held back and the road is important  for defence and the opening up of the region,” Senator Roberts said.

“There is no accountability and now it seems lots of waste in general and an abuse of power where ordinary people are missing out every day.

“We are losing our sovereignty in government under regulations coming from the United Nations.”

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Senator Roberts discusses with Nichol Keppel the takeover of the PDR by the Cape York Land Council

Businessman Barry Mulley launched an emotional attack on the Cape York Land Council for demanding the PDR be handed over to their elitist members allegedly in order to take a cut of funding for contractors engaged in the upgrade.

“Once they have control of the road they can do what they like with it even charge a toll for tourists to use it and decide which contractors will get jobs,” Mr Mulley said.

“We believe local indigenous people should get jobs on the road but the land council should not be in control of it. There are too many jobs for the boys on big pay that has pushed up the cost of building it.

“There is no accountability from the government or land council in how they spend large amounts taxpayers money.

“I am sick of paying large amounts of tax only to have it wasted by the government on mismanagement of the road works.”

Mr Mulley said Peninsula ratepayers and residents had no political representation which is why Senator Roberts was invited to take their concerns to Parliament.

“Nobody cares about the Peninsula. The government just throws lots of money into it without any accountability,” he added.

The notorious ‘Land Claim Number 1’ according to Cape York Alliance member Jack Wilkie-Jans gave the CYLC the ability to claim ownership of the PDR.

“How do just nine claimants speak for the hundreds of clan groups across the Cape?” he asked.

“Is it any wonder there is such widespread derision among the indigenous and white people of the Cape.”

No fresh milk by 2028? New bill for fair price to farmers

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A new logo would be put on milk bottles to help consumers identify if it is sourced from a farmer who was paid a fair price, under proposed laws by Katter’s Australian Party.

Shane Knuth said the bill, which will need the support of one of the major parties and crossbenchers, establishes the eligibility criteria and legal protection for the voluntary system.

“Queensland dairy farmers are in a crippling financial crisis,” he said.

“The deterioration climate of the dairy industry is making it crucial to pass legislation that will help keep dairy farmers afloat.

“The fair milk price logo informs consumers where the milk is produced, that farmers were paid a sustainable price for the cost of a litre of milk, and that it’s Queensland’s fresh milk.”

‘No fresh milk by 2028’

Mr Knuth said an average of 50 farmers left the industry each year, going from 1500 to just 430 in 15 years.

If the trend continued there would be no fresh milk produced in the state by 2028, he said.

“Deregulation, natural disasters, and the dollar-a-litre supermarket price wars and unsustainable farm gate prices have slashed the number of Queensland dairy farmers.”

The bill now goes to the Agriculture and Environment Committee for consideration before it is debated by the Parliament.

It is unclear if the KAP bill would be passed, with the government and opposition coy on their intentions.

A government spokesman said Minister Leanne Donaldson would assess the merits of the bill after it was considered by a parliamentary committee.

Opposition’s agriculture spokesman Dale Last said the LNP had a strong record of supporting Queensland farmers.

“We’ll be keen to take a closer look at this legislation as it’s considered by the Parliamentary Committee,” he said.

-ABC – http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2016/10/13/new-bill-fair-price-farmers/

First Bligh now Palaszczuk selling off your assets

Tim Nicholls Opposition Leader

Tim Nicholls Opposition Leader

The Opposition has compared the Palaszczuk Government to former premier Anna Bligh’s “failed” administration during a heated debate over asset sales.

Question time was dominated by asset sales, after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last week announced the State Government would sell off publicly owned land to encourage urban renewal in cities across Queensland.

But Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls claimed the policy was a broken promise from Labor and he tried to draw the link between Ms Palaszczuk and Ms Bligh – who led the state between 2007 and 2012.

“Before 2009 election campaign Anna Bligh and Andrew Fraser deceived Queenslanders and promised not to sell state assets and then did so,” he said.
“Before the 2015 campaign, the Premier and Treasurer promised not to sell assets and are now planning on doing so.” “How is the Premier’s Government any different from the failed Bligh-Fraser Government?” Ms Bligh ruled out considering privatisations before the 2009 election and after Labor was re-elected the Government moved to sell Queensland Rail’s freight business – now called Aurizon after listing on the stock exchange – along with the state’s forestry assets, putting Queensland Motorways out on a long-term lease and offloading the Brisbane and Abbot Point ports.

Queenslanders registered their displeasure about selling state assets at the ballot box, with the Bligh Government decimated at the 2012 election – reduced to just seven MPs out of the 89-seat parliament.

But Ms Palaszczuk rejected the claim and pointed out that the former LNP Government took a $37 billion privatisation package to the last election.

“The person who is now the leader of the Opposition was the architect of the plan to sell off $37 billion worth of assets,” she said.

“We have heard rumours that they are talking about either a 50-year lease on our energy companies or our ports, or perhaps selling a 50 per cent stake in them.” Ms Palaszczuk defended the land sales policy because it would create jobs for Queenslanders by partnering with the private sector and local councils to deliver urban renewal projects.

But Mr Nicholls said Ms Palaszczuk had changed the rules about what constitutes a privatisation in a move to justify the land sales policy.

“The Premier has repeatedly tried to claim her Government would not sell assets, even attempting to change the definition to income-producing assets after the election,” he said.

A Government spokesman said Labor’s pre-election policy was to not sell “income-producing assets”.

Source: Courier Mail

UN urges world to commit to Agenda 2030 to shut down any further development

September 4.This corrupt organisation, the United Nations made up largely of third world nations wants all countries to stop any further development in the name of ‘greenhouse’ (greenhoax) gas emissions that cause ‘climate change.’

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the conference’s focus on sustainable development and climate change, urging all countries to take early action on these.

Last September, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a new global framework to advance peace and prosperity for all people and for a healthy planet.

Ahead of G20 opening, Ban stresses ‘far-reaching’ impacts of early climate action, urges unity on Global Goals

Leaders attending the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, pose for a commemorative photo at the opening ceremony on 4 September 2016. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

4 September 2016 – At a G20 summit in the southeastern city of Hangzhou in China, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the conference’s focus on sustainable development and climate change, urging all countries to take early action on these.

“For the first time in the history of the G20, the Hangzhou draft communiqué is now focusing on this Sustainable Development Action Agenda as one of their most important [aspects of] the outcome document,” the UN chief said at a press conference, ahead of the summit’s opening.

“Climate change and Sustainable Development Goals should go hand in hand. That is not my message – that is the message of all scientists, economists and all experts,” he added, stressing that “early action will bring more and more, and better and better results.”
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Katter on Sunday Night: Australia – Stand up and vote your MP’s out

We have re-published this again for those who missed the first edition.

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KAP Federal Leader and Member for Kennedy Bob Katter MP following the airing of Channel 7’s Sunday Night program, July 5th, has urged Australians to vote their politicians out at the next election if they don’t stand up for Australian farmers.

“Vote out your MPs and Senators.  They are just a bunch of donkeys going down to Canberra and holding up their hands.

“Even the best ones, you only get a couple of squawks out of it.

“Following the program last night our office has been inundated with callers from around Australia.

“There is no solution here outside of a political solution.  

“Australians need to tell their members of Parliament if you don’t take a stand and vote in the Parliament to stop this – we will vote you out” “They might say ‘oh no, the ALP might get in’ or ‘oh no, the LNP might get in’.  That is irrelevant – all you (Member of Parliament) need to worry about is that you will be out.

The Sunday Night program featured a number of farmers who have been foreclosed on by the banks including Jim and Kim Whelan from Charters Towers, Mr Katter’s home town in the electorate of Kennedy.  The program also focused on the increasing Chinese Investment, much of which is not registered and the recently signed Australia-China Free Trade Agreement which allows Chinese workers into Australia.

“Don’t think we are not coming on strong.  We have 8 cross benchers in the Senate and the next election should see us with 30% of the Senate – so the main stream parties are not running things anymore, Mr Katter said.

The Sunday Night program can be viewed here:
https://au.news.yahoo.com/sunday-night/features/a/28634435/foreign-investors-on-hunt-for-aussie-farms/

Queensland’s Keystone cops

 

“It was scary as hell”: Kids terrified as cops storm Gold Coast home by mistake but they could not care less.

This is what happens when the Oxley Police Academy trains recruits to regard the public, whom they are supposed to serve, as “the enemy”

Jaydan Duck

January 9, 2016 1:45 am

 

FIRST ON MYGC: A Gold Coast mother-of-two says her children were too traumatised to sleep last night after half-a-dozen police burst into their home and detained their father by mistake.

Kristy Stewart told myGC a squad of officers stormed her Coombabah home along The Esplanade at around 9.30pm on Friday after allegedly mistaking her address for another in the street.

Mrs Stewart, 35, says her two children, aged 10 and eight, were shaking in terror as they watched police order her out of the house and rush inside to detain their innocent father.

“My husband was out on the back patio with the kids and I was in the kitchen when I looked outside and seen an officer approach the front patio,” Mrs Stewart recalled.

“I opened the front door and five or six police officers and two police dogs started coming from the front.

“They yelled ‘step out from the door and put your hands to the front’.

“I stepped to the side and they yelled at me to stay put.

“I kept repeating that they had made a mistake, that we have done nothing wrong (but) they wouldn’t listen.”

Mrs Steward told myGC the officers then raced inside her home and detained her 32-year-old husband in front of her 10-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son.

“My husband walked up the hallway as he could hear the commotion and was grabbed by both hands by an officer and (the police) said, ‘we know who you are, you’ve done something very bad’.”

But as it would turn out, the police actually had no idea whose home they were in.

“My husband kept saying that he hadn’t done anything and my daughter was pleading with them that we were not doing anything wrong.

“Finally they asked for our address which obviously didn’t correlate with the address they were suppose to attend.”

Mrs Stewart told myGC the officers “bowed their heads”, some with “embarrassing smirks on their face”, as they walked back out of the house and regrouped on the front lawn.

“The police were discussing how to get to the other address which is when I helped them out by giving them directions,” she said.

“It is extremely embarrassing for the Queensland Police Service, considering they are equipped with GPS.”

“It certainly shook us up. My kids and husband were so scared. It was scary as hell.”

Mrs Stewart said one officer yelled from the window of his patrol car before speeding off, “some excitement for you tonight!”

Katter shames Keystone Kops

ABC Rural Radio jaded by ideology

by Robert J Lee

Well you have gotta hand it to Charlie, ABC Radio’s indefatigable rural reporter for the Far North. She covers a multitude of mundane, populist issues some of which really don’t affect the bush or primary industries.

Once a Liberal Party candidate for the federal seat of Leichardt, which takes in Cape York Peninsula and northern Cairns, Charlie McKillop could one day reach the soaring heights of her namesake, the Catholic Saint, Mary MacKillop.

Providing she learns how to think out of the square.

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Charlie McKillop

Never one to let a good story get in the way of political ideology, Charlie was remarkably noticeable by her absence on the Atherton Tablelands in the aftermath of the panama disease outbreak that could have decimated the entire banana industry.

The Australian Banana Growers Association was caught napping when word got out about the Panama outbreak at Mareeba that was later proven to be a false test by Bio-security.

But the quarantine procedures hastily stuck together by government and industry still apply and have cost growers dearly.

During the false outbreak Charlie dutifully reported every nuance of the government departments and the ABGA.

Professors of plant life, agronomists and farmers unilaterally agreed once a farm was infected with the doomsday fungus, it was curtains, all over, finito.

Then ABGA joined the chorus assuring farmers and the public that Armageddon had arrived on the Tablelands.

Then a quietly spoken soil nutritionist from the Kingaroy area contacted Katters Australian Party with the news that Panama disease was not an atomic bomb for bananas.

The KAP, fortunately had some rather experienced farmers in their ranks who had heard of the peanut grower, John Koehler from the South Burnett who 25 years ago had managed to produce exceptional dryland peanuts without any measurable occurrence of aflatoxin, caused by a fungal disease that is quite toxic if consumed.

Koehler had transformed previously unusable and ‘flogged out’ peanut paddocks into viable growing areas once again with the diligent application of minerals that were either non-existent or long-missing from most Australian soils.

News reports from the Sunshine Coast district recently carried a similar story about the ailing ginger industry that has been flayed with disease leaving most traditional growing country unusable due to a virile fungus.

Koehler and an agronomist colleague had reversed the ginger fungus problem in trial plots and increased yield by up to 1000 per cent.

The Tableland party organised a seminar at Mareeba for Mr Koehler to assist banana growers in rejuvenating their paddocks by applying the correct minerals in a balanced formula.

Local newspapers and radio stations carried different stories and were excited that “Panama is not a death sentence” as one headline declared.

This was big news in the north, that the $700 million industry could be saved.

Unfortunately Charlie and her Townsville counterpart Craig Zonka were missing in action. The ABC let down its country listeners by denying them some hope of preventing the disease to strike.

Charlie’s Liberal ideology stopped her from reporting on this proven solution for hundreds of desperate farmers.

Not to be outdone, KAP on August 31, hosted a meeting of 300 desperate and dispossessed cattle producers at Charters Towers. Smack bang in the middle of the ABC’s largest rural audience.

ABC Television News from Brisbane turned up at the Towers meeting, giving it state-wide coverage in the nightly news.

Charlie was not going to give any credit to the KAP or Bob Katter for organising such an important meeting(Cairns News Sept 3) while her ‘champions of the bush’ the Liberals tossed many hundreds of family farmers onto the scrap heap.

The meeting heard from Facebook sensation Charlie Phillott who forced the ANZ Bank to return his Winton cattle property, amid a blaze of publicity on 60 Minutes.

It seems the bank had been caught out by Katter and Phillott engaging in unlawful, asset stripping activities.

One resolution, passed unanimously, condemned the Liberal National Party’s so-called drought aid assistance package as “bullshit” and an “unwanted loan at higher than normal bank interest rates.”

Not much of a story, Charlie must have reckoned, but the three television stations and various other news services who turned up thought it was a tremendous show of force by farmers who spoke of their battle with banks and their terrorist receivers, such as Korda Mentha, locally known as the Greek mafia.

Well indeed, Charlie has missed the boat, instead reporting on humdrum issues and flogging the United Nations policy-driven Natural Resource Management group and largely meaningless and costly Landcare programs.

This jaded reporting by the ABC is its hallmark, and if you are not a blackfella, Muslim, a gay or member of the Greens, ALP or LNP, or some defrocked climate change dodo, then any important message won’t ever hit the public broadcaster’s rural airwaves.

Cairns News should say that Cairns ABC regional radio with breakfast programs such as that hosted by airwaves icon Kier Shorey are of the highest quality and perform an informative public service.

State Government’s irrigation proposal is just corporate farming, says Katter

22 August 2015: KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter today warned the Queensland Government that the Gulf and Mid-West would not stand by and allow its water resources to be allocated to corporate farming.

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Bob Katter MP

The Queensland Government today released an amended Gulf Water Resource Plan, which includes a competitive tender process for general unallocated water reserves from the Flinders and Gilbert River. However, the Gilbert River catchment reserves will not be made available until after the environmental impact assessment process has been completed for the proposed Integrated Food and Energy Developments (IFED).

Mr Katter said today that the plan would amount to nothing more than corporate farming, which was of no value to the people of Australia.

“Whilst we welcome the Minister’s positive comments on water development, there is no way in the world we’re going to stand aside and see all of our water given to corporations.

“Because that is what is proposed here. Between IFED and talk of tendering, there is no doubt that all we’re talking about is corporate farming, which is worth nothing to our communities nor the people of Australia.

“Scams galore, in the way of the Cubbie Station type now owned by the Chinese, are the way of the future. The only prominent names in the current IFED proposal were both involved with Cubbie Station when it was sold.

“If anyone thinks that the people of the Gulf and Mid-West are going to stand idly by and see their water resources given away to the major corporates, they’d better think again.

“We need to get out of our corporate thinking and start looking after the people of Australia, instead of the globalist corporate models.

“The Minister I think will do the right thing, but he has to understand that to date the corporate and environmentalist cart has been put in front of the interests of the people that live in the Gulf.

“The only proposals that currently exist outside of the Upper Burdekin Irrigation Scheme (UBurIS) are corporate proposals, and they will yield no benefit to the local communities whatsoever.

“We are in the process of negotiations with the State members representing these areas and we are determined that the interests of Australians living in these areas will be paramount.

“The benefits of irrigation should flow to everyone that lives in these areas, the townies, the contractors, the workers, the cattlemen and it seems to me the three corporate proposals deliver no benefit to any of those people,” Mr Katter said.

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