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One Nation placed second on Katter how to vote cards

The Katter’s Australian Party and One Nation have announced they will place each other as the number two position on their how to vote cards in an alliance to reflect the major party neglect of Queensland.

KAP leader Robbie Katter said the Liberal and Labor major party dominance had clearly failed regional Queenslanders and that the time was now for much needed change.

“For far two long the major parties have continued to sell off our assets, pushed green ideology and failed to invest in regional job creating mega-infrastructure projects,” Mr Katter said.

Robbie Katter has placed One Nation second on KAP how to vote cards after the Liberal National Party announced it would preference Greens ahead of Labor

“Queensland can’t afford another four years of major party dominance, we know it doesn’t work, enough is enough, times up.”

Mr Katter said the KAP would put the Greens last in all seats.

“The LNP are preferencing the Greens which highlights how out of touch they have become.

“If there is a result of the LNP deal that ends up with a Greens controlled government this looks like no dams, no coal and more crime.

“We can’t risk the Greens grabbing a seat, it’s a major threat to the future of North Queensland.”

Mr Katter said the only way the majors can learn their lesson is that if people don’t give them their vote.

“Both the LNP and Labor are Brisbane based parties and the evidence of this is beyond clear,” he said.

“Up here in the north the LNP they say they are pro coal, yet down in Brisbane they tell everyone they are anti-coal, the truth is they are preferencing the Greens and they can’t have a bet each way.

“Ultimately our preferences are up to the voter, the how to vote card is just a guide.”

Mr Katter said other Westminster democracies who had more than a duopoly party dominance had a better governance of their citizens.

“Stronger minor parties means politicians have to actually fight for your vote in order to make a difference.”

LNP betrays bush again votes with ALP, Greens to shut down coal-fired power

Weipa miner Metro Mining today made a shock announcement it was shutting down its flagship Cape York Bauxite Hill operation which came hard on the heels of the Liberal National Party joining with Labor to shut down cheap coal fired power for Queensland.

Metro said it would shelve its Skardon River project 100 klm north of Weipa until April next year due to its inability to renew contracts with China amid a slumped world alumina market.

Metro Mining’s Weipa  bauxite operation in mothballs until April

The closure will see 50 Cape York Aborigines and Islanders lose their plant operation jobs  which will significantly impact local communities. The mine employs another 160 fly-in employees,

Yesterday saw the LNP vote with Labor and Greens to curb Queensland coal mining and to drop support for coal-fired power.

Katters Australian Party leader Robbie Katter put forward a motion to provide Queenslanders with the cheapest electricity possible by ceasing costly renewable power mandates, subsidies and investment programs available to inefficient wind and solar generation to ensure coal and renewables competed on a level playing field.

The LNP is supporting Labor to achieve its renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030, a move Mr Katter says will kill power dependent industries in the state.

LNP Leader the hopeless Deb Frecklington (left) and ALP Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk like peas in a pod voting together with Greens to kill coal power 

Mr Katter said the LNP Opposition’s stance on coal was akin to former Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten.

“They tell us in North Queensland they support coal, but when it came time to nail their colours to the mast in Parliament, they squibbed it,” he said.

“They are giving preferences to the Greens in Brisbane-based seats at the upcoming election so it hardly surprises me that they have voted this way. But they can be sure the people of regional and North Queensland will remember that the LNP betrayed them when they walk into the polling booth on October 31.”

Mr Katter said coal played an important part in the economy and now and into the future, providing $3.8 billion in wages, $4.4 billion in royalties last year, accounting for 0.1 per cent of Queensland’s land mass, $52.5 billion gross regional product in 2918-19, 15 per cent of the total GDP over the whole of Queensland, and 11 per cent of employment.

“Regional Queenslanders feel like the Government has been their enemy for so many years. Go out there and try and start a coal mine or water project from scratch—it is not very easy.”

Member for Hill Shane Knuth said electricity prices continued to go up because there were zero coal-fired power plants in North Queensland.

“Collinsville was the last coal-fired power station in North Queensland, and it had five coal-powered steam turbines with a combined generation capacity of 190 megawatts of electricity,” he said.

“However, a solar power farm which was built on adjacent land in 2018 now generates only 42 megawatts of electricity. The Collinsville power station had families who lived, worked and sent their kids to school in Collinsville and the generator saved hundreds of millions of dollars in lost transmission and kept electricity prices down.”

Member for Hinchinbrook Nick Dametto said the KAP wasn’t against renewables, but wanted the State Government to put a stop to solar and wind subsidies that made regional power prices soar.

“Wind, solar and hydro projects are getting all the benefit from the subsidies for renewable energies, yet we have a project sitting in the middle of the Hinchinbrook electorate ready to go—the NQBE (the North Queensland Bio-Energy Corporation)—which has no government backing,” he said.

“They have been offered a little bit of money to go towards the development of the project—about $1 million was ear-tagged—but there is not a cent to go towards making sure that this project has longevity and the legs to get up.

“NQBE offers dispatchable power and supports the sugar cane industry but can’t get a cent. That’s because the Government’s renewable subsidies are driven by ideology and not economics.”

LNP deserts industry and farmers by switching off the lights with green power

Economic oblivion is on the horizon for Queensland with the LNP appearing to have joined Labor in their ideological journey on energy policy, State KAP Leader and Traeger Robbie Katter has warned.

 Mr Katter said in an unanticipated, but perhaps unsurprising, development the Queensland LNP had gone all in on the ideological energy debate.

 He said it was clear in their submission made to the Federal Senate Enquiry into the “prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia”, that the Queensland LNP party were more interested in ideology than looking at all options, both short and long-term, for delivering the cheapest and most reliable energy for Queensland households and businesses.

Robbie Katter warns the LNP has gone soft on peak load power for industry and jumped onto unreliable green power with the Labor Party and Greens.

 The Traeger MP said although the LNP was entitled to whatever opinion it wanted, it appeared the party was now “playing it safe” on energy and was prepared to go all in on renewables.

 “I’m disappointed, but not really surprised, that the LNP are taking such a narrow view on energy,” Mr Katter said.

 “I think the most important thing for delivering good energy policy is being willing to look at, and accept, any option that delivers the cheapest and most reliable power.

 “It looks as though the LNP have lost their mettle and caved into the irrational ideological fear that now drives our energy debate.”

 Mr Katter said the energy system was complex and having an uncompromising position on particular sources of generation was a waste of time and money.

 “The electricity system is incredibly complex and it is stupid to think that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ renewable or coal position will bring down electricity prices,” he said.

 “We need to look at all options for dealing with the short and long-term problems in the electricity system and nothing should be off the table.

 “In some circumstances thermal generation is going to be the best option and in other circumstances renewables are going to be the best option, and if there is long term opportunity to use nuclear then that shouldn’t be off the table.

 “The KAP is only focussed on ensuring prices are as low as possible and we will back any solution that delivers that outcome.

 “For the North, that’s building CopperString to unlock the cheap renewable resources around Hughenden and connect the existing gas-fired generation in Mount Isa to the east coast grid.

 “In central and south west Queensland the solution may be to commit to extending the life of existing coal-fired power stations, which will send the right market signals and give energy-intensive businesses the confidence to make longterm investments.”

 Mr Katter said the KAP’s policy on energy was simply to ensure prices were as low as possible which included the removal of the regulatory asset pricing model approach that artificially inflates customer costs.

This will effectively take power bills back towards cost, removing the large tax that the government takes out of each bill.

Katter addresses the bank Royal Commission findings

Hon Bob Katter MP

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy

will respond via Facebook video to the release of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry report, as the first politician who called for a Commission back in May 2015.

3:30pm (Qld time)

TODAY (Monday, 4 February 2019)

Staff will upload live video to Bob Katter’s Facebook page re his response to the report’s release and findings.

Please note, Mr Katter is unable to travel from his home in Charters Towers today due to extensive flooding in Townsville and throughout the Kennedy Electorate and the closure of the Townsville airport (hence the Facebook video).

Facebook @bobkattermp

Katter tips the bucket on corrupt banks and the equally corrupt Australian Banking Association

Timeline of the Banking Royal Commission and how it originated:

  • End 2012 – Rural Debt Summit – Bob pressures the then Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan after a question in Parliament to act on spiralling rural debt. Bob pushes to form the Rural Debt Roundtable Working Group.

https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/amp.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/swan-to-talk-to-qld-farmers-about-debt/news-story/2ae90af857acf754781d12220a22a2b8

    • 7 May 2013 – Bob organises rural crisis meeting in Richmond, Central Queensland. Bob forms Gulf Cattleman’s Association to steer the meeting and actions going forward. Federal Member Barnaby Joyce as Shadow Agriculture Minister and (then) Chief of Staff, Matt Canavan attend. Former Senator the Hon Joseph Ludwig (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) also attends. Focus on the crisis meeting is on debt, drought and live cattle exports. After the meeting is called, but prior to being held, on 27 April 2013 Swan and Ludwig announce concessional loans (in Queensland, administered by QRAA) – package worth $420m Australia- wide.
    • 30 June/1 July 2013 – Indonesian Ambassador tours the Gulf with Bob. The next day, the Indonesian Ambassador flies to Jakarta to brief the President ahead of Prime Minister Rudd’s visit. Live cattle quota numbers are restored following Rudd’s visit.
    • 28 Feb 2014 – Bob and Rural Debt Roundtable Working Group Chair meet with Australian Banking Association (CEO and bank executive members) in Sydney regarding rural debt and the Private Members Bill for a Rural Reconstruction Board.
    • 5 December 2014 – Winton ‘Last Stand’ meeting called by Robbie Katter (Queensland State Member for Traeger and Bob’s son) where Federal Member Barnaby Joyce attends as now Minster for Agriculture and Water Resources. Radio and TV commentator Alan Jones is a special guest. From this, David Pascoe compiles a Facebook story about Charlie Phillott and the ANZ Bank , which goes viral. Following this meeting, Minister Joyce gives another $100 million in concessional loans and the ANZ puts a moratorium on foreclosing on any new drought-affected farmers for a year.  Bob says he will name and shame banks behaving badly in the media and Parliament.
    • May 2015 – After battling ANZ and other bank cases, Bob calls for a Royal Commission into the banks.
    • 12 July 2015 – 60 Minutes airs story on Charlie Phillott and ANZ Bank.
    • 30 August 2015 – Mike Smith’s (CEO of ANZ) apology to Charlie Phillott airs on 60 Minutes.
    • 19 October 2015 – Queensland State Member for Traegar Robbie Katter is appointed Chairman of the Queensland Government’s Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce. The final report, released in in April 2016, made 14 recommendations including establishing a Rural and Industries Development Bank, a Farm Debt Reconstruction Authority, and a commercial Multi-Peril Insurance (income protection) product for all primary industries.
  • 26 May 2016 – Queensland State Member for Traeger Robbie Katter introduces the Rural and Regional Adjustment (Development Assistance) Amendment Bill.
  • 10 October 2016 – Bob introduces Banking Commission of Inquiry Bill 2016, as per election promise. 

Federal Member of Parliament George Christensen comes out publicly saying he will support a bill by Bob.

  • 27 March 2017 – New Bill introduced by Bob which has input from other MPs – People of Australia’s Commission of Inquiry (Banking and Financial Services) Bill 2017.
  • November 2017 – Then Prime Minister Turnbull announces he will call a Royal Commission after the big banks give him the go-ahead.
  • 25 June 2018 – Bob moves the Banking System Reform (Separation of Banks) Bill – legislation for Glass- Steagall separation of commercial banks from all other financial activities.
  • 27 June 2018 – Bob attends the Banking Royal Commission public hearings and asks a question of the Commissioner Kenneth Hayne QC. Mr Katter interrupts proceedings to ask the Commissioner whether the banks’ failures will be properly fixed. The Commissioner concedes that public hearings into agribusiness lending will have to be extended.
  • 4 October 2018 – Bob directly asks then Treasurer and now Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Parliament if he could assure the House that the Royal Commission would include the “carrion” – the receivers – and address the issue of a Reconstruction Bank. The Banking Royal Commission a priority in the 45th Parliament for Bob Katter.

Katter’s troops ready to engage party hacks

Moving electorate office sends wrong message to regional Qld: Katter

The decision by Member for Cook Cynthia Lui to move her electorate from Mareeba to Cairns is the latest slap in the face from Labor to rural, regional and remote Queenslanders, State KAP Leader Robbie Katter has said.

 Mr Katter said while there were great challenges faced by MPs who represent large electorates, he was astounded that the Member for Cook had backed down from a pre-election promise and opted to move her office to Cairns.

 Cairns is not in the Cook electorate.

 The Traeger MP said Ms Lui’s relocation decision flew in the face of fighting against service centralisation and giving smaller communities a genuine voice in the Queensland Parliament.

 He said he was not surprised by reports that Mareeba locals were up in arms about the move.

 “In the interest of taking a stand against centralisation, I would like to call on the Member for Cook to reverse this decision,” Mr Katter said.

 “Regional Members of Parliament like myself and Ms Lui need to send a clear message to smaller communities that they matter and that their voices will be heard,” he said.

 “Relocating from Mareeba is one thing, but moving to Cairns which is not even in the Cook electorate sends a terrible message to the people of the North.”

 Mr Katter said the State Labor Party had a shocking track record of removing services from the bush and ignoring the views and voices of rural communities.

 “It is my experience that as an MP in these types of electorates, you need make a point of going to the people you represent and not waiting for them to come to you,” he said.

 “I clock up tens of thousands of kilometres every year and spend many days and nights away from home because I get out of my office and am on the road or in the air trying to get to people.

 “The KAP is fighting to keep services in the bush, meanwhile the Palaszczuk Government, with their own representatives, are taking services away – even a humble electorate office is not immune.

 “This is astounding.”

 

 

KAP will put wheels in motion to create new State of North Queensland

October 27, 2017 – Leader of the state KAP party and Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter has released his policy regarding the formation of new North Queensland State.

 “If the KAP holds the balance of power at the next election we will immediately take the first step toward the establishment of North Queensland as a separate state.

 “The first step will be the establishment of a committee of independent experts with knowledge of the legal, economic and social factors to be considered and addressed to facilitate the establishment of the state of North Queensland.

 “The independent committee will develop a ‘roadmap’, that will define the steps required to establish the state of North Queensland,’’ Robbie said.

Robbie Katter in the next Parliament will put the wheels in motion to create a new state of North Queensland.

 

Mr Katter said a logical starting point of a border when splitting Queensland in two, would be the Tropic of Capricorn.

 “If this border was adopted it would place Rockhampton in the state of North Queensland.

 “Crucially our indigenous population would also have to be closely consulted,’’ Robbie said.

 “Robbie says the Australian constitution is well prepared for the creation of a new state.

 “A new State can always be created by an Act of the Commonwealth Parliament. The constitution has provisions included so this can take place. It’s not as if this has never been considered before.

A new state can only be created if the State in which it is to be created holds a successful referendum of the voters of that State.

 “However, there has not been a new state created in Australia since 1859 – during the same time the United States of America created almost 20.’’

 Under our unicameral system of Parliament, Queenslanders have been dominated by major parties which focus on winning votes in the South-East of Queensland. Meanwhile, they take the wealth that’s generated in regional areas and funnel it down to their South-East Queensland seats.

 “North and Western Queensland are economic powerhouses. Real Gross Regional Product in Mackay was more than twice that of the state average while the North West was three times the average.

“About 60 per cent of Queensland’s export industries are above the Tropic of Capricorn and contain only 20% of the population.

“Given the decline of the north and the regions under multiple ALP and LNP Governments we believe the time is right to once again seriously consider the creation of separate North Queensland State.

 “It would result in an immediate financial return back to those who created the wealth in Queensland,’’ Robbie said.

 North Queenslander Bill Bates is currently touring Queensland in an effort get people to sign his own personal petition to create a second Queensland state.

 Generally, petitions which attract 10,000 signatures will be debated in parliament.

LNP and Labor vote together to outlaw harmless Adler shotgun

October, 2017 – The LNP tonight backed Jackie Trad’s stricter Queensland gun control laws, with both parties displaying their willingness to work together to successfully attack the rights of law-abiding firearm owners.

The major party duopoly voted down a KAP Disallowance motion, ensuring more irrational changes will be made to the National Firearms Agreement (NFA).

KAP members Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth commended LNP Member for Gympie, Tony Perrett for crossing the floor to vote for KAP’s disallowance motion and for putting his constituents before his party.

The Liberal and Labor Parties voted together(not unusual) to place the lever action Adler shotgun in category ‘C’ making the many thousands of guns held legitimately by licenced shooters illegal.

After a debate characterised by mudslinging and misdirection the LNP sided with the Government to vote down the KAP motion moved by Robbie Katter resulting in Queensland now having gun laws which go far beyond those put in place by John Howard.

When debating the motion, Robbie urged all members of the house to look past the fear and emotion of the issue to ensure our laws are based on evidence and fairness.

“The changes to the NFA have absolutely no empirical or practical justification.

“Unfortunately these laws only punish people who do the right thing while doing nothing to address community safety,’’ Robbie said.

Member of Dalrymple Shane Knuth said if the State Government was serious about community safety it would look at measures which crackdown on gun crime, including a permanent amnesty, real time licence verification and better mail and customs screening to stop illegal weapons entering the country.

“The aim of the KAP disallowance motion was to remove the additional regulations imposed by Labor, resulting in tougher gun control laws,’’ Mr Knuth said.

“The LNP had the chance to block these tougher gun controls but chose to support Labor, even though they had been telling constituents they would champion law-abiding gun owners.’’

The LNP attempted to shift the blame to the State Government and the KAP for their decision to support the irrational NFA changes, however it was clear to all observers this was a weak attempt to move the focus away from their attack on law-abiding gun owners and the division within their own party.

“We will always support measures that make the community safer however, good policy needs to be based on evidence and not emotion,’’ Mr Knuth said.

Leader of the Opposition, Tim Nicholls quoted support for John Howard’s gun laws as the rationale. However, the new regulations significantly strengthen John Howard’s laws and they have been made without sufficient consultation with shooters.

The major aspects of the regulations which strengthen John Howard’s laws include:

– A reclassification of lever action shotguns to Category D, which is the same category as AK-47s and AR-15s, while pump action shotguns with the same capacity are classified in Category C.

– Serious questions around changes to the definition of lawful modification which could have the effect of making any type of weapon that has been modified by a licence shooter illegal. This has potential to make hundreds of thousands weapons illegal.

– If weapons are now deemed illegal they need to be handed back. With no compensation scheme in place this is perhaps the biggest injustice in the new laws.

Robbie Katter talks about a number of changes that could be brought in to improve community safety.

“There are a number of things that could be done to improve community safety including a permanent amnesty, a real time licence verification system, better screening of packages coming in from overseas and redirecting resources from persecution of law abiding shooters to fighting gun crime.

“According to a report by the auditor general, Customs only screens 25% of consignments, whereas previously all international mail coming into Australia was scanned. That equates to just 46 million scans, resulting in 67,123 prohibited items being seized. On those calculations, a further 201,369 prohibited items were let into the country,” Robbie said.

LNP SUPPORT JACKIE TRAD’S OVERBEARING GUN CONTROL

KAP Shane Knuth and Robbie Katter stated “There are a number of things that could be done to improve community safety including a permanent amnesty, a real time licence verification system, better screening of packages coming in from overseas and redirecting resources from persecution of law abiding shooters to fighting gun crime.

October 11, 2017 – The LNP tonight backed Jackie Trad’s stricter Queensland gun control laws, with both parties displaying their willingness to work together to successfully attack the rights of law-abiding firearm owners.

The major party duopoly voted down a KAP Disallowance motion, ensuring more irrational changes will be made to the National Firearms Agreement (NFA).

KAP members Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth commended LNP Member for Gympie, Tony Perrett for crossing the floor to vote for KAP’s disallowance motion and for putting his constituents before his party.

After a debate characterised by mudslinging and misdirection the LNP sided with the Government to vote down the KAP motion moved by Robbie Katter resulting in Queensland now having gun laws which go far beyond those put in place by John Howard.

When debating the motion, Robbie urged all members of the house to look past the fear and emotion of the issue to ensure our laws are based on evidence and fairness.

“The changes to the NFA have absolutely no empirical or practical justification.

“Unfortunately these laws only punish people who do the right thing while doing nothing to address community safety,’’ Robbie said.

KAP Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth

Member of Dalrymple Shane Knuth said if the State Government was serious about community safety it would look at measures which crackdown on gun crime, including a permanent amnesty, real time licence verification and better mail and customs screening to stop illegal weapons entering the country.

“The aim of the KAP disallowance motion was to remove the additional regulations imposed by Labor, resulting in tougher gun control laws,’’ Mr Knuth said.

“The LNP had the chance to block these tougher gun controls but chose to support Labor, even though they had been telling constituents they would champion law-abiding gun owners.’’

The LNP attempted to shift the blame to the State Government and the KAP for their decision to support the irrational NFA changes, however it was clear to all observers this was a weak attempt to move the focus away from their attack on law-abiding gun owners and the division within their own party.

“We will always support measures that make the community safer however, good policy needs to be based on evidence and not emotion,’’ Mr Knuth said.

Leader of the Opposition, Tim Nicholls quoted support for John Howard’s gun laws as the rationale. However, the new regulations significantly strengthen John Howard’s laws and they have been made without sufficient consultation with shooters.

The major aspects of the regulations which strengthen John Howard’s laws include:

– A reclassification of lever action shotguns to Category D, which is the same category as AK-47s and AR-15s, while pump action shotguns with the same capacity are classified in Category C.

– Serious questions around changes to the definition of lawful modification which could have the effect of making any type of weapon that has been modified by a licence shooter illegal. This has potential to make hundreds of thousands weapons illegal.

– If weapons are now deemed illegal they need to be handed back. With no compensation scheme in place this is perhaps the biggest injustice in the new laws.

Robbie Katter member for Mt Isa enjoying LNP and ALP pushing votes over to KAP by targeting legal firearm owners with looney legislation

Robbie Katter talks about a number of changes that could be brought in to improve community safety.

“There are a number of things that could be done to improve community safety including a permanent amnesty, a real time licence verification system, better screening of packages coming in from overseas and redirecting resources from persecution of law abiding shooters to fighting gun crime.

“According to a report by the auditor general, Customs only screens 25% of consignments, whereas previously all international mail coming into Australia was scanned. That equates to just 46 million scans, resulting in 67,123 prohibited items being seized. On those calculations, a further 201,369 prohibited items were let into the country,” Robbie said.

 

BRING ON THE ELECTION … NOW IS THE TIME

LNP deserts North Qld for SE corner

Bring on a State plebiscite to create the new State of North Queensland

KAP’s Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth have called the LNP a disgrace after they confirmed they will sell out North Queensland and pass the budget as is, without any negotiation.

 Robbie and Shane asked the government for four basic things to address the current crisis in North Queensland. Robbie and Shane and the rest of the crossbench said they would vote against the budget if the government refused to come to the negotiating table.

“North Queensland is in crisis. The government should be ashamed of itself for not agreeing to these four very reasonable requests,” Robbie said. “Even more shameful is that the LNP had an opportunity to stand with us to force the government to listen, but instead they’ve decided to sell out North Queensland and rubber stamp the budget.”

 Robbie and Shane requested four urgent actions to support North Queensland, which faces unemployment rates as high as 14%, compared with unemployment of about 4% in Brisbane:

1.    Power prices reduced by 5%

2.    Commit to reducing North Queensland unemployment to 6% by 2020

3.    Commit unspent infrastructure funding to North Queensland to kick start the economy

4.    Set up a North Queensland Budget Equity Board

KAP Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth says the LNP have betrayed North Qld

Shane Knuth said he was disgusted, but not surprised, with the government and LNP. “I wish I could say I was surprised, but I’m not,” Shane said. “I was excited because we had a real chance to make some change for North Queensland, but we needed support from either the government or LNP to make it happen, and neither of them would step up to the plate. They should hang their heads in shame,” Shane said.

 Robbie said he was shocked the major parties wouldn’t consider KAP’s requests. “They’re quite happy to throw billions of dollars at a Brisbane rail project so city people can get home from work earlier, but won’t commit to something as critical as reducing unemployment in the North.

At least we in North Queensland know exactly where we stand with the government and LNP: and that’s on the wrong side of the Brisbane border,” Robbie said.

 Robbie and Shane will vote against the budget unless the government accepts their basic requests – which could make an immediate difference to North Queensland.

State budget a lotto win for Brisbane

Robbie Katter says news that the government will spend $2billion on Cross River Rail confirms what people in the North have long been saying: the major parties govern for Brisbane. “It’s never been more important to fight for North Queensland,” Robbie said.

KAP is urging the LNP to join them in standing up for North Queensland. KAP’s Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth have asked the government for four urgent actions to address the crisis in North Queensland:

  1. Power prices reduced by 5%
  2. Commit to reducing North Queensland unemployment to 6% by 2020
  3. Commit unspent infrastructure funding to North Queensland to kick start the economy
  4. Set up a North Queensland Budget Equity Board

KAP State Leader Robbie Katter said he, Shane, and the rest of the crossbench, would vote against the state budget if the government would not deliver these initiatives for North Queensland.

“If the LNP stands with us, we can make this happen, we can create real change for North Queensland,” Robbie said.

The state treasurer said in his budget speech today “Queenslanders will not forget” if the Federal Treasurer doesn’t commit money to Cross River Rail.

“North Queenslanders will not forget that this government thought $2billion was better spent on a project so city people could get home from work a bit earlier, rather than on infrastructure projects to invest in North Queensland’s future,” Robbie said. “That same $2billion could have seen the rail line out of the Galilee Basin already built, which would produce income for Queensland for decades to come.”

Robbie said comments by the Treasurer in his budget speech that “confidence has made a comeback”, showed how out of touch the government was with life outside of Brisbane.

“In my home town of Mount Isa, confidence is so low in the wake of talk by Glencore of pulling out of its copper operations, people are losing sleep. This is affecting people’s lives, and all we hear from the treasurer is that survey results are good. Well that’s not what’s happening out here in the real world,” Robbie said.

“In other parts of the North, unemployment is as high as 14%. If business confidence was as high as the treasurer claims, we wouldn’t be seeing rates like this.”

Shane Knuth said it made him sick that more wasn’t being done to address unemployment in the North. “Unemployment in Brisbane is around 4%. If unemployment rates were as high in the big city as they are up North, the government would drop everything to fix the problem. Instead we see them drop $2bn on a project in an electorate with 4% unemployment.

What a joke. If they care about North Queensland and making a change, they will agree to our request to reducing unemployment in the North to 6% by 2020. And I expect the LNP to show some backbone and stand with us to make this happen,” Shane said.

 

STOP TREATING LAW ABIDING GUN OWNERS LIKE CRIMINALS, SAYS KATTER

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.”

Robbie Katter sees 64% of voters reject firearm changes by ALP proposed legislation

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.

Political representation reduction plan a bush killer: Robbie Katter

 

Member for Mt Isa, Robbie Katter has questioned a plan for a reduction of seats in Queensland Parliament, which would give people in the bush even less representation.

Robbie Katter says a plan to reduce political representation in the bush will severely disadvantage rural constituents, the economic generators of the state.

Robbie Katter says a plan to reduce political representation in the bush will severely disadvantage rural constituents, the economic generators of the state.

The State Leader of the Katter’s Australian Party said the proposal would result in further neglect of rural and regional communities, robbing constituents of their opportunity for face-to-face conversations with their local MP. 

“It’s vitally important that MPs are able to get out on the ground in their electorates and talk to their constituents face-to-face,” Mr Katter said.

“The suggestion that MPs could spend less time out in their electorates and replace handshakes with emails simply doesn’t work in Western Queensland.”

“The Mount Isa electorate is more than twice the size of the state of Victoria and it’s already hard enough to get around to meet people face-to-face and understand their issues first hand.”

“Every voter has the right to shake hands with their MP.”

“It would make representation absolutely impossible for Western areas.”

“Frankly, it’s a bush killer, no question, because it would see more power go into the hands of the city-centric establishment.”

Mr Katter was supportive of better checks and balances in Parliament but believes this can be achieved by breaking up the two-party system.

“What we need is the public to embrace a multi-party system that would deliver competition to parliament to break up the duopoly of the two major parties,” he said.

“We need representation that champions development West of the Great Divide.”

“This plan would only exacerbate the gravitation of government spending towards votes in high population areas.”

Mr Katter said relying on undependable technology for communication with constituents in the bush would be disastrous.

“Try and tell the people of Gregory or Karumba who regularly experience internet and mobile phone outages for weeks on end,” he said.