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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.

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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.

 

Bob Katter’s message to members and supporters

Dear Members and Supporters,

Bob was recently interviewed by ABC News 24’s Joe O’brien on the topic of free trade and how it affects the Australian economy and the Australian people. Bob also went into depth on 457 visas and President-elect Donald Trump. If you’d like to watch the interview you can do so by clicking on the image below.

 

QLD STATE NEWS

In State news Robbie Katter, together with the Health Minister Cameron Dick, has announced that construction will soon begin on a new carpark and helipad at the Mt Isa Hospital which will serve to provide better access for those in need.Mr Katter said the need for additional car parking on the hospital’s grounds had been an ongoing issue.

“It’s always been an awkward issue for a council owned car park issuing a service for a state owned hospital. If we can stop the elderly and sick walking an extra block or two we’ve done well,” Mr Katter said.

As the State Member for Mt Isa Robbie has consistently attempted to acquire state funding for rural and regional Queensland. This is but one of the initiatives which Rob has taken in order to provide North Queensland with their fair share

Members vow to vote down any changes to Qld vegetation laws moved by Labor

“We do not want a return to the nasty era of tree police”

     KAP member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth

An emotionally-charged meeting of Far Northern pastoralists, indigenous representatives, councils and farmers at Mareeba has urged three State Parliamentary crossbenchers to vote down proposed changes to the Vegetation Management Act.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, in a move to appease Brisbane environmentalists and bolster Greens Party preference support for the ALP, will introduce new VMA regulations to halt tree clearing in State Parliament this week.

Agforce hosted the gathering of nearly 80 primary producers and industry representatives from Innisfail to Cape York Peninsula, held at Mareeba Bowls Club on Tuesday.

In spite of the threat of a snap election, crossbenchers Rob Katter and Shane Knuth vowed they would vote against the new regulations that Mr Knuth said would set the state back 20 years.

Agforce Tablelands organiser Graham Elmes, Robbie Katter, Shane Knuth and Billy Gordon

“We have been telling the Premier for a long time that landowners cannot afford and will not support the return to the nasty era of tree police,” Mr Knuth said.

“We have just had one of the worst droughts in history with record numbers of bank foreclosures and the Labor Party wants to make farmers suffer even more.

“We will not support the new laws.”

After the meeting Mr Knuth said he did not know which way Member for Cairns, now independent Rob Pyne would vote after he deserted the Labor Party last week.

While addressing the audience, Member for Cook Billy Gordon tacitly approved the stance of his crossbench colleagues.

Agforce General President Grant Maudsley said the State Government’s own data showed tree coverage in Queensland increased by 437,000 hectares between 2012 – 2014.

“Moves by the government to reject simple data and repeal the current vegetation management laws are the biggest threat to Queensland farmers since the Gillard Government smashed the live cattle export trade in 2011,” Mr Maudsley told the meeting.

“The results for consumers will be more expensive fresh produce and a loss of jobs. Meat processors have already started putting off staff because of a slow-down in domestic cattle supply as the national herd hits a 20 year low.”

Mareeba District Fruit and Vegetable Growers representative Makse Srhoj warned the new laws would impact severely on farms within the MDIA because of their smaller size.

“If we have to leave 30 per cent remnant vegetation on a block then we can’t do anything with them, particularly if there are two or more deeds,” Mr Srhoj said.

“Who looks after the land the best? Farmers; we are the real greenies.”

Noel Pearson says even white people have land rights

Noel Peason

Noel Pearson

A member of the panel, indigenous leader Noel Pearson, waded in roundly condemning green groups and the ALP Government for holding back economic opportunities in northern communities, rejecting the new laws as a ‘rebirth’ of Wild Rivers legislation.

In his hallmark immutable style Pearson did not hold back, criticising Federal Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch and former Member for Cook, David Kempton for waging a “disgraceful campaign against Billy Gordon” after he was elected.

“These guys are ‘false prophets,’” Mr Pearson told an entirely attentive audience.

“We have no property rights on Cape York and we need upgraded tenure. There are lots of fronts where all landowners are vulnerable.”

Public servants who once worked for environmental lobby groups were targeted by Pearson for pushing extreme green agendas within government.

“These greens have infiltrated indigenous groups and government departments and it’s like a tag team, they are all the same, and have networked with all departments,” Mr Pearson said.

“Public servants should declare their association with environmental groups.

“The proposition there is going to be land clearing the size of Victoria, is fantasy.

“There are only pockets of land suitable for development.

“White people too have had many generations on this land and they have a great love for their land. It’s high time the law in Queensland started to respect that relationship.

“We spent five hard years and lots of money fighting Wild Rivers in court but we could have been doing other more productive things.

“We need another 10 independents in parliament to put us in a better position, given the absence of an Upper House.”

Labor comes good with upgrade after KAP supports lock out laws

Robbie katter

Robbie  katter member for Mount Isa

Katter’s Australian Party have finally got the Government to listen after receiving news today that $25 million will be allocated to upgrade the Mount Isa to Townsville rail line. More to come…

RAIL line upgrades should be a focus to restore industry confidence and jobs growth in the North, Robbie Katter says.

The State Member for Mount Isa has called on infrastructure issues to be urgently addressed on the Mount Isa to Townsville rail line.

“We have to be mindful of the fact that in the last 12 months there have been at least 1000 fly-in-fly-out jobs out of Townsville lost in the North West,” he said.

“It’s in everyone’s best interests to get industry-enabling infrastructure, such as the rail line, back to a point where it is again accessible and working to its full capacity.”

“If it’s good for the North West, it’s good for Townsville.”

Mr Katter said patience was running out to improve transport corridors in the North.

“We’ve waited far too long for the State Government to recognise the critical need for significant investment in upgrading the Mount Isa to Townsville Rail Line,” Mr Katter said.

“There must be some movement on fixing this ageing line and now is the time for the State Government to step up and address these issues.”

“If the State Government wants the region to thrive into the future they need to recognise the pressures and inefficiencies on the rail line.”

“Productivity and safety cannot be compromised because of ageing infrastructure which has been neglected by successive governments.”

Mr Katter said State Government investment would bring confidence to the North.

“The mining industry is going through tough times and it needs stimulation to secure jobs,” he said.

“The State Government needs to enable industry in the North West and fixing up the rail line should be one of the starting points.”

“If we have an effective and productive rail line we will see a lot of flow-on benefits.”

“It’s in the best interests of the State Government to support a region which generates approximately $300m in royalties per annum and brings $2.8 billion to the Queensland economy through mining.“

Winton drought meeting unanimously rejects Barnaby Joyce’s government loan offer

Bob Katter, KAP Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth, Alan Jones and Robbie Katter tell the Liberal and National Parties they have had enough!

THE LAST STAND IN WINTON: WE WANT A RECONSTRUCTION BOARD

5 December 2014: KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter said today that the ‘The Last Stand in Winton’ – the Rural Debt Crisis Summit was unanimous in its determination to seek a reconstruction debt approach to farm debt.

Approximately 400 people including leading economists, politicians, Government Ministers and farmers from around Australia attended the Summit called by the State Member for Mount Isa, Rob Katter.

Radio Presenter Alan Jones was the guest speaker who promised he would be delivering the message from the bush to the people in the cities and the politicians in Canberra and the capital cities. Mr Jones received a rousing standing ovation from the audience who he told to ‘put their shoulders square and fight’.

“Farm debt has exploded in 9 years from $31,000 million to over $64,000 million last year,” Mr Katter said.

“To reconstruct the bad end of that debt is achievable by Government and they need to move in immediately in a situation where the banks are foreclosing at a rate of 10 properties per week.

“Banks do not just foreclose, they’re using duress and even mis-representation to get people to agree to terms without putting them into receivership.”

Mr Katter said the meeting unanimously rejected the Government’s offer of more debt by way of concessional loans.

The meeting also called for a moratorium on all bank foreclosures until the drought ends.

Farmers spoke from the floor to give heart-breaking accounts of their farms being sold up after generations on the land.

A Winton Rural Crisis Committee will now be established to take forward the outcomes of the meeting.

The resolutions agreed to at the meeting are:

Drought and other natural disasters

1) That the current Drought Assistance approach is a failure and this approach is rejected outright as manifestly inadequate

2) That the meeting calls on the Council of Australian Governments to convene an inclusive working group (within a month) to develop a new approach to drought and other periods of natural disaster consistent with the WTO Agreement on Agriculture framework

3) That the new approach support stressed agricultural businesses by providing:

· Prompt direct funding assistanceSimple conditions of access

· Low interest loans

· Greater certainty as to the availability of assistance

· A form similar to the previous QRAA model, and

· Other features arising from subsequent industry deliberations

4) That governments increase the number of Rural Financial Counselling and other support services in the state of Qld and place them appropriately around the state.

Industry Repositioning

5) That Australian farmer incomes and profitability be made central to government policies, including in a reworking of the inadequate Agriculture Green Paper

6) That the Senate Economics Legislation Committee proceed in its enquiry into the Reserve Bank of Australia Amendment (ARDB) Bill as a matter of urgency

7) That the Federal Government commit to the provision of finance to fund the reconstruction and development of Australian Industry with urgent attention to rural industries and infrastructure

8) That the State government provide affordable Risk Mitigation Insurance to give effective cover against natural disasters

Economy

9) That interest rates are excessive and incompatible with sustainable production, industry profitability and international competitiveness. The Federal Government to work towards reducing interest rates.

10) That the Australian dollar is un-competitively high and calls on the federal government and the Reserve Bank to put in place methods to compensate Australian industries and reduce the dollar.

Moratorium

11) That governments and banks immediately enact a moratorium on forced farm sales until effective action is taken on the resolutions above

Representation

12) That the meeting supports the Winton/Western Rural Crisis Committee in its efforts to advance these issues and relevant other issues subsequently raised with appropriate industry and government representatives and agencies

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