Media Releases

1
Dec 2020

Chief of Defence Force must be sacked

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter says the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) should be sacked over his recommendation that Meritorious Unit Citations be stripped from our special forces in Afghanistan, and that the CDF’s actions had left Australia open to the vicious Chinese Govt. attack…

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27
Nov 2020

Katter pleads with Govt: 'The world is bigger than China'

BOB Katter, Federal Member for Kennedy has had a gut-full of China’s trade terror tactics on Australian producers and has slammed the Federal Government for failing to aggressively market our produce to other countries. It comes as China began its investigation into anti-dumping…

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26
Nov 2020

You BEGA-believe it!! Dairy is back in Aussie hands!

BOB Katter, Federal Member for Kennedy has congratulated Australian dairy business, BEGA for its purchase of Lion’s dairy and drinks business, celebrating the sale as a ‘huge win for Australia’. “Today is a great day for Australia,” he said. “The…

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26
Nov 2020

Maryborough mill closure dooms sugar trajectory

THE Australian sugar industry is walking the road to perdition, Kennedy MP Bob Katter has warned after learning the 126-year-old Maryborough sugar mill will close permanently at the end of the crushing season. “Here is what is happening to your country. A very clear technicality…

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23
Nov 2020

Stolen Wages "a conning of the people" by the Qld Govt

BOB Katter, Member for Kennedy and former Minister for Indigenous Affairs in the Queensland Government has thrown his support behind the families of the Stolen Wages Class Action who have claimed they have not received their proper share of $190 million settlement with the Queensland…

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12
Nov 2020

Katter calls on the Feds to adopt self-reliance policy

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has used Question Time to call upon the Morrison Government to adopt self-reliance and the recreation of industry as policy imperatives, following China’s trade sanctions and threats against Australian exports. Mr Katter said China’s behaviour made…

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9
Nov 2020

Katter questions Ministers why idle workers are on the dole as fruit rots

BOB Katter, Federal Member for Kennedy, has penned a Question with Notice to the Minister for Agriculture and Acting Minister for Immigration demanding the immediate intervention on the issue of fruit picking labour as new research revealed that there will be an estimated 15,000…

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5
Nov 2020

Australia must stand up to bully, and on its own two feet

The looming threat of a China trade ban on Australian copper ore[1], as reported in the South China Morning Post[2], has prompted Bob Katter – whose Kennedy electorate is one of the biggest copper mining areas in the country – to renew his calls for Australia to ramp…

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17
Oct 2020

Iron ball of bureaucracy leaves Australia the begging bowl of Asia

AS Australia’s biggest anti-free trade advocate, Bob Katter, Federal Member for Kennedy has weighed in on the escalating trade tensions with China, slamming successive government free trade policies and warning that unless Australia breaks the “iron ball of bureaucracy…

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14
Oct 2020

Major supermarkets no longer accepting cash

Federal MP for Kennedy, Bob Katter, has expressed his disgust on the back of the announcement that some inner-city supermarkets will no longer be accepting cash. “A proposal by one of the supermarket chains to go cashless?” Mr Katter said in disbelief when first confronted…

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8
Oct 2020

$40m down the drain to administer impotent NAIF

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter nearly choked on his condensed-milk and arrowroot biscuits when he read the Federal Budget and saw that the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) would receive $40m to administer the fund over the next four years, when it has only released $160m…

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6
Oct 2020

North Queensland's major, money making projects forgotten by the Federal Budget

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter says while the Federal Government’s 2020/21 Budget had some sweeteners for his electorate, it lacked the vision to drive Australia out of the Covid-19 economic depression as barely any ‘make-money’ projects were funded. Mr Katter said North…

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29
Sep 2020

Katter set to wield power in Budget

BOB Katter, Member for Kennedy has issued the Federal Government with his “wish list” of critical northern projects which must feature in this year’s budget due to be handed down in October. “Number one is the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme which must remain…

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18
Sep 2020

Subsidised Q Fever vaccine a must after another NQ outbreak

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter is calling on the Federal Health Minister to subsidise the vaccine for the debilitating Q Fever infection, following another outbreak in North Queensland that is impacting livestock industry workers. Q Fever is a bacterial infection caused by the bacteria Coxiella…

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17
Sep 2020

Katter backs 'gap year' proposal to protect vital industries

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter is backing a proposal that would incentivise school leavers and university students into completing an 18-month gap year of work in essential industries that are experiencing worker shortages, such as meat processing, fruit picking, butchers, hospitality, tourism…

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12
Sep 2020

Feds response to pleas for Gulf Livestock 1 search resumption not good enough

THE PARENTS of missing Mount Isa vet Lukas Orda, KAP Leader Robbie Katter and Kennedy MP Bob Katter say the Federal Government’s response to pleas for a search resumption for the 40 missing crew of the Gulf Livestock 1 ship that capsized off the coast of Japan, has been simply…

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12
Sep 2020

Feds response to pleas for Gulf Livestock 1 search resumption not good enough

THE PARENTS of missing Mount Isa vet Lukas Orda, KAP Leader Robbie Katter and Kennedy MP Bob Katter say the Federal Government’s response to pleas for a search resumption for the 40 missing crew of the Gulf Livestock 1 ship that capsized off the coast of Japan, has been simply…

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11
Sep 2020

PM must call on Japan to ramp up the search for missing crew of the Gulf Livestock 1

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter is pleading with the Australian Prime Minister to request that the Japanese Prime Minister ramps up the search for the 40 crew of the sunken Gulf Livestock 1 ship, including Queensland man Lukas Orda and another Australian. The Australian Consular Emergency…

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10
Sep 2020

No more inquiries, it's time to break up the supermarket oligopoly

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter says it’s time to break up the two Australian supermarket giants into 30 smaller companies, as their oligopoly has made farming untenable for producers who have no bargaining power when selling their products. Mr Katter said the Federal Government should…

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7
Sep 2020

Cabinet meetings taking place in Katter's Canberra office?

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter is starting to wonder whether Scott Morrison’s cabinet ministry is holding their meetings in his Parliament House office after numerous KAP policies were adopted by the Federal Government in the past fortnight. The policy victories for Katter’s…

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7
Sep 2020

Action needed on safety and cost of insuring mustering choppers

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter is demanding a meeting with the head of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), and the Minister responsible, with fresh reports suggesting that insurances for mustering helicopters have increased by as much as 60 per cent[1]. “CASA are just a pack…

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4
Sep 2020

Feds come on-board with fake art ban Bill

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has welcomed news that the federal government is considering legislation that would crack down on fake Aboriginal souvenirs and artwork, following the release of a parliamentary report which found 80 per cent of Indigenous souvenirs sold in Australia were not…

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4
Sep 2020

Prime Minister gets a taste of Kennedy

AUSTRALIA’s Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and federal politicians sampled some of the finest food and beverage products from the Kennedy electorate when Bob Katter showcased his food bowl to the Federal Parliament this week. The taste test of Kennedy included products…

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3
Sep 2020

Victorian Premier a little kid batting completely out of his depth

It is time for the Federal Government to get serious with this half-wit Victorian Premier who is a seriously dangerous person, Kennedy MP Bob Katter has said. The KAP Federal Member has called for federal intervention in Victoria following shocking vision of a Ballarat woman being…

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31
Aug 2020

Feds cave in to Pavlou-Katter pressure and launch Uni Inquiry

ON the eve of a vote in federal parliament on Bob Katter’s proposed Inquiry into Chinese Communist Party control and interference at Australian universities, the Morrison Government has launched the Inquiry referring it to the joint-Committee on Security and Intelligence. Kennedy…

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28
Aug 2020

Australia's show of strength as Feds seize control over foreign deals

New laws proposed by the Federal Government today to intervene on and take control of all foreign agreements of national interest has been applauded by Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter who has been fighting to stop the sell-off of Australia to foreign corporations for more than…

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25
Aug 2020

Parliament will vote on Katter's Uni Inquiry on Monday

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter is urging Australians to contact their local federal MP and call on them to support a Parliamentary Inquiry into Chinese Communist Party influence over Australian Universities that will be voted on in the House of Representatives on Monday, August 31. Revelations…

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21
Aug 2020

PM must follow US-lead on Confucius Institutes: Bob Katter

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has called on Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, to follow the lead of the United States by designating Confucius Institutes as foreign missions of the People’s Republic of China. Last week the US Department of State designated the Confucius Institute US…

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17
Aug 2020

Katter throws down the gauntlet for the Great Bradfield Debate

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter is challenging, Townsville Enterprise (TEL) and the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC) to a public meeting in Townsville to debate the merits of their version of Hells Gates Dam, against the KAP-backed Revised Bradfield Scheme. Also invited are…

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12
Aug 2020

Katter's Defence Plan: An army base in Mount Isa, inland fuel reserves, more missiles and unmanned combat drones

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has called on the Federal Government to support the establishment of a defence base in Mount Isa, labelling the bid a “strategic defence move”. The call comes as it was revealed north Queensland will receive only 10 per cent of the $31 billion allocated…

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11
Aug 2020

Independent media critical for democracy

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has written to the Federal Communications Minister calling for extra support for regional and rural media, in solidarity with a campaign by the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance. In recent months more than 150 regional and community newspapers ceased…

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7
Aug 2020

Fruit and vegetable supply at risk due to a worker shortage

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has called upon the Federal and State Governments to work together to prevent a shortage of fruit and vegetable supply that will hit Australia over Summer due to a lack of willing workers. Coronavirus border closures has prevented new backpackers and Pacific…

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7
Aug 2020

University free speech Review doesn't go far enough

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter said a review into the Australian education sector's commitment to free speech and academic freedom, announced by the Federal Education Minister today, doesn’t go far enough. Mr Katter said he will continue to pursue a full-blown parliamentary inquiry…

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7
Aug 2020

Katter contemplates pairing with a cardboard cut-out to save democracy

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter has slammed the “no vote” virtual parliament agreement between Labor and the Coalition as being “anti-democracy”. The agreement means MPs who choose to stay in their electorate can participate in speeches, bills and…

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6
Aug 2020

Katter plans for a national art gallery in Cairns

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has unveiled his plans to pressure government and his own political party colleagues to back the development of a national art gallery in Cairns which would become the “most magnificent gallery in Australia” and a major tourism drawcard for the…

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5
Aug 2020

Katter supports ACTU in call for full wage 'Covid-leave'

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has thrown his support behind Sally McManus and the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) who are calling for every Australian employee to be able to receive separate, full pay “Covid leave” instead of their “sick leave”…

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3
Aug 2020

"Australia is sitting on a time bomb" - Katter on Closing the Gap

The re-issued ‘Closing the Gap’ agreement announced by the Prime Minister and Indigenous Affairs Minister in Canberra, has been dismissed as “a time bomb” by KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter who warned successive state and federal governments’…

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29
Jul 2020

Katter's Mareeba Office officially opens with throwing of the hat

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has officially opened his new Mareeba Electorate Office after throwing his trademark Akubra Arena hat through the front door at an opening party this week. While the size of the celebration was limited due to Coronavirus, Mr Katter said it was a ripper of an…

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28
Jul 2020

Katter all in for monument to Mount Isa miners who never made it home

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has thrown his full support behind plans to construct a memorial to honour miners who lost their lives in Mount Isa’s mines, ahead of the city’s 100th anniversary celebrations in 2023. The Katter’s Australian Party MP said the project’s…

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23
Jul 2020

Live Export Case a great outcome for Australia's cattle producers and the common man

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter and the KAP put terrific pressure on the Federal Government while it was considering appealing the live export decision that was handed down in favour of cattle producers. Mr Katter thanked the LNP Government for finally doing the right thing, after they announced…

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22
Jul 2020

Katter demands Parliamentary Inquiry into Chinese Communist Party influence at UQ

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter will move for a full-blown Parliamentary Inquiry into foreign influence in Australian universities following the case of UQ student, Drew Pavlou who was suspended after holding a pro Hong Kong demonstration at the University’s St Lucia campus. “The…

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20
Jul 2020

Katter demands meeting with NAIF CEO and Minister

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter will be meeting with the CEO of the NAIF (Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility) in Cairns as well as Northern Australia Minister Keith Pitt, following the recent announcement that the NAIF will be extended for another five years - despite releasing only…

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16
Jul 2020

Hughenden Dam to create 490 permanent jobs, $70m in gross regional product annually

The preliminary business case for the Hughenden Irrigation Project has found the dam would create 490 permanent jobs and nearly $73m in gross regional product annually, with the water used for high value crops like lemons and mangoes, as well as fodder crops for the livestock industry.

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15
Jul 2020

Katter fires off at change to Qld firearms licence applications

KENNEDY MP Bob Katter has blasted a change to Queensland firearms licence applications which could potentially see people with old speeding fines denied a gun licence. The Queensland Police Weapons Licensing Branch recently updated its firearms license application forms to include…

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15
Jul 2020

Axe the beer tax increase

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has called on the federal government to freeze a planned increase to the excise tax on beer, which will take place on August 3, as he says it will hinder the hospitality and liquor industries recovery from the coronavirus lockdown. “These industries were…

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2
Jul 2020

Katter urges Attorney General not to appeal the Federal Court's Indonesia live export ruling

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter will write to the Prime Minister, Treasurer and Attorney General pleading with them not to appeal the Federal Court’s ruling on the 2011 Indonesian live export ban by the then Gillard Federal Government. “The action taken by the Gillard Government…

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1
Jul 2020

Not a drop of money for water security in latest drought spending

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has savaged the Federal Government’s first round of spending under the Drought Future Fund, as it demonstrates once again the Agriculture Minister’s preoccupation with climate change and free market ideology. The Government’s announcement…

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24
Jun 2020

Disgraceful sell-off of Aussie farms and water continues

THE amount of foreign owned agricultural properties and water entitlements in Australia continues to skyrocket, with the newly released Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) figures for the 2019 financial year revealing nearly 20% of Queensland’s water entitlements are now…

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Contact Details

Innisfail
P: (07) 4061 6066
F: (07) 4061 6566
Visit: Cnr Edith and Owen St
Post: PO Box 1638
Innisfail, Qld 4860

Mount Isa
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F: (07) 4743 0189
Visit: 42-44 Simpson St
Post: PO Box 2130
Mount Isa, Qld 4825

Canberra
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F: (02) 6277 8558

Local Call within the electorate
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Email: Bob.Katter.MP@aph.gov.au