Media Releases

11
Oct 2012

Stop playing political ping pong with the Torres Strait

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has called on the Queensland Government to match the Commonwealth’s commitment to restoring and rebuilding of Torres Strait sea walls after severe flooding. “It is critical that we maintain occupation of the Torres Strait, and…

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10
Oct 2012

Grim prognosis for a dental system in distress

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter today condemned the government for axing a scheme that provides Australians with vital treatment for dental issues caused by a chronic disease such as diabetes. Mr Katter, who voted for a failed legislative bid to retain the Medicare Chronic…

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8
Oct 2012

Politically-correct brigade unleash intolerance tiger to maul all

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has warned the politically correct brigade that they will also be victims of the “intolerance tiger that has been let out of the cage” over the withdrawal of advertising on Alan Jones’ radio program due to ‘cyber-bullying’.

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5
Oct 2012

Katter welcomes Special Olympics

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is calling on north Queenslanders to pull together to support athletes and supporters attending Cairns for the Trans Tasman Tournament (Special Olympics Australia) from 8-11 October. At this celebration of ability, over 300 athletes with…

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4
Oct 2012

Drastic interest rate cuts required

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has demanded urgent action to drastically cut Australia’s interest rate and bring us in step with overseas markets. On Wednesday the Reserve Bank determined to cut the official interest rate to 3.23 per cent. “The Reserve Bank…

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2
Oct 2012

$10 starfish bounty better for Reef than fishing bans

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is calling for a $10 bounty to be placed on the pest crown-of-thorns starfish. Today an Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) report show a 50% decrease in Great Barrier Reef coral cover over the 27-year monitoring period. Principle…

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2
Oct 2012

Victory for people in battle against supermarket giants

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has welcomed a court’s rejection of extended trading hours for supermarket giants in the North Qld town of Ingham as a win for independent grocers, farmers, and the communities they support in their ‘David and Goliath’ battle…

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28
Sep 2012

Corporatisation of essential services leads to lights out

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has warned that Queensland is at risk of widespread power blackouts thanks to the corporatisation of essential services, following the worst non-severe storm related emergency power outage in Far North Qld in memory. Residents of Charters…

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27
Sep 2012

Kennedy Cabinet

Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is inviting community members to attend the upcoming ‘Kennedy Cabinet’ meetings – the first of which will be held in coastal areas next week – to discuss proposals, ideas, concerns and initiatives. These are the first…

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25
Sep 2012

Put up or shut up on pensions: pollies' chance to stand up for veterans

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has introduced legislation to stop defence veterans being used as a political point-scoring football by the major parties over the long-running issues of unfair pensions. Mr Katter said it was hoped debate would begin next month, in the House…

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21
Sep 2012

CSG moratorium needs urgent reconsideration

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter will again move, during the next sittings of Parliament, for an urgent moratorium on coal seam gas drilling in aquifers following concerns about a Canadian ‘fracking’ operation in proximity to inland Australia’s only reliable…

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19
Sep 2012

Public angst swells as 'gone fishing' becomes 'fishing gone'

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has presented a petition to the Federal Government that demonstrates the increasing public angst over everyday Australians being banned from fishing because of successive governments’ obsession with pandering to the “green monster”.

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18
Sep 2012

Growers fear wipe-out after government gives up on NQ Siam

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is seeking intervention from the Federal Government to stop the Qld Government’s axing of a vital program to eradicate one of the world’s most invasive weeds, which could wipe out North Queensland’s agricultural industries.

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14
Sep 2012

All eyes on our seas in wake of Aussie farms sell-off

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has welcomed the passage of laws to stop the sell-off of Australia’s biggest fishing operation to overseas interests, just days after he joined protesters in Canberra rallying against the closure of our under-utilised northern waters…

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4
Sep 2012

Crocodile tears over foreign ownership of farmland

AUSTRALIANS who are disgusted about the sale of Australia’s largest cotton farm to overseas interests should be equally appalled by the ‘crocodile tears’ objections of politicians belonging to major parties which are determined to sell out our country, says KAP…

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30
Aug 2012

Fair Indexation Veteran Super

We wish to draw your attention to a disgraceful and sneaky display of party games during Parliament on the very serious issue of pensions and other entitlements for those who defend our nation. Bob voted against a Coalition motion that pretended to support military superannuation…

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27
Aug 2012

Jobs need protecting

Bob told a passionate crowd of rallying public servants that the State Government had broken a promise to protect jobs. He told them that in the weeks before the state election, Together secretary Alex Scott stood in the Australian Party headquarters and said he had a commitment…

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23
Aug 2012

Shoppers fight back against demise of Aussie industry

Australians concerned about the demise of our nation’s grocery manufacturers can be 100 per cent sure they are supporting their country at a one-of-a-kind “OnlyOz” store in Brisbane being officially opened by KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter tomorrow. After…

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16
Aug 2012

National launch - Australian Manufacturing and Farming Program

Bob joined Senators John Madigan and Nick Xenophon as well as Dick Smith at Federation Square in front of Parliament House for the Canberra national launch of Australian Manufacturing and Farming Program (http://www.amfp.org.au), which encourages MPs to do "work experience" at farms…

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30
Jul 2012

LNP Government must come clean on sacrificing regional Queensland

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has called on the State Government to come clean about its “agenda to sacrifice regional Qld so they can build pleasure domes in the parliamentary precinct” after the axing of yet another North Qld project. “Last week they…

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27
Jul 2012

Katter calls for Federal intervention on NT banana quarantine

Late yesterday, KAP federal leader Bob Katter asked the Prime Minister to intervene after the Northern Territory Government made a diabolical decision to lift quarantine restrictions for a disease that has wiped out the NT banana industry. NT banana farms have almost been destroyed…

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24
Jul 2012

Cheap grab for cash gambles industry billions, lives

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has condemned the Qld Government for putting the vulnerable North at an unforseen level of biosecurity risk with its shock decision to axe a $17m laboratory at Townsville. Mr Katter said 20 staff at the existing Oonoonba laboratory who had…

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16
Jul 2012

Mutchilba fights for name

Bob has joined Mutchilba’s fight for identity, with locals overwhelmingly backing moves for the township to be reinstated. Thank you to Karen Muccignat and the community of Mutchilba.

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11
Jul 2012

Deceitful political games at expense of lives, livelihoods

The Qld Government is playing political point-scoring games at the expense of a multi-million-dollar project to build an all-weather access and safe haven for marine craft at Mission Beach, says KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter. "The Qld Government has revealed its contempt…

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10
Jul 2012

Katter welcomes $10.5m for Kennedy Highway upgrades

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has welcomed today’s announcement of $10.5m of Federal funding for two Kennedy Highway projects – to replace the flood-prone, single lane Nettle Creek Bridge; and to widen a dangerous Millstream section. The Minister’s office…

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10
Jul 2012

$1.66m a vote of confidence in region of national significance

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has welcomed $1.66m of Federal funding to develop the Mount Isa-Townsville freight infrastructure supply chain as recognition of the region’s current and potential significance to Australia’s economy. "As home to a quarter-million…

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6
Jul 2012

Farmers urged to fight for laws crucial to survival

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has today urged farmers to lobby their local MPs to vote for three pieces of legislation crucial to the survival of Australian agriculture. The three KAP Private Members Bills – to return arbitrated prices for milk; label imported produce…

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26
Jun 2012

Grim Reapers highlight dangerous Bruce Highway

Bob arrived at Federal Parliament in June flanked by two ‘Grim Reapers’ to highlight a dangerous section of the Bruce Highway that has claimed numerous lives on the southern approach into Cairns. We desperately need a second southern access corridor. Thank you to Brett…

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15
Jun 2012

NSW and NT the hunters, Qld Govt the Daffy Duck: Katter

QUEENSLANDERS can but watch on in envy while our Northern Territory and New South Wales neighbours lead the way with innovative shooting programs to tackle skyrocketing numbers of killer crocodiles and pest animals in so‐called ‘protected’ national parks. A long‐term…

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14
Jun 2012

Unjustified marine closures risk domestic, global food security

OVERSEAS nations will be hungrily eyeing the abundant bounty of Australia’s oceans as a result of the latest ‘rabid greenâ��led push’ to lock up waters that do not need protecting from the lowest seafood harvest rate of any nation on Earth. "We are risking…

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8
Jun 2012

Don't let 'thought police' vilify our boys for being boys

AUSTRALIAN Party Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter says Australia’s "thought police have gone too far" in pillorying our Olympic swimmers for being pictured with legal firearms. "What have we become, when two Australian Olympic Swimmers can been vilified for being photographed…

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30
May 2012

Human lives at risk while Qld Govt plays politics on bats

THE new Qld Government has still not responded to a Federal Government offer about ridding communities of deadly bats while more human lives are at risk in the latest Hendra outbreaks, says Australian Party Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter. "Federal Minister Tony Burke this…

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29
May 2012

CSG Moratorium

KATTER’S Australian Party Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has introduced legislation that puts a 12 month moratorium on coal seam gas drilling across Australia. "This moratorium will immediately stop irreversible destruction of water resources and farming land," said…

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25
May 2012

Foreign worker deal the tip of an iceberg set to sink Australia

IN the "biggest sell-out since Judas Iscariot took his 30 pieces of silver", the Federal Government's first enterprise migration agreement to parachute in foreign mine workers will be "the final nail in the coffin for the Labor Party", said Katter’s Australian Party Federal…

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18
May 2012

Katter rallies residents over Yasi recovery delays

FEDERAL Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has called a public meeting in Cardwell to address delays in the rebuilding of tourism infrastructure that is pivotal to the survival of areas devastated by severe tropical cyclone Yasi. Mr Katter yesterday wrote to residents to urge them to…

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4
May 2012

Katter's Australian Party backs TWU

KATTER’S Australian Party federal leader Bob Katter and state leader Rob Katter have thrown their support behind the Transport Workers Union and its bid to ensure 1st Fleet workers made redundant are paid entitlements. Mt Isa member Rob Katter said this issue was as relevant…

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4
May 2012

Attack on food security: Katter

KATTER’S Australian Party federal leader Bob Katter has branded the LNP’s plan to buy back commercial fishing licences as another nail in Australia’s food security coffin. Mr Katter said he understood why commercial fishermen would take the offer because the greenie…

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23
Apr 2012

Department of Veteran Affairs does not own ANZAC Day

KATTER’S Australian Party Federal Leader Bob Katter has lashed out at the Federal Government for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on consultants to tell Australians how to celebrate the centenary of ANZAC Day. "It is humiliating that tax‐payers had to pay for this…

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13
Mar 2012

Katter at coal face in battle for Queenslanders

Australian Party Federal Leader Bob Katter is foregoing his parliamentary pay cheque to join the battle for one of the most critical elections facing Queenslanders in the state’s history. "I’m paid an extra $150 a day when in Canberra... well it costs me $150 a day when…

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10
Mar 2012

Katter opens Babinda Men's Shed

Babinda’s Men’s Shed at the showground’s Kruckow Pavilion will be officially opened by Member for Kennedy the Hon Bob Katter at 2pm on Saturday. Chair of Babinda Men’s Shed Jim Hillard said the facility is aimed at maintaining the physical, mental, social…

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3
Mar 2012

World's toughest athletes to tackle Earth's most spectacularly deadly race

THE world’s toughest endurance athletes will take on the some of the most deadly and spectacular environments on Earth in a multi-million-dollar race set to showcase the Far North’s unique drawcards across Australia and internationally. "We will turn what is one of the…

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28
Feb 2012

Intervention ensures health money won't go missing again

IN a joint statement released from the Tablelands, the Australian Party’s Leader Bob Katter and Candidate for Cook Lachlan Bensted have welcomed the return of more than $1 million for infrastructure works to the Mareeba Hospital by Queensland Health following intervention by…

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20
Feb 2012

Delegation takes Yarrabah issues to Canberra

AUSTRALIAN Party Leader Bob Katter joined Yarrabah Shire Mayor Percy Neal and Cr Bevan Walsh today in Canberra to lobby the Federal Government about a number of crucial issues confronting the Yarrabah community, one of the largest indigenous communities in Australia. The meetings…

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16
Feb 2012

Parties challenged to mandate Aussie workforce quota

AN Australian Party government will immediately introduce regulations requiring Australian labour in all mining projects before a permit to mine is issued, announced Federal leader Bob Katter today. "And we call upon the ALP and the LNP to join us," said Mr Katter, the federal member…

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14
Feb 2012

ETU boss a true representative for workers

THE Australian Party state and federal leaders have today come out in strong support of Dean Mighell, the Victorian State Secretary of the Electrical Trade Union, following attacks by the ETU National office over his endorsement of the party at its inaugural convention last weekend.*…

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8
Feb 2012

Katter continues attack on RBA's 'fight inflation only' policy

"The fight inflation only policy continues with ridiculous interest rates causing very serious damage to all our industries", said Australian Party Leader Bob Katter today after questioning the Treasurer in the Australian Parliament. During question time, the Federal Member for Kennedy…

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1
Feb 2012

People power drives home road inequality protest

Australian Party Federal Leader Bob Katter has announced a cavalcade of protest in support of a grassroots campaign for another southern road access in to Cairns. "But a cavalcade might be a bit redundant since we already have one – or maybe we’d call it a funeral procession…

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27
Jan 2012

Return people power to local government

THE people must have control of the exercise of local government powers, said Australian Party Federal Leader Bob Katter and State Leader Aidan McLindon in a joint statement today from the Atherton Tablelands. In a State Government, an elected official answerable to the people is…

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18
Jan 2012

Katter's Australian Party to scrap $620 million Year 7 high school transition

Katter’s Australian Party will scrap Anna Bligh’s proposed Year 7 transition to high school, saving Queensland taxpayers over $620 million and removing pressure from families already struggling with high school fees. State Leader, Aidan McLindon, made the announcement…

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Innisfail
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Mount Isa
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Mount Isa, Qld 4825

Canberra
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