Media Releases

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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22
Jun 2020

National Commission for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention must be made up of former soldiers, not high ranking officers

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter says the newly created Commission for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention must be formed with appointments of former serving soldiers, rather than high ranking military officers and Canberra public servants. Mr Katter said the function of the Department…

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22
Jun 2020

Shovels to hit the dirt on vital Kennedy Electorate road upgrades

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has welcomed more than $100m in vital road upgrades for the Kennedy electorate that will begin within months improving safety, freight routes and tourism connections. Mr Katter said his office, and those of state MPs Robbie Katter, Nick Dametto and Shane Knuth…

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18
Jun 2020

The Liberal, National Parties vote against restarting Australia's car manufacturing industry

MEMBERS of the federal Liberal National Party Government have voted against restarting Australia’s car manufacturing industry, and shutdown debate on the motion which was moved by Kennedy MP, Bob Katter. Mr Katter said the end of the Holden brand was a national shame and a…

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15
Jun 2020

Katter calls for permanent cut to visa levels

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter used Question Time today to urge the government to use the Coronavirus pandemic as a lever to permanently cutback visa levels. Mr Katter said Australia was appalled at the branch stacking and perversion of democracy by newcomers from overseas, as seen on Channel…

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12
Jun 2020

Protect our posties

Dear Editor, Australia Post is a national Australian identity. It stands alongside the likes of Qantas and Telstra in brand projection, capture and recognition. These brands; these giant national carriers should but don’t always have the best interests of the people at…

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12
Jun 2020

Lock-up of First Australian communities ends, but discrimination continues

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has celebrated the end of the lock-up of First Australian communities and thanked members of the communities who fought for the Commonwealth biosecurity determination to be lifted. “We thank the people who stood on their two feet and got up and fought…

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10
Jun 2020

Ongoing shame awaits if the Federal Government appeals the Federal Court's live export decision

AMID reports the Federal Government is strongly considering an appeal of the Live Export decision handed down by the Federal Court in favour of the cattle industry, Kennedy MP Bob Katter has said that such a move would bring ongoing shame to the Liberal National Government.

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8
Jun 2020

Qld taxi case submits appeal to the QCA

MORE than 1300 Queensland taxi owner operators in a Closed Action lawsuit against the Queensland State Government could receive compensation for the erosion of licences due to legalising rideshare if a Notice of Appeal filed in the Queensland Court of Appeal (QCA) is successful.

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5
Jun 2020

Brutal execution of power necessary for real foreign investment reform

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has labelled today’s Federal Government announcement that they will reform the Foreign Investment Act to give Australia better control over who owns businesses and infrastructure in the nation as “a step in the right direction,”…

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4
Jun 2020

We are not simply in a recession, but a Covid-19 depression

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter said the Australian people know we are in a depression and if they don’t they will find out in the coming months as the impact of the Coronavirus lockdown begins to bite. The KAP Federal Member said the Federal and State Governments must immediately begin…

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2
Jun 2020

Disastrous Gillard live export ban ruled 'invalid'

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has applauded Emily Brett of the Brett Cattle Company at Waterloo Station in the Northern Territory after the class action they led against the Commonwealth - challenging the Gillard Government’s disastrous decision to ban…

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31
May 2020

First Australian communities still 'locked-up'!

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter said while most Queenslanders will be celebrating the end of many of the draconian lockdown measures, the state’s First Australian communities are still ‘locked-up’! “The easing of restrictions should have happened in North Queensland…

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28
May 2020

Opportunity for regional newspapers to be resurrected on an owner-operator basis

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter said today was a sad day for regional journalism and democracy with the end of printed editions of many regional newspapers including the Northern Miner, Herbert RIver Express, Atherton Tablelander, and Innisfail Advocate in his electorate. “We feel for…

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25
May 2020

Power-sick Premier locks down, locks up, locks out First Australians

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter flanked hundreds of First Australians at a roadblock outside Yarrabah today to protest the State Government’s continued “lock down” of Indigenous communities, labelling the rule a case of “brutal paternalism”.

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24
May 2020

Premier's Olympic bid announcement not even worthy of a bronze medal

Yesterday, the QLD Premier announced at a press conference that the 2032 Brisbane Olympic bid had been paused; it followed a statement from Kennedy MP, Bob Katter on Wednesday that called on the Premier to scrap the bid entirely as it is an 'absorb money' project that will not assist…

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23
May 2020

Littleproud fails Aussie farmers again by axing the biosecurity levy

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter said the next person to talk about Australia’s ‘clean, green image’ should be shot by the firing squad, after the Agriculture Minister axed a biosecurity levy designed to protect Australian farmers from pests and diseases. “We are a…

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21
May 2020

Scrap the Brisbane Olympic bid

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has called on the State and Federal Governments to immediately stop work on the bid for a Brisbane Olympics in 2032, stating it was a waste of money and resources as the economy tanks from the Coronavirus lockdown and thousands try to survive without work.

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19
May 2020

Kennedy MP celebrates Copperstring funding

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has praised the Qld Government for funding $14.8m to the Copperstring transmission line that will connect the North West Minerals Province to the national electricity market. “We join party leader Robbie Katter in welcoming the funding and we would like…

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14
May 2020

North Qld dam set for completion thanks to federal funding

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter said he was relieved and thankful that the Federal Government had agreed to fund the money required to complete the Charleston Dam in the Etheridge Shire. The dam is located about six kilometres downstream of Forsayth and about 31 kilometres upstream of Georgetown…

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14
May 2020

Minister must act on First Australian communities

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has called upon the Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt, to address the issues in First Australian Communities including Yarrabah and Palm Island, where residents have been cut off from the outside world due to Coronavirus restrictions. Mr Katter…

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13
May 2020

Question Time: Will the Government unlock the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to build Australia out of the Covid Depression?

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has utilised Question Time to ask Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg whether he will unlock the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, a national development bank ready to go, to build the nation out of the Covid-Depression through infrastructure and industry. Mr Katter…

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12
May 2020

We've put all our eggs in the basket of the last powerful dictatorship on earth

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter said Australia had thrown all its eggs in the basket of the last dictatorship on earth, instead of developing the VIP markets (Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines) as well as Thailand and Taiwan - where there are nearly 700 million people living in those countries.

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11
May 2020

Bob Katter forced to travel to Canberra with North Queensland's cries falling on deaf ears in Brisbane

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has been forced to travel to Canberra for the upcoming sitting of federal parliament with the cries of North Queensland’s doctors, businesses and leaders falling on Brisbane’s deaf ears. “For two months these North Queenslanders pleaded for…

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7
May 2020

Bob Katter calls for a relaxing of restrictions as North Qld goes 28 days without a Coronavirus case

The Townsville Hospital and Health Service region has completed 28 days without a new case of Coronavirus, and therefore has met the guidelines for the easing of restrictions set by the Qld Premier and Chief Health Officer, Janette Young (Ref: TB, 22 April). Kennedy MP, Bob Katter…

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7
May 2020

Ag Minister has 'Road to Damascus' moment on dairy deregulation

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter said the Federal Minister for Agriculture had had his Road to Damascus moment, admitting on the Today Show this morning that deregulation had crippled the dairy industry. “The Minister was responding to reports we could run out of milk supply after 500…

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6
May 2020

Katter sceptical but supportive of Labor's immigration overhaul plans

BOB Katter has cautiously praised the ALP’s announcement that they will ‘crackdown’ on foreign migration as the country battles the fallout from Covid-19 which is expected to see unemployment skyrocket to nearly 10%, but is not holding his breath that it will eventuate.

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5
May 2020

Taxi owners headed to the High Court after Supreme Court rules in favour of Qld Govt over rideshare

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter delivered a scathing attack against the State judicial system today when the Supreme Court ruled against a delegation of over 1300 taxi plaintiffs seeking compensation from the Queensland Government for eroding the value of taxi licences…

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5
May 2020

Katter urges Treasurer to bolster Aussie buy-backs

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has urged the Treasurer to support Australians in buying-back property and businesses sold to foreign businesspeople, insisting that facilitating these purchases would kick-start the economy. Mr Katter said that there was 30% higher productivity…

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30
Apr 2020

Fast-tracked upgrade of inland highways vital for agricultural freight and tourism

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has welcomed news that $185m of upgrades to inland Queensland highways will be fast-tracked, including vital freight and tourism corridors in the Kennedy Electorate such as the Hann and Flinders Highways, Gulf Development Road and Gregory Highway. Mr Katter…

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30
Apr 2020

Capitalise on COVID-19 and cease selling Australia to China

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has today urged the Federal Government to capitalise on the COVID-19 crisis and use it as a lever to immediately stop any further sales of significant Australian assets to China. Mr Katter said there had been increasing Chinese presence in…

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28
Apr 2020

Vale Ian Causley - A Giant in every sense of the word

With Ian Causley’s death the last Country Party soldier has left the battlefield.Wal Murray and Ian Causley were the last of the Mohicans.Causley was cutting cane as a 19 year old up in Innisfail, NQ.As a generational Clarence River farming family they were powerful and famous…

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27
Apr 2020

A refusal to mandate ethanol leaves Australia vulnerable to attack, and is killing thousands of citizens

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has commended the Federal Government for attempting to sure up Australia’s fuel supply during this time of negative global oil prices; but slammed their ‘wise idea’ to store it in the United States. “Three submarines could simply cut…

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27
Apr 2020

Katter welcomes 8 new mobile phone towers for Kennedy

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has welcomed the funding of eight new mobile phone towers in the Kennedy Electorate from the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program. The new sites included in the round five funding are Cameron Downs, Duchess, Fitzroy Island, Glenmore Station…

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22
Apr 2020

Katter launches servo-boycott after ACCC hands tied on fair fuel price

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has spoken to the Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) about North Queensland’s high petrol and diesel bowser prices, following much anger in the community. Chairman Rod Sims told Mr Katter the ACCC were very concerned…

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20
Apr 2020

North Queensland Coronavirus figures being compiled from a prejudicial start point

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter says North Queensland’s Coronavirus figures are being compiled from a prejudicial start point. Today’s Townsville Bulletin reveals an additional case was incorrectly added to the region’s tally yesterday, and the Townsville Hospital and…

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19
Apr 2020

The Federal Government's contact tracing app is Orwellian, and I won't be signing up to it

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter says he won’t be signing up to the Federal Government’s contact tracing app full stop, and if it becomes compulsory he’d rather be thrown in jail. “I will not now, or in the future, agree to a contact tracing app,” Mr Katter said.

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8
Apr 2020

Unlock the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and build Australia out of this coronavirus recession

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter says Australia can recover from the economic downturn caused by COVID-19 by initiating a major public works program for the regions, funded by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) with expanded investment parameters to include all types of…

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4
Apr 2020

Australia's fruit and vegetable supply secured during Coronavirus

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter has welcomed the Federal Government’s swift action to secure the essential supply of fruit and vegetables with the extension of backpacker and farmworker visas up to a year, as well as the many recently unemployed North Queenslanders who have put their…

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30
Mar 2020

The Foreign Investment Review Board is the 'Abominable Never Say No Man'

WE applaud the Treasurer’s announcement that all foreign investments require approval regardless of value or where they are from, but everyone knows the FIRB is the ‘Abominable Never Say No Man,’ said Kennedy MP, Bob Katter. “Leaving the FIRB to protect what’s…

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27
Mar 2020

Unemployed locals must put their shoulder to the wheel

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter says a critical proportion of Australia’s fruit and vegetable supply is at risk unless recently unemployed North Queenslanders put their shoulder to the wheel and take up fruit picking jobs. Mr Katter’s office has been contacted by concerned farmers…

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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
P: (07) 4743 3534
F: (07) 4743 0189
Visit: 42-44 Simpson St
Post: PO Box 2130
Mount Isa, Qld 4825

Canberra
(when Parliament is sitting)
P: (02) 6277 4978
F: (02) 6277 8558

Local Call within the electorate
P: 1300 301 942

Email: Bob.Katter.MP@aph.gov.au