Media Releases

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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25
Mar 2020

Coronavirus exposes our lack of domestic manufacturing

AUSTRALIANS are realising we have a lack of vital medical equipment (gowns, hand sanitizer, ventilators, masks and gloves) due in part to the fact that we do not manufacture domestically. Kennedy MP, Bob Katter said if the suppliers were Australian factories then naturally we would…

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20
Mar 2020

Katter calls for protection for quarantining of NQ

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter fronted media in Townsville today to urge the state and federal governments to lock down north Queensland to preserve the vital fruit and vegetable industry from being impacted by coronavirus. “The figures out of northern Italy, a very…

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3
Mar 2020

Katter urges Senators to use some 'common cents' when voting on Cash Ban Bill

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter said ‘big brother’ was getting more and more powerful after a Senate inquiry recommended a Bill banning cash payments over $10,000. “This would be absolutely disastrous for the Senate to pass this at a time when people are trying desperately…

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20
Jan 2020

Bob Katter Reacts to Nuclear Proposal

Robbie Katter and I did a pig shooting trip recently to the North West corner of Queensland (around Doomadgee, Burketown and Gregory). We travelled 1,000 kilometres in three days as well as 500 kilometres there and back. There were virtually no cattle around Doomadgee. We saw around…

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20
Jan 2020

Smoke and mirrors out at CuDeco

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, has been shocked by allegations of illegal dealings at the now defunct CuDeco Rocklands Mine, near Cloncurry, North West Queensland. Mr Katter said, “We have requested a forensic inquiry into CuDeco, which is owned by a Chinese corporation.

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15
Jan 2020

Katter slams Qld Govt's Pristine Water 'depopulate and destroy' policy

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has slammed both sides of the Queensland Government for their water plans announced in recent weeks, labelling the incumbent’s “pristine rivers” policy as a campaign to ‘depopulate and destroy’ rural and remote…

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5
Dec 2019

Chinese target Cape York for next takeover

LAST month, the Gudang/Yadhaykenu Aboriginal Corporation took tenure of 211 ha of land in Cape York, including the abandoned Pajinka Resort and it is reported that Chinese investors are negotiating with the Traditional Owners to purchase the land. KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob…

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27
Nov 2019

Aussie kids face sour milk future unless dairying is re-regulated

AUSTRALIAN babies being born over the next 12 months could be the last generation who will drink Australian milk should the federal LNP Government fail to support a minimum price scheme for dairy farmers. Speaking to the press gallery today, KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter…

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3
Nov 2019

Katter hits the road with Pauline on drought tour

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has put his political differences aside to tour drought-stricken inland southern Queensland with Senator Pauline Hanson over the next four days. The political power couple will start in Charleville Monday afternoon, travel to Cunnamulla on…

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15
Oct 2019

Katter warns CuDECO to dig deep and pay ex-staff

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter is disgusted that the Cloncurry-based Chinese-owned CuDECO Rocklands mine has still not paid their employees’ entitlements and is now in administration. The Chinese company stood down all their employees earlier in the year after suspending…

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11
Sep 2019

Katter demands Govt audit reef quality science

THE science which has deemed the Great Barrier Reef to be ‘very poor’ will be audited by the Auditor General should a Resolution drafted by Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter gain support in the Parliament. The resolution comes as former JCU Professor Peter Ridd was…

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2
Sep 2019

Nothing sweet about free. Subsidised sugar dumping threatens future of cane industry

‘INTERVENE now to protect the World Sugar Price or risk cane farmers walking away from their crops’ is the dire warning delivered by KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter and Qld KAP Member for Hinchinbrook, Nick Dametto to the Federal Government as another…

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29
Jul 2019

Arbitration and re-regulation is the answer to a sustainable dairy industry

AS the second week of Parliament commences in Canberra, the three big supermarket chains Woolworths, Coles and Aldi have increased their price for home brand milk in a bid to ‘support a sustainable dairy industry’, but KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter…

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12
Jul 2019

Katter applauds Kidston hydro power storage announcement

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has applauded the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility’s announcement (NAIF) today that it will provide $630 million to start the Kidston Pumped-Hydro Storage project but says he will believe it when the money has been…

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5
Jul 2019

Building the way out of recession and drought

Despite voting with the Government to pass its $158 billion tax cuts this week, KAP leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter said the Government should be focused on “building its way out of recession” rather than spending its way out with tax breaks.The RBA cut…

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21
Jun 2019

Katter and FNQ Elders unite to fight for First Australians' rights

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter joined with Far North First Australian Elders today to call on the State Government to stop ignoring the interests of First Australians. Flanked by Elders from Hope Vale, Coen and Mossman Gorge from the Family Responsibilities…

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10
Jun 2019

Katter applauds livestock transport pioneer Kevin Pattel for his Order of Australia award

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has proudly recognised North-West Queensland stalwart Kevin Pattel’s Order of Australia award, announced today in the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List. Mr Pattel was officially recognised with a Medal (OAM) in the…

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5
Jun 2019

Katter's predictions of Telstra sell-off fallout come true as telco announces job cuts, residents report more outages

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is seeing dire predictions he made 14 years ago of Telstra’s demise fulfilled, as the telco announces job cuts followed closely by more network outages. Today, residents from Hughenden to Pentland reported a widespread outage…

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