Media Releases

9
Sep 2011

Futile to focus on free trade furphy, warns Katter

AUSTRALIAN Party leader Bob Katter has accused a delegation of Aussie farm leaders of "floating a cloud of false hope" in continuing to back a government push to remove international agricultural free trade restrictions. Instead of joining Federal Trade Minister Craig Emerson in…

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9
Sep 2011

Katter hat goes under hammer in bid for gym

THE iconic Akubra favoured by Australian Party leader Bob Katter will go under the hammer in a bid to get a North Qld community a gymnasium. The Federal Member for Kennedy has donated his Akubra Arena to the Millaa Millaa Lions Club, which plans to auction it off via online site…

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7
Sep 2011

Fruit and veg stall shows how farmers fleeced

AUSTRALIAN Party Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter today set up shop with Independent South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon in an Adelaide mall in a bid to shame governments and supermarket giants into giving Aussie farmers and customers a fair go. The pair set up a fruit and…

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31
Aug 2011

Australia risks global condemnation over biofuels, warns Katter

THE Australian Party’s Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has today told a summit on alternative fuels about the benefits of proposed ethanol projects to Australians’ health and hip pockets, from the fuel bowser to food security. Addressing the Alternative Fuels Summit…

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25
Aug 2011

Meeting with Indonesian Ambassador a bid to repair neighbourly relations

THE Australian Party Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter today met with His Excellency Primo Alui Joelianto, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Australia, in a bid to repair neighbourly relations damaged by the Australian Government’s inept handling of the live export…

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25
Aug 2011

Another milestone for clean energy corridor

THE Australian Party Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has welcomed today’s announcement of the CopperString transmission project connecting North and North‐West Qld being declared an Infrastructure Facility of Significance by the Qld Government. "This approval guarantees…

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23
Aug 2011

Katter's Australian Party to reduce payroll tax in Queensland

The Queensland State Leader of The Australian Party, Aidan McLindon along with Federal Leader Bob Katter, today announced the Party’s policy increasing the payroll tax free threshold in Queensland to $2 million in order to position Queensland’s economy for strong growth.

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18
Aug 2011

Apple imports: food labelling now urgent

AUSTRALIAN Party Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is drafting legislation to require warning labels on imported produce following Biosecurity’s approval for New Zealand apples to enter Australia. Mr Katter said Australians had the right to know that fruit and vegetables grown…

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16
Aug 2011

Katter tips his hat to marriage

THE iconic Akubra favoured by the Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter fetched almost $3000 at an auction held in support of the protection of the sanctity of marriage. Mr Katter joined more than 1000 people at the National Marriage Day Rally at the Great Hall of Parliament House…

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2
Jun 2011

Progression of Clean Energy Corridor announced

KENNEDY MP Bob Katter joined Wayne Swan today in welcoming the announcement of further progress towards the development of the Northern Australia Clean Energy Corridor. “The Government, specifically Mr Swan, who has been one of the architects of the national clean energy highway…

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31
May 2011

Live export a lifeblood for northern cattle industry

Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter says northern graziers have little option but to export live cattle overseas. “Options are limited by both the lack of abattoirs in Northern Australia and plans for increased taxes on Australia’s export meat processors,” said…

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12
May 2011

Katter thrown out of Parliament over wild rivers anger

MEMBER for Kennedy Bob Katter has been thrown out of Parliament for disorderly behaviour – for only the second time in his federal political career – following his angry objections in the House of Representatives over Qld’s much-loathed wild rivers laws. An outraged…

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11
May 2011

2011/12 Budget: Yasi a fair go for the North, finally

“AFTER three weeks of increasingly bitter brawling over the need for a separate allocation of cyclone Yasi recovery funds, Treasurer Swan has courageously stood his ground and guaranteed North Qld $950m,” said Member for Kennedy Bob Katter following the release last night…

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11
May 2011

2011/12 Budget: Vote of confidence in regions

FEDERAL Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has today applauded Treasurer Wayne Swan for listening to the voice of regional Australia. “This may be one of the better budgets for regional Australia in recent history,” said Mr Katter. “Whilst our hung Parliament 20-point…

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5
May 2011

Katter urges homeowners to tap into repair funds

FEDERAL Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has urged owners of homes that were damaged during cyclone Yasi to apply for their fair share of almost $190 million remaining in a public appeal fund. “We are advised that of the $258 million that was raised by the Australian public and…

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4
May 2011

Katter welcomes remote and rural health funding

FEDERAL Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has welcomed the announcement of more than $590,000 to boost rural health services at Normanton, Atherton and Charters Towers under the latest National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program federal funding allocations. Mr Katter said…

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21
Apr 2011

Lake closure puts crocs above human safety, says Katter

THE closure of a popular North Qld swimming hole to accommodate a burgeoning crocodile population shows just how far the ‘greenwashed’ Qld Govt will go in putting the rights of man‐eating predators over human safety, says Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter. Mr Katter…

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21
Apr 2011

Katter welcomes timely mining expansion

FEDERAL Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has welcomed miner Xstrata’s bid to extend its copper operations near Cloncurry, with the timely creation of 100 local jobs and flow‐on production benefits from the North West Mineral Province to the coast. Mr Katter congratulated Xtrata…

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18
Apr 2011

Cyclone victims are not alone, says Katter

“YOU are not alone,” Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter reassured cyclone victims who gathered at Friday night’s community meeting in Tully called by Mr Katter to hear their concerns about Qld Government-administered recovery initiatives. “The meeting most…

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12
Apr 2011

Katter calls public forum on cyclone recovery roadblocks

CYCLONE Yasi victims can voice any concerns regarding the government’s recovery package directly to the Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter in person at Tully this Friday evening. Mr Katter has welcomed anyone impacted by the cyclone – from residents to business people…

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6
Apr 2011

Katter's binned bullets turn up in online auction

SPENT bullet cartridges found in Bob Katter’s bin have turned up in an online auction. Bidders have only a few days left to put a price on the casings, recently retrieved from the Independent Federal Member for Kennedy’s trash by ABC TV’s Hungry Beast program. While…

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29
Mar 2011

Katter: Cyclone package a disaster?

INDEPENDENT Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter says very few people have contacted his office to complain about the cyclone recovery funding package – “but those who have paint a very disturbing picture”. “Farmers, tourism operators, business proprietors…

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13
Mar 2011

Katter to draft laws for dairy collective bargaining

Independent Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has announced he will draft legislation to provide, through a division of the arbitration commission, dairy farmers with collective bargaining rights in exactly the same way they’re available to five million other Australians…

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11
Mar 2011

Farmers count bodies as watchdog beats around bush

Independent Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter questions whether the national competition watchdog has rolled over to have its belly rubbed by the supermarket giants while dairy farmers loom as early casualties of a price war that began on Australia Day. Mr Katter said the Australian…

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18
Feb 2011

Desperate cassowaries need human help

INDEPENDENT Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter says people trying to help starving cassowaries after cyclone Yasi destroyed their habitat should not be persecuted as occurred after cyclone Larry.Mr Katter saw first-hand the desperation of the endangered birds while at Mission…

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16
Feb 2011

Katter welcomes disaster assistance package

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter this morning welcomed the Cyclone Yasi disaster recovery package announced in a joint statement from the Federal and State Governments. "I want to thank very sincerely the Prime Minister and the Treasurer," Mr Katter said. "The discussions with the Treasurer…

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9
Feb 2011

Katter supports levy

Independent Member for Kennedy Bob Katter today confirmed his support for the Government’s flood levy. Mr Katter said before Cyclone Yasi hit he had already delivered support conditional upon the levy being permanent, reduced in size and applied in an objective way to big and…

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27
Jan 2011

Statement from Bob Katter on Flood Levy announcement

Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter agrees that support must be given to those affected by the 2011 floods, but questions whether imposing another levy on Australians is the right way to go. "We have made no final decision, but we are in agreement that we, like most other Australians…

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24
Jan 2011

Don't let floods destroy Aussie farm future

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter said supermarkets that cashed in on produce shortages caused by floods would be dealt with harshly. He said higher prices were not being passed on to farmers and major supermarkets were using the flood disaster to attempt to open the door for more imported…

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6
Jan 2011

Road closures leave Far North truckies, produce stranded

North Queensland trucking companies have been left stranded, causing confusion and amplifying the economic impact of the devastating floods. “Our supermarket shelves are running empty, whilst our bananas, potatoes, mangoes, papaws, pineapples can’t get to the southern…

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17
Dec 2010

Aussies 'Katterpult' independent MP

Independent Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is astounded that he has beaten Prime Minister Julia Gillard in the online popular internet stakes. Internet search giant Google has revealed its annual Zeitgeist (German for „the spirit of our times‟) list of Australian's…

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15
Dec 2010

ACCC approves selling off of Australia's economic future

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter says the ACCC’s approval today for a takeover of the Australian Stock Exchange is the first step to selling off Australia’s economic future. “It’s not enough that we’re selling off our businesses, our land and our industries;…

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13
Dec 2010

Katter applauds banking reform - the ute's on the highway but has a long way to travel

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has applauded Treasurer Wayne Swan on his moves to, at long last, “arrest the runaway locomotive of the Australian banking industry”. “Under the Treasurer’s package, banning of mortgage exit fees delivers portability and competitiveness…

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10
Dec 2010

Agriculture Minister urged to visit NQ cane districts

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter says a visit to cane farms affected by a record wet harvest season is imperative for Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig to gain a full understanding of the impact. Losses that could see the national crop down 20 per cent have led Mr Katter to contact Mr…

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10
Dec 2010

Katter calls for investigation into insurance hikes

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter will approach the ACCC to investigate the hike in insurance premiums for Far Northern residents, who are paying considerably more than those in south-east Qld. Quotes obtained from three leading insurers this week showed that Mareeba residents were paying…

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9
Dec 2010

Katter welcomes aged care funding for North West

INDEPENDENT Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has welcomed more than $17 million in funding for long-awaited capital works at Mount Isa’s dilapidated Laura Johnson Nursing Home after intense lobbying by community stakeholders and his representations on their behalf. Mr…

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9
Dec 2010

Katter calls on chains to stock Aussie brand

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has written to the chief executive officers of both Woolworths and Coles, urging them to return Australian dishwashing liquid brand Sunlight to their shelves. Both the major supermarket chains have ceased stocking the popular brand, which is manufactured…

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8
Dec 2010

Walkley image captures Katter at critical time

Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has congratulated North Queensland photographer Cameron Laird on his prestigious Walkley accolade for a picture taken during this year’s history-making Federal Election. At an awards ceremony in Melbourne tomorrow night (December 9), the…

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7
Dec 2010

Treasurer acts swiftly on ATO jobs

Independent Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has welcomed Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan’s show of Christmas spirit in saving more than 150 permanent and casual jobs at the Townsville Tax Office at risk of being axed or shifted to Sydney. “The Treasurer’s swift intervention…

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24
Nov 2010

Katter, crossbenchers lead battle for bank reform

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has joined with his fellow crossbenchers to support major reform of banking fees charges. Mr Katter, fellow independents Andrew Wilkie, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor and Nationals crossbencher Tony Crook have publicly backed a motion by Green MP Adam…

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23
Nov 2010

Katter to rally against bats at Charters Towers

INDEPENDENT Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is joining Qld MP Shane Knuth in calling the Bligh Government to account for placing the rights of disease-carrying bats above human lives. “They know that more than 120 people died of Nipah disease carried from flying foxes…

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17
Nov 2010

Bureaucratic red tape slowly strangles mining development

INDEPENDENT Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is calling for urgent intervention from Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan and his Queensland counterpart Andrew Fraser to stop bureaucratic ineptitude from killing mining development in North-West Queensland, a world-class mineral province…

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4
Nov 2010

Katter calls for return of 'people's banks'

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is enthusiastically supporting the United Retail Federation’s proposal for a government-backed small business bank to bring competition to the banking sector. Mr Katter was one of the two ministers responsible for the State Bank of Queensland (QIDC)…

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2
Nov 2010

Rate rise hikes up dollar

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter says today’s increase in the Australian dollar on the back of a Reserve Bank interest rate rise is evidence that the two are connected. “There could not be a clearer and louder statement that interest rate rises lead to a change in the value…

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2
Nov 2010

Call for Cup Day holiday

Independent Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is backing a call to make the Melbourne Cup a national holiday. What has been described in the media as “the most unproductive day of the year” should be ratified as an official day off to celebrate one of Australia’s few…

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28
Oct 2010

Others talk while Katter acts on Murray-Darling

Independent Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has proposed that the House be required to vote on legislation that would protect communities from social and economic decimation inevitable under dark green policies. While politicians around Australia continue to talk about the…

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22
Oct 2010

Welcomed radar news

INDEPENDENT Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter says Mt Isa is expected to have its own weather radar by the end of next year. “This is welcomed news after funding for the radar was promised in the 2009/10 federal budget. “Since this announcement, at the urging of Paul…

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18
Oct 2010

Bob's vision of the Tableland in 50 years

Editorial piece for Mareeba Advertiser 50th Birthday series There will be 200,000 people living in the hinterland, which will be producing some 3,000 million litres of ethanol that runs our motor cars. In Mareeba, a town of 70,000 people, there will be electric cars run off electricity…

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15
Sep 2010

Bligh's PNG hydro is straight from "fantasy land"

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has dismissed the Queensland Government’s planned hydro power station in Papua New Guinea as a “fantasy land” concept. Mr Katter said the proposed project, which includes an under-sea cable – was not an economically viable way…

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23
Aug 2010

Katter heading to Canberra

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is expected to arrive in Canberra on Tuesday afternoon. Having spoken with fellow independents Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott during the past two days, the decision was made to travel to Canberra in order to meet with relevant individuals. It is envisaged…

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Contact Details

Innisfail
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Visit: Cnr Edith and Owen St
Post: PO Box 1638
Innisfail, Qld 4860

Mount Isa
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Visit: 42-44 Simpson St
Post: PO Box 2130
Mount Isa, Qld 4825

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