Media Releases

13
Jan 2012

Katter welcomes further trade training resources

Federal Leader of Katter’s Australian Party and Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has welcomed nearly $3 million to build trade training facilities at two Hinchinbrook Shire secondary schools. Mr Katter said Gilroy Santa Maria College at Ingham, and Abergowrie’s St Teresa’s…

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6
Jan 2012

KAP field 's for bat cull

AUSTRALIAN Party Federal Leader and Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has again said Queenslanders must be given the right to cull flying foxes. With yesterday’s confirmed case south of Townsville of a horse contracting Hendra virus Mr Katter has called for the Queensland Government…

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19
Dec 2011

Never mind 'nanny state' - we're slave to 'evil stepmother'

AUSTRALIAN Party Federal leader Bob Katter has condemned the Bligh Government and LNP Opposition for spending the final weeks of Parliament passing laws to ban most pocket knives, introduce same sex marriage and spy on Queenslanders. "But it gets worse – the government now…

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16
Dec 2011

Live cattle not dead yet: Katter

THE announcement that Indonesia will reduce its live cattle intake from Australia is a shattering blow – but it may not be quite as bad as it would appear, says Australian Party Federal Leader Bob Katter. The Federal Member for Kennedy said anyone who thought that a reduction…

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13
Dec 2011

Farming and manufacturing lifeline

Katter’s Australian Party leader Bob Katter has joined forces with Victorian Senator John Madigan and South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon in a bid to save Australian’s farming and manufacturing industries. Bob warned Australia would be a net importer of food in three…

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12
Dec 2011

Katter at coalface in bid to boost manufacturing

Australian Party Leader Bob Katter was at the coalface today for the launch of a work experience-style program aimed at giving politicians some hands-on insight into the impact of their decisions on our ailing manufacturing and farming industries. "It is little wonder people think…

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30
Nov 2011

24-hour trading: Only two doors to open in Ingham

Herbert River Express column   EARLY next year, I will join concerned members of our community in testifying at a Queensland Industrial Relations Commission hearing at Ingham regarding a bid to extend the trading hours of retail giants. The major supermarket chains are destroying…

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30
Nov 2011

Bananas: bitter struggle continues - we now need the Gilbert

Innisfail Advocate column Recently I was accompanied by some of our region’s growers on a tour around Georgetown, just west of the Atherton Tableland, to assess the potential for safeguarding and strengthening of our lifeblood agricultural and cattle industries. In almost 40…

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29
Nov 2011

AusParty drafts laws for dairy collective bargaining

THE Australian Party has drafted legislation to provide dairy farmers with collective bargaining rights, the federal leader Bob Katter, state leader Aidan McLindon and candidate for Nanango Carl Rackemann have today announced. Mr Katter said the legislation provided, through a division…

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3
Nov 2011

Australian manufacturing barely Holden on

AUSTRALIAN manufacturing has suffered another tragic blow today with talks the iconic Holden motor car may cease being made in Australia by 2014. Australian Party Leader Bob Katter said one of the most exciting stories in his soon-to-be published History of Australia is the story…

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28
Oct 2011

Letter to the Editor RE: Passage of carbon tax legislation in the House of Representatives

Dear Editor, The carbon tax introduced last week will be abolished by us. We will force a Liberal government to do it. I have no faith in them doing it if we don’t have the balance of power In Canberra. But I think it’s reasonable to assume that we will have the balance…

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26
Oct 2011

PM's free trade push makes Australia a laughing-stock

AUSTRALIAN Party Federal Leader Bob Katter has warned that Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s touting of free trade at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting business forum last night had made her the laughing stock of our country – as well as the rest of the world.

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26
Oct 2011

Katter calls for broadcasting local content boost

AUSTRALIAN Party Federal Leader Bob Katter has spoken out about the lack of local radio content in North Qld after a random audit by the Australian Communications and Media Authority revealed that a Mount Isa commercial station had breached its obligation to broadcast at least 30…

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24
Oct 2011

Katter welcomes headspace expansion to Mount Isa

AUSTRALIAN Party Federal Leader Bob Katter has commended the Mount Isa community for its efforts toward securing a headspace in the city following today’s announcement by Prime Minister Julia Gillard about the expansion of the national youth mental health initiative to North-West…

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12
Oct 2011

Katter urges victims to join class action over bats

THE Australian Party’s Bob Katter has urged victims of flying fox inundations to band together in taking legal action against governments who value the rights of disease transmitting bats over human lives. "We will be taking class action and approaching people who have been…

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11
Oct 2011

Katter hopes watchdog's bite as tough as its bark

AUSTRALIAN Party Federal Leader Bob Katter has welcomed signals from Australia’s competition watchdog "at long last" that there will be a tougher approach to potential anti-competitive behaviour by the supermarket giants. The Federal Member for Kennedy said newly-installed…

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1
Oct 2011

Australia should look to the Sikhs, not self-smugglers, for our immigration solution

Innisfail Advocate column AS ‘self-smugglers’ once again consume national debate, it is regretful that the only commonsense solution heard in Parliament is a minority of one – a policy of turning back the boats with, of course, fuel and food. This will remove all…

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29
Sep 2011

Time to restore our rights in battle against killer bats

AUSTRALIAN Party Federal Leader and Member for Kennedy Bob Katter said Queenslanders must be given the right to destroy flying foxes invading our backyards. "The non-Government of Queensland is willing to stand back and let diseased flying foxes attack people in their own homes,"…

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9
Sep 2011

Australians will not accept decision on CopperString: Katter

Party Federal Leader Bob Katter has warned that Switzerland-based mining company Xstrata’s refusal to buy power off the national grid will smash the growth of inland North Qld. “The Mount Isa gas-fired power station was only, even if rebuilt, going to supply the narrowinterests…

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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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Contact Details

Innisfail
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Mount Isa
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Mount Isa, Qld 4825

Canberra
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