Media Releases

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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22
Aug 2010

Media statement from Member for Kennedy Bob Katter

“There is no doubt that the people have made a statement in North Queensland – an unequivocal statement delivering a massive majority to the concept of a democratic principle, rather than Woolworths-Coles style politics. “I deeply thank the people whose commitment…

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