Media Releases

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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23
May 2019

Katter welcomes Prime Minister to Cloncurry

KAP leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has welcomed re-elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s visit to Cloncurry this evening, but warns there is more work to be done in assisting producers in the region. “We are deeply appreciative of the Prime Minister…

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23
Apr 2019

Labor "crackdown" on foreign workers will still fail Australian workers

KAP leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has slammed the Opposition Leader’s announcement today that the Labor Party will ‘crackdown’ on foreign workers should they gain power at the next election and toughen up regulatory infrastructure which will ‘level…

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23
Apr 2019

The waste of space NAIF and its 'unopened' safe no loss to NQ

KAP leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter responded to the Labor Party’s promise to dissolve the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) if it assumes Government by slamming the Liberal National Party for failing to deliver infrastructure to the north…

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18
Apr 2019

Pro-bank Royal Commission report crucifies small business

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter together with KAP Candidate for Leichhardt Daniel McCarthy have slammed the potential regulations imposed onto Australian owner/operators following the release of the final report of the Royal Commission labelling them ‘unfair’…

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16
Apr 2019

Katter and Knuth take the reins on supporting small business in Kennedy

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter and KAP Member for Hill Shane Knuth are spurring on small business in their electorate, recently on show at a Tully horse riding facility.Visiting Reinsdown Horse Riding in Tully, run by Sam and Amy Strutt, Mr Katter and Mr Knuth…

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10
Apr 2019

Katter worried Hells Gates Dam will "descend into farce" under TEL

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has expressed major concern with today’s announcement that Townsville Enterprise Limited (TEL) has been tasked to carry out the business case for Hells Gates Dam. It comes just months after Prime Minister Scott Morrison pledged…

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8
Apr 2019

Katter to draft anti vegan activism legislation

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has launched a scathing attack against vegan activists after they shut down Melbourne CBD’s and raided a Queensland meatworks, calling on the Federal Government to support a law enforcing jail time for interrupting business…

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4
Apr 2019

Start practicing your Mexican waves… Katter secures extra $3m for Tully grandstand

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has secured the additional $3 million Federal funding needed to ensure the full sum required to build the Tully Multi-Use Sporting Complex. In mid-March, Mr Katter sunk the boot into the Federal Government in a letter to the Treasurer…

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2
Apr 2019

Banking style Royal Commission into 'free market': Katter

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter used Question Time today to call on the Federal Government to put an end to its free market policies which are flogging Australian industries as they compete against the global market and called for a Royal Commission to reveal…

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27
Mar 2019

Charters Towers and Yarrabah residential care receives $6.75 million boost

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter continues to welcome funding announcements in his electorate, this time a combined grant of $6.75 million and 28 new beds awarded to two residential care groups.Dalrymple Villa in Charters Towers received $2 million and 18 beds…

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24
Mar 2019

Cowboys left high and dry by mining companies - Katter

KAP leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has attacked foreign-owned mining corporations for failing to implement their social responsibility to invest back into the local communities; while sporting groups like the North Queensland Cowboys battle major financial woes.

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22
Mar 2019

Salt thrown on the separate state debate

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has responded today to a report revealing Cairns’ population would rise by about one million by 2043, agreeing with the report’s proposition that the Far North was now in a prime position to separate. The report, compiled…

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20
Mar 2019

"It's enough to make a man bald": customers pull hair out dealing with Telstra

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has today put in two more complaints to Telstra about its service outages in Normanton and the North Mission Beach/Bingil Bay/Kurrimine Beach area.“We just get this over and over again,” Mr Katter said in regards to…

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20
Mar 2019

Kennedy Men's Sheds thrive with funding injection

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is thrilled to welcome more than $30,000 in grants for four Men’s Sheds in his electorate. Cardwell Shed Inc received $9,800, Herberton Men’s Shed was awarded $7,000, Mareeba Men’s Shed $6,500 and Ravenshoe Men’s…

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20
Mar 2019

"It's enough to make a man bald": customers pull hair out dealing with Telstra

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has today put in two more complaints to Telstra about its service outages in Normanton and the North Mission Beach/Bingil Bay/Kurrimine Beach area. “We just get this over and over again,” Mr Katter said in regards to…

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19
Mar 2019

'Grubby' Uber antics revealed in Four Corners exposé

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter said the Four Corners report aired on ABC last night revealed a number of ‘unsurprising ‘ controversies surrounding ridesharing giant ‘UBER’, which drew attention to just how badly the taxi industry has…

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18
Mar 2019

Back on the line: Katter welcomes end to lengthy Meals on Wheels outage

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is happy to be informed today that phone services have been restored at Tully’s Meals on Wheels after an almost two-month outage, following his call for action. The reconnection comes after Mr Katter made an official complaint…

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18
Mar 2019

We'll fight the Feds like 'Tully Tigers' for grandstand funding

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has ‘sunk the boot’ into the Federal Government in a letter to the Treasurer requesting that they front up with their portion of the $7.1 million required to build the Tully Multi-Use Sporting Complex. Prompting the…

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14
Mar 2019

Katter slams Telstra over Tully Meals on Wheels outage

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has made an official complaint to Telstra slamming them for failing to reconnect phone service to the Tully Meals on Wheels who have been without a landline for nearly two months. The outage has caused an enormous inconvenience…

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8
Mar 2019

Taxi owners submit action against Qld Govt

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter joined more than 60 taxi owners representing more than 900 individual licence-holders (half of Queensland's taxi industry) outside Brisbane's Supreme Court after they submitted a closed action Claim and Statement of Claim…

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

Canberra
(when Parliament is sitting)
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Email: Bob.Katter.MP@aph.gov.au