Speeches

21
Dec 2017

Hon Bob Katter's Statement to Lady Florence

My last memory of Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen was driving her home from the funeral of the most powerful man in the National Party at the time. The man had played a pivotal role in ousting her husband from the premiership. I said, “Florence you are definitely a Christian”.

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27
May 2015

Indigenous Leadership Forum - Palm Island

https://soundcloud.com/bobkatter/indigenous-leadership-forum-palm-island-27-may-2015

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15
Jul 2014

QUESTION WITHOUT NOTICE: Procurement for defence a laughing stock

Australian combat troops refuse to use the Austrian Steyr rifle, they use the American Armalite which can be produced in Australia for half the price. At ANZAC Day soldiers marched in their socks since the soles had fallen off their Chinese made boots. Australian ordinance/ammunition…

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19
Jun 2014

BILLS - Asset Recycling Fund Bill 2014, Asset Recycling Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014

‘Do not vote for privatisation it’s an economic taipan snake’   - Second Reading - 19 June 2014 Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (10:46): I second the amendment. There is no nepotism involved, but I think the finest statement I have ever heard on privatisation came from…

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19
Jun 2014

BILLS - Asset Recycling Fund Bill 2014, Asset Recycling Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014

- Consideration in Detail  Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (12:54): I think the proposed amendments for tighter controls put forward by Labor are pretty reasonable. I cannot speak to this legislation without giving examples. Money was spent in Queensland—and in Australia, for that…

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28
May 2014

BILLS - Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2014-2015, Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2014-2015, Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2014-2015, Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2013-2014, Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2013-2014

 - Second Reading Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (16:01): I asked a question in the House on the day of the budget. Household electricity prices over nine years of corporatisation have soared from $860 to $2,100. Petrol prices following the refusal to mandate ethanol soared 50 per…

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13
May 2014

QUESTION WITHOUT NOTICE: Real issues not addressed as hip pockets continue to hurt

“Question to the Treasurer, household electricity prices over nine years of corporatisation have soared from $860 to $2100 since 1995. Petrol prices, following the refusal to mandate ethanol, soar 50 per ent above prices in Brazil and America. Whilst with the world’s…

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13
May 2014

QUESTION WITHOUT NOTICE: Budget

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (14:33): My question is to the Minister representing the Treasurer. Household electricity prices, over nine years of corporatisation, have soared from $860 to $2,100. Petrol prices, following the refusal to mandate ethanol, soar 50 per cent above prices in Brazil…

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13
Nov 2013

Standing and Sessional Orders

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (11:55): Mr Deputy Speaker, I second the amendments. In addressing this issue the Leader of the House says, 'I've given you a letter saying I'm going to do this.' Well, I am holding a letter with 20 items on it saying it is going to be the policy to do 'this…

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13
Nov 2013

BILLS Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill 2013

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (19:55): Mr Deputy Speaker, I wish to make a personal statement. The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Does the member for Kennedy claim to be misrepresented? Mr KATTER: Yes, Mr Deputy Speaker. It has been claimed that I and another backbencher will not be here for the vote tonight…

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12
Nov 2013

CONDOLENCES Thomson, Hon. David Scott, MC

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (17:49): About half of what was the Leichhardt electorate then is now the Kennedy electorate. Obviously I knew David very well. He was a good friend of my father and I had a lot of interface with him. The decision by the Menzies-McEwen government to base the Army…

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12
Nov 2013

PARLIAMENTARY OFFICE HOLDERS Deputy Speaker

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (17:31): I want to make it perfectly clear, with due deference to my colleague, that the Greens are not speaking for Katter's Australian Party. Madam Speaker, we congratulate you on your appointment to the position. Having dealt with you on many occasions I expect…

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27
May 2013

BILLS: Imported Food Warning Labels Bill 2013 First Reading

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (10:33): I present the Imported Food Warning Labels Bill 2013 and explanatory memorandum. I move: That leave be given to introduce the bill. Question agreed to. Mr KATTER: We are introducing this bill so that consumers can make informed choices about the potential…

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27
May 2013

BILLS: Marine Engineers Qualifications Bill 2013 Second Reading

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (21:08): I would like to thank the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers—in particular, federal secretary, Henning Christiansen; national organiser, Michael Bakhaazi; and Terry Snee, a fellow North Queenslander. I will not go over and repeat…

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15
May 2013

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: 457 Visa

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (14:38): My question is to the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations. Is the minister aware that the greatest jobs growth in Australian history was in WA and Queensland in the Charles Court and Bjelke-Petersen years? In both states all fly-ins, even…

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15
May 2013

BILLS: Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2012

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (12:38): As far as we can make out, and as far as I am advised, what is happening here is—for those who are not familiar with the process—that all chemicals that are used in Australia have to be approved by an agency before they are allowed to be used.

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27
Apr 2013

DOORSTOP: Farm Finance Package Announcement

    TRANSCRIPT of THE HON WAYNE SWAN MP Deputy Prime Minister TreasurerSENATOR THE HON JOE LUDWIGMinister for Agriculture, Fisheries and ForestryMinister Assisting on Queensland Floods RecoveryTHE HON BOB KATTER MPMember for KennedyJoint DoorstopTOWNSVILLE27 April 2013…

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19
Sep 2012

QUESTION WITHOUT NOTICE: Queensland Reconstruction Authority

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (14:37): My question is to the Treasurer. Is the Treasurer aware that there is no safe anchorage on the entire paradise coast, from Townsville to Cairns? With the Queensland government's decision to close yet another service vital to the north, the Reconstruction…

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15
Aug 2012

MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE: Supermarket Giants

MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE Supermarket Competition The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Ms AE Burke) (15:11): I have received letters from the honourable member for Kennedy and the honourable Leader of the Opposition proposing that definite matters of public importance be submitted to the House…

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15
Aug 2012

BILLS: Migration Legislation Amendment (Offshore Processing and Other Measures ) Bill 2011

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (12:37): In rising to say a few words on the Migration Legislation Amendment (Offshore Processing and Other Measures ) Bill 2011, my remarks are coloured by the fact that the last time I was in this House listening to this debate a number of the Liberal and National…

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15
Aug 2012

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: The developing rural debt crisis

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (14:44): My question is to the Treasurer. The Treasurer would be aware that much of rural Australia is struggling under an insurmountable debt burden. Reliable sources continue to quote that between seven and 20 per cent of farmers are facing foreclosures within…

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28
Jun 2012

ADJOURNMENT: Imports, Employment

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (11:21): It seems to me that very seldom does a day goes by when I do not get further bad news from the coalface. I have long since given up reading journals and newspapers and watching the television, because the flow of information is so erroneous and misleading.

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27
Jun 2012

BILLS: Migration Legislation Amendment (The Bali Process) Bill 2012 Consideration in Detail

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (19:12): I have been listening to speeches in parliament for 39 years and today was probably one of the better exercises in hypocrisy that I have heard. Mr Neville: How would you know? Mr KATTER: Do not provoke me. I do not think that would be a really good idea…

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27
Jun 2012

BILLS: Migration Legislation Amendment (Offshore Processing and Other Measures ) Bill 2011

“Boat arrivals will continue so long as they know they can be processed, because two-thirds of the people who come by boat are granted residency in Australia or New Zealand. My position has always been clear that if they know they can get residency, they will keep coming. Tens…

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25
Jun 2012

BILLS: Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2012 Second Reading

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (16:55): I applaud some of the remarks that the previous speaker made. His endorsement might be in a fair bit of trouble as a result of some of the remarks he made, but I applaud him for them. However, he started talking about unionists having a responsibility…

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25
Jun 2012

BILLS: Tax Laws Amendment (Managed Investment Trust Withholding Tax) Bill 2012, Income Tax (Managed Investment Trust Withholding Tax) Amendment Bill 2012 Second Reading

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (18:45): I speak in praise of the shadow Treasurer when he criticises the government for changing the goalposts. I think that it is right for our overseas investors to have faith in the Australian government. Having said that, we are never going to be able to…

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29
May 2012

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development) Bill 2012

SECOND READING Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (18:05): I move the amendment circulated in my name: (1) Schedule 1, page 8 (after line 9), at the end of the Schedule, add: 12 Aquifer drilling—12 month moratorium (1) A person commits an offence if: (a) the person takes an action; and (b)…

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19
Oct 2010

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: Environment

  Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (2:31 PM) —My question is to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Is the minister aware that in just six years Australia has become a net importer of pork, fruit and vegetables, and seafood? Would the minister…

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18
Oct 2010

PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS: Forestry Industry

  Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (8:12 PM) —In rising to speak to the motion before the House, I pay tribute to the honourable member from Tasmania who moved this resolution. I think he embodies all of the laudable characteristics which hallmarked the Labor Party from its inception.

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18
Oct 2010

PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS: Overseas Trained Doctors

Mr KATTER - (Kennedy) (7:01 PM) —In strongly endorsing the words of the member for Leichhardt, I note that we had a situation in Townsville where there were only three surgeons who were able to do heart surgery. I can speak from personal experience on this because I have been…

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