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Katter requests more support for 0-6 yo NDIS

17
Jan

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has submitted a question to the Minister of Social Services requesting the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) review its support hour funding  for children aged 0 to 6.

Currently to access NDIS funding guardians must provide evidence of how much the child’s condition impacts their life, including ‘any impact on their mobility, communication, social interaction, learning, self-care and self-management’ - according to the NDIS website.

 

However, NDIS allocates no support hour funding to children under 7 as it’s considered they still require regular fulltime guardian care. This has left some families struggling to care for their child with a disability in cases where their 5 or 6-year-old cannot dress or feed themselves, is incontinent and immobile – all things a typical 6-year-old is capable of doing.

 

My Katter said better assessment needs to be in place to address the issue, “My electorate offices are assisting a number of constituents with issues relating to the NDIS, and one thing that really stands out is some young families are struggling to care for children with a disability,” Mr Katter said.

 

“Horrifying to think, some are so under-resourced they are even considering giving up their child with a disability so he/she gets more adequate resources and care.

 

“We are currently assisting one family whose 6-year-old child has significant and complex disability support needs.  The child has hearing impairment, vision impairment, physical impairment and uses a wheelchair to mobilise.  The child has been assessed with a developmental age equal to a typically developing 18-month-old child.

 

“So while their mum is taking care of the family, working part time to pay for extra therapies, sourcing and engaging disability services and managing her child’s NDIS package - her grade 2 child is picking up the shortfall in care that the NDIS has left.

 

“This is what they as a family are doing, not to thrive, but just to survive each day.

 

“Our question to the Minister for Social Services is to consider a sliding scale of needs for children from birth to 6, rather than the current one-size fits all approach.

 

“Typical 5 and 6-year-olds can dress and feed themselves and can hold their own head above water in a bath – so we’re asking the Minister why are children of this age with a disability grouped in with the high-care needs of a typical new-born?”

Airlines 'secretive' on prices

16
Jan

A Senate inquiry into the cost of regional airfares has found aviation operators were ‘notoriously secretive’ when it came to providing pricing information.

More than 120 submissions were received with a common theme accusing airlines of “preying on …. bereavement and the sick – those who have got to fly on short notice’’ while others believe Qantas and Virgin operated a duopoly.

State KAP leader and member for Traeger Robbie Katter said the findings of secrecy and a lack of community consultation were exactly what was expected.

“People in regional Queensland have been experiencing this for years,’’ Mr Katter said.

“I expect we will find something very similar following the Federal inquiry into the cost of regional airfares in Queensland. The way the major airlines conduct themselves is deplorable and it has a huge impact on the small communities that rely on them.

“The prices are extremely high and the service levels appear to be deteriorating and then they expect people to just trust that they’re not ripping us off?’’

The ‘Perceptions and Realities of Regional Airfares Prices in Western Australia’ report was undertaken by the Western Australia Parliament’s Economic and Industry Standing Committee.

Mr Katter says Queensland should follow the lead of the Western Australian Government and conduct an inquiry into airfare pricing in regional Queensland.

“The Queensland Government has fallen very short of what the community expects of them,’’ he said.

“It’s pretty simple. The Government need to show some resolve and make major airlines demonstrate they are not overcharging on regional routes. If the airlines aren’t willing to do it we’ll look at getting alternative carriers in,” Mr Katter said.

He said his Mount Isa electorate office regularly received letters from constituents who simply can’t afford to fly to Brisbane for a family funeral or support those who need emergency health care.

“It is doing nothing to promote the regional areas of Queensland as a preferred destination and has a negative impact on tourism,’’ Mr Katter said.

 

Link to report: http://apo.org.au/system/files/121576/apo-nid121576-493281.pdf

Katter urges Flying Fish Point phone tower become priority

15
Jan

Hon Bob Katter MP has written to the Minister for Communications requesting urgent attention to the Flying Fish Point Base Station’s status in the Federal Black Spot Funding Project.

 

While Flying Fish Point is part of the Black Spot Funding Program, it is understood the planning commencement is complete; however the construction target is not a priority at this stage.

“The Flying Fish Point community have been desperately waiting for better communications access for years and believe this Base Station is many years too late,” Mr Katter said.

“It is for this reason I have requested this area become a priority in the programme and receive urgent action in the installing of a phone tower,” Mr Katter said.

In June 2015 the Kennedy electorate received funding for 18 mobile blackspot locations, to be rolled out over three years, Mr Katter nominated Flying Fish Point as one of them.

He listened to the concerns of locals as he travelled through his electorate in making these nominations and heaped praise on the local fighters in Kennedy who advocated for better mobile communications services.

Mr Katter said the tyranny of distance was something that his electorate had long strived to overcome.

 

“My family nearly perished when my father got bogged outside McKinlay and suffered 3rd degree burns on his hands and knees, we thought his number was up.

 

“To someone in the city mobile coverage seems like a small thing, but when a family member nearly perishes, it shows how valuable these things are.

 

“Work output has increased by 30% due to mobile phones, whereas before we had dead running time in the car without mobile service.

 

“Each blow we strike against the tyranny of distance, is therefore a strike for our freedom,” Mr Katter said.

DON'T HANG UP ON NORTHERN QUEENSLAND

12
Jan

State KAP Leader Robbie Katter is demanding the Federal Government reject recommendations to cut fixed line telephone services in Northern Queensland after 2020.

“The impact of removing all pay phones and fixed line telecommunications from remote communities in my electorate - and across the country - would be harmful and isolate these communities even more,’’ Mr Katter said.

“North Queenslanders already deal with substandard and unreliable mobile phone and satellite voice coverage which are often further impacted by weather conditions, power outages and other issues.

“Currently, standard fixed line services are the only reliable from of telecommunication available to many remote communities.’’

Last year Mr Katter wrote to Fiona Nash, who was the Federal Minister for Regional Communications, to highlight the problems regional Queenslanders would experience if the recommendations from the Productivity Commission and National Audit Office to scrap the Universal Service Obligation (USO) and replace it with ‘services delivered on a commercial basis’ were adopted.

Telstra estimates there are more than 600,000 homes, farms, businesses and indigenous communities across Australia where it is simply not commercially viable to deliver communications services and the USO provided a critical service.

“Cutting fixed line communications will have a negative impact on school kids undertaking long distance education or based in remote locations,’’ Mr Katter said.

“The loss of reliable communications could also seriously compromise emergency services in these blackspot areas as well, such as hospitals and specialists who often need to consult with city-based experts.

“I would like to hear more about what the Government’s proposed ‘equivalent community voice services’ will entail, before they cut all the fixed lines.

“Until that happens I will fight to ensure my constituents do not have their safety, health or quality of life compromised due to a cost saving measure implemented by the Federal Government.’’

The Government’s $270 million a year Universal Service Obligation (USO) contract with Telstra will end after 2020 when the National Broadband Network roll out is completed.

Mr Katter said he would be seeking an urgent meeting with the current Federal Minister for Regional Communications Bridget McKenzie to discuss the issue further.

NIL THOUGHTS IN GENDER NEUTRAL NONSENSE

12
Jan

The Government’s move to scrap gender identity from driver’s licences because it may be “perceived as discriminatory” is a new frontier in the seemingly endless quest to purge society of reasonableness and reality.

State member for Traeger and Queensland Leader of the KAP, Robbie Katter, said he will be introducing a motion into parliament to reverse the move in an attempt to fightback on behalf of everyday people whose freedoms are unknowingly being pulled out from underneath them.

“First it was the nonsense about Commonwealth Games volunteers being told to use gender neutral language and now this,’’ Robbie said.

“These moves are completely out of touch with the expectations of everyday people and we need to draw a line in the sand.

“I’ll be introducing a motion into parliament to reverse this change to licences at the first opportunity. The public must know which politicians are willing to stand up against this politically correct foolishness.’’

Mr Katter said that everyday people have far more important issues to worry about.

“Gender neutrality is an indulgence of a small group of narrow minded whingers who seem completely ignorant of the daily struggles of everyday people,’’ he said.

“I’m speechless that these ultra-left views get so much attention while towns are dying, crime is out of control and people haven’t seen a real wage rise in years.

“The government needs to show that it will stand up for everyday Queenslanders by pushing back against these extremist positions.”

Message from the President

13
Oct

It can be easy to think that too much in Australia needs changing, and that you as one person can’t make a difference.

It’s important to know that isn’t true – that you can make a difference. When people have the courage to speak up, things can change.

KAP’s Member for Dalrympe Shane Knuth is a great example of this. The current Labor government decided to take milk and dairy contracts away from Tablelands dairy farmers for the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) hospitals, in favour of a company 1000 km away.

Shane, backed by his community, stood up and fought. As a result, the government reversed its outrageous decision.

We want to keep Shane and Robbie in Parliament, and get more KAP Members elected, because KAP MPs aren’t afraid to stand up and fight.

There are many ways you can help us achieve this:

-        You can volunteer your time – one hour or one day – it all helps.

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If you’d like to help, we would be really pleased to hear from you.

You can contact our friendly team in our headquarters in Townsville on 07 4401 5037.

Shane Paulger
KAP President

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