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The clock is ticking on the LNP to step up for regional Queensland and contribute to assisting rural debt issues rampant in the sector.
The KAP crossbench along with Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter called upon the LNP to join in and support the KAP'S Rural and Regional Adjustment (Development Assistance) Amendment Bill following the final committee hearing.
"There is a state election ahead, and we are looking at what has been achieved by their self-proclaimed regional party," Mr Katter said.
"In contrast we have passed a successful sugar industry bill, Shane has introduced a dairy bill, and now we are pushing for rural reconstruction legislation - we are kicking goals and achieving things for rural Queensland.
KAP crossbench has expressed an exasperated sigh of relief at the State Government's agreement to put forward $15 million in interim funding for the federal National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.
The scheme, which will eventually be 100% funded by the Federal Government, has been kicked off by the State Government following an ongoing dispute which came to a head in Queensland Parliament last sitting week.
"There was a long and unnecessary delay in getting funds to these projects. An argument between the State and Federal Government over how the funding should be delivered was evidently more important than enabling these projects to commence their work," Member for Mount Isa Rob Katter said.
KAP State leader and Member for Mount Isa Rob Katter, is urgently calling on the Police Minister to consider all sides, before engaging on the National Firearms Agreement.
Mr Katter says a middle ground must be found, with Minister Byrne set to discuss the biggest firearms reform since the Howard era with fellow state leaders today.
"The Minister has a responsibility to represent the concerns of all Queensland and make a decision on fact, not on emotion and politics," Mr Katter said.
A strengthening consumer campaign to support struggling dairy farmers is being met with a bill to legislate for fair milk price ‘logos’ identifying which milk returns a fair price to dairy farmers.
Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth, with the support of Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation (QDO), will table the Sustainable Queensland Dairy Production (Fair Milk Price Logos) Bill 2016 today.
The Bill aims to introduce voluntary region-specific logos to be placed on milk containers, giving consumers confidence the dairy farmer who produced that milk received a fair price.
Prior to yesterday’s preliminary hearing, the Government rushed out four items of Terms of Reference for the “Big 4” Banking Inquiry delivered by the Standing Committee on Economics.
KAP Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter thinks the Terms of Reference and the Inquiry itself are limp and not the delivery Australians have been crying for.
Next week, Mr Katter will proceed with the introduction to the House of Representatives, the Banking Commission of Inquiry Bill 2016.
Mr Katter said, “firstly the parliamentary committee who by comprises people who their very backgrounds are singularly inappropriate to tackle even the everyday issues such as unilateral, punitive add-ons in agriculture, the housing bubble, recourse lending (bank sells your $500,000 house for $200,000. The $300,000 makes you a debt slave forever). In America this $300,000 debt vanishes (non-recourse lending).
Last week KAP Member for Kennedy visited the Cairns headquarters of the $5 billion Northern Australian infrastructure loan facility (NAIF). Mr Katter was shocked to find NAIF is still in an establishment phase with an interim CEO based in Melbourne. Mr Katter will be requesting a meeting with the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to address the lack of headway at NAIF.
Mr Katter said, "What NAIF has done has taken the fig leaf off and shown clearly that the Federal Government’s northern initiative has been emasculated.
"We were very surprised when we went to meet NAIF in Cairns, that with a twelfth of the Government’s life already gone (three of its 36 months have been expended), we find only empty offices in Cairns with a solitary, interim staff member answering telephones and a banker CEO who is based in Melbourne.