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Voters have had a gutful of major parties - Colin Dwyer

24
May
Voters have had a gutful of major parties - Colin Dwyer

KAP candidate for Herbert, Colin Dwyer has been endorsed by the Hon. Bob Katter, alongside state MPs Rob Katter for Mount Isa and Shane Knuth for Dalrymple.

Dwyer has highlighted the neglect shown by major parties for regional and remote communities, commenting “For too long, both Labor and Liberal have turned a blind eye to regional locations in favour of their centralist city attitude. They have held Townsville and Regional Australia to political ransom too many times.”

"Voters have had a 'gutful' of major parties" - Colin Dwyer

24
May

KAP candidate for Herbert, Colin Dwyer has been endorsed by the Hon. Bob Katter, alongside state MPs Rob Katter for Mount Isa and Shane Knuth for Dalrymple.

Dwyer has highlighted the neglect shown by major parties for regional and remote communities, commenting “For too long, both Labor and Liberal have turned a blind eye to regional locations in favour of their centralist city attitude. They have held Townsville and Regional Australia to political ransom too many times.”

Maranoa candidate Rick Gurnett

17
May
Maranoa candidate Rick Gurnett

Robbie Katter endorses KAP candidate for Maranoa Rick Gurnett, a champion of regional Australia. 

Katter launches Tom Harris for NSW Senate for KAP

12
May
Katter launches Tom Harris for NSW Senate for KAP

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter, launched Tom Harris as the KAP Senate candidate today at Parliament House.

Tom Harris is a fifth generation grazier from central NSW.

“I’m running because there are farmers all across this country that are struggling and things are harder then they need to be. I‘ve got two young children and I really worry about what sort of future they’re going to have if we keep voting in ALP and LNP governments,” said Mr Harris.

Mr Harris said the establishment of the Reconstruction and Development Board and removing 457 visas are priority issues for him.

Mr Katter said the Prime Minister’s Senate voting reforms will start small parties like KAP on a “handicap”…“in his drive for dictatorial powers.

“Once upon a time the Country Party was a watch dog, we now have a National Party that’s a lap dog, and Mr Turnbull will have immense power.

Barnaby Joyce will never walk, and that’s why he’ll never exercise the power we have if we can get two or three members in there and that’s why we are very much campaigning to get them in.”

Mr Katter said the only way people can stop the immense power being dealt to the LNP is to give small parties like KAP a go.  

“The Liberal Party is going for dictatorial powers. God help this nation. Every single asset this nation has will be foreign owned and your jobs will be taken by masses of people coming in from overseas. 

We thank Tom Harris for coming forward and doing what he can stop them from getting dictatorial power,” said Mr Katter.

Mr Harris grew up on a family farm near Orange, NSW.  After receiving his primary education at Stuart Town Public school, a small, two teacher school, he attended boarding school in Sydney. After a brief sojourn at Sydney University, followed by work and travel, Mr Harris returned to the family sheep and cattle property at Stuart Town to learn the ropes. He now runs the family's cattle property at Molong (also near Orange). He is married to Adelaide who hails from Neutral Bay in Sydney and has two children, Ned and Lizzy.

Katter to Government on Northern Australia: Talk is cheap - Show us the Money!

3
May

On the day of the 2016-17 Federal Budget, and a year after the $5 Billion in concessional loans for Northern Australia was announced in the 2015-16 Budget, not a cent has been spent. KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter told the LNP Government today to stand on its record of what it HAS done for Northern Australia over the past 3 years, not what it’s ‘Gunna Do’.

“Both the ALP and the LNP have no understanding that we do not want to hear what they are 'going to do'.

Mr Katter said to this LNP Government “You've been there for three years, and you've been there for 14 of the last 20 years; why haven't you done it?

“You've had all this time and now you tell us you're going to do it next time. Well, 'going to do it' is not good enough.” Mr Katter said.

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Bill 2016, (the legislation for the $5 billion Northern Australian
Concessional Loans), was only introduced into the Parliament last month. Today it was sent to the senate a second time – raising doubts if it will be passed before a double dissolution election and a year after being announced.

Mr Katter who was a Senior Minister for the best part of a decade in the long-standing Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen Queensland Government stated that cabinet would never have contemplated going into an election stating ‘this is what we are gunna do’.

“When I was in a government that won every single election for, I think, 35 years, we did not go to an election saying what we were going to do, because that is an advertisement against you. The immediate question, then, that leaps to people's minds—is: 'Why haven't you done it?

Mr Katter also expressed apprehension at where the $5 billion concessional loan monies for Northern Australia would be spent; and questioned whether the funds would go to Australians or to Foreign owned corporations:

“As a person at a distance, I say the Ord River stages 2 and 3 will easily be the biggest farming operation in Australia, and it will be foreign owned. The biggest farming operation in Australia at the moment is Tasman Farms; it is foreign owned. The third biggest operation in Australia is Cubbie Station; it is foreign owned. What the hell do we own?

“If you want to know where the money is, $23 billion of superannuation money is shipped overseas and put into the roulette wheel of the American stock market. That is a wonderful use of our money! If people knew where their superannuation was going, they would lie awake at night in a cold sweat,” Mr Katter said.

Mr Katter then focused on successive ALP and LNP government’s lack of spending on development infrastructure and the projects which will generate returns and jobs in Northern Australia.

“For the last 25 years, I have not known of a developmental project financed by the government anywhere in Australia.

“When the Liberals announced an infrastructure package to boost the Australian economy, it was roads and rail in the city.

“What do you get for a $5,000 million tunnel in Brisbane? A few thousand people get home a few minutes early to watch the television!

“If that $5,000 million were used to build a railway line into the Galilee, I would give you $4,000 million a year in revenue for the Australian people. I would give you 20,000 jobs, for the next hundred years.

“If it were used on the Hells Gate Dam and the Upper Herbert River proposals, the two water projects have an income of $4,000 million a year,” Mr Katter said.

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