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Katter moves for coal seam gas Royal Commission

KAP Party Leader Bob Katter this week moved for a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (with all the powers of a Royal Commission) into the coal seam gas industry.

Mr Katter’s demand follows years of working with Chinchilla farmer Kane Booth on his legal battle with CSG company QGC over infrastructure they put on his farm, which Mr Booth says has destroyed his business.

“A massive amount of environmental devastation has occurred,” Mr Katter said.

“A Royal Commission will zero in on his case and various other very ugly occurrences.

 “There are people who have made squillions of dollars out of this, and the relationships with Government need to be looked at and looked at seriously.”

 Trond Smith, who has been supporting Mr Booth through his ongoing battle, joined him in Canberra this week to meet with crossbench Parliamentarians about supporting a CSG Commission of Inquiry.

 “The company has used bargaining power techniques to effectively bully landowners into signing agreements, which would normally need to be sorted through legal representation,” Mr Smith said.

“The difficulty is that it is impossible for most landholders to afford to pay the legal representation.”

Mr Booth has previously presented evidence to Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines of where QGC had breached their Environmental Authority multiple times.

Mr Booth included photographs and also recordings in which the company made several admissions acknowledging breaches of their Environmental Authority.

Many months later, Mr Booth is no closer to a solution.

“It really has come to the need for the powers of a Royal Commission,” Mr Katter said.

 “Mr Booth’s story is an embarrassment to this country, and there are possibly hundreds of others out there like him.”

 

Bill to Support Smaller Shops Stymied

23
Jun

KAP tried to introduce a private members’ bill into Queensland Parliament last week to protect smaller shop owners, but was stopped by the government and LNP.

The bill would have created an immediate short-term ban on any applications to vary trading hours. This would have provided relief to independent shop owners from fighting applications by Coles and Woolworths, while the Parliament waits for the government to bring on its allowable trading hours amendment bill.

Smaller operators told KAP Members Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth that they needed the short term ban in place while the parliament makes up its mind.

The government and LNP voted together, stopping the bill from being introduced.

“I cannot see a single reason why the government would not have supported this. It was really disappointing that the major parties once again ganged up to stick up for the supermarket giants,” Robbie said.

Shane said he expected support from either the government or LNP if they are serious about looking out for anyone other than major retailers. “People’s livelihoods are on the line, all we are asking for is a short term arrangement so we have time to look at the government’s new amendment to its trading hours bill and consult with the businesses it affects.”

 

KAP’s success with private members’ bills

Only 14 private members’ bills have ever passed the Queensland Parliament. Two of these are KAP bills.

KAP’s Sugar Industry (Real Choice in Marketing) Amendment Bill passed in December 2015.

KAP’s Transport Legislation (Taxi Services) Amendment Bill passed in April 2016.

KAP currently has five

KAP tried to introduce a private members’ bill into Queensland Parliament last week to protect smaller shop owners, but was stopped by the government and LNP.

The bill would have created an immediate short-term ban on any applications to vary trading hours. This would have provided relief to independent shop owners from fighting applications by Coles and Woolworths, while the Parliament waits for the government to bring on its allowable trading hours amendment bill.

Smaller operators told KAP Members Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth that they needed the short term ban in place while the parliament makes up its mind.

The government and LNP voted together, stopping the bill from being introduced.

“I cannot see a single reason why the government would not have supported this. It was really disappointing that the major parties once again ganged up to stick up for the supermarket giants,” Robbie said.

Shane said he expected support from either the government or LNP if they are serious about looking out for anyone other than major retailers. “People’s livelihoods are on the line, all we are asking for is a short term arrangement so we have time to look at the government’s new amendment to its trading hours bill and consult with the businesses it affects.”

KAP’s success with private members’ bills

Only 14 private members’ bills have ever passed the Queensland Parliament. Two of these are KAP bills.

KAP’s Sugar Industry (Real Choice in Marketing) Amendment Bill passed in December 2015.

KAP’s Transport Legislation (Taxi Services) Amendment Bill passed in April 2016.

KAP currently has five

Katter moves for Coal Seam Gas Royal Commission

23
Jun

Katter moves for coal seam gas Royal Commission

KAP Party Leader Bob Katter this week moved for a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (with all the powers of a Royal Commission) into the coal seam gas industry.

Mr Katter’s demand follows years of working with Chinchilla farmer Kane Booth on his legal battle with CSG company QGC over infrastructure they put on his farm, which Mr Booth says has destroyed his business.

“A massive amount of environmental devastation has occurred,” Mr Katter said.

 “A Royal Commission will zero in on his case and various other very ugly occurrences.

 “There are people who have made squillions of dollars out of this, and the relationships with Government need to be looked at and looked at seriously.”

Trond Smith, who has been supporting Mr Booth through his ongoing battle, joined him in Canberra this week to meet with crossbench Parliamentarians about supporting a CSG Commission of Inquiry.

“The company has used bargaining power techniques to effectively bully landowners into signing agreements, which would normally need to be sorted through legal representation,” Mr Smith said.

“The difficulty is that it is impossible for most landholders to afford to pay the legal representation.”

Mr Booth has previously presented evidence to Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines of where QGC had breached their Environmental Authority multiple times.

Mr Booth included photographs and also recordings in which the company made several admissions acknowledging breaches of their Environmental Authority.

Many months later, Mr Booth is no closer to a solution.

 “It really has come to the need for the powers of a Royal Commission,” Mr Katter said.

“Mr Booth’s story is an embarrassment to this country, and there are possibly hundreds of others out there like him.”

 

Queensland Boundary Changes Reinforce Need for Separate State

23
Jun

Queensland boundary changes reinforce need for separate state

KAP State Leader Robbie Katter says the redrawn electoral districts for Queensland reinforce the need for a separate state.

The people of North Queensland and the electorates of Mount Isa and Dalrymple – both represented by KAP – have been hardest hit by the Queensland Electoral Boundary changes.

The Queensland Redistribution Commission recently unveiled its redrawn electoral districts.

KAP’s Shane Knuth’s seat of Dalrymple will be abolished, and Robbie Katter’s seat of Mount Isa will change significantly.

“This is not about us, this is about the people in our electorates,” Robbie said. “And it is very bad news for them.”

“Obviously the major parties have decided to abolish one of the KAP seats because they are sick of us giving North Queensland a real voice. The fact they want us gone suggests we’re doing a decent job of standing up for the people we represent.”

“Shane and I fight hard for our electorates, and we are worried there’s a risk the boundary changes will mean a lot of people currently in our electorates could end up being represented by a major party. That’s just not good for the bush.”

“The most significant thing to come out of this change is that representation of rural and remote areas is further diluted. Rural and remote Queensland will go from having five out of 89 seats to just four out of 93 seats in Parliament. We’re already too far away from unlocking Queensland’s wealth. This just puts us even further away from making it happen. The real solution here is to create a separate state for North Queensland,” Robbie said.

The commission has gone ahead with these changes despite furious opposition detailed in many, many formal submissions. “As frustrating as that is, it’s really important Shane and I stay focused on doing our jobs of representing the people in our electorates, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

 

Major Parties Sell Out North Queensland

23
Jun

LNP sells out North Queensland by supporting ALP budget

Last Friday in the Queensland Parliament, the LNP turned its back on North Queensland and voted with the government to support the ALP budget.

The Crossbench, led by KAP had the numbers to defeat the budget, with the LNP’s support.

But the LNP refused to stand up for North Queensland, and voted with the government.

As a result, the north missed out on reduced power prices and $1 billion in infrastructure spending.

The North also missed out on getting the North Queensland Budget Equity Board, which would have fought for a fair go for North Queensland for decades to come.

On top of that, the LNP and government refused to commit to reducing North Queensland's unemployment to 6% by 2020. It's currently as high as 14%, while in Brisbane it's about 4%.

“We had an opportunity to make some change for North Queensland, but the LNP proved it’s just as bad as the government when it comes to standing up for the North,” Robbie said.

“The North is in crisis. Unemployment is out of control in the North. When Shane and I said we want to reduce it to 6% by 2020, some people said we were asking for too much. I cannot believe people would think like this. We are just wanting to be the same as the current state average. I also cannot believe that the government and LNP would not support this position. I accept that this will be an enormous challenge to achieve. But if we do not set a target and work towards it, we will never get there,” Robbie said.

Shane said he was disgusted that the government and LNP had once again hung the North out to dry.

“All the government cares about is the Cross River Rail and all the LNP cares about is itself. Who is standing up for North Queensland?” Shane said.

KAP will not give up on North Queensland.

 

Message from the President

23
Jun

Message from the President

KAP has always been about standing up for regional Queensland. With the two major parties focused on Brisbane, it’s never been more important to have a voice for the rest of the state.

Our three members of Parliament – Bob Katter, Shane Knuth, and Robbie Katter, have been working hard for regional Queensland.

In these weekly e-updates, we will keep you posted with exactly what they have been doing.

We’ll also keep you informed about everything you need to know in the lead up to the state election. The election could be called anytime between now and early next year.

This forthcoming state election will present a great opportunity for us to further influence the direction of Queensland. It’s make or break time for Queensland. The parliament balance looks like it will be very close. Neither side is shining, both the major parties are letting people down, especially in the bush. KAP is a real alternative.

Our three MPs are doing a great job, but they need more support. We need to unite, work hard and grasp this opportunity and get some more candidates across the line and make KAP’s and regional Queensland’s voice even more powerful in the next Parliament.

I’m impressed with the quality of candidates that are coming forward to right the wrongs that are sending our state in the wrong direction. We will be introducing you to them very soon.

If there’s an issue you think KAP should be addressing, please get in contact with us. We pride ourselves on being a party that listens to and properly represents its people – unlike the major parties which have a party line which they have to stick to. You can contact our team by emailing linda.edwards@kap.org.au, or phoning (07) 3267 7799.

We also need your help to spread the word about KAP and its good work. Please forward this email on to anyone you think might be interested – and if they want to, they can subscribe to these updates for free.

Here’s to exciting times ahead. 

Shane Paulger

KAP President

 

 

KAP Head Office Heading to Heartland

23
Jun

KAP head office heading to heartland

KAP is excited to be moving its head office from Brisbane to its heartland in North Queensland.

KAP leader Bob Katter said KAP was relocating its head office to be closer to its membership base. “KAP was born in North Queensland, and it makes sense that head office is in our heartland,” Mr Katter said.

The party is in the final stages of choosing an exact location for its new head office. Members will be updated as soon as a decision is made.

As part of the changes, Mr Katter and Party President Shane Paulger have welcomed John Clements as KAP’s new National Secretary.

John has a long history fighting for rural and regional Australians. “It’s fantastic news for the party that John has come on board,” Mr Paulger said. “He really gets KAP and what it’s all about, and has the skills and experience to drive the party forward.”

John has a strong affinity with the land, having worked in cotton farming as well as at Cubbie Station. He has extensive experience as a policy advisor to both state and federal politicians, including working for Tony Windsor during the hung parliament. John also served as the CEO for Namoi Water, the peak industry group for irrigated agriculture in the Peel, Upper Namoi and Lower Namoi Valleys in the North West of NSW.

“With the major parties abandoning rural and regional areas, KAP is determined to stand up for North Queensland,” John said. “What is great about KAP is that it’s not just a ‘no party’, like many other minor parties are. KAP is a serious policy party, that listens to what its members want and goes in hard to fight for that.”

John is getting around to as many KAP branches as he can.

If your branch hasn’t been in touch with John yet, or you are part of a former branch that you’d like up and running again, please call our office on 07 3267 7799 so we can make a time for you and John to meet.

 

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