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New KAP merchandise now available

13
Apr
New KAP merchandise now available

 

 

We have a new and exciting range of Katter’s Australian Party merchandise that can now be purchased.  Buying merchandise is a great way to support the party. It raises much needed funds for the party’s continued operation, advertises our great party and you also get something for yourself! 

The merchandise that is available is; coffee mugs, stubby coolers, stickers and pens.

KAP members also receive a 10% Discount. KAP membership costs are $22 for concession and $33 for a general 12 month membership.

Becoming a member is easy. You can enter your information on our website via the ‘join’ tab and then our friendly head office will make contact with you to discuss payment options or alternatively you can call us on 07 4401 5037.

Pricing of Merchandise is as follows;
Stickers: $3.50
Pens: $3.00
Coffee Mugs: $14.95
Stubby Coolers: $12.00

These will be available to buy online very soon – however, in the meantime they can be purchased through our head office on 07 4401 5037.

Bush misses out on Public Service boost

13
Apr

 

South East Queensland has been the beneficiary of the Palaszczuk Government’s public service binge at the expense of regional Queensland.

 

Katter’s Australian Party State Leader and Member for Traeger Robbie Katter said the unbalanced figures were further proof that Brisbane had little to no interest in best serving the people of rural Queensland.

 

“In regional, rural and remote areas the loss of government services and employment during Campbell Newman’s time as Premier was felt more acutely than in the city,” he said.

 

“It’s disappointing though not surprising to see that a vast majority of the Palaszczuk Government’s new public servants are based in the South East corner.

 

“The government seems to hang its hat on the fact they’ve increased the number of public service jobs.

 

“But they fail to mention that this has come at a cost to regional Queensland tax payers who foot the bill for the additional workers but don’t receive any of the flow-on economic benefits of the employment.”

 

During the period from 2015-2017, the Queensland Government hired a whopping 22,103 new public servants.

 

This is according to figures in the Queensland Government’s December, 2017 public sector quarterly workforce profile, which were released this week.

 

Out of these full-time equivalent (FTE) positions, 18,158 (or 82.15 per cent) were in South East Queensland, and 3756 of these jobs were in inner-city Brisbane alone.

 

Further north, a total of 3712 jobs were added in areas including Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. This equates to around 16.7 per cent of overall jobs created.

 

The bush was ignored almost completely, with only 233 jobs (around 1 per cent) added in the Queensland - Outback region.

 

Mr Katter also highlighted the diminishing service levels in regional Queensland.

 

“The consolidation of government services to major centres like Brisbane further compounds issues for regional Queenslanders as they must travel long distances at great costs to get services,” he said.

 

“People in these areas are screaming out for better access to government services but it’s clear no-one is listening.”

 

What's On

13
Apr

 

Our members of Parliament are always busy – we want to keep you up to date with what they are up to over the next week.  


Bob Katter, Federal Member for Kennedy

  • Charters Towers at the beginning of the week
  • Energy Conference in Brisbane
  • Palm island Health Action Plan Launch
  • Constituent issues


Nick Dametto, State Member for Hinchinbrook

 

  • Providing an update on the dredging situation at Port Hinchinbrook at a    community meeting tomorrow afternoon.
  • Attending the official closing of Festival Townsville 2018 at Jezzine Barracks on Sunday.
  • Listening to the concerns of constituents at his monthly meeting in Cardwell on Monday.
  • Discussing Panama disease with Australian Banana Growers’ Council deputy chair Leon Collins on Tuesday before meeting with Ingham Hospital Medical Superintendent Nick Milns to discuss dialysis facilities.
  • Attending an Education, Employment and Small Business Committee hearing at Mt Isa and Moranbah between Wednesday and Thursday.
  •  Joining with staff, students and parents to attend the official opening of North Shore State School at Burdell on Friday and then heading to the Nywaigi People Native Title consent determination luncheon at Mungalla Station.

 

Robbie Katter, State Member for Traeger

 

  • Robbie will be spending some quality time in Hughenden, Richmond and Julia Creek next week. He hopes to be able to chat with locals in those areas about their thoughts on the Senate’s inquiry into airfares in regional Queensland, as well as number of other issues.
  • On Friday Robbie will attend the grand opening of the refurbished Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton. The centre was sadly gutted by fire in 2015, and three years of hard work to get it back up and running will be celebrated during this special event.

Message from the President

13
Apr

 

 

There has a been a lot of talk in the media this week about the Qld State Government’s proposed Vegetation Bill.  Katter’s Australian Party is very passionate about this issue and our MP’s have been very vocal in opposing this bill.  KAP has already introduced an Amendment Bill into Parliament to the Vegetation Management Act to help protect the cattle industry and farmers.  One of the main objectives in the amendment is to ensure that there is a right of appeal or review for a person who has made an application that has been rejected. This will make the process more fair and transparent and will create a mechanism for an internal review.

We believe that the proposed bill is a clear attack on our farmers and will severely damage our industry and our communities.

KAP believes every landholder running a commercial agriculture enterprise in north and western Queensland should be allowed to clear three per cent of their land for cropping activities.

The government’s approach to clearing for High Value Agriculture and Irrigated High Value Agriculture is creating a barrier to cropping development in north and western Queensland.

This policy, combined with KAP’s water allocation policy, will enable farmers to grow fodder crops to increase productivity and open new opportunities in cattle finishing and processing.

Safeguards will be put in place to ensure clearing only where a farmer has demonstrated a robust development plan, that does not risk broad environmental harm.

 

Shane Paulger
KAP President

Castaways rebuild the icing on Cassowary Coast revival cake

11
Apr

 

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter and State Member for Hill Shane Knuth MP have today applauded the owners of Castaways on the Beach Resort at Mission Beach for their $70m hotel expansion plan, branding the project ‘absolutely essential’ and that the project will take the Cassowary Coast region to new heights in prosperity and growth.


The existing resort has been a significant drawcard to Mission Beach for almost 50 years, with a refurbishment taking place in 2010 the hotel continues to operate at maximum capacity almost year-round.


Once complete in 2020, the expansion will provide a $70m cash injection into the region’s economy and will generate hundreds of jobs in construction and operations as well as stimulate the surrounding tourism, hospitality and retail industries.
Mr Katter said, “The redevelopment of Bedarra Island Resort by Sam and Kerri-Anne Charlton restored a dozen or so jobs. Despite media reports, Adam Bond has done very good work toward the restoration of Dunk Island where we have lost 120 jobs after Yasi, but the biggest, harmonious tourist development north of the Sunshine Coast is Castaways.


“John Elliott of Elders fame and John Lions the entrepreneur from Townsville had their dream for Castaways, and please God at long last it looks like it is coming true with the mission and determination with one of the more prominent businessmen in Australia, James Neville-Smith. James is married to one of the Morts. Helen Mort-Wiltshire the famous artist was the Queen of the many and the leader of the Mission Beach community before her untimely death. She is one of maybe the nation’s six great artists.


“But nowhere on earth do you get the deepest jungle down to a beautiful beach. And this is high elevation jungle (not rainforest, but jungle). We have a beautiful waterfall on every street corner and it is a place where you haven’t got imbecilic councillors who chop down all your coconut trees.
“There are plans that are not public yet to build one of the bigger crocodile sanctuaries in the world. We’re in the last stages of the Mission Beach Clump Point Breakwater that will give us safe access to the Great Barrier Reef, which the entire Paradise Coast between Townsville and Cairns did not have up until now.
“The parties are very strong for harmonious, nature enhancement developments.
“With the international white-water rafting event on soon, we should have six major tourist attractions which will rival any other tourist package that anyone else on earth could offer. We don’t want the Gold Coast white sea of cement; these projects are designed to see coconut trees and the natural landscape, not concrete.”
KAP Member for Hill Shane Knuth shares the enthusiasm for the project.
“The whole community is excited about the expansion. Obviously, Mission Beach has been belted around with cyclones, a lack of decision making, and ongoing unfavourable weather conditions making it tough in tourism - we’ve seen a number of businesses close at the Beach.
This development will help breathe life into the region.”

What's On

6
Apr

Our members of Parliament are always busy – we want to keep you up to date with what they are up to over the next week.  

 

Robbie Katter, State Member for Traeger

Following on from his trip to Charters Towers this week, Robbie will be back out west and has a jam-packed diary next week. Before he gets stuck into the work week, he will be attending the Australian Campdraft National Finals at Burke and Wills over the weekend.

Thursday will be a busy day, with the Airline Inquiry in Cloncurry on Thursday, followed by the North West Queensland Tourism launch. Saturday will see him head out to Julia Creek to brave the “toughest triathlon in the world” – the Dirt ‘n’ Dust. Head on out to cheer him on!

 

Shane Knuth, State Member for Hill

Shane will be in the Tully area for meetings on Monday.

On Tuesday he will be in Babinda, Innisfail and Mission Beach, where he will attend the Mission Beach Community Association’s general meeting.

On Wednesday and Thursday Shane has meetings lined up with constituents in the Atherton area.

Importantly, Shane will attend a public hearing in Cairns on Friday about the proposed changes to vegetation management laws (KAP is firmly against these changes).

 

Nick Dametto, State Member for Hinchinbrook

In the coming week, Nick will be:

-          Attending the Commonwealth Games Reception in Townsville on Saturday afternoon (April 7) with Deputy Premier Jackie Trad MP, Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill and Governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey.

-          Meeting with Australian Cane Farmers chairman Carol Mackee next Tuesday to discuss several issues facing the sugar industry.

-          Welcoming our newest Australians to the region by attending a citizenship ceremony at Hinchinbrook Shire Council Hall next Wednesday.

-          Taking a factory tour of the Manildra Factory in New South Wales next Friday to view their ethanol production process.

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