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Pub Licence Fees

29
Sep

Katter’s Australian Party is a step closer to slashing pub licence fees for outback pubs – which currently pay the same licence fees as hotels in Brisbane’s CBD.

Pubs are much, much more than just a place to drink in the bush. They’re a critical part of the local community.

KAP State Leader Robbie Katter’s Pub Licence Fees bill will make a massive difference to about 110 pubs in very remote Queensland. It will reduce the base fee for these hotels from about $3600 to around $360.

“We need to move away from a one-size fits all approach and recognise the small operators in remote Queensland and the service they provide to small communities,” Robbie said.

“In rural areas, a pub is a central place for lots of things. Tourists travelling through the town will stop for directions. In some communities, the local pub provides the only internet service and the only accommodation in town. Without pubs like these, the towns would collapse, along with the social fabric of the town. It’s madness that these publicans have the pay $3500 in licence fees the same as a pub in Brisbane,” Robbie said.

When a bill is introduced into Queensland Parliament, it gets referred to a Parliamentary Committee. The Parliamentary Committee investigates the bill and recommends whether or not the bill should be passed.

The great news is – the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee recommended KAP’s Pub Licence Fees bill be passed.

Now we need enough politicians in Queensland Parliament to vote in support of the bill for it to pass and become law.

This is where we need your help! Please contact your local Member of Parliament and tell them you want them to support KAP’s Pub Licence Fees Bill. You can email them or call them.

We will keep you up to date with the bill’s progress. 

KAP announces its candidate for Condamine

29
Sep

Katter’s Australian Party has announced John Hill as its candidate for the seat of Condamine.

John Hill is a local businessman who lives in Pittsworth where he runs his tyre supply and fitting business. He is also a cattle producer and grain grower. His training and work as a business owner across various districts for 40 years fits him well for this role. John Hill will work with and has a real understanding of the issues facing residents of the electorate and the Darling Downs. 

Since moving to the district, John has been heavily involved in local tourist development, participating in the establishment of the RV and Caravan accommodation project at Pittsworth, along with other community projects.

“I’ve joined the KAP team because KAP is the only party that is serious about representing people outside of Brisbane,” John said.

John has interests in a range of policy areas – from education to energy supply. He’s very keen to hear from people in the electorate of Condamine about what issues are most important to them.

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, will be joining John in Pittsworth on 11 October, to meet with local residents. People are encouraged to come and meet Bob and John at Pittsworth Function Centre from 6 to 8.30pm. And also at Oakey RSL 6.00pm to 8.30pm on October 12, 2017.

“The country party people, many of them are still voting for the LNP which is the liberal party – a free market party. No state bank, no government railways, no telecom services, and yet they’re in there advocating for yet another tunnel in Brisbane. There is absolutely no point in voting for an LNP member. I love asking people: ‘What’s the last thing the LNP did for us?’ They can never find an answer to that question. John is now part of a team that is shamelessly reconstructing the old country party. It is not going back to the past. The John Hills of this world are determined to ensure that it’s our future,” Mr Katter said.

John is looking for people to assist him in his attempt to bring legitimacy and good representation to Condamine and would welcome anyone that would be interested in supporting him in any way.   He can be contacted on 0477 748 364 or email john.hill@kap.org.au

Go Cowboys

29
Sep

KAP Leader Bob Katter said before last weekend’s big game that Queenslanders like their chicken grilled, roasted and fried. Next minute, the Cowboys rode those cocky Roosters right out of the stadium.

It’s been footy fever this week here in Townsville, but sadly it’s not all positive.

Mr Katter launched a scathing attack against the major airlines at a media conference on Tuesday afternoon, labelling them ‘un-Australian’ for jacking up the prices of flights from North Queensland to Sydney for the NRL Grand Final this weekend.

“If there has ever been an un-Australian, it is the leadership of Qantas – Mr Joyce,” Mr Katter said.

Mr Katter said, “If there has ever been an un-Australian, it is the leadership of Qantas – Mr Joyce.”

Mr Katter pointed out that Qantas was founded in and around Cloncurry noting that many people (his grandfather included) invested their money to provide a service to the people of Australia.

 

Qantas has jacked up game day flights for North Queenslanders by up to $750, Jetstar by as much as $850, and Virgin is no better, adding up to $610 to their prices.

Mr Katter has written to the Chairman of the ACCC for a third consecutive year. In his letter Mr Katter warned that major airlines should not be using events such as grand final football to flex thin oligopolistic market power at the expense of everyday Australians.

 

“It’s the duty of the ACCC to be a watchdog and oversee fair trading practices in our country.”

 

You can make a difference

29
Sep

Katter’s Australian Party works hard to bring about change through state and federal Parliament. Lots of people we talk to about politics say they’d like to help make change but that it’s too hard – that one person can’t make a difference.

Well, you can. One person can make a difference. Becoming a member can make a big difference to what we can achieve for you.

If you’d like to become a member, or volunteer your time, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

The best way to get in contact is to call KAP HQ on 07 4401 5037. Our friendly staff would be delighted to take your call.

Join us at KAP

22
Sep

With Queensland headed for a state election soon, it’s never been more important to be a KAP member.

KAP was founded by people who want to make a difference. The party currently has three Members of Parliament – Bob Katter, Robbie Katter, and Shane Knuth – who are passionate about making a difference.

You can help make a difference by becoming a member.

KAP wants to change the direction of Australian prosperity through job creation, establishment of infrastructure and support for Australian-owned businesses.

To do this more effectively, we need more Members in Parliament. You can help us run a successful campaign at the next Queensland state election by becoming a member today.

You can be assured that a vote for KAP is a vote that counts.

If you are interested in becoming a member please call Jessica or Sarah on 07 4401 5037.

 

Message from the President

22
Sep

Katter's Australian Party headquarters has a new home in Townsville.

As a party that fights for regional and North Queensland, it was important for us to move our head office out of Brisbane, and closer to our support base.

The new office is at 2/321 Sturt Street, Townsville, and with plenty of free parking on site and a bus stop just around the corner, the premises is accessible to all.

We’re serious about representing regional and North Queensland, and hope this shows just how serious we are. Our headquarters are now permanently in Townsville, we didn’t make the move just for an election campaign.

Please feel free to stop in and see our friendly staff.

The office is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, or you can phone on (07) 4401 5037.

Shane Paulger,

KAP President.

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