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.
KAP Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is calling for backpacker’s superannuation payments to be removed. In the latest incarnation of the controversial ‘Backpacker tax’, backpackers will now pay 19c from the first dollar. But the Government will also take 95 per cent of the accumulated superannuation on departure from Australia.
Mr Katter said, “Why should farmers and hospitality operators have to pay backpackers’ superannuation?
“I don’t want to the farmers to have to pay superannuation to a person who is not an Australian resident and who on average makes $13 000 a year if they’re lucky
The KAP are calling on drought effected producers from across Queensland to assist with the case for a reconstruction board.
A number of committee hearings will be held in regional Queensland in the coming weeks to give rural residents the opportunity to speak in support of the KAP's Rural and Regional Adjustment (Development Assistance) Amendment Bill.
"Debt it one of the biggest burdens our producers are shouldering, there is a clear need for an alternative loaning facility," Member for Mount Isa Rob Katter said.
Following the Hell’s Gate Dam site inspection with Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce this week, KAP Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is calling for a joint environmental statement from the State and Federal Governments.
Mr Katter wants the statement to outline the Hell’s Gate Dam project:
The project is of no danger to the Great Barrier Reef,
The project reduces CO2,
The project has zero emissions.
Mr Katter requested Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce inspect the Hell’s Gate Dam site just ten days earlier, “obviously he [APM] has a very great interest and commitment,” said Mr Katter,
KAP has reserved its opinion on the Queensland Government's latest bikie law proposals.
"We have not seen the full detail of the proposed legislation, and at this stage we are yet to come to a position on it," Mr Katter said.
"When the Newman laws were introduced at a minute to midnight we were angry and had deep concerns that this would do more harm than good to rights of the individual in Queensland."
In last night’s budget debates in Federal Parliament, KAP Member for Kennedy asked the Government to invest in northern development and not, “hurdy-gurdies, merry-go-rounds, function centres in the big cities and football stadiums.”
Mr Katter also railed against Australia’s aggressive uneven playing field, the unfair tax system and housing affordability.
As he has in Parliament on numerous occasions, Mr Katter made a case to the Government to invest in development infrastructure to, “develop the resources of this nation.”
Mr Katter referred to the Hell’s Gate Dam and the Galilee Rail line proposals, Title Deeds for First Australians, Ethanol mandate and the Transport Canal on the NT / Qld border.