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Public meeting in Calliope

30
Jun

Public meeting in Calliope

KAP candidate for Callide Robbie Radel and KAP State Leader Robbie Katter are holding a public meeting in Calliope this coming Thursday evening.

Calliope was previously in the electorate of Gladstone, but after the Queensland Electoral Commission’s boundary changes, will now fall into the electorate of Callide.

Robbie and Robbie want to get to know the local community and what’s important to them.

Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting, to find out what KAP is about, and talk to Robbie Radel about how they want to be represented in State Parliament.

What:

KAP Calliope meet and greet

When:

Thursday, 6 July at 6pm

Where:

Calliope Hall

No bookings are required. Please feel free to just come along. We look forward to seeing you there.

To view a map of the seat of Callide with the new boundaries, click here.

To get in contact with Robbie Radel you can call him on 0416 162 404 or email him at Robbie.Radel@kap.org.au

If you would like more information about Thursday’s meeting in Calliope, please contact Sarah on 0400 526 410.

 

Shane Knuth running for Hill

30
Jun

Shane Knuth running for Hill

This week, KAP announced Shane Knuth will run in the newly-created seat of Hill at the next state election.

In the state boundary redistribution, Shane’s current seat of Dalrymple will be abolished. He will continue to serve his constituents in Dalrymple until the state election, when he will contest the new seat of Hill.

Shane has climbed many mountains in his time as a Member of Parliament. He has represented the people of North Queensland in State Parliament since 2004, and has had many wins for his constituents, particularly since joining KAP in 2011.

“I want to keep fighting for regional Queensland and keep achieving things for people in the north. I’ve had many things to consider, but with the support and encouragement of my family, I am looking forward to the next chapter serving a new constituency,” Shane said.

Hill incorporates the Atherton Tablelands, including Mount Garnet. It stretches to the coast, covering Babinda, Innisfail, Tully and South Mission Beach.

“I can’t wait to get to know all of these communities and what’s important to them, so I can go and fight for them in Parliament,” Shane said.

Some of the big wins Shane has already had include:

·       Successfully lobbying for $3 million to fix dangerous sections of the Palmerston Highway;

·       Securing the passage of a sugar marketing bill, giving Tully, Babinda and Innisfail cane growers choice in who markets their product;

·       Locked in a mandate on ethanol, helping the biofuel drive major economic development in Queensland;

·       After years of stalling, negotiated with the Minister to divert funding from a jetty proposal into the Clump Point boat ramp;

·       Secured funds to upgrade hospitals in Atherton and Dimbulah;

·       Received funding to improve school facilities, including a multi-million dollar upgrade of the Special Education Unit at Atherton State High School

To view a map of the new seat of Hill, click here.

To contact Shane Knuth, please call 07 4787 2139 or email Shane.Knuth@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

 

Message from the President

30
Jun

Message from the President

Welcome again to KAP’s weekly e-newsletter.

It’s been an exciting week for KAP, with Shane Knuth announcing he will run for the newly created seat of Hill.

We are always looking for potential candidates for KAP to represent rural and regional Queensland, so if you know someone who might be suitable, please get in touch with our office on 07 3267 7799.

This week was a non-sitting week for both our Federal and State parliamentarians, so they have been busy in their electorates meeting with constituents and stakeholders. A great way to keep up with what they are doing is through their Facebook pages. Their details are:

Bob Katter, Federal Member for Kennedy
Facebook: @bobkatterMP

Robbie Katter, State Member for Mount Isa
Facebook: @robkatterMP

Shane Knuth, State Member for Dalrymple
Facebook: @shaneknuthMP

At KAP, listening to our supporters is a really important of how the party works, so we’d like to hear your ideas. If there are topics you want to see discussed in our e-newsletter, please email Sarah.Mennie@kap.org.au

Until next week,

Shane Paulger

President

KAP Membership

30
Jun

KAP Membership

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.

It only takes a couple of minutes to become a member. You can do it online by clicking here, or if you’d prefer to speak to someone, please call Linda on 07 3267 7799.

Urgent Action Needed on Energy

30
Jun

Urgent action needed on energy

Urgent action is needed to address Australia’s energy crisis, which is crippling families and individuals and bringing businesses to their knees.

Electricity prices have more than doubled in Australia in the last decade. People in some parts of the country are now facing the most expensive power prices on the planet.

This problem should not come as a surprise. KAP has been calling for action on this issue for years. For years, businesses have been telling us that a crisis is looming, and for years, the government has done nothing.

KAP State Leader Robbie Katter says the Turnbull government’s most recent hollow gesture to fix the problem is just another attempt to pull the wool over people’s eyes on energy prices.

The Prime Minister said he is taking “immediate action to put downward pressure on power prices”, but the new plan will not start until 1 January 2018.

On top of that, there is nothing to suggest the government’s ‘plan’ will result in lower energy prices or restore Australia’s international energy competitive advantage. Nothing in the government’s ‘plan’ deals with energy prices.

“This is just more major party rhetoric designed to give the illusion of action,” Robbie said. “This issue has been building for the better part of a decade, and for five years I’ve been echoing domestic users’ calls about the risk the LNG export industry creates. And now after years of people seeing this coming, the major parties insult us with token gestures.”

Robbie said the major parties would like the public to believe that the solution to this problem is complex. “I think it’s very simple. Australian gas should be first and foremost available to Australian households and businesses at the cheapest possible price so that we restore our international competitive advantage. We need to restore the fundamental pillar that built our manufacturing and processing industries.”

Robbie and his KAP colleague Shane Knuth are still waiting for a response from the Queensland Government after writing to the Treasurer on 9 June with a formal request to act immediately to address the energy crisis.

KAP requested the government reduce regional electricity prices for households and businesses by 5% from 1 July 2017 by removing unnecessary margins. KAP also asked the government to implement an automatic Australian Market Condition that requires all new gas produced in Queensland to be offered to domestic end users unless it can be proven that exporting the gas would result in higher job creation and domestic economic activity.

“What we need to address this energy crisis is a little less conversation and a lot more action,” Robbie said. “And not action next year, we need action now. The lack of real action tells us we have decision makers who have completely lost touch. They obviously don’t know, or don’t remember, what it’s like to not be able to afford to pay a gas or electricity bill.”

 

 

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

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