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Fair milk price 'logos' bill throws lifeline to dairy farmers

13
Oct
Fair milk price 'logos' bill throws lifeline to dairy farmers

A strengthening consumer campaign to support struggling dairy farmers is being met with a bill to legislate for fair milk price ‘logos’ identifying which milk returns a fair price to dairy farmers.

Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth, with the support of Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation (QDO), will table the Sustainable Queensland Dairy Production (Fair Milk Price Logos) Bill 2016 today.

The Bill aims to introduce voluntary region-specific logos to be placed on milk containers, giving consumers confidence the dairy farmer who produced that milk received a fair price.

Bob Katter: My 4 responses to the Banking Inquiry's Terms of Reference

5
Oct
Bob Katter: My 4 responses to the Banking Inquiry's Terms of Reference

Prior to yesterday’s preliminary hearing, the Government rushed out four items of Terms of Reference for the “Big 4” Banking Inquiry delivered by the Standing Committee on Economics.

KAP Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter thinks the Terms of Reference and the Inquiry itself are limp and not the delivery Australians have been crying for.

Next week, Mr Katter will proceed with the introduction to the House of Representatives, the Banking Commission of Inquiry Bill 2016.

Mr Katter said, “firstly the parliamentary committee who by comprises people who their very backgrounds are singularly inappropriate to tackle even the everyday issues such as unilateral, punitive add-ons in agriculture, the housing bubble, recourse lending (bank sells your $500,000 house for $200,000. The $300,000 makes you a debt slave forever). In America this $300,000 debt vanishes (non-recourse lending).

Katter: NAIF - a CEO in VIC, no staff, no projects… The fig leaf is off!

4
Oct
Katter: NAIF - a CEO in VIC, no staff, no projects… The fig leaf is off!

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.

Backpacker's Tax 2.0 is no victory

29
Sep
Backpacker's Tax 2.0 is no victory

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

Case for reconstruction to be heard

27
Sep
Case for reconstruction to be heard

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.

Katter calls for joint statement after Acting PM inspection of Hell's Gate

22
Sep
Katter calls for joint statement after Acting PM inspection of Hell's Gate

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,

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