Maverick MP Bob Katter is unveiling a new political party to offer voters something different.
Maverick MP Bob Katter is unveiling a new political party to offer voters something different. File

Katter goes green

BOB Katter said Bimblebox Nature Reserve could be gone next week if Queenslanders don't vote to protect it.

The maverick MP yesterday gave local farmer Paul Murphy a solid pre-commitment that, should his party buck all polling trends and win the State election on Saturday, the controversial reserve would be spared a mining fate.

"Without knowing the full details of it, it would seem to me there is a very strong case there to preserve it," Mr Katter said in Emerald yesterday.

After dismissing the unavailability of a simple meat pie at the new Central Highlands Marketplace as "typical bloody Woolworths", Mr Katter launched into a pointed monologue about what the KAP would do to preserve the identity of Gregory.

"I think the most burning issue in this area is the Galilee Basin," he said.

Mr Katter accused the LNP of pandering to major party donor Clive Palmer whose interests lie in China First.

He said Galilee Basin jobs would be solely taken up by foreign workers.

"There is not the slightest doubt that this is going to happen," he said.

Mr Katter said his party was committed to capping foreign land ownership at a maximum 49% to ensure Australians owned the majority of available arable land.

Politicking aside, Mick Shaw met with Mr Katter to get one question answered - would the KAP give landholders the right to refuse mining companies entry to their land?

"Twice I walked away from my political career to try and deliver to landholders the permit to enter," he said.



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