‘Treason to vote LNP’: Katter Party closing in on Warrego electorate
WITH the Queensland state election fast approaching, Warrego candidate Rick Gurnett is reminding voters they only have to look north and south to see "Katter country" representatives and unless voters wake up, southwest Queensland will "keep fading if they have an LNP representative".
Bob Katter and KAP Warrego candidate Rick Gurnett were on a three-day drought tour through Roma, Dalby, St George and Charleville.
"We're closing in on this area, this is the last area of inland Queensland and New South Wales that we don't own," Mr Katter said.
"The Sporting Shooters Party has 60 per cent of western New South Wales.
"And we're after all of inland New South Wales and Queensland will be represented again by the country party that has no other allegiance except to allegiance to Queensland.
"Having said that, I think it's tantamount to treason to vote for the LNP any further, if you're from a country town."
Mr Katter said the current government has presided over the "greatest destruction of rural Australia in the nation's history"
"I won't tell you what we will do to this region, I'll tell you what we've done," he said.
"In Robbie Katter's electorate, Charters Towers is getting a big irrigation weir, which will almost certainly see them get a meat works, so then the town will boom.
"When I had the balance of power for nine days, the Hughenden dam was all completed and for the first time in 30 years there's an engineering plant.
"In Cloncurry, we're near enough with the go ahead with the big transmission line creating 1000 jobs, which will then create 2000 jobs in mines when the power lines go through.
"But what's happened down here - there's just the dying of the whole area."
Mr Gurnett wants to remind voters they only have to look south and cross the border into western New South Wales to see the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party representing the land, then if you look north, there's the Katter Party.
"This is the only area to wake up and they're waking up," he said.
"But unless they get there, they will just keep fading if they have an LNP representative.
"Every single town is dying."
Mr Katter, sick of politicians accusing his party of preferencing labor, lashed out and said he will sue anyone who accuses the party of preferencing labor.
"We've never preferenced labor in our history," he said.
"In the last election, the liberals preferenced labor and One Nation would have won those seats.
"So the liberals preference labor and as a result, we have a labor government.
"So when they accuse us, it's actually the exact opposite."
Further, he said if voters chose a party that preferences the Greens they are "committing treason against they own town".
"They have destroyed everything that is humanly possible," he said.
"They want to turn us back to baron wilderness where everyone struggles of life."
Mr Katter questioned the government non-commitment to reopening the Dalby ethanol plant.
"There's 100s of jobs in Dalby and they have consistency voted against ethanol," he said.
"The Federal Transport minister who has been the National Party member and they have voted against ethanol every time.
"Anyone with any brains knows that it could get a 16 per cent price benefit.
"They have consistently voted against ethanol, and I rang their government pleading with them to take disinfectant from the plant, but they chose to get it from China.
"The LNP chose to buy it from China.
"Why can't David Littleproud get the plant opened for little Dalby," he questioned.