Dametto fired up to take on Labor
HINCHINBROOK MP Nick Dametto has declared Katter’s Australian Party as the North’s “true opposition” to the State Labor Government as parliament resumes this week.
Mr Dametto said it was obvious the KAP’s policies on mining, agriculture and infrastructure had resonated with voters as the KAP solidified their position in the North.
“The KAP is without doubt the region’s strongest alternative voice and the only party that will push back against the extremist green ideology that has infected both major parties in the south-east,” he said.
“We will continue to advocate for policies and infrastructure spending that benefit regional Queensland, whether its lowering power prices for households, supporting our mining and agricultural sectors or advocating for youth justice reform.”
On Mr Dametto’s immediate agenda will be ensuring that Labor do not backflip on any promises made during the election campaign, which included a reduction in irrigated water tariffs, a new ambulance station for Burdell, renal dialysis for Ingham Hospital and funding for a new sewage treatment plant at Port Hinchinbrook.
“I’ll also be introducing the KAP’s Bill to repeal Labor’s farm-destroying Reef regulations within the first 100 days of the new term of parliament,” he said.
“As we have consistently shown in previous terms of parliament, we do not fear the major party machine and will hold them both to account when necessary. With Labor’s increased majority and the election of a second Green MP to parliament, it’s extremely important that the North has true regional presentation to act as a strong counterpoint in the 57th Parliament.”
Mr Dametto said he would be working hard this term to demonstrate to the parliament why the people of regional Queensland’s needs are different to those living in the south-east corner.
“What North Queenslanders want from government is very different to what someone in Brisbane is asking for. We want jobs driven by regional development, access to places so that we can enjoy the great outdoors and the opportunity to prosper without the departmental constraints that are currently being dictated to us by people over a thousand kilometres away,” he said.
“The KAP will continue to introduce Bills into the house driven by our electorates. This style of politics in the past has forced legislative changes on issues like sugar marketing, license fee relief for Queensland rural pubs and disability parking rights for the vision impaired.
“I look forward to showing Hinchinbrook what an effective minor party can do.”