Robbie Katter

Rob Katter steps up pressure on Qld 10% Ethanol Mandate

Posted Gavin Hughes Industry News

KAP state leader Robbie Katter last week gave Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk a 90-day deadline to deliver on up to 28 initiatives he says are designed to improve the economy and help the bush.

At the top of that list is a 10% Ethanol mandate for Queensland, but also included reserving some of the state’s gas resources and giving local businesses preference in government contract tenders. The demands were presented to both parties following the January 31 election.
If Ms Palaszczuk does not comply, Mr Katter and fellow crossbencher Shane Knuth could refuse to back key Bills.  “We’re willing to provide them a level of confidence, just so long as we see delivery in another way,” Mr Katter said.

“They’ve had a relatively clear run so far and that opportunity may not be available if we don’t get outcomes. We’d be prepared to do what we have to, to deliver for our people.”
While the loss of their support would not mean Ms Palaszczuk loses government, it would mean the Premier would have to rely on the support of rogue former Labor MP Billy Gordon to pass every Bill and fend off LNP motions.

But if the numbers in Parliament change, Mr Katter said he and Mr Knuth would probably support the LNP.  “The LNP agreed to the bulk of our agenda, so if we were trying to deliver that agenda to Queensland, they’re an option,” he said.

Adapted from Courier mail article 16 August Read the full artcle here