Katter calls for immigration, foreign ownership limits

By Leith van Onselen

Sometime the mavericks speak the most sense.

Yesterday, independent MP Bob Katter threw his support behind the Coalition, but called for curbs to Australia’s immigration intake, stronger controls on foreign ownership, and a banking Royal Commission. From ABC Radio:

LOUISE YAXLEY: Bob Katter isn’t the kingmaker yet, but he is talking up his political powers.

BOB KATTER: If I can put somebody in, I can put somebody out too I can tell you…

LOUISE YAXLEY: He wants immigration restricted.

BOB KATTER: I am saying a reduction of all immigration to Australia to virtually nil, except for those people who are persecuted minority groups. And clearly, they are, and I name them again, the Sikhs, the Jews, and the Christians, Christians in the Middle East.

LOUISE YAXLEY: And he opposes expanded foreign ownership.

BOB KATTER: We will be acting with aggression to stop further ownership of the assets of Australia. If they want to bring development capital in, but that is not what is happening. The capital is coming now, is buying assets that we as a people in Australia have created.

LOUISE YAXLEY: Bob Katter strongly supports Labor’s push for a banking royal commission.

BOB KATTER: Absolutely 100 per cent, 1,000 per cent.

Katter last year launched a change.org online petition calling for an end to mass immigration in the interests of reducing long-term and youth unemployment. So he has consistency on this issue.

Australia’s immigration intake has been widely rorted (see here, here and here). The overall intake is also far too high (see next chart), and is placing all kinds of strains on infrastructure, housing, the environment, and overall living standards, as well as diluting Australia’s fixed endowment of resources.

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While, I don’t necessarily think that Australia needs zero net migration, it does need to be reduced significantly overall and should be skewed towards genuine refugees.

Katter also talks sense on foreign ownership.

The worst thing about Australia’s foreign investment regime is that it wrongly confuses the transfer of ownership of assets to foreigners, whereby no real investment (capital deepening) takes place, with genuine foreign investment.

The former (which is the dominant source) is akin to “selling the family jewels”, and should be discouraged, whereas the latter actually adds to the nation’s productive capacity, and should be encouraged.

If a foreign entity wants to set-up a factory or a new industry in Australia. Fantastic. But if it merely wishes to buy an existing asset (home, farm, etc) and not undertake any productive enhancements, then it should be disallowed. Otherwise, we are ‘selling-off the farm’ and our children’s future, pure and simple.

Finally, given the widespread reports about banks manipulating the bank bill swap rate, mortgage fraud, and overall dodgy lending standards, Katter’s call for a banking Royal Commission also makes a lot of sense, since it may be the only way to get to the bottom of their systemic dodgy practices.

Hopefully Katter will hold the balance-of-power in the lower house and can extract some policy action in these areas.

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Comments

  1. Somebody, knight this guy!

    His policies on immigration are my policies on immigration. Slam the door on general migrant flows. Triple the genuine refugee intake

    • Agree go to nil and then reset policy in consultation with the people, as it should have always been.

      Some retrospective actions via ATO FIRB and anti laundering laws are also part of the change program.

      • Stephen Morris

        “in consultation with the people”

        Indeed. The People.

        It is, after all, their country.

        Isn’t it??

    • ceteris paribus

      I’m prepared to call the immigration policy in Australia “a conspiracy”, in the sense that you cannot get the responsible politicians to discuss or debate it for love nor money. No politician will discuss the pros and cons, the optional levels. We are just given population projections for out years. It is as if no one controls the the inflow valve. It as if immigration just happens by itself. Which, of course, it doesn’t. Weird!

      • +100 This is so incredibly true!!!! And frustrating, like “we can’t do anything about it”

    • Does anyone have data on how much it costs to settle and maintain each refugee in Australia? And also the long term employment prospects?

      • The Traveling Wilbur

        I assume your fellow bogans on site don’t know what an MB is? If they do, you’re certainly starting to live dangerously today. ; ).

        PS BHP for the dividends? Really. Wow… was it supposed to be a tax gearing dodge thing?

    • GunnamattaMEMBER

      Yeah, we should get an MB subscription for the guy – some of the pieces about the ATO data match should be brought to his attention.

      • haroldusMEMBER

        He’d spend all his time hitting refresh and not doing any work! (Like some who shall remain nameless!)

      • sydboy007MEMBER

        maybe a free subscription to all the greens and independents. hopefully some of them would pick up a few decent policy ideas, or at least know the right questions to bring up in parliament and the during interviews.

      • DarkMatterMEMBER

        Haroldus, I am thinking that you and I are the only ones here who know where Betoota is.

      • GunnamattaMEMBER

        You will be happy to know that I called through Betoota many years ago (mid 1990s) and had a beer with Ziggy in the pub there (I believe he died some years ago and the pub is now closed).

        I asked him why on earth he was running a pub a million miles from anywhere (or about 2-3 hours from Birdsville and maybe 2-3 hours from Windorah) and he just replied…….’I saw things in the War and just wanted to be as far away from that as I could’ before he added ‘I like it here’

        Betoota is a long way from anywhere.

    • The Patrician

      “..there had been an inflow of 160,000 people in the past three years..”
      lol… bro, try an inflow of 1 million people in the last three years

      • Naive to believe any govt will have control of their economy with those sort of numbers inflating the real estate market. Does anyone in govt actually look further ahead than next week, or are they too pre-occupied with checking on the value of their own property portfolio? Looks like NZ will fall before Australia.

      • And whenNZ collapses, macroprudential policies will be blamed and Ausyralia will loosen lending and proud. standards further to avoid the same “calamity”.

        Lols.

  2. ‘The worst thing about Australia’s foreign investment regime is that it wrongly confuses the transfer of ownership of assets to foreigners, whereby no real investment (capital deepening) takes place, with genuine foreign investment.’

    Enact new legislation requiring that statement to be put in bold caps on any ‘foreign investment’ article written from here on in because whilst the political class might know the difference and completely ignore it, average Joe on the treadmill seems to be completely oblivious.

  3. As MB wants to continue to prosecute a view on reducing immigration, then it would be great to delve a little deeper into what would be more desirable ways to manage immigration in terms of numbers, balance between skilled, family reunion and humanitarian categories, and policies toward integration and settlement. Teasing out these matters is important if we are to have a sensible discussion rather than the binary dynamic that so often clouds the issue.

    • How about: reverse all the changes / privatisation of the TAFE system / vocational training in Australia, which in retrospect seems to have been deliberately knobbled and scammed to the point where 457 visas were required. It’s been engineered that way. Fix it and prosecute the scammers.

      Reverse the changes to university education to limit the number of degrees to those with the merit to earn them rather than just pay for them, including foreign students. Public funding to be increased.

      Put an education tax on all employers who are currently getting a free ride without training any staff.

      Implement a capital exchange tax which evens out Australias’ corporate tax rate with the country you are transferring capital to. Yes, just like an import/export tarriff. That might ensure more of the profit of corporate activity stays in Australia. use that money to fix the education and working visa systems.

      Never listen to Katter on ethanol – it’s a proven loser and those blokes currently growing sugar cane would be better subsidised into growing something else that people actually want to buy.

      • Right on UteMan. We could call it ‘Restoring Educational Integrity to Australia’ or REIA for short. The inevitable legal action from the current REIA might raise the profile of this issue a bit.

  4. Mining BoganMEMBER

    I was at a rally where Bob was speaking. It had been an overcast day but then that NQ sun came out. Everyone had a hat except my bald mate. Bob stopped, walked offstage and offered my mate his hat. Again, he offered up his hat! He’s a decent bloke who’s a bit kooky. Plus, another time he bought me a beer.

    Damn intense though.

      • Buy you a beer bogan! Come on down to the Brunswick beer mess and get all hipster hoppy with us

      • Mining BoganMEMBER

        I was in town the other day looking for a drink. Ended up going into a bar that had a sign out front saying ‘no beard required’.

      • C.M.BurnsMEMBER

        pretty sure FNQers wouldn’t recognise anything served in brunswick as “beer”

        and vice versa

      • Here’s a drinking tip.

        Quarry Hotel on Lygon St in Brunswick East for happy hour.
        5-9pm on Thursday
        5-7pm on Friday
        $2.50 pots of Carlton.
        If you really need to spend a lot on beer to be happy there is a boutique beer bar across the road, but it really isn’t worth it.
        http://www.quarryhotel.com.au/

        There is also an excellent cheap Thai place near there called Thaila Thai.

  5. Katter’s not a nut.

    Many of his ideas are from the mainstream past. They’re not wrong. They’re not crazy. They *were* mainstream. It’s just the world moved on.

    He’s eccentric. He’s rural. He’s outside of the present mainstream. He’s anything but crazy though.

    I learned that during the last hung parliament.

    UE: Do you really believe he’s a nut? I’d love to see an MB critique of his wish list.

    I think you’ll end up agreeing that many of them are rational even if they are displaced in time.

    http://www.bobkatter.com.au/issues/20-key-policy-points.html

    • 20 Key Policy Points
      Document put to the major parties during negotiations for the 2010 ‘hung parliament’ Election

      (Resources and Energy)
      1. Creation of a National Energy Grid facilitating:- resource development, the decentralisation of population and continuous access to clean energy resources, specifically solar, bio-fuels, wind and geothermal. Government commitment to the clean energy projects along the North Australia Clean Energy Corridor section of the grid is essential to achieving a range of policy objectives common to both the ALP and Liberal Party. Whilst the two giant projects, the Kennedy Wind Farm and the Pentland Solar Bio-fuels plant, require little financial assistance, they do require a strong government commitment.

      (Treasury)
      2. The removal of the tax on Australian-produced bio-fuels and the introduction of a statutory 10 per cent bio-fuel (ethanol) content in all petrol rising to 22 per cent (as in Brazil). Such to be overseen by a production and marketing implementation board controlling prices from farm gate to bowser and allocating production centres (sugar and grain). Such board to exclude representatives of the oil corporations and Woolworths and Coles. This will restore self sufficiency in oil; removing the aromatics and small particle emissions – both carcinogenic; reducing the price of fuel to Brazil/USA prices – 73c/L and 84c/L respectively. These are Sao Paulo and Minnesota prices in 2008. The Australian price at the same time was $1.38 per litre. This process will reduce the carbon footprint, restoring viability to the grains, cattle and sugar industries and creating 30,000 jobs in rural Australia.

      (Trade)
      3. The two chain oligopoly – market concentration – in the Australian food retailing sector to be addressed.
      – The option of divestment (a maximum market share for any chain of 22.5 per cent only) and /or the European approach of a maximum mark-up of 100 per cent between the farm gate/factory price and the retail price with a board to determine “unders and overs” and exceptions to the rule; or some other similar proposal to restore a fairer and/or more competitive marketplace.
      – To preserve the Trade Practices Act as it is (including the sanctions on predatory pricing) and to amend Section 46 to remove the requirement to prove motive with respect to anti-competitive behaviour.
      – The provision of a proof of sale between the farmer and the wholesaler or agent/merchant (the Farm Mandatory Code of Conduct) – a simple sales docket is all that is asked for here.

      (Treasury)
      4. No carbon tax. No emissions trading scheme – both would involve a cost imposition upon electricity users, and virtually every person in every walk of life. It would tend to render all our export industries non-competitive. Carbon and pollutant reduction to be achieved by renewables – solar/biomass and other government initiatives and incentives (refer to ethanol).

      (Treasury)
      5. No mining tax. Having regard to the funding implications of such, to in lieu impose a customs duty of 5 per cent on all imports (excluding services). Such to be in compliance with the GATT agreement Article XII.

      (Environment; Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry)
      6. Return of recreational freedoms enabling an increased access to traditional pursuits of fishing, camping and outdoor sports and activities. As part of this restoration, we include the removal of the Wild Rivers Legislation and other such sanctions which have deprived, among others, our First Australians from any hope of achieving economic self-determination and independence (aquaculture, cattle, farming and tourism. All are seriously impeded – some precluded by what has been rightly described by Noel Pearson as theft – the seizing and confiscation of these rights when no compensation was provided or offered.)

      (Prime Minister’s Department)
      7. The provision of title deeds providing ownership of homes, businesses and farms – a right enjoyed by every other Australian and most people on Earth. Such deeds to be inalienable – that is, cannot be sold to non-community residents – otherwise they are simple, ordinary freehold title. This privately owned title deed is essential for the foundation of an economy or even any economic activity. The building of all First Australian housing to be by exclusively local indigenous labour. Probably 2000 homes in Queensland in the mid-late1980s were built exclusively by local indigenous labour[1].

      (Attorney-General’s Department)
      8. The enactment of legislation to ensure that the constitutional right to full compensation for the taking of property by government be extended also to the taking of any property “rights” by government.

      (Treasury)
      9. Commitment to the use of some part of the Future Fund for the creation of a national development corporation aimed at lending/investing to major infrastructure and strategically important industries. Such monies only to be allocated where government backing and guarantees for the initiatives are provided. Terms of reference for the management of this fund should give priority to long-term goals achieving Australian self-sufficiency in food and fuel. Examples of such initiatives would be multi-user mining infrastructure, ports, rail and energy corridors, dams for irrigation, seeding capital for ethanol, funding for Australia to “buy back the farm” (mining, milk processing, sugar processing – all these industries, once Australian-owned, are now predominantly foreign-owned). Again, such initiatives would naturally entail tight, prudential constraints.

      (Workplace Relations)
      10. Assurance that employees will maintain their current rights to collective bargaining, as well as their right to arbitration. That these same rights be restored to Australian farmers and that where a majority of farmers in an industry request collective bargaining arrangements, that such be provided with rights the same as those enjoyed by every Australian employee. It must be noted that Australian farmers enjoy an average subsidy/tariff support of around 5 per cent, whilst their competitors in the OECD countries (including EU and USA) enjoy average support levels of over 35 per cent. In the non-OECD countries, the Philippines for example, wages are $AU4.05 a day. On the other hand, our farmers selling on the Australian markets have effectively only a two-supermarket monopoly to sell to. (The two giant supermarket chains hold over 85 per cent of the market.)

      (Health)
      11. Agreement that rural and country hospitals and dental services will be placed under the control of a restored local hospital board and that funding be delivered from Canberra directly to these hospital boards.

      (Trade; Attorney-General’s Department)
      12. Agreement that where a food or plant import licence has not been approved, approval can only be granted when the country of origin can establish that is has no endemic diseases that can be imported into Australia (diseases that would threaten our native flora and fauna as well as our food production). The administration for this Act should be placed under a more legalistic jurisdiction (the Attorney-General’s Department has been suggested) providing objectivity, judicial review and avenues of appeal. Also, that there be enacted laws to ensure statutory obligations for testing and assessment of all imported food and plant product and that such be much more frequent than the current regime (of which current requirements are, in any event, not mandatory).

      (Water)
      13. The utilisation of 3 per cent of northern Australia’s abundance of water to enable irrigation for small areas of agricultural land sufficient to guarantee a healthy growth in Australia’s agricultural sector and to provide food security for our people. Australia is already now an importer of pork, fruit and vegetable and seafood. The Murray-Darling utilises 42 per cent of its water for agriculture and this currently provides around half of Australia’s agricultural produce, but this is soon to be cut dramatically, further removing Australia’s self-sufficiency in food. The northern one-third of Australia has 305 million mega litres of water; the other two-thirds has 83 million mega litres and yet accounts for almost all of Australia’s farming)

      (Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development)
      14. Agreement to the establishment of a three-department infrastructure taskforce to, within four months, prepare a Cabinet submission to secure action to provide:
      – Sea safety on the north-east coast of Australia through the provision of safe, all-weather anchorage roughly every 30km. The initiative is to prioritised in the high-use boating and tourism areas between Cooktown and Ingham. (Nil finance required; cost of a draft plan should be done in-house.)
      – To achieve micro resource development, the utilisation of land and water. This requires projects at five towns in the Queensland Gulf and Mid-West, such Cabinet submission to be completed within three months of taking government. (Negligible finance required; cost of the draft plan should be done in-house.
      – The provision of a port to service the southern Gulf of Carpentaria.
      – Upgrading of the McEwen highway in North Queensland. Much of the highway is still one lane with high shoulders. This upgrading provides an alternate route to the existing National (coastal) highway, currently the only access corridor to Far North Qld. This will provide all-weather access to one of Australia’s major horticultural and tourism areas. The coast (Bruce) Highway is cut off regularly during Northern Australia’s annual flood and cyclone season. (Small but significant funding is required.)

      (Ageing)
      15. To help overcome the stress and financial burden placed upon pensioner aged Australians and other people on fixed government allowances, assistance in the form of, for example, government-provided solar hot water systems and/or other measures to reduce the money problems on our older generation caused by rapidly escalating costs for rates, electricity, insurances, car registration and other similar charges, which, increasingly, they are unable to meet.

      (Families)
      16. A family policy that includes equal rates of government-funded parental assistance for not only working mothers, but stay-at-home mums as well.

      (Prime Minister’s Department)
      17. An agreement that the Commonwealth meet with the Queensland Government and secure relaxation of restrictions on land sub-division and boundary realignment prohibitions and to establish a joint department to fast track such applications. The purpose of which will be securing the release of suitable land for housing development, thus presenting a substantial reduction in the price of housing and encouraging further decentralisation of population out of south-east Queensland and Sydney. Affordable housing for our young people, heading off toxic home lending and a respect for the rights of property holders are just some of the essential considerations.

      (Treasury)
      18. The government to provide assurance that it will address the unfair and artificially high value of the Australian dollar, on which upward pressure is placed by interest rates that are out of step with international benchmarks (Reserve Bank of Australia 4.5% compared to Bank of Canada 0.75%, Bank of England 0.50%, European Central Bank 1.00%, Bank of Japan 0.10%, Federal Reserve Bank of NY 0.13%. Source: F13 International Official Interest Rates – Reserve Bank of Australia).

      (Foreign Affairs)
      19. Introduce an open, public registry of foreign ownership of farm land, housing, public and private corporations and re-examine the thresholds on foreign ownership requiring FIRB approval.

      (Treasury)
      20. A review of zone allowances for remote areas. There has not been a review since John Howard’s review in the early 1980s. Tax should be levied on “real purchasing, not monetary purchasing power”. $100 buys a lot less goods and services in Cloncurry than it does in Brisbane. Any review would clearly point to offsets.
      [1] CDEP labour should be restored and utilised for house building, as in the 1980s.

    • Stephen Morris

      He’s not metropolitan. And anyone who isn’t metropolitan is written off as “a nut” by those who rarely travel beyond the bounds of their metropolitan bubble.

      The “Paradox of Provincialism” is that the most “provincial” people in the world actually tend to live in the biggest metropolises, mixing only with like-minded individuals, reinforcing their mutual belief in their superiority over anyone outside that bubble.

      We saw this recently in the Brexit vote where the London Elite were left dumbfounded that everyone else in the country didn’t share their understanding of the self-evident undiluted virtues of the EU.

      Ask someone from Sydney when was the last time they travelled beyond the Blue Mountains or the Hawkesbury, other than to fly to some tourist enclave (either in Australian or overseas) where they were surrounded by their neighbours from home. There are people living in the metropolis who haven’t ventured outside literally for decades!

      If you want to witness provincialism, live in a big city.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        Yes, im often dissapointed with my Sydney cohorts tunnel vision.
        Being a lefty, ive always been a cautious fan of Katter, but in every interview I see him in just reinforces my view of him being an honost odd ball with honorable intent.
        We can and do, a lot worse than him.

        He was very well regarded by many of the Rural Western Australians I worked with at Cloudbreak, even amoungst those not inclined to follow politics were fond of him.

        May be he can have a few quiet words with Pauline and get her to pull her head in a bit.
        Im also wondering that if, with a bit of power and age Katter may end up going all lefty on us , like Fraser did?

    • drsmithyMEMBER

      +1

      Anybody who grew up in the country, or has spent significant time there, will know (or be related to) many people with similar ideas.

  6. The way things are going the coalition will end up with a majority in its own right and not need Katter’s vote. Which, on this occasion is unfortunate because I agree with his views in this area.

  7. What an enthusiastic reception he’s getting here. Pity he’s a massive homophobe. Unlike a lot of comments on here I’m not going to start pinning my hopes on him or the racist Hanson.

    • This is a thread about plucky, sensible rural and regional types and their insular, provincial urban counterparts. Don’t spoil it.

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      Katter’s generation was heavily indoctrinated and brought up to be Homophobes and many of them have had trouble casting aside this most dated and antique of prejudices, Its Kind of like strong atheists checking their Astrology chart in the paper or not crossing the path of a black cat, more a silly old habit than an actual conviction.
      At 45 though, I can still remember at School and just after, groups of the “tougher” kids (the knuckle headed ones) of my year talking about going into Oxford st, To go “Poofter bashing” as though that was a thing or Right of passage.
      When I tell Apprentices or other young associates this nowdays, they ask me if i’m telling the truth, thinking my story to ridiculous to be true.
      We have all grown up a little and hopefully, loon pond notwithstanding, we will all continue to do so,… including Katter’s generation.

      There is hope for him, but be careful what you wish for,

      https://youtu.be/HDesl0_GYE8

      • haroldusMEMBER

        I am a hardcore atheist and I check my horoscope! Hopeless!

        I remember going out in the cross in about 1993 when this gay kid jumped into a cab we had just vacated – all these big guys were chasing him with the obvious intent of bashing him. We had to stand in front of them and give the kid 10 bucks as he didn’t have any money. Vivid memory up near the square.

        I reckon it still goes on, just a different group of homophobes whose hatred is no less than those guys. And probably more difficult to erase…

      • SupernovaMEMBER

        What about the many doctors, biologists and ordinary plebs, are they “homophobes” too? Katter is concerned with too many other more pressing issues facing Australia.

    • rj2k000MEMBER

      Hanson is pro multi-racial. Don’t rely on MSM. Being gay, gee i feel real safe going into a night club with these multicultural gay-conflicted muslims in the community. I vote Hanson every time. Marriage equality can come whenever.

    • I know right? Kind of like the love in on this site when Turnbull became PM. Optimism is strong on this website.

      • Hope springs eternal, besides what else are you going to do, conceed Impotence? That’s no fun.

    • I was wondering for a while if you had forgotten to take your green pill and took chill pill instead. You are back to bashing Greens on an unrelated topic tell me all is well with you.

      • Unrelated? WTF?

        It’s all related. I’ll tell you there’s a whole lot of people around here that are crazy, but I’m not one of them. I can justify anything I say and back it with logic and intelligence. Some others can’t.

  8. TailorTrashMEMBER

    Totally agree with Bob …….keep the majority of immigration opportunities for persecuted minorities ……..not those who come laden with money to push their way to the front in our taxpayer funded schools and displace the children of existing citazens from a home in their own communities ……….it will be fascinating to watch the Libs and ALP squirm with this issue if he forces it ……..I hope the smug predictions of the mincing poodle don’t come true and the LNP need his support ……

  9. Is no-one concerned that Katter thinks the only people who should be able to come to Australia in the humanitarian intake are Sikhs, Jews and Middle Eastern Christians? Personally I’m quite horrified that this blog (which I read every day and have recommended to many friends) would write an article supportive of a statement which includes such blantant Islamophobia.

    • fitzroyMEMBER

      “I am saying a reduction of all immigration to Australia to virtually nil, except for those people who are persecuted minority groups. And clearly, they are, and I name them again, the Sikhs, the Jews, and the Christians, Christians in the Middle East.”

      Hard not to contend that they are not persecuted minority groups. There are a few groups of Muslims who are persecuted minorities as well. But why wouldn’t you give Yazidis, preference over Sunnis and Shias, when neither the Saudis or the Gulf states or Iran take any. “Islamaphobia” is not a mental disease or a real word. If you mean Anti-Islamic just say so.

      • I don’t understand your objection to my using the word Islamophobia. It is in the Macquarie Dictionary.

      • Jenny so is ‘mansplaining’ for that matter. These corruptions of English via basic portmanteau’s are very imprecise; reminds me of Madisyn or Jaxon. Phobia means ‘extreme or irrational fear or aversion’. Not ‘anti’. The dictionary editors are infected with the PC virus like most of academia.

    • So it is. Overlooked it. To be clear, we do not support racial or ethnic profiling. We support an immigration level at historic rates because it best serves the development of Australia’s economic standards of living. We’d like to see it oriented more towards refugees from anywhere.

      • fitzroyMEMBER

        One does not want to be an Ahmadi Muslim, Christian, Jew or Yazidi in Syria. They do not have the advocates of the well funded Sunnis or the left in Australia proclaiming “Islamophobia”.

    • People are afraid of islam. Simple fact of the matter is that a secular society such as our own should not import people who do not agree with our principles. We should strive for a nation free from oppression where every one is equal under a single set of laws. Its clear that most religions have yet to modernise their thinking to that level. Anyone who holds their god above their fellow humans should not be welcome.

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      I think peter hitchens does a good job, explaining why he dislikes the overuse of the word “Islamophobia”.
      He suggests it is frequently used to shut down debate, by “liberal bigots” who like to suggest that anyone that disagrees with them, must suffer a mental illness or personality disorder.
      I agree that it is not a helpful word to use when trying to negotiate the integration of islamic peoples into western society (or the integration of western society into islam, depending on your point of view).

      Everyone including H&H is terrified of that unfair, GOTCHA moment, that Peter so beautifully deflects here below.

      https://youtu.be/b-PP61qTmic

      There is a difference between not wanting the Precepts of islam and not wanting Islamic people here.

      • And that is why ‘Islamophobia’ is of course used. As far as I am concerned its for bogans only.
        Hitchens RIP
        Edit Wrong brother! Alive and well for Peter.

    • @jennyeather

      Katter has said (and is correct), they are the most persecuted. Please do not derail the only politician talking about what’s good for young Australians.

    • Has it ever occurred to you Islamophobia or the over use of the racist tag is playing straight in to the hands of corporate Australia, LNP and Labor in destroying your country with 300k immigrants a year (most of whom are skilled labour)?

      Give it a rest FFS.

      • Richard, I would not have criticized Katter or this blog if he was simply advocating a low immigration policy. It was the assertion by Katter that our humanitarian intake should be restricted to three specific groups that I had issue with. If you agree with Katter on this point, then we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

    • I’m ambivalent. What I care about are numbers and Katter’s the only one talking numbers. Please don’t criticize it. Semantics (and that’s what they are when we’re talking 20k refugees) are irrelevant at this stage.

  10. Isn’t it such a shame that Bob Katter and his party could not bring themselves to extoll these virtues prior to the election? Had he done so, especially given his successful attention grabbing style and character, he may well have gained a lot more votes or at least pulled a few more away from the coalition. I’ll be interested to see just what he accomplishes this term.

  11. Leith, why use a population chart that includes natural growth? That is a significant part.
    if Bob is talking zero NOM, then that is impossible as our emigration is not controlled at all, and note it has been hitting historical highs post GFC.
    Bob must not know about what is to come for our natural growth rates and actual numbers.
    Currently we would need 37,000 as our NOM to stabilise our population, although three years of declining actual births is a real concern to these projections.