Katter vows to Name and Shame banks taking farms off farmers
Noon: MAVERICK Federal politician Bob Katter has vowed to 'Name and Shame' banks who kick farmers off properties.
State Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter, State Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth and KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter have announced today that they are forming an Action Council that will Name and Shame banks that take possession of a property of a farmer affected by drought before the wet season arrives.
Bob Katter said today that the now famous Longreach Catholic Priest Father Matthew Moloney and radio presenter Alan Jones had constantly hammered a moratorium on bank foreclosures. Starting today Mr Katter will now publish the name of every bank that forces a farmer off their land before the wet season.
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"We plead with people to let us know about any and every station going on the market. If you know a neighbour - and we include the sugar industry and any other agriculture industry as well as the cattle industry - contact my office and we will Name and Shame.
"We will also send the details through to Alan Jones for him to broadcast across Australia.
"It is now a full week since the Winton Last Stand Rural Debt Crisis Summit and there has not been a single thing done by the Government.
"The Agricultural Minister tries to speak the speak, but certainly he doesn't walk the walk. He constantly reiterates the same message that he can't get agreement from the Liberals in cabinet. That is bull dust."
10.20am: POLITICIANS and radio announcers across the country are calling on the Federal Government and banks to help farmers in crisis.
The Australian newspaper today reported Nationals Party politician Barnaby Joyce has given banks an ultimatum - stop throwing drought-stricken farmers off their properties or risk government.
The growing debt crisis of farmers in Queensland and northern NSW was discussed in federal cabinet early this week.
Central Queensland radio announcers Banksy and Todd are on a mission to help drought-stricken farmers (see video).
Today, Palmer United Senator for Queensland and Leader of Palmer United in the Senate Glenn Lazarus has called on the Abbott Government to declare a national emergency for Australia's rural and regional sector.
Australia is in the midst of severe drought. Much of Queensland is experiencing unprecedented drought and parts of Queensland have been in drought (the worst drought on record) for three years.
"Australian farmers are on their knees," Senator Glenn Lazarus said.
"Parts of Queensland are so drought affected that the land has turned to dust and farmers are shooting their cattle to put them out of their misery.
"The drought is causing so much distress and suffering that farmers are committing suicide in high numbers.
"Banks are foreclosing on farms every week.
"Australia's rural and regional sector has simply run out of water.
"Farmers can no longer afford to feed their stock let alone feed themselves.
"We are talking about generations of farmers who are good farming
practitioners and good business people - who have simply been devastated by years of unforgiving weather.
"The people of Australia need to understand what is going on in the bush. Australians are dying. Decent hard working people - our farmers - are dying and being left to perish in horrific conditions.
"The Abbott Government must stop turning a blind eye.
"We need to stop the pain and suffering immediately.
"The Abbott Government needs to declare a national emergency for rural and regional Australia.
"The Abbott Government also needs to call on the banking and finance sector to put in place a nationwide moratorium on foreclosures for farmers affected by drought.
"By declaring a national emergency for our rural and regional sector, we can start to get help to our farmers who desperately need water, food, supplies, stock feed and other basics.
"We need to stop the carnage that is happening in the bush and help our farmers.
"I have also sought the assistance of the NRL to work with me to deliver a fundraising campaign to assist Australian farmers and I now call on every Australian to think of ideas to help our farmers through
"Australians would be horrified to see what is happening in the bush.
"It is time for something to be done. The Abbott Government must act now."