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Free flu vaccines for Queenslanders for a limited time

The vaccine will be available for Queenslanders aged six months and older at pharmacists and general practitioners. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the initiative as influenza A cases increased after two years of low flu numbers due to COVID-19. COVID-19 measures have reduced flu cases to almost nil since 2020. The state’s cases jumped from 1848 […]

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The vaccine will be available for Queenslanders aged six months and older at pharmacists and general practitioners.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the initiative as influenza A cases increased after two years of low flu numbers due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 measures have reduced flu cases to almost nil since 2020. The state’s cases jumped from 1848 to 4282 cases in the past week, with 151 people in hospital with influenza and 10 in intensive care. This is despite flu season usually beginning in July.

“We have a large number of concerns because our cases are doubling and escalating quite quickly,” the Premier said on Monday.

“We need to make sure we have this preventative measure in place, and I am encouraging all families in Queensland to please take up this offer of getting a free flu vaccination.”

“We have seen how difficult it has been to fight COVID-19,” the Premier said.

“To fight COVID-19 and the flu is doubly hard. That’s why we are making these flu shots free for everyone.”

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KAP candidate calls for military base in Bowen

Ciaron Paterson, Katter Australian Party’s candidate for Dawson has flagged a potential navy base in Bowen in response to concerns over China’s increasing presence in the Pacific region. According to Mr Paterson, additional military resources would keep northern waters safe from a Chinese invasion. “The State Labor leader last year welcomed a discussion around locating...

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Ciaron Paterson, Katter Australian Party’s candidate for Dawson has flagged a potential navy base in Bowen in response to concerns over China’s increasing presence in the Pacific region. According to Mr Paterson, additional military resources would keep northern waters safe from a Chinese invasion. “The State Labor leader last year welcomed a discussion around locating…

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Gilmour Space Technologies wins satellite project

Gilmour Space Technologies, who recently received council approval to commence early construction works for the Bowen Orbital Spaceport, have now been selected to develop and launch a new sovereign surveillance satellite as part of a $7 billion investment in new space capabilities. Defence Minister Peter Dutton today announced the $15 million partnership with Gilmour Space...

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Gilmour Space Technologies, who recently received council approval to commence early construction works for the Bowen Orbital Spaceport, have now been selected to develop and launch a new sovereign surveillance satellite as part of a $7 billion investment in new space capabilities. Defence Minister Peter Dutton today announced the $15 million partnership with Gilmour Space…

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Airville couple arrested over bizarre pig killing

Detectives from Ayr CIB have charged a man and a woman with a number of offences in Brandon, following the discovery of four pigs that had been slaughtered in bizarre circumstances. Detectives had been investigating several burglaries at a Brandon property when they found the four dead animals. All had been disembowelled, and their trotters […]

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Detectives from Ayr CIB have charged a man and a woman with a number of offences in Brandon, following the discovery of four pigs that had been slaughtered in bizarre circumstances.

Detectives had been investigating several burglaries at a Brandon property when they found the four dead animals. All had been disembowelled, and their trotters and tails cut off and hung up around the property.

Last Wednesday, officers raided an Airville property, where they located a firearm and an amount of stolen property.

As a result of the raid, a 53-year-old Airville woman has been charged with breaking and entering, four counts of animal cruelty and drug offences.

A 62-year-old man has been charged with breaking and entering and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Both were granted bail and will appear in the Ayr Magistrates court on 30 May.

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KAP announces candidate for Dawson

At a media launch at ANZAC Park in Ayr, Katter’s Australian Party Leader and State Member for Traeger, Robbie Katter, said the party was pleased to present Ciaron Paterson as their candidate for the seat of Dawson. “We’ve selected a candidate who is is a man of the people,” said Mr Katter. He described Mr […]

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From left: Clynton Hawks KAP Candidate for Herbert, Ciaron Paterson KAP Candidate for Dawson, and Katter’s Australian Party Leader and State Member for Traeger Robbie Katter.

At a media launch at ANZAC Park in Ayr, Katter’s Australian Party Leader and State Member for Traeger, Robbie Katter, said the party was pleased to present Ciaron Paterson as their candidate for the seat of Dawson.

“We’ve selected a candidate who is is a man of the people,” said Mr Katter. He described Mr Paterson as a miner who understood the industry, the cost of living, and a man with family ties to the defence force. “He’s what we would describe as a quintessential Aussie bloke,” said Mr Katter.

Mr Paterson said he shared the same passions as the KAP, to stand up for blue-collared workers and farmers. “We back the coal mining industry. I’m a coal miner myself. I’m just here to put my hat in the ring and fight for the people for our fair share of Dawson,” said Mr Paterson.

Mr Paterson previously ran for the Queensland state election but was unsuccessful in his campaign. When asked how he felt running for a federal seat, he said that for him, it was all about the people.

“With the major parties bickering amongst each other right now, making all these promises, people are fed up with certain promises not being delivered. So I see a great opportunity for a minor party such as the KAP to stand up and be a voice for the Dawson electorate,” he said.

With the Federal election only weeks away, the timing of Mr Patterson’s announcement to run may come as a surprise to some. He put the delay down to work commitments but says he has not stopped campaigning since running in the State election. “I haven’t stopped campaigning, to be honest. If you look at my Facebook page, we’re putting something up every week,” he said.

Mr Katter was confident that despite the late call in the campaign, the KAP would do well at the polls. “We’ve been here for ten years now. We’ve got three state MPs and one federal MP. If we get one more, we can do some pretty big things for the state of Dawson, and we think we can do that with Ciaron Paterson,” said Mr Katter.

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Local player pitches in at historic match

FOOTBALL Queensland invited Burdekin FC Premier Ladies player Ellyana Mugica to be a ball girl at Friday’s historic soccer game at Queensland Country Bank Stadium. As a ball girl, her primary duty was to collect the ball when it came off the field in her area. As she was on the western corner, she said. […]

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Ellie Carpenter (Matilda’s player) and Ellyana Mugica.

FOOTBALL Queensland invited Burdekin FC Premier Ladies player Ellyana Mugica to be a ball girl at Friday’s historic soccer game at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

As a ball girl, her primary duty was to collect the ball when it came off the field in her area. As she was on the western corner, she said.

“None of the balls came into my area, so I didn’t get to do much, but it was a great view to sit and watch.”

Ellyana admitted she was more excited than nervous to watch the game at such close range. “We saw the teams warm-up and all that, but we didn’t talk to them until after the game,” she said.

When the match was over, Ellyana was able to get autographs and photos with the Matilda’s, including captain Sam Kerr and favourite player Ellie Carpenter. “They were all really nice girls and more than willing to chat, have photos and sign my jerseys,” she said.

Before embarking on her soccer career, Ellyana was a ballet dancer and touch footy player. “I picked up soccer to be fit in the offseason for touch football. And then I ended up trialling for NQ School Girls, and I started playing after that,” said Ellyana. She started playing for Burdekin Juniors Football Club Competition in 2019 at 12 years old.

At 15, she is the youngest player on the Burdekin Panthers Premier’s Women’s team in addition to the FQ Northern Academy U17 girls team in Townsville, and she has no plans to return to touch footy or ballet.

Ellyana was recently selected for the 2022 U15 North Queensland girls team and will play at the State Championships in Cairns in May before heading to Ipswich in June/July for the FQ State Carnival, where she will represent U17 FQ Northern Academy Girls.

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Willcox ready to work for Dawson

Now that the date for the Federal election has finally been set for Saturday 21 May 2022, LNP Candidate for Dawson Andrew Willcox is champing at the bit to represent North Queensland and deliver a better future for local communities. Mr Willcox is asking constituents to consider three key factors prior to casting their vote...

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Now that the date for the Federal election has finally been set for Saturday 21 May 2022, LNP Candidate for Dawson Andrew Willcox is champing at the bit to represent North Queensland and deliver a better future for local communities. Mr Willcox is asking constituents to consider three key factors prior to casting their vote…

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Own a Hilux, Fortuner or Prado?

Toyota customers in Australia who bought cars with faulty engine filters, including popular HiLux utes, may be eligible for a payout following the auto giant’s loss of a class action suit. Toyota’s Hilux, Fortuner and Prado vehicles sold between October 2015 and April 2020 were found to have defective diesel particulate filter systems. The defect...

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Toyota customers in Australia who bought cars with faulty engine filters, including popular HiLux utes, may be eligible for a payout following the auto giant’s loss of a class action suit. Toyota’s Hilux, Fortuner and Prado vehicles sold between October 2015 and April 2020 were found to have defective diesel particulate filter systems. The defect…

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Robbing Peter to pay Paul

Katter Australia Party (KAP) leader Bob Katter has hit out at the government’s strategy for emergency fuel measures. He has written to Treasurer Josh Frydenburg on behalf of the transport industry in his electorate, describing the simultaneous reduction in fuel excise and the cutting of fuel tax credit is having a catastrophic impact on our […]

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Katter Australia Party (KAP) leader Bob Katter has hit out at the government’s strategy for emergency fuel measures. He has written to Treasurer Josh Frydenburg on behalf of the transport industry in his electorate, describing the simultaneous reduction in fuel excise and the cutting of fuel tax credit is having a catastrophic impact on our transport and freight operators, as well as gouging farmers and primary producers.

By removing the fuel tax credit for on-road users and the continuing increase in the price of petrol from the oil companies, Mr Katter said the transport operators were facing massive cash flow and operational issues.
“There is a serious issue unfolding across Australia, which is a direct consequence of the 22.1c fuel excise reduction implemented by the Government,” Mr Katter said.

“While at face value, the cutting of fuel costs by 21c at the bowser may seem to be a good thing for the Australian people, it is having a catastrophic impact on our transport and freight operators, as well as gouging our farmers and primary producers.

“22.1c reduction in the fuel excise is not having the positive impact that the government anticipated. Our transport operators are calling for the fuel tax credit of 17.8c for on-road and 44c for off-road, be restored.”

Mr Katter said that due to the removal of the credit, many transport businesses would experience a huge reduction in cash flow. They will be left with no choice but to increase their fuel levies for their suppliers, who will either pass that increase onto the retailer (who will then hike prices to the consumer) or absorb the cost themselves.

“Our farmers will take the brunt of these fuel levies, and they already on their knees, at the mercy of the giant supermarket chains in terms of the price they get paid for their produce. They have no ability to increase the price per carton in line with the increase in fuel levies coming from the transport operators because they are beholden to the price set by the retailers and so they will be the ones to absorb the cost.

“Not only has there been a 50 per cent increase in fuel costs over the last 12 months, but there has also been a 160 per cent increase in the price of fertiliser (urea), packaging costs have increased roughly 40-50 per cent and chemicals are up 123 per cent.

“We understand that everyone is doing it tough but punishing our vital transport operators after what they have already suffered, and continue to suffer from the critical AdBlue shortage, now 300 per cent higher in price, is not acceptable. We need our trucks to feed and move our nation,” Mr Katter said.

Leading North Queensland trucking company, Blenners Transport, sees a major disruptive flow-effect in inflation and wages. Owner Les Blenner said, “This time last year, our fuel levy was around 6 per cent, but we’ve had to increase that to 21 per cent.

“While the government gave us a 22.1 cent reduction in the fuel excise, they also took away our on-road fuel tax credit or 17.8 cents, and as a consequence, the net benefit for a heavy vehicle operator was reduced to 4.3 cents.
“When the price per barrel increases, this will disproportionately affect regional Australia, particularly growers with fixed-price contracts with major retailers.

“The higher cost of living will no doubt provide a launch platform for the Fair Work Commission to approve massive wages increases.

“What this has also done is allow transport companies the ability to claim only a small portion of fuel costs, while also allowing rail and mining companies (because their credits haven’t been impacted) to continue to claim the majority of the fuel costs, thus creating an unfair playing field,” Mr Blenner said.

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Reversal bill rejected

A parliamentary vote on Tuesday evening saw Katter’s Reef Regulation Reversal Bill rejected. Referring to the decision, AgForce’s Reef Taskforce Chair Alex Stubbs said he was extremely disappointed and called for the establishment of an independent office to ensure the science that underpins regulations is current. “The current reef regulations are based on outdated science....

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A parliamentary vote on Tuesday evening saw Katter’s Reef Regulation Reversal Bill rejected. Referring to the decision, AgForce’s Reef Taskforce Chair Alex Stubbs said he was extremely disappointed and called for the establishment of an independent office to ensure the science that underpins regulations is current. “The current reef regulations are based on outdated science….

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