North Queensland Labor MPs must cross the floor at the next Parliament sitting to rectify an “outstandingly arrogant” decision by the Palaszczuk Government to base the new First Nations Cultural Centre in Brisbane, KAP State Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter has said.
Mr Katter said North Queensland, in particular Cairns, was in uproar over the 2019-2020 State Budget announcement that $2 million will be given to investigate the building of the centre in the south-east.
Cairns Aboriginal community elders have lobbied for years to have the centre built in the North to celebrate its rich indigenous heritage and to be a drawcard for Cairns’ growing tourism industry.
Mr Katter said the decision reflected poorly on the ability of Labor’s North Queensland MPs to advocate and fight for their electorates.
“It beggars belief that we have a government running around claiming it has delivered a budget for the ‘regions’, yet the money for this vital centre is gifted to the south-east,” he said.
“The KAP will be seeking leave to move a motion in Parliament that calls on all Members, particularly those Labor MPs from the North, to demand the centre be based in Cairns.
“The State Government is hanging on a thread by only three votes – the Member for Cook and Labor’s Cairns and Townsville MPs have the power to rectify this in support of their regions.
“We are expecting they will be prepared to cross the floor to do so.”
Federal KAP Leader and Kennedy MP Bob Katter lashed Labor, and took particular aim at Cook MP Cynthia Lui whose electorate includes a vast number of Northern Indigenous communities.
“These MPs have sold out their city and they are not worth two bob,” he said.
“The Member for Cook should be utterly ashamed of herself.”