Paulger to contest Gympie

Bob Katter anounces Shane Paulger as the Katter's Australian Party candidate for Gympie.
Bob Katter anounces Shane Paulger as the Katter's Australian Party candidate for Gympie. Renee Pilcher

KENILWORTH dairy farmer Shane Paulger was named Gympie's state candidate to stand on the ticket of Katter's Australian Party on Wednesday.

"Gympie is special to me and it's about time it got decent representation," Mr Paulger said.

"Both major parties offer nothing different.

"This man (Bob Katter) inspires and I support what he stands for - a freer and fairer Australia."

"We lost the battle, but not the war," Bob Katter said in Gympie yesterday of dairy deregulation, after announcing his Gympie candidate would be Kenilworth dairy farmer Shane Paulger.

"When deregulation happened, this quiet, shy dairy farmer (Paulger) poured milk on the steps of parliament."

Mr Katter lays the blame for dairy deregulation at the feet of Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss.

"The ALP and the LNP loaded the gun, but Truss squeezed the trigger," he said.

"Farmers lost one-third of their income.

"They lost 20 cents a litre, consumers paid 40 cents a litre more and someone made $1.04 billion.

"Farmers suicided. We knew that about regulation. It happened with wool, sugar and tobacco."

Mr Paulger said Australia needed to turn its direction around.

"There are no quality jobs for anybody," he said.

"We cannot all work in the mines.

"Katter's Australian Party signifies rural and regional Australia and that's very much overdue.

"Someone has to stand up for the area and not be told what to do by backroom party politics."

It's wasn't only Mr Truss who came under fire from Mr Katter.

State Member for Gympie David Gibson didn't escape criticism.

"I phoned the Member for Gympie to thank him for standing up for firearms, camping, fishing and shooting. He had a chance of whether to make press releases or make a difference and he voted down guns in parliament," Mr Katter said.

"He voted to take pocket knives away and further restrict firearms ownership. He betrayed us. I'm angry because I was so praising of him at the time, but I'm not sparing him now.

"I said some very nice things about him and I came off looking like a fool."

Gympie Times

Topics:  australia party bob katter queensland election 2012 shane paulger

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