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Katter wants to reserve 1% of gas supply for Queenslanders

Richard Love and Bob Katter MP during the Katter Australian Party media address at Spinnaker Park, Gladstone.
Richard Love and Bob Katter MP during the Katter Australian Party media address at Spinnaker Park, Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric

BOB Katter flew through Gladstone as fast as the wind whistled through Spinnaker Park on Monday, where he told local media he wanted to reserve a domestic gas supply for Australia and scrap the 457 visas that bring foreign workers into the country.

He was joined by Flynn candidates, Senate hopeful and country singer James Blundell and House of Representatives candidate Richard Love, and campaigners from across Flynn.

Mr Katter said mineral processing was under enormous pressure in Australia with copper processing wiped out in northern Queensland and to counter that, the Katter Australia Party would reserve 1% of the gas supply for Queensland.

"Because of the escalating skyrocketing cost of coal, gas and electricity in the past eight years, one per cent of the gas will be reserved for the benefit of the people in Queensland if not Australia," he said.

"That gas will be used to produce electricity at prices our retirees can afford, and young families can afford, and most importantly that our mineral processing plants have prices for processing they can afford."

He also said workers coming from overseas on 457 visas had undermined the country's pay and conditions.

"A Labor man would turn in his grave that 125,000 workers were flown in from overseas to take the jobs off Australians," he said.

Flynn candidate Richard Love said another priority was correcting the misleading LNP message Katter stood for Labor.

"They shouldn't get away with the lies they've been saying, that a vote for the Katter Australia Party was a vote for Labor," he said.

"A vote for Katter is a vote for Katter. A vote for Katter is a vote for you."

Click here for our federal election guide to the seat of Flynn, and here for full coverage of the lead-up to the 2013 election.

James Blundell, Bob Katter MP and Richard Love were in Gladstone on September 2.
James Blundell, Bob Katter MP and Richard Love were in Gladstone on September 2. Luka Kauzlaric GLAKATT

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