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Bob Katter compares ‘evil’ Greens to Mao Zedong


June 7, 2011 – 5:33AM

Federal member for Kennedy and leader of Katter’s Australian Party Bob Katter has compared the Greens support for a total ban on live exports to the policies of Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong.

“[The Greens] don’t want farming and they don’t want fishing,” Mr Katter said.

“How will we feed people if we don’t do these things?

“Eighty million out of 240 million people in Indonesia go to bed hungry every night.”

Mr Katter said the Greens and other environmental groups were “evil” for proposing policies which would jeopardise the food security of both Australians and Indonesians.

“We have to assume [the Greens’] solution is to starve a lot of people to death,” he said.

“If you want to starve people to death to save trees or something you’re evil.”

Mr Katter said the policy was akin to Chairman Mao’s Great Leap Forward, which banned private farming and caused widespread famine, killing many Chinese citizens.

“Fair minded people will not think this is a good policy,” he said.

“I would plead with people to have a good neighbour policy.”

Mr Katter said he did not condone the abhorrent conditions shown on the Four Corners program which sparked the live export debate.

“The Federal Government should get off their tailbone and fix it up,” he said.

The government has already suspended trade with the dozen abattoirs identified in the program and it was reported yesterday, it would go further and restrict exports to as few as 10 slaughterhouses and feedlots.

Meanwhile a group of 12 Queensland mayors have combined to say live cattle exports to Indonesia should not be halted.

Richmond Shire Council’s John Wharton has invited the politicians leading the campaign to ban live exports, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon and Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, to visit the North West. Mr Wharton was concerned they were only seeing the worst offenders.

“I’m urging those MPs who are engaged in industry shutdown arguments to access all the information before jumping to conclusions,” he said.

The mayors’ statement comes after Rockhampton Mayor Brad Carter last week backed a ban on live export.

The mayor of Australia’s beef capital believes meat should be processed locally, not internationally.

The North West Star

June 7th, 2011

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