Bob Katter supports Pauline Hanson’s legal battle over Queensland borders and accuses Prime Minister of bankruptcy of 1,000 companies
- Senator Hanson is plotting a legal challenge against the closure of the Queensland border
- Today Kennedy MP Bob Katter weighed his weight behind her legal campaign
- Mr. Katter says that a thousand companies have gone bankrupt in lockdown
- He wants the state to open faster so that the livelihood can be restored
Maverick MP Bob Katter has supported Pauline Hanson in her struggle to clear Queensland state borders.
Senator Hanson is plotting a legal challenge against the closure of the Queensland border, claiming that this is not allowed under the constitution.
Katter put his weight on her campaign on Friday, saying hundreds of businesses have suffered without interstate tourism.
Maverick MP Bob Katter (pictured) supported Pauline Hanson in her struggle to clear Queensland state borders
Motorists are stopped in March at a checkpoint on the Gold Coast Highway in Coolangatta, on the Queensland / NSW border
The 75-year-old, who represents Kennedy’s division, wants the lockdown to lighten faster to get the economy back on track.
“We haven’t had a coronavirus in North Queensland for two months. It doesn’t really exist here and we are locked up, “he told Press Network.
“There will be a thousand companies here that are now bankrupt, some of them have built on four or five generations of sacrifice and are working an 80-hour week – all gone.”
Mr Katter accused Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk of deliberately imposing long-term restrictions on gaining political advantage.
“The longer it takes, the less time the opponents of the Queensland labor government have to go outside to campaign and the more the Queensland Prime Minister can get herself on the morning, noon and evening,” he.
When asked about Senator Hanson’s legal challenge, he said, “We support Pauline 1,000 percent.”
Senator Hanson also accused the Prime Minister of Queensland of keeping the state borders closed for political reasons.
“I believe she is using this as an election attempt in the run-up to the October elections and I think it stinks,” she said earlier this week.
“We need leadership, not a dictatorship.”
Senator Hanson is plotting a legal challenge against the closure of the Queensland border and claims that it is not allowed under the constitution
Regions such as Port Douglas (pictured) in northern Queensland are not available to anyone outside the state due to border restrictions
Senator Hanson has lined up lawyers and potential claimants to be part of her planned High Court challenge.
She finds it unconstitutional for the Prime Minister to limit the movement of people and thereby seriously damage the economy.
Home Secretary Peter Dutton has backed up the legal challenge by saying the Prime Minister’s “lack of logic” is killing the economy.
University of Queensland constitution professor Nicholas Aroney says Senator Hanson’s promised case pertains to Article 92 of the constitution, which deals with trade and the movement of people between states.
He told SBS that the High Court should decide whether the closure of the border and the resulting restrictions on the movement of persons was a response commensurate with the situation.
And the arguments for keeping the borders closed would weaken as infections decrease, he said.
Residents of New South Wales are unable to take a holiday in Noosa (pictured) due to border restrictions preventing them from entering QLD