MP Bob Katter throws his hat into the ring and visits The Spit, taking aim at the current Queensland Government and Mayor Tom Tate, firing a warning at Tom that he's keen to make life very unpleasant for him if he continues to pursue the proposal for a cruise ship terminal inside The Broadwater, at The Spit or Wavebreak Island.
Below taken from The Gold Coast Bulletin 18/12/2012
MAVERICK MP Bob Katter and Independent Dr Alex Douglas have joined forces to fight the proposed Broadwater cruise ship terminal.
Mr Katter was 1600km outside his far north Queensland electorate yesterday when he arrived at The Spit to announce Dr Douglas would introduce laws before Queensland Parliament next year to block the cruise ship development in the Broadwater.
"As soon as Queensland Parliament resumes, legislation will be moved to stop the Broadwater project," said Mr Katter, who was dressed in board shorts and a rash vest.
"We are all for a cruise ship terminal but it can go anywhere along the Coast.
"I support Susie (Douglas), Keith (Douglas), Zander (Alexander Douglas) and three-quarters of the population of the Gold Coast that are tenaciously opposed to the cruise ship terminal here."
Dr Douglas was overseas and not present for the announcement but it is understood the legislation would be extremely detailed in describing that it was intended to protect The Spit from development.
Mr Katter, leader of the Katter Australian Party, said he became involved because it was his duty as the leader of a national political party.
He believed the Broadwater would lose its flourishing marine life and tag as a recreational boating mecca if it was constantly dredged.
Mr Katter described the project as a "land grab" and "the act of a lunatic or vandal" while ripping shreds off Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.
"Tom Tate doesn't know what he's doing," he said.
"I'm the leader of a federal party and I'm here to tell him 'you're doing it wrong'.
"I'm down here to make his life very unpleasant and I'm not the slightest bit interested in what he has to say.
"Actually, I've got to say I'm curious as to why he's pushing the issue."
Mr Katter, who said he had done up to 70 hours "homework" on the proposal, pledged to run more state and federal Katter Australian Party candidates on the Gold Coast in future elections.
He would not be drawn on if Dr Douglas, who recently quit the LNP, would join his team but confirmed he was in discussions about combining political parties with billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer.
"There has been discussions that have taken place and they were very amicable and they continue," he said. "It's pretty silly having two parties out there competing for the same market share."