Sarah Vogler, 13 November 2015
QUEENSLAND’S Katter’s Australian Party MPs will today reveal if they will support the State Government in future parliamentary battles, with the 90-day deadline they issued the Government expiring this morning.
Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth held a half-hour meeting with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last night ahead of their announcement today to discuss their wishlist, which includes the establishment of a rural bank, market protections for the sugar and dairy industries and an ethanol mandate.
It followed similar meetings with other senior ministers, including Treasurer Curtis Pitt.
The Government needs the support of the Katter MPs, or Independent Billy Gordon, to ensure it can pass legislation in the hung Parliament.
The Katter MPs issued the Government with the deadline in August in a bid to obtain support for key policies.
Mr Katter last night said the Government had delivered on some demands, including a western roads funding package and the extension of the Mount Isa copper smelter.
But he said there was still a way to go on their other demands.
The MPs will announce their final decision today.
Extracted in full from Courier Mail.