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MP supports Torres Strait independence

August 6 2009 at 12:19 PM
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MP supports Torres Strait independence

AAP

August 05, 2009 02:55pm

THE Torres Strait Islands should be allowed to secede from Australia, a maverick federal MP says.

Independent MP Bob Katter told protesters in Cairns that Australian and Queensland laws were "slowly killing" the Torres Strait Islander race.

He said environmental laws and government agencies were preventing residents in the collection of islands between mainland Australia and Papua New Guinea from sourcing their own food locally.

Instead, he said the region was forced to rely on overpriced food shipped up from southern centres.

"Nothing is grown or caught up there. Between the Great Barrier Reef marine park authority, the fish management authority and AQIS they have been deprived of the right to stay alive," Mr Katter said.

"This is a super-poor third world country up there, all they can afford is rice."

Torres Strait residents staged their protest outside the Pacific International Forum in Cairns, demanding the right for the collection of islands to be granted sovereignty.


People's movement for autonomy for the Torres Strait spokesman Father Getano Lui Jnr said residents deserved the right to manage their own affairs.

"It's an emerging nation we are talking about, we no longer want to be recognised just as an indigenous race of this country," he said.

"We have overwhelming support from the communities because what we see at the moment is a regime which actually undermines the self management we have had in the past."

Mr Katter likened the situation in the Torres Strait to that of East Timor and said the Australian government would be "screaming hypocrites" if they did not allow residents to determine their own future.

 
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wishful thinking

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August 6 2009, 10:39 PM 

Face it, it aint ever gonna happen.
Dream on, move on.

 
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Re: wishful thinking

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August 20 2009, 1:15 AM 

what is independence going to do? look at png, a few familes are benefitting while the rest are under the povertyline. yumi kamap afrika pinis.

 
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Anonymous

Re: MP supports Torres Strait independence

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August 21 2009, 1:13 PM 


Torres Strait Islanders would be very stupid to think about independence.

Look at what is happening to the poor poverty stricken fukers in PNG and their PM billionaire Somare family.

 
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Re: MP supports Torres Strait independence

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March 3 2010, 10:46 AM 

Would help to do your homework first before bringing PNG into this subject poof. We have had our challenges and can't deny the dodgy polies PNG has but our culture has survived and has strengths that you can't fathom. Living in Oz you see the old, mentally, and physically challenged getting chucked into homes coz you can't care for them. Soon as theres an interest rate rise or economy problem, no funding you panic. Rightfully so, coz if s&%t hit the fan tomorrow, unlike us Papua New Guineans, who all have villages, gardens, and still traditional currencies, and barter systems that globalisation can't touch to fall back on, you'd be in the soup line with meal tickets, and crashing under the bridge, putting up with your 4 seasons. So don't critisize unless you'd like to research, put your hand up and assist the TI people,and think how the nature of these so call phuckers may pull you out of your own ****. We're neighbours dude act like it. On that point read this story:

Qld eyes PNG devt
QUEENSLAND treasurer Andrew Fraser says a plan to tap into Papua New Guineas emerging resources sector will be an important step towards diversifying far north Queenslands economy.
Addressing a business breakfast in Cairns yesterday morning, Fraser announced he would lead a three-day trade delegation to PNG in a fortnight.
He said he and business representatives would hold high-level meetings, including with the Central Bank governor.
There is every opportunity to get a counter-cyclical arrow in its kit bag, to make sure that at times when the economy can be subjected to vagaries in the movements of the dollar or movements in demand in tourism and construction that theres something else there built into the base, Mr Fraser said.
Well be undertaking meetings at a high level, introducing business people to the high commission up there, meeting with the governor of the Central Bank in PNG, meeting with industry representatives, meeting with LNG proponents, among others.

Now go, have a good flog and think how you'd survive tosser!!!

 
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Anonymous

Re: MP supports Torres Strait independence

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February 15 2010, 8:22 PM 

They would never make it

 
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Anonymous

Re: MP supports Torres Strait independence

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March 1 2010, 11:18 AM 

PNG is not like Africa where you cant grow kaikai.Lazy people save tok poverty sapos you les long planim own kaikai na lazy raun.PNG is a beautiful place.Everyones got land to benefit from.evrrything in PNG is not money like Australia.You dont need money to survive in PNG.

 
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LBF

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March 4 2010, 5:37 PM 

look there is no discussion because it will never happen! It is a big con to get TSI agendas noticed by the federal government (Funding)plain and simple. TSI saw the writting on the wall pre-png independence. LBF...Lazy Blackfellas dont make good politicians and that is what PNG politicians are!!! Now PNG is reaping what it has sowed !!

 
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Bala Boi

Semi Independent like a race car

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June 2 2010, 2:46 PM 

Hey Bala Which way? its all good, we want da independence is good flashy idea ay, but we be keeping the centerlink and the medicare ay. We call it semi independent, like thse racing cars with the semi automatic transmission, thats real flash, better than those bala's in PNG with the full independence with all the poverty and corruption. Thats it, Torres Strait, semi independent, we take everthing, but you give us the centerlink, medicare and housing commision. Yawo

 
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Re: Semi Independent like a race car

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June 6 2010, 8:33 AM 

Good 1 bala.Their country is ****ed up and they come here acting big n look down on black fellas here.
Ho PNG pipol u no white u black yah.But when allowed in2 Aussie u look down on black pipol here n act big.The real thing is your black fellas back @ home cant afford what black pipol do have here.So stop acting big when in Australia.Just b yourself.
Yawo

 
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