“I’m confident that Peter Wellington MP is a strong supporter of ethanol and if Billy Gordon MP also stands strong on the issue, along with KAP, then the Queensland Government will have no alternative but to deliver.
“The implementation and enforcement of an ethanol mandate must, by legislation, be under the control of a commission independent of Government,” Mr Katter said.
Mr Katter has pointed to Australia’s fuel security, the economic prosperity of our sugar cane farmers and public health as strong drivers for the introduction of an ethanol mandate.
Mr Katter said that in 2002 Australia was importing virtually no petrol, approximately $1,000 million worth per year. Today, approximately $25,000 million is sent to the Middle East to buy oil.
“Sending $25,000 million a year to the Middle East to buy oil, instead of sending it into rural Australia, is brainless stupidity.