Bob reflects on youth at Allora Campdraft
KATTER'S Australian Party leader Bob Katter reflected back on his younger days as he watched some outstanding horse-and-rider combinations at the Allora and District Campdraft Association event on Sunday at the Allora Showgrounds.
"I spent most of my free time in my younger days at pubs, bars, rodeos and campdrafts," Mr Katter said.
"It is magic watching some of the horses work in the cut-out yard."
He said the Warwick area was one of the centres for horse sports in Australia.
"They have the Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre in Warwick," he said.
"I come down this way a bit, as my closest mate Ron Purse, a roper in rodeo, lives in the area."
He was at Talgai Homestead, owned by Nioa Corporation, which son-in-law and daughter Rob and Eliza Nioa are involved in.
"They have spent a lot of money at Talgai," Mr Katter said.
Away from campdrafting, the party leader is not going along with the talk that the market can fix all the economic problems of the nation.
"If we had that attitude when I was involved in the Queensland Government, we wouldn't have an aluminium or coal industry," Mr Katter said.
"We built a lot of infrastructure in Queensland at the time."
One of his major worries in the forthcoming Federal Budget will be any medical cost-cutting.
"I worry people may not have the money to pay for health care if there are cuts to free hospital care.
"We are being led to believe there will be cuts in everything," he said.
The federal leader and Federal Member for Kennedy was joined at the Allora Campdraft by his son and State Member for Mt Isa Robbie Katter and Talgai Homestead manager Simon Damman, who was at the campdraft as one of many event sponsors.
The campdraft was held over two days and there were no injuries to riders in an arena ploughed up for safety.
Open draft judge Michael Hiscock was up from Victoria to officiate and conduct a campdraft school at Allora.