Knives are out
MEMBER for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg won't be putting away his pocket knife despite claims by Katter's Australian Party that new legislation makes carrying one in public illegal.
Katter's party has attacked a newly passed Weapons Act Amendment Bill which they claim would make farmers, fishermen, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts criminals for carrying a pocket knife in a public place.
But Mr Springborg said the claims were just plain wrong.
He said farmers, fishermen and tradies would be able to carry three-blade pocket knives in public without fear.
Mr Springborg said he carried a pocket knife "all the time" for farming purposes and regularly went into town with it.
"People should take what the Katter party says with a big grain of salt, and then add some more salt," he said.
"We sought confirmation from the Minister of Police in Parliament and he confirmed it.
"Lots of people in my electorate carry pocket knives, including me, and if this was true I would be the first person who would say something but the Police Minister was most adamant farmers would not be affected."
Mr Springborg said it was a different story for flick knives and knives that could be opened with one hand - which had become illegal under the new legislation - but with good reason.
"If you have a flick knife on you, you don't have it with good intent," he said.
Katter's Australian Party candidate for Southern Downs Ade Larsen disagreed, accusing Queensland MPs of being hypocritical and turning their backs on their electorate.
Mr Larson said the new laws were introduced by Labor and received bi-partisan support from the LNP.
"Why do politicians do the opposite of what's good for the people?" he said.
"How do we have democracy when the people who claim to represent us don't support our wishes?
"It's not about left and right anymore, it's about right and wrong.
"We will give people back their freedoms."