Katter doesn't scare us: MPs
THAT gun-loving, silver-haired rogue politician Bob Katter will jump-start his own political party for the good of the nation.
But our LNP members on the Coast are not yet shaking in their boots.
Katter’s Australia Party will have both the LNP and the Labor incumbent government in its crosshairs at the state election in March.
In Brisbane, Mr Katter said yesterday he felt he had no choice but to start his own political party.
“In the last (federal) election the people of Australia said, ‘We’re not going to vote for you any longer, we’ve had enough’,” he said.
Now there is a fear that the straight-shooting country pollie could knock over some of the support the LNP needs for Campbell Newman to earn his seat as Premier.
Mr Newman told reporters he thought it unlikely that his LNP colleagues would leap on the Katter bandwagon but dodged the question of whether this new party would spirit away the voters.
“I’ll leave that to the political commentators.
“People need to understand that if they dabble with independents or minor parties, they’ll see Anna Bligh get back in potentially,” Mr Newman said.
Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle and Member for Buderim Steve Dickson sang from the same hymnbook when contacted by the Daily yesterday.
Mr Dickson said voters had a clear choice between the ALP and the LNP, no other parties.
“You can vote for a Campbell (Newman) led government or you can have the ALP keep ruining the state,” he said.
Mr McArdle would not weigh in on the new addition to the ring, except to say “the ALP is the enemy here”.
“They have got to be removed,” he said.
Mr Katter has pledged that his faithful would be encouraged to push the needs of their electorates, not simply toe the overarching party line.
The exceptions to that were his core policies, which included fighting a federal carbon tax, limiting the market share of Coles and Woolworths and easing recreational fishing rules.
“For those people that have been out there in a comfortable cocoon of big-party endorsement, well, happy days are at an end my friends.
“You’re going to have to stand up and represent your people or you’re going to lose your seat,” Mr Katter said.
“You’re going to have to stand up and represent your people or you’re going to lose your seat.”