The Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, has a bone to pick with the banks.
The Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, has a bone to pick with the banks. MICK TSIKAS

'Squealing' banks fire up Katter

FEDERAL crossbencher Bob Katter has accused the Australian Bankers' Association of a "triumph of hypocrisy” for "squealing” about having to sign confidentiality agreements to see the Federal Government's draft legislation on the Bank Levy.

Mr Katter's responded with rage after ABA chief executive and former Queensland premier Anna Bligh accused the government of "going to extraordinary lengths to keep this tax hidden from the people who will be most affected by it and from the public”.

"A bad tax has now become a secret tax,” she said in a statement.

Mr Katter said his office had repeatedly received reports of the banks forcing farmers, small business people and everyday Australians to sign confidentiality agreements, protecting the banks.

"When the banks do deals they get the little person, the customer, you, to sign a confidentiality agreement,” the Queensland MP said in a statement. "So the supposed contract you have with the bank is actually a document telling you what you will and will not do.

"What they are screaming about here is exactly what they have been imposing in every single one of their threatened foreclosures in Australia. Every single bank has been doing it.

"Now they have the hide, when their own conditions are applied to themselves - to squeal like stuck pigs. Talk about a triumph in hypocrisy!”



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