Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

He's Antiquated and Angry, but Katter's No Fool

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

He's Antiquated and Angry, but Katter's No Fool

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IS it okay to like a politician even though you disagree with a lot of his ideas?

I still vaguely remember the first time I saw Bob Katter on television Co it must have been during the 1993 election count, and the angry man with the white hair was C[pounds sterling]going offC[yen] to the cameras about Paul Keating winning.

I remember asking my father, C[pounds sterling]Who's that man and why is he so mad, Dad?C[yen] to which my father replied: C[pounds sterling]That's Bob Katter and some of what he is saying is actually right.C[yen]

That early vision of an angry Bob pretty much set my gut-feeling of him from there on in; a man who managed to maintain the rage over the years, taking a stand on the issues he believed were most important and occasionally making sense.

There are many things about Katter Co things he has said over the years Co that have left me shaking my head.

He seems to have harboured some antiquated opinions about foreigners, gays and the environment that I sometimes think alienate him from the majority of voters outside his North Queensland base.

Yet at the same time I have found reasons to respect the man, such as the way he has stuck to certain principles in spite of the party line Co of course he liberated himself of the National Party about 10 years ago.

I also like the level of debate he has added to federal politics since becoming one of the C[pounds sterling]three amigosC[yen] in the 2010 federal election.

The opportunity to put some of country Queensland's issues on the table was something for he'd clearly been waiting for for a long time.

There is a memorable clip floating around on the internet which was taken from an episode of Q&A just after the election, when Katter, Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott were still making their minds up.

One of the first questioners had the nerve to ask Katter whether he thought it was fair that three independents, representing such a small percentage of Australians, should wield so much power. …

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