Now the man with the big hat ain't crying
He's resting easy at the bar, his foot upon the rail
He loosens up his belt a notch, pulled his hat down on his head
And laughed and talked of times he'd had out living on the trail
Then he told us of party, a party he had in mind
Nothing fancy just a party with you and me in mind
Said he'd call it Australian Party cause it sort of rhymed
QUEENSLAND federal independent MP Bob Katter has formed a new political party which he says will support families and business and campaign against a carbon tax.
The maverick MP made good his threats to try to shake up national politics by registering the Australian Party with the Australian Electoral Commission in Brisbane on Friday.
He told Brisbane's The Sunday Mail that he planned to “control” state politics through the crossbenches after the next election and said he would campaign trail against Premier Anna Bligh and Liberal National Party leader Campbell Newman.
Mr Katter also revealed that his party's policies would include breaking the duopoly of Woolworths and Coles and stopping free trade, the carbon tax and privatisation.
The people are crying out for something different,” Mr Katter said. “There are 20 to 30 per cent who refuse to vote for mainstream parties.”It will also push to restore personal freedoms, including fishing freely and boiling a billy without a permit.
Mr Katter, a former Bjelke-Petersen cabinet minister, will call for candidates for Queensland state and federal electorates.
He will no longer sit in Canberra as an independent but as a member of his new party, and said talks for federal candidates, including the Senate, were further progressed than his state plans.
Under the party's principles, members will be able to speak and vote with their electorates, including on daylight saving, except for the narrow band of party policies.
“If they don't vote against Coles and Woolies, they will get their bloody toes cut off with a rusty razor blade,” he said.
Mr Katter is expected to detail his new party's plans later today.
AT LEAST I DON'T TELL FIBS LIKE THE OTHER JOKERS
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