Katter ready for payback

Independent MP Bob Katter is bunkered down in Canberra.
Independent MP Bob Katter is bunkered down in Canberra.

INDEPENDENT MP Bob Katter is bunkered down in Canberra with fellow independents Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott.

“Now it might just be payback time.”

With those words of warning yesterday the prospect of the Coalition becoming the government looked bleaker than it has done since Tony Abbott’s halcyon poll results of Saturday night.

Independent MP Bob Katter, the kingmaker in the current election crunch made no secret of his disdain yesterday over Wide Bay MP and National Party leader Warren Truss, who he says “personally attacked me” during the election coverage on Saturday.

“The National Party leader made a personal attack upon me," he said.

“And I could see Tony Abbott grinding his teeth with rage and Julia smiling benignly at those remarks by Truss.

“It only ramps up the conflict.”

Mr Katter’s long-standing feud with Warren Truss over the dairy industry deregulation continues to loom as a decider to which party Mr Katter’s bloc of three former National Party independents puts its support.

Yesterday Bob Katter’s office told the Chronicle that after speaking with fellow independents Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott over the past two days, the outspoken Kennedy MP had decided to travel to Canberra “to meet with relevant individuals”.

“Basically, we’ll be bunking down for a few days, having a few discussions and figuring out where we go from here,” Mr Katter added.

Meanwhile Tim Mulherin, State Minister for Rural and Regional Qld has written to the Chronicle slamming Mr Truss.

The national deregulation of the milk industry was in fact facilitated by the Howard Government when Mr Truss was the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Mr Mulherin said.

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