Katter steps up to lead new Australian Party
BOB Katter’s Australian Party has swallowed the Queensland Party in a merger the maverick MP said would win them seats at the next state poll.
Mr Katter and former Queensland Party leader Aidan McLindon announced the marriage yesterday, saying it made sense for them to team up against Labor and the Liberal National Party.
It also makes registering Katter’s newest party easier, with Mr McLindon already sitting as an MP in Queensland’s parliament.
The pair said Mr Katter’s experience and Mr McLindon’s youth presented a “formidable combination”.
And they will not just concentrate on regional areas, promising to campaign the length and breath of Queensland, wherever good candidates could be found.
“We will be winning seats in Brisbane,” Mr Katter said.
“I can tell you that right now.”
Among issues the new party will target will be:
The monopoly of the big supermarkets;
To oppose the federal carbon tax;
Introduce mandated ethanol in petrol;
Oppose coal seam gas; and
To see Indigenous housing built by Indigenous workers.
The men would now approach Independents to ask if they wanted to join forces by supporting the membership of the newly merged outfit.