The hatter’s party

Bob announces his new Katter’s Australian Party:

He says people “are crying out for something different”.

“There are 20 to 30 per cent who refuse to vote for mainstream parties,” he told The Sunday Mail.

I’m not sure we’re crying out for precisely the same things that are important to Bob Katter, though.

On the other hand, I love that it’s “Katter’s Australian Party”, as if he also has a New Zealand Party. I love the idea that you can explain your political perspective with the generic “Australian” – as if the other parties aren’t also all Australian. And, for a man famous for his comical headgear – you’ve got to love the acronym.

Seriously, though – more power to him. If his vision is a sort of less corrupt version of the Nationals, then it can only be good for those voters to have an alternative.

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23 responses to “The hatter’s party

  1. The papers in Brisbane yesterday were full of quotes from Katter about how this will be bad for Labor. And that the early targets for recruiting are LNP members. Uh? What? Splitting the conservative vote even further is going to harm the non-conservative side of politics? One Nation already tried that in Queensland – it lead to a massive wipe-out of the LNP by Beattie and a decade of Labor rule. Go for it Bob. Bring it on!

  2. Jeremy wrote:
    Seriously, though – more power to him. If his vision is a sort of less corrupt version of the Nationals, then it can only be good for those voters to have an alternative.

    Please tell me that although you prefaced your comment with “Seriously” you’re actually being ironic?

    There are people who don’t break into fits of laughter at the mere sight of the cowboy hatted clown you know.

  3. The media depict Bob as barking mad but he is nothing of the sort. He’s highly intelligent and a smart operator. He is one of the few Australian politicians who are prepared to challenge the hegemony of free trade and trade agreements.

    His climate change policies need some work though. It’s a bit like the liberals. He acknowledges that global warming is probably caused by man’s C02 emmisions (the ‘probably’ to give wriggle room), and that everything can be fixed by growing ethanol. And that’s it in sum total.

    But his party would be of great benefit to Australian politics by further breaking the cozy liberal/labor partnership with big business that’s dominated politics and government for decades. One wonders if he can get this thing of the ground if his party will receive the same ‘scrutiny’ from the Murdoch press as the Greens are receiving. Murdoch would have just as much to fear from a group such as this as he would from the Greens.

  4. narcoticmusing

    Hopefully he’ll actually be the voice for rural/regional Australia that Lib Co are not.

  5. Splatterbottom

    This will be a very interesting side-show indeed. I don’t think Katter’s party will do much better than One Nation. Speaking of which did anyone notice the slogan painted on the side of Sarah Palin’s bus?

  6. As far as I can tell, he has the grand total of one good policy – changing native title to freehold.

  7. Splatterbottom

    That is a very good policy, Jarrah.

  8. ” Speaking of which did anyone notice the slogan painted on the side of Sarah Palin’s bus? ”

    In keeping with your own ideology you would note that SB. Too bad you don’t live there, you could vote for her if she makes a run.

  9. There is a comparison between paulene hanson’s party and bob’s party to be made which is that they may have some crossover in their constintuency and both Qld based.

    But for mine that is about where the comparison stops. Pauline’s party didn’t have a policy focus and relied on xenophobic appeal. This might work for a bit but in the end there was no substance behind any of it. Because there was no policy focus it was a relatively straightforward matter for Howard and Abbott to do some re-branding and supplant them. And the people who ran the party were charlatans and carpet baggers.

    Katter is a total different fish. As far as I know Bob is not xenophobic, and is progressive on aboriginal issues. He is also a good operator and it is likely he will have a policy focus. The libs and nats will have a lot more difficulty defusing him.

  10. Splatterbottom

    Lynot, I’m not sure Sarah is the right candidate for the presidency. Clearly she is obviously a very decent human being, as opposed to the those critics who debase the tone of the political conversation with their vile slurs – think Crikey’s “Trig the Mongrel” quiz or Letterman’s pedophile fantasy about Palin’s 14 year-old daughter.

  11. ” I’m not sure Sarah is the right candidate for the presidency. ”

    SB Sarah Palin is an air head, a very good looking air head I must confess. That she is in politics period, tells me more about the Alaskans then it does about Palin.BTW Palin and Katter is a marriage made in heaven.

    That she is the victim of ridicule is the lefts that’s me, fear of the fact, that people would vote for her not because she has any decent policy’s of any mention, but rather they would like to root her. Sad but true.

  12. Bob Katter’s “Australia” doesn’t extend beyond Bundaberg though does it?

  13. I’m not sure Sarah is the right candidate for the presidency.

    Probably do better with someone who has a remote chance of winning. Bonus would be if he/she has at least a high school level understanding of geography e.g. he/she knew “Africa” isn’t a country. Hard to imagine an adult person that wasn’t aware Africa isn’t a country as having any real insight into the complexities of international relations, isn’t it?

  14. uniquerhys

    I read a few lefty blogs in the US political blogosphere, and the general feeling about a Palin presidential run is – go ahead, make our day. It would guarantee an Obama second term. No one hates her. Or fears her. The “ridicule”, such as it is, is mostly of the form of “Here is what she said today”. She ridicules herself just by opening her mouth. The more she opens her mouth, the more ammunition she gives Obama’s oppo-research boys for the campaign commercials.

  15. Splatterbottom

    buns: “Hard to imagine an adult person that wasn’t aware Africa isn’t a country”

    Yet we have a US president who thinks there are 58 states in his country, that it is now 2008 and who is completely discombobulated without his teleprompter: “The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.”

  16. uniquerhys

    “who is completely discombobulated without his teleprompter:”

    Unlike Palin, who writes her notes on her hand with a Texta pen! Or Dubya, who had minders whispering in his ear giving him the answers during the 2004 presidential debates (minders he actually argued with live!). That’s perfectly OK. But using a teleprompter? Pass the smelling salts – Oh the Humanity!

    Obama is human, and makes mistakes like any other. Big deal. I’m still searching for the other “internets” that Dubya apparently knew about but have continued to mystify and elude every internet expert on the planet.

  17. Yet we have a US president who thinks there are 58 states in his country, that it is now 2008

    I’m pretty sure that President Obama knows what year it is and how many states there are in the USA, slips of the tongue notwithstanding. You’re not seriously asserting he currently thinks it’s 2008, right?

    and who is completely discombobulated without his teleprompter

    Because if someone’s not naturally talented at speaking off the cuff, it follows they’re as dumb as Sarah Palin.

  18. Marek Bage

    Every night I fall down on my knees and pray to baby Jesus that Sarah Palin will be elected as the next President of the U.S.
    There is nothing more that I would ever ask for from Santa Claus if he could see fit to grant me this one wish.

    Please, please and double please, let Sarah get elected.
    Honestly, PLEASE!!!

    Cheers.

  19. Splatterbottom

    Unique: “I’m still searching for the other “internets”

    Don’t waste your time. There is only one internet, the one Al Gore claims to have invented.

    Buns, Obama thought it was 2008 when he signed and dated the guest book on his recent visit to Westminster Abbey.

    And perhaps you can tell us what was running through his mind when he made the Middle East comment I quoted above.

  20. morganzobean

    Hopefully he’ll actually be the voice for rural/regional Australia that Lib Co are not.

    While he has a personal following in the North, let me assure you that there’s plenty of us living in the bush who are embarrassed by him. If the guy isn’t a certifiable nutjob, then he does a very good job of impersonating one.

  21. ph
    Bob Katter’s “Australia” doesn’t extend beyond Bundaberg though does it?

    The part that doesn’t have any gays in it (according to him… but that hat, hmmm…)?
    But since his policies mostly don’t extend beyond Whitlamesque protectionism, we’ll give him a freebie.

    If his policies were consistent with each other, he would probably get away with the crazy.

    Marek Bage
    Every night I fall down on my knees and pray to baby Jesus that Sarah Palin will be elected as the next President of the U.S.
    There is nothing more that I would ever ask for from Santa Claus if he could see fit to grant me this one wish.

    (sinks to his knees to join you in prayer for the Nice-Looking Parrot)

  22. I wonder if Bobs party will be dismantled by Abbott the same way he dealt with “One Nation”. Keep an eye out for that fighting fund if Katter steals too many votes from the Liberal/Nationals.

  23. Old thread, but so far we’ve had from Splatterbottom Obama’s Teleprompter, the 58 states, and the Al Gore invented the internet bulshit. Seriously, you do know how bloody stupid you sound to any knowledgeable person, repeating these same, relentless, inane, petty, idiotic, cliched right wing zombie-memes over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again? Particularly the last one, which anyone with minimal conscious awareness knows Al Gore never actually fucking said.

    Seriously, Jeremy, if you’re reading, can you just ban this right wing troll already? It’s your blog, and Splatterbottom doesn’t want to debate, just pull the hoariest of stupid freeper talking points out of his arse, and if he wants to do this there’s a million sites on the internet for it. You wouldn’t be censoring him, anymore than the publican telling an obnoxious loudmouth drunk to get out of his bar is censoring him, to which SB closely resembles.

    Seriously, Jeremy, if you’re reading, can you just ban this right wing troll already? It’s your blog, and Splatterbottom doesn’t want to debate, just pull the hoariest of stupid freeper talking points out of his arse, and if he wants to do this there’s a million sites on the internet for it. You wouldn’t be censoring him, anymore than the publican telling an obnoxious loudmouth drunk to get out of his bar is censoring him, to which SB closely resembles.

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