North Queensland maverick and MP for Kennedy Bob Katter.
North Queensland maverick and MP for Kennedy Bob Katter. Max Fleet

Bob Katter to take on Fraser

THE Fraser Coast's two state members have laughed off talk of joining renegade politician Bob Katter's newly formed Australian Party but the North Queensland maverick isn't amused.

Yesterday Mr Katter said state members, and in particular Independents who had deserted political parties in frustration had the opportunity to join forces with his new team.

Should they decline his offer however, Mr Katter doesn't intend to play nice.

“Those of us who have walked out need to work together and we would plead with the Independents to join us,” Mr Katter said

“If not, we're taking you out.”

To that Maryborough MP Chris Foley says “bring it on”.

Whenever an election rolls around Mr Foley, who was once a member of the National Party, is forced to shrug off rumours that he has gone back to toeing the party line.

On a break from parliament yesterday Mr Foley again confirmed he would not be aligning himself with a political party.

And while he did not wish to criticise the Australian Party leader or his values Mr Foley said he had not spoken with Mr Katter and did not intend to.

Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen said he was “definitely not interested” in switching sides and said the only way to take out Premier Anna Bligh at the next election was to “vote LNP”.

This week media advertisements calling for members of the public to nominate as candidates for the Australian Party have been circulating the region.

Mr Katter said the type of candidates he looked for were “people of conviction who believe in something”.



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