Katter: Labor has no mandate in the North

Minor party crossbenchers to vote in a bloc in new Queensland Parliament.


Queensland State Election
Katter's Australian Party State Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter says he will work with all crossbenchers to hold Labor to account in regional Queensland.

Katter's Australian Party State Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter says he will work with all crossbenchers to hold Labor to account in regional Queensland.

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KATTER’S Australian Party State Leader Robbie Katter said he would endeavor to form a voting bloc with all potential crossbench members in the new State Parliament to benefit regional and rural Queenslanders.

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KATTER’S Australian Party State Leader Robbie Katter said he would endeavor to form a voting bloc with all potential crossbench members in the new State Parliament to benefit regional and rural Queenslanders.

Mr Katter, who has won the new seat of Traeger with a comfortable 65 per cent of the primary vote, said his party would not support Labor without consulting other crossbenchers.

Labor’s Annastacia Palaszczuk is likely to form government with a slim minority, and Mr Katter said the crossbenchers would hold the Brisbane-centric party to account in the bush.

"Labor will at best hold a slim majority and based on the results they don't have a mandate to govern outside of greater Brisbane,’’ Mr Katter said.

"It’s in the best interests of all areas outside greater Brisbane for the entire crossbench to be working together as a cohesive bloc. If we do this we’ll be able to reverse the neglect of regional Queensland.

“It would be highly irresponsible of Annastacia Palaszczuk to attempt to run the Parliament of Queensland with such a slim margin without first reaching out to the expanded crossbench to establish consensus on key policy areas.’’

Mr Katter said it was likely there would be six crossbench members from outside Brisbane in the new parliament.

This includes KAP colleague and Member for Hill Shane Knuth, who is sitting on 69.73 per cent of the primary vote on a two party preferred basis ahead of the LNP’s Mario Quagliata on 30.27 per cent.

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