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article imageThe future isn't bright for Australia's Bob Katter

By Joseph Power     Mar 22, 2012 in Politics
Canberra - Bob Katter made his preparations last night in his final pitch to voters in Kingaroy, despite rather ominous opinion polls regarding his Katter's Australia Party.
‘Cowboy’ federal MP Bob Katter made preparations for his final pitch to voters last night, conceding that his party may fail to win a single seat on Saturday’s Queensland election.
After launching a highly-controversial ad campaign, slurring LNP leader Campbell Newman, Katter was slated in the press by politicians, same-sex marriage advocates and his own half-brother – for an advertisement that featured Campbell Newman and his supposed support of same-sex marriage (despite his party announcing they would attempt to repeal the Queensland Civil Union Act, if elected). Carl Katter, brother of Bob – slammed the advertisement as "a new low" and "desperate". Members of Katter's own party demanded the ad be pulled.
Preparing to speak to voters in Kingaroy, Katter told The Australian "If we win no seats on Saturday, we'll contest the next federal election in a number of seats in a number of states,"
"We want change. We don't want our assets sold; we want our manufacturing, agricultural and tourism industries back and you'll never get them back under the policies of the major parties."
A Newspoll survery was not kind to Katter’s Australian Party, giving them just 4.6% of the total vote on March 24.
Not content with slandering Newman, Katter also turned his sites of the ALP, at both the Queensland and Federal level. Katter revealed that he had an "animal detestation of the current government", and even predicted that the ALP would turn to former-PM Kevin Rudd: who was recently defeated in a leadership ballot by current PM Julia Gillard – would make a return in heed of the upcoming federal election.
"The way it stacks up is unless Julia (Gillard) can turn things around - and I wouldn't envy her task - they're looking at what is happening in Queensland happening in Canberra," he said.
"The alternatives for leadership - there's not a lot of places they can go and they have to win seats in Queensland or they're simply not going to survive as a government."
Then, when prompted about Rudd, Katter stated that “I would not even remotely count him out as dead,".
Political analysts deemed Mount Isa and Dalrympie: run by Katter’s son Robbie and LNP-defector Shane Knuth as KAP’s best chance at securing seats. A far-cry from Katter’s initial insistence that he could win government, or at the very least: a balance of power.
Very few political analysts believe that Anna Bligh will still hold office on Sunday morning, despite her effective campaign. Katter, on the other hand, may struggle to even hold a single-seat.
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