Katter’s Australian Party MPs Shane Knuth, Robbie Katter and Nick Dametto promoting the removal of plastic straws while discussing vegetation laws and regional electricity costs. Picture: Zak Simmonds
Katter’s Australian Party MPs Shane Knuth, Robbie Katter and Nick Dametto promoting the removal of plastic straws while discussing vegetation laws and regional electricity costs. Picture: Zak Simmonds

KAP failing their constituents

QUEENSLAND'S Katter's Australian Party members have been accused of failing their communities after the LNP slammed them for not showing up to Parliament.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington yesterday took aim at KAP for "constantly" missing votes and failing to attend Parliament or their committees.

While Parliament does not keep an attendance record, Traeger MP Robbie Katter, Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto and Hill MP Shane Knuth have made just 28 speeches between them.

This is comparative to the 28 speeches Ms Frecklington has made, while the Premier has made more than 70.

Of the 32 divisions that the KAP members could have voted on this year, Mr Katter voted on four, Mr Knuth voted on nine and Mr Dametto voted on 24.

Mr Katter defended the figures, stating KAP's outcomes were more important.

"We have three private members bills, they (LNP) have none," he said.

"Most of those divisions are party games, there's no tangible result from them."

It comes after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk issued KAP a staffing "ultimatum" this week, when she called for the party to justify why it should have extra staffing allowances following Senator Fraser Anning's controversial maiden speech.

Mr Anning's speech all but called for a return to the White Australia policy and a ban on Muslim migration.

Bob Katter, Fraser Anning and Robbie Katter. Picture: Brian Cassey
Bob Katter, Fraser Anning and Robbie Katter. Picture: Brian Cassey

Mr Katter, who had until 5pm yesterday to provide government with the party's stance on immigration, said the Premier's ultimatum was a "serious threat to our democracy" and that he stood by Senator Anning's speech.

Ms Frecklington said the KAP were failing their communities.

"Their missed votes allow Labor to pass laws that hurt Queenslanders," she said.

"The Labor-KAP deal is a win-win for both parties - but it's their electorates which lose out."

Queensland Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington during an Estimates Hearing at Parliament House. Picture: AAP/Dave Hunt
Queensland Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington during an Estimates Hearing at Parliament House. Picture: AAP/Dave Hunt

The comments also come after Mr Dametto posted a selfie to Instagram from Parliament on Wednesday ahead of question time with the hashtag #readytoslay.

He did not, however, attend question time.

The Hinchinbrook MP said just because the party was not sitting in Parliament did not mean they were not working.

"The whole time they're sitting in Parliament, we're either having meetings to do with our electorate and working on constituent issues," he said.

"We would love to sit down there and have the time and staff and grandstand like the LNP has but we only have three staff doing the heavy lifting."

Mr Knuth said the LNP needed to get their act together and be an "effective Opposition that's presentable".

"At the end of the day we have a proven record with not only delivery but pressuring and forcing government into taking direction in dealing with issues," he said.

While the Premier would not comment on KAP's attendance, she said "everybody" found Senator Anning's comments to be atrocious.



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