Bob Katter Advertisement Raises Eyebrows

Bob Katter has posted a video advertisement on YouTube that depicts him having shot the ALP and LNP.

The advertisement raised eyebrows today, given its proximity to the shootings in Orlando, Florida, this week.

The theme of the ad is that “Australia is not for sale”. It shows two characters, the ALP and LNP, putting up an “Australia for Sale” sign, which Katter removes. The ad concludes with Katter painting “Australia NOT for Sale” on the sign and blowing smoke from a pistol as the camera rises to show the two characters apparently lying dead.

  • Watch the advertisement (59s)

Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) has nominated candidates in 12 House of Representatives electorates, all in Queensland. They are: Capricornia, Dawson, Flynn, Herbert, Kennedy, Leichhardt, Longman, Maranoa, Moreton, Oxley, Rankin and Wide Bay. At the last election in 2013, KAP ran 63 candidates across the nation.

Katter has held Kennedy since 1993, first as a National, and then as an independent since 2001. In 2013, he suffered a primary vote swing of 17.35%. He polled 29.36% of the primary vote and 52.19% of the two-party-preferred vote, against the Liberal National Party.

The party is running a Senate ticket of 2 candidates each in Queensland and NSW, with one ungrouped (below-the-line only) candidate in Western Australia. In 2013, KAP polled 0.89% nationally and 2.94% in Queensland.

Whilst Katter’s seat is not generally spoken of as in danger, it is worth noting that in 2013 he polled his lowest primary and lowest two-party vote since winning the seat in 1993. There was a 17.35% primary swing against him and a 16.15% two-party swing. Katter held the seat against the LNP candidate with a margin of 2.19%, the lowest of all 8 elections he has won.

The table below shows the votes received by Bob Katter in each election since 1993, when he won the seat from the ALP’s Rob Hulls. The final column shows either the two-party-preferred or two-candidate-preferred figure.

Bob Katter Primary & Two-Party Votes in Kennedy (Qld)
Election Running As Primary % Two-Party % /
Two-Candidate %
2013
Independent
29.36
52.19
2010
Independent
46.71
68.34
2007
Independent
39.53
66.29
2004
Independent
40.13
68.88
2001
Independent
47.10
69.69
1998
National
44.12
61.19
1996
National
59.91
64.49
1993
National
37.76
52.88


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