For all of Bob Katter’s protestations on election night, the reality is that his party won one seat and his influence in the Queensland Government will be zero, Senator Boswell said.
Katter’s Australian Party retained Dalrymple and won Mount Isa, but lost their parliamentary leader, Aidan McLindon in Beaudesert. Their star candidate in Nanango, Carl Rackemann was soundly beaten and the KAP probably cost the LNP the seat of Mulgrave.
KAP will now have two seats in the new Queensland Parliament; compare this to One Nation, who in 1998 gained 11 new seats and 22% of the vote and all of those members are now history.
Whilst we need to give Katter some credit for the 11.6% of the vote his party got on Saturday, outside Kennedy the reality is most of it came from Labor. We need to put it all in perspective, the retention of one seat and a win in Mount Isa is hardly the outstanding electoral wave that Bob Katter would have us all believe.
Time for a reality check and a cold shower Bob, the KAP is not the third major political force in Australian politics.