Queensland Senator Ron Boswell today accused Bob Katter of “heading for the hills” and dodging yesterday’s vote to dismiss Peter Slipper as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“Bob Katter will have to answer to the voters of Kennedy for what he did,” Senator Boswell said.
“When Katter needed to stand up and be counted in Parliament yesterday – and vote against Slipper continuing as Speaker – he slipped out a side door and headed for the hills.”
“Everyone in Kennedy will be disgusted by the vile things that have now been revealed Slipper said about women.”
“However, instead of standing up and representing the people of Kennedy, Katter took off. When it mattered, he was nowhere to be found.”
“What the House of Reps was voting on was not about any other matters that Slipper may or may not be guilty of, but whether someone who expressed such derogatory views about women was fit to hold the important role of Speaker.”
“By abstaining and refusing to vote for the Coalition motion to sack Slipper, it was as good as voting with Labor to keep Slipper in the Speaker’s chair. That’s what Katter did, and that’s a decision he’ll have to answer for to the voters of Kennedy.”
Senator Boswell also accused independent MPs Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor of hypocrisy for siding with the Government to keep Slipper in the Speaker’s chair.
“The Opposition motion was that, as provided for by section 35 of the Constitution – where the Speaker can be removed by a vote of the House of Representatives – the Speaker be removed from office immediately.
“Independents Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor and Craig Thomson and the Greens’ Adam Bandt voted to save Slipper’s job. Independent Andrew Wilkie voted with the Coalition. Bob Katter headed for the hills.”
Senator Boswell said the comments it had been revealed that Slipper made about women were vile.
“The Speaker’s attitude to women has been rightly described by commentators as misogynist and degrading. His statements revealed he was not fit to hold that distinguished position, and Katter, Oakeshott and Windsor all had the chance to do something about it. To do the right thing. They did not.”
“It’s ironic that, just a short time later, Slipper did what Katter, Oakeshott and Windsor all should have done in the first place and voted himself out of office by resigning as Speaker.”