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Katter wasted court's time: LNP and Labor


Katter's Australian Party had wasted the court's time in its failed bid to force the printing of new ballot papers for the looming state election, according to the major parties.

In Sunnybank Hills this afternoon, LNP Leader Campbell Newman has used the court case outcome to have a swipe at all independents and minor parties in Australia.

"That party has wasted time and resources of the courts, it should have done its administration correctly," he said.

"It's been a bit of a tale for all of us that minor parties and independents are the ones who are causing all the problems right now in Australia at a Federal level.

"They'll cause taxes and trouble for all of us if they get seats in Queensland."

It came after Ms Bligh stated the public interest had been served by the court’s decision to reject Katter’s Australian Party’s case.

"I am very relieved that the court case that was creating some uncertainty about the state election have now been resolved," Ms Bligh told reporters in Brisbane.

"And I think resolved in the favour of the people and the public interest.

"I hope that Bob Katter now puts all this matter to bed and stops wasting the court's time."

Bob Katter has described a court’s decision on how his fledgling party’s name appears on Queensland ballot papers as a body blow.

The Court of Appeal has rejected a bid by Katter’s Australian Party to have millions of ballot papers destroyed and reprinted, to ensure they carry the Katter name.

The court has ruled 6.5 million ballot papers, already printed with the abbreviated name The Australian Party, can be used.

The party’s federal MP founder said the court’s ruling would cost the party, politically and financially.

He said the party was unlikely to appeal.

‘‘I’ve been told that we are roughly up for $200,000 now and if we go to the High Court we would be up for another $200,000,’’ Mr Katter told reporters in Kingaroy on Thursday.

‘‘We were only able to raise about $1 million.’’

He said the party now faced a tougher fight for votes.

‘‘We were the underdogs before. We are hugely the underdogs now,’’ Mr Katter said.

‘‘Everyone gets to start at the start marker for the race. We have now been put back 20 metres.’’

The court ordered Mr Katter’s party to pay the Electoral Commission of Queensland's costs.

There had been concern that if the party's application was successful, it could delay the March 24 Queensland election.

Earlier this week, Mr Katter said the party faced "diabolical" consequences if the Katter name did not appear on ballot papers.

"You all know that if the name K-A-T-T-E-R is taken off that ballot paper, you know the implications for us are not much short of diabolical," he said.

Queenslanders head to the polls on March 24.

Bridie Jabour and Tony Moore with AAP

11 comments so far

  • There has never been a mountain that couldn't be climbed and there has never been an river that couldn't be crossed. Now that the way forward for the Katter's Australian Party has been made harder will mean they will just work harder! Good luck to Mr Katter and his team of brave Candidates. We all benefit by the courage that you bring to Queensland political landscape

    Barry Anthony
    Date and time
    March 08, 2012, 12:36PM
    • Join the PROTEST!!! Write KATTER in BIG LETTERS on your ballot paper . .

      Me n' Bob..
      Date and time
      March 08, 2012, 2:15PM
      • think you may be alone with that one

        o'l greg
        Date and time
        March 08, 2012, 5:48PM
    • I would think it would be a blessing not having his name on it. probably would get a few "not sure" votes.

      Date and time
      March 08, 2012, 2:19PM
      • Barry Anthony, you'd be one of those KAP brave candidates that you laud, wouldn't you? You would be Barry Anthony Searle, the Katter's Australian Party candidates for the seat of Moggill?

        Date and time
        March 08, 2012, 2:22PM
        • Gee Bob, read the instructions next time.

          Date and time
          March 08, 2012, 2:33PM
          • This would be amusing if there wasn't a danger that people will actually vote for these clowns.

            in the real world
            Date and time
            March 08, 2012, 2:44PM
            • This is my biggest concern! My normally intelligent, discerning 18 year old told me the other day he's going to vote for Katter! I stayed very calm and am thinking of ways to prevent him voting on election day!

              Runing scared
              Date and time
              March 08, 2012, 2:58PM
          • Funny how perceptions change: I would not have ruled out voting for Barry Searle as an Independent, but now he has joined the crazy old fella who wears a cowboy hat around town, (the one who said that if more than 0.50% of the people in north QLD were gay he would walk naked to Bourke) has lost all credibility.

            Barry... if you are going to praise yourself anonymously, choose a less obvious pseudonym.

            We do need a viable alternative, but KAP is a parody of a hick gun-totin' red-neck party. Yee-har!
            They might actually get a few badly aimed votes with Katter's name omitted.

            Date and time
            March 08, 2012, 3:12PM
            • $200K for a Supreme Court application? You are getting ripped off, Bob. An OA, a few affidavits and couple of days of senior counsel fees shouldn't be more than about $50K.

              Mr T
              Date and time
              March 08, 2012, 4:57PM

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