Federal Election 2016: Bob Katter prepares wish list, seeks talks with other crossbenchers on hung parliament
Re-elected northern Queensland federal MP Bob Katter says he is already working on a list of demands to put to the major parties in the face of a hung parliament.
The Katter's Australian Party leader easily won his rural seat, gaining a swing of more than 11 per cent on first preference votes.
"You don't get very big swings. They're very rare really, but a swing of that magnitude is extraordinary," he said.
Mr Katter said he was keen to talk to other crossbench MPs as soon as possible.
"Andrew Wilkie, Nick Xenophon, [they're] two that leap to my mind, and also talking to our own senator ... which at this stage would seem that we're in a very strong position to get up, at least one senator," he said
"With Nick Xenophon, I would hope that Nick and I can drag out of the government an agreement that all government motorcars will be Australian made, so we rescue one of the greatest industries in this country."
Asked how he would respond to the offer of becoming Speaker, Mr Katter said: "I would spit upon it."
"Australia: not for sale, nor am I," he added, referring to his controversial election ad.
That ad showed Mr Katter holding a smoking gun, implying he had shot his political opponents.
"We had an ad that turned out to be quite brilliant. It finished with: 'Australia not for sale'."
Mr Katter said this would be the message underpinning his demands from whichever party forms government.
"Our farmers get 5 per cent of their income from the government — all the other farmers on Earth get 41 per cent of their income from the government.
"You remove all the protection and slave labour wage level products that are most unhealthy and environmentally unfriendly are pouring into this country, destroying all of our industries.
"We have nothing we can sell now and we have to buy everything from overseas. What do you do when you're in that situation? You have to sell the farm, don't you?"
Katter wants infrastructure funds, more support for retirees
He said he would be seeking money for infrastructure in northern Queensland, the development of an ethanol industry, more support for retirees and a reduction in migration.
"Three dams, a canal and a short railway line (to the Galilee Basin) will deliver to the Australian economy $15 billion each and every year," he said.
"These things now are items that are needed for the survival of the country.
"The retirees, how they are making ends meet I absolutely do not know. The single mothers in this country, husbands just walked out on them taking no responsibility - how they can make ends meet I simply do not know.
"The issues of electricity prices, this free market, marketism as I call it, has created the most dreadful living conditions for our retirees.
"I'm quite confident that some of the other independents will see this the same as I'm seeing it."
'Too many people enter Australia and never leave'
Mr Katter said both major political parties were allowing 650,000 people a year to enter the country.
"Most of them are on four-year visas. They do not go home, they never go home — it is exactly the same as the Mexicans in the United States, you will never get them out of this country."
He said they included migrants, foreign university students and 457 visa holders who are "undermining our pay and conditions".
"The much-maligned CFMEU is one of the very few bodies in Australia that has raised its voice and tried to stop what is going on there," Mr Katter said.
"A country that generates 200,000 jobs a year and has got over 200,000 school leavers cannot afford to bring 650,000 people into the Australian economy.
"Somewhere, someone is going on welfare."
Source: ABC News