Federal Election 2016: Bob Katter to support Malcolm Turnbull in event of hung Parliament

Crossbench MP Bob Katter says he will support the Turnbull Government in the event of a hung Parliament, but has reserved the right to change his mind if the Coalition engages in "union-bashing".

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Bob Katter met with Malcolm Turnbull to discuss cooperation

Water infrastructure projects, farming and foreign investment featured heavily

Mr Katter says 'union bashing' will mean 'all bets are off'

The head of Katter's Australian Party emerged from talks with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Brisbane as the possibility remained of the federal election resulting in a hung Parliament.

Mr Katter has announced he will support supply and confidence to the Coalition if it fails to win enough seats to govern in its own right.

"We do not want to go back to the polls, that should not be imposed on the Australian people," he said.

Mr Katter highlighted water infrastructure projects in north Queensland as featuring heavily in today's discussions, as well as farming, manufacturing and foreign investment.

He also issued a warning to the Coalition over his self-declared links with the trade union movement.

"If there is the slightest hint of union bashing, I can assure you all bets are off," Mr Katter said.

Mr Katter said he would be working "very closely" with independent senator Nick Xenophon, whose party is likely to win at least three seats in the Upper House, as well as the Lower House seat of Mayo.

 

The north Queensland MP was a key player in the hung Parliament after the 2010 federal election, when he rejected a spot in the Gillard minority government.

He warned that, from experience, a minority Parliament could be unforgiving to Mr Turnbull.

"You try running a government with one vote up your sleeve," he said.

"Don't have your mother die because you can't go to the funeral, don't go to the bathroom.

"You take the risk of what happened to Julia Gillard — you are flying on a couple of votes, even a little nobody like me can knock you out of the ball game."

Mr Katter was comfortably re-elected in Saturday's federal election, enjoying a 9.5 per cent swing in the electorate of Kennedy, which covers much of north Queensland.

He was elected as a Nationals MP in federal Parliament in 1993, until he left to become an independent in 2001, having started in Queensland Parliament in 1974.

Mr Katter founded the Katter's Australian Party (KAP) in 2011.

The KAP has two members in Queensland Parliament — Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth, who have no formal agreement with either the Palaszczuk Government or the state opposition.

Source: ABC News

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