Katter’s Australian Party Founder And Federal Member For Kennedy, Hon. Bob Katter, Is Australia’s Second-Longest Serving Member Of Parliament.
Bob has been the Federal Member for Kennedy since 1993, following a highly successful 18-year career in Queensland State politics where he held four Ministerial portfolios of Northern Development, Aboriginal Affairs, Heritage, and Mining, overseeing:
- the introduction of landmark self-management and private home ownership laws in First Australian communities;
- a First Australian housing program which created 400 exclusively local indigenous jobs to build some 2000 homes;
- Queensland’s inaugural heritage legislation;
- the development of the prawn and fish farming industry in Australia;
- the Australian Science Prize for his department’s first ‘stand-alone’ solar energy system in Torres Strait;
- the building of a mains power transmission line from Cairns to Karumba;
- the formation of a committee to secure the James Cook University North Queensland medical school (the first medical school built in Australia in more than 40 years);
- the establishment of a people owned State bank with no government expenditure (sold off in the Borbidge Government’s assets sale for nearly $1 billion);
- the securing of the Roads to Recovery program; and stopping the destruction of owner-operated pharmacies and the poultry and banana industries.
He follows in his father Hon. Robert Katter Senior’s footsteps as the Member for Kennedy, with Hon. Robert Katter Sr. holding the seat for 24 years.
In 2001, after leaving the National Party, Bob contested the seat of Kennedy as an independent, and won in a landslide.
He could no longer support a party that had so aggressively taken up the cause of championing Paul Keating’s free market policies: policies that had had a devastating impact on his electorate and on Australia as whole.
As an independent, Bob enjoyed the freedom to vote in line with his conscience and the feelings and needs of the people of the electorate.
On June 3, 2011, Bob applied to the Australian Electoral Commission to register a new political party that embodied his core values and principles, Katter’s Australian Party.
Bob is committed to ensuring a movement exists to carry on his work well beyond his own political life, for the benefit of generations of Australians to come.
Bob continues to be a fierce advocate for the many communities he represents as the Federal Member for Kennedy.
He lives in Charters Towers with his wife, Susie. He and Susie have five adult children – four daughters and one son. They have 11 grandchildren.
Bob has electorate offices in Innisfail and Mount Isa.
Bob’s State Ministerial Appointments included:
- Minister for Northern Development and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs;
- Minister for Northern Development, Community Services and Ethnic Affairs;
- Minister for Community Services and Ethnic Affairs:
- Minister for Mines and Energy;
- Minister for Northern and Regional Development.
Bob’s Federal parliamentary committee service includes:
- House of Representatives Standing committee;
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs committee;
- Primary Industries, Resources and Rural and Regional Affairs committee;
- Primary Industries and Regional Services committee;
- Employment, Education and Workplace Relations committee;
- Industry and Resources committee
Prior to his parliamentary career, the fourth-generation Queenslander prospected, developed and mined in his home of North-West Queensland. He purchased and sold cattle before owning his own cattle station in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Bob founded a successful insurance agency covering Queensland’s mid-west area, and was a Sgt Lt in the Armed Militia.
Bob has also been also a leading student, community and sporting advocate. He served as President of the Law Faculty and Student Council and the Combined Colleges Council at university. And he helped found the Mid West Rugby League and Australia’s second-biggest Country Music Festival at Charters Towers.
Bob has featured in two university texts – ‘The Way We Civilise’ by Rosalind Kidd and ‘Land Rights Queensland Style’ by Frank Brennan – and is featured in Germaine Greer’s ‘On Rage’.
Bob authored the historic manuscript ‘Ernest Henry – And Then We Went North’ while in Cabinet (1983-90).
Bob’s first book, ‘An Incredible Race of People – A Passionate History of Australia’, was published by Murdoch Books in 2012 and his second book, ‘Conversations with Katter’, was published by New Holland Publishers in early 2018.
Phone Local call within the electorate 1300 301 942