Katter slams 'small man' jobs plan
RENOWNED for his passionate rants and spur-of-the-moment statements, Bob Katter did not fail to live up to his flamboyant political personality in Brisbane on Monday.
Teaming up with public sector union Together, Mr Katter and his son, Mt Isa MP Rob "Robbie" Katter, condemned the Queensland public service job cuts and reinforced their support for regional Queensland.
But somewhere between praising the Queensland Government for attempting a "cost-effective and lean" government and condemning widespread job losses, Mr Katter's tongue slipped.
"The only reason you could possibly do this in such a brutal, callous and vicious manner is to make a big man of yourself," he told reporters.
"If you are a little man you try to make a big man of yourself.
"In this case all I can say to you is this is a person trying to assert himself at a great cost of Queensland."
Mr Katter later denied accusing Mr Newman of having small man syndrome.
"In a psychological sense, a man tries to assert himself if he thinks he is lacking in something," he said.
Mr Katter said he was not in the business of attacking anyone.
The former Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen-era minister and now Federal MP for Kennedy, said business in North Queensland were suffering under the current State Government.
"One of the biggest motels in north Queensland, they've put off nearly a third of their staff because all government contracts, accommodation contracts have been completely severed," he said.
Together union president Alex Scott invited other MPs to follow the Katters' lead and stand up for regional Queensland.
"Regional Queensland is the economic engine room of Queensland and we need to make sure that no matter where you live you get access to the same quality of services that you get in Brisbane," he said.
"This cutting and outsourcing approach mean regional Queensland with second rate services even though they generate the vast wealth to Queensland..."