Dec 3, 2012

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: LNP’s Pyrrhic victory

The LNP's revenge could backfire as KAP founder Bob Katter is now talking of directing preferences to Labor at the forthcoming federal election.

Richard Farmer

Crikey political commentator

The politics of punishment. It might have seemed the smart thing to do at the time — to change the law to stop the Katter Australia Party getting its hands on $40,000 a year. The Queensland government was naturally upset that one of its own Liberal National Party members had deserted to the renegades and taken them to the threshold number of three that qualified for government funding. Yet the potentially Pyrrhic nature of the LNP’s revenge has quickly become apparent with the KAP founder Bob Katter now talking of directing preferences to Labor at the forthcoming federal election.

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2 thoughts on “Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: LNP’s Pyrrhic victory

  1. zut alors

    ‘Soup’ thinking he could outsmart Katter – hilarious.

  2. Gavin Moodie

    I agree that the Queensland Government should not have changed the party funding rules to stop public funding of Katter’s party. It seems that the Mayor of Queensland and his party hanker after the ‘good’ ole gerrymander which kept the Nationals in power in Queensland for decades, and Labor in power for decades previously.

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