Katter party goes bananas on 'infantile' preference reports

Katter's Australian Party Queensland MPs Rob Katter and Ray Hopper discuss preferences with B1 and B2 in Brisbane.
Katter's Australian Party Queensland MPs Rob Katter and Ray Hopper discuss preferences with B1 and B2 in Brisbane. Ava Benny-Morrison

KATTER'S Australian Party has hit out at "infantile" reporting linking all of the party's preference votes to Labor by using two children TV show characters.

Standing between two shabbily-dressed Bananas in Pyjamas pouring coloured milk into glasses to symbolise the preference vote split, KAP Queensland MP Rob Katter said he felt he needed to dumb the issue down.

"It may seem silly, but this is how it is and we have been reported in the media as referencing Labor all over the country," the Mt Isa MP said.

"The fact is these two (parties) represent a duopoly that are trying to bully people across Australia and take people's votes for granted.

"We exist in the political atmosphere because we want to challenge that.

"We want to win seats on our own right and all we are getting is this infantile reporting about where our preferences are going."

Mr Katter said 70% of preferences across Australia had gone to the Liberals while only 30% had gone to Labor.

It was revealed this week KAP would give its preferences to Labor in some marginal Queensland seats, including the south Brisbane seat of Forde, where former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie is Labor's front runner.

The KAP candidate for Forde, Paul Hunter, publicly criticised the decision, but to Mr Katter that's politics.

"We believe we have maximized his chances to win in the seat of Forde and it can be uncomfortable," Mr Katter said.

"It was uncomfortable for me in some of seats across Queensland where the preferences have fallen out … but that's politics and we are maximizing our chances across the country."

The KAP has also struck a deal with Labor in Hinkler, Flynn, Herbert and Capricornia.

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