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Thursday, 13 September 2018
Page: 8946


Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (13:04): I've been misrepresented.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: You claim to be misrepresented. I'd like to remind the member for Kennedy why I didn't accept your interjection before. You cannot interrupt the debate of another member addressing the House. The matter that you're about to be raise cannot be debated, but you have the call to talk to us about how you feel you have been misrepresented.

Mr KATTER: Thank you very much, Madam Deputy Speaker, and we respect your judgement. The previous speaker said that an Independent or a small-party person cannot influence the trade arguments and policies of this nation. I was blamed—or congratulated—for putting Kevin Rudd into the seat of power and removing Julia Gillard. One of the major reasons I did that was because—

Mr Conroy interjecting

Mr Khalil interjecting

Mr KATTER: Please, Madam Deputy Speaker, you shut me up when I was interjecting.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: You have the call. I'm not giving anyone else the call, Member for Kennedy.

Mr KATTER: Thank you. Within three weeks of having taken that decision—which cost me greatly, I might add—the live cattle market was reopened into Indonesia, doubling the price of cattle. The major agricultural industry in Australia is the beef industry. So that is one example. Secondly, all of them—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: We can't continue to debate the point. How do you claim to be misrepresented?

Mr KATTER: He said I couldn't influence. None of these people had spoken out against the TPP until I had discussions with the unions and said, 'What the hell are you blokes doing sitting on your backsides whilst this mob are out there voting for free trade?'

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you very much, Member for Kennedy. I can see another Independent would like to have the call, so let's give her the option now.