For fans of Bob Katter’s erratic speeches, Christmas has come early. The Federal MP launched into a bizarre 15-minute speech in parliament last night, covering everything from genetic programming to slavery in an attempt to justify why he will not support the SSM bill.
This speech comes just a few weeks after the Federal MP’s “blossoms and crocodiles” response to the SSM postal survey result went viral across the globe. It now seems, however, that Bob Katter does not want to see “a thousand blossoms bloom” at all.
Katter’s speech to parliament was quite difficult to understand. His thought process appeared to be as erratic and unpredictable as a certain 45th President of the United States.
The parts that could be understood, however, were extremely homophobic. The Member for Kennedy implied that homosexual people were murderers and responsible for the spread of AIDS in Australia via donated blood.
Here are some of the excerpts, but a warning: they are extremely erratic, unhinged, difficult to comprehend and downright disgusting.
“I can’t remember the last time I found a couple getting married. So, mate, we can’t get the heteros to marry — you’ve got absolutely no hope of getting that other mob to marry.”
“You might say, ‘The majority rules and the majority has it right, because this is a democracy.’ I think it was back in year 2007 or 2011—I can’t remember—when a bloke called Barabbas ran, and jeez he got a good vote! I can’t help but point out the abolition of slavery! We won it on a trick. We Christians won it on a trick. It was the only way we could get the abolition of slavery through the parliament.”
“If you take out my cousin-brothers, the First Australians, and if you take out the migrant population in Australia—recent migrants—then we have the lowest birthrate on earth. We are a vanishing race. Bob Birrell, the demographer from Melbourne, wrote an article in which he said that the current population of Australia is 22 million and within 100 years the population of Australia will be 7,000. I thought, ‘This is ridiculous!’ I went down to check it in the library. He said that when 20 Australians die they’re replaced by only 17 people, and if that happened five times over a century then we would go from 21 million or 22 million people—whatever it was at the time—down to seven million people.”
You want to talk about equality? Well they wanted equality in the giving of blood. They said we have a right as homosexuals to give blood, so they did. And I think it was 72 children were injected with AIDS from the blood that was given. It was hushed up. It was amazing to me that it never got any publicity at all.
Katter also implied homosexuals are more likely to be criminals.
There’s no doubt there is a DNA thing and some people can handle it, but a lot of people don’t, and there is a very ugly side to this.
Mr Katter ranted about marriage equality “messing with heads” of young boys if you let them “go to school, wearing a dress”.
He also said he “was not advocating that homosexual people should be put in jail”, but blamed intolerance “on the opposition party”.
Social media blasted the politician, saying Mr Katter was “a disgrace”.
Katter “joked” that SSM (going bush) would soon become compulsory for all Australians, and that humans are “genetically programmed” to be heterosexual.
He also stated that he is not “anti-homosexual”, citing a story about a gay man in his book as proof. Speaking of his book, Katter shamelessly plugged it several times throughout the speech.
The rant continued to clumsily stumble over itself until the Speaker finally stopped him after 15 minutes. The speech left the House of Representatives confused and the Internet outraged.
Bob Katter has set the bar high for unhinged speeches in his career but he's doing himself proud in this marriage debate, having veered into criticisms of socialism, AIDS being spread by blood donations, and the "vanishing race" of Australians 🙄🙄🙄
— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) December 6, 2017
— CJJosh (Official) 🎄 (@cjjosh) December 6, 2017
I just watched Bob Katter speak on #marriageequality in the House. I’ve never been more disgusted with a rep. He’s a disgrace & I’m ashamed for my country.
— 🌈Longworth72🌈 (@Longworth72) December 6, 2017