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Carl Katter

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Carl Robert Katter born 12 January 1978 is a member of the Australian Labor Party ALP and was that party's candidate for the seat of Higgins for the 2016 federal election12 Carl Katter is also well known for being an LGBT rights advocate

Contents

  • 1 Early years and background
  • 2 Activism
  • 3 Recognition
  • 4 Engagement
  • 5 Political career
  • 6 References

Early years and backgroundedit

Carl Katter was born in Brisbane, Queensland, and he grew up in the northwest of the state His parents were federal MP Bob Katter, Sr and Joy Katter, and he is a member of a widely respected pioneering Queensland family3 Carl came out as gay at the age of 184 He grew up gay in Far North Queensland and experienced many of the negative attitudes of those in his community towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT people, including once being beaten up in Charters Towers, the town where he grew up, because of his sexuality This left an indelible mark on Carl's character, and contributed to him becoming an activist5 In an interview, Carl once described his fear as a same-sex attracted young person in Northern Queensland:

"Having travelled the world as an adult and walked the streets of many international cities, I have never felt as scared as when I would walk the streets of Charters Towers after darkI am definitely one of the lucky ones; I got out and avoided having to resort to taking my own life during those hard years"

Bob Katter Sr, Carl's father, who died when Carl was 12 years old, was a member of the Australian Parliament representing the federal electorate of Kennedy The younger Katter was heavily influenced by his father's labour and trade unionist politics, and by his father's belief in equality for people of all races6

Activismedit

In August 2011, Bob Katter Jr, Katter's half-brother and member of Parliament representing the seat of Kennedy, like his father before him, appeared at a right wing Christian rally at the Great Hall in Parliament House and decried same-sex marriage7 Carl reportedly watched on television as his half-brother mocked same-sex marriage and suggested that it "deserves to be laughed at and ridiculed"8

Deciding publicly to come out regarding his own homosexuality, Carl Katter join the push for the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia7 He approached GetUp!, an independent Australian grass-roots community advocacy organisation,9 and with their help produced an online video message to counter his brother's comments In a television interview with George Negus, Katter said that he could not "just sit back" and allow Bob Katter Jr to denigrate gay people and the campaign for same-sex marriage, saying: "it's hurtful, it's dangerous, and it's really inappropriate"1011

Katter has stated that he believes that it is better to combat his brother's views and educate rather than attack his brother on a personal level12 He also holds the work that his brother has done for the Kennedy electorate and elsewhere in high regard13

Carl is a member of the Labor Environment Action Network, and wants to continue to build on Labor’s world-leading approach to climate change in the implementation of the party's policy when it is next elected to national government

Recognitionedit

In 2011, Katter was included in The Age's Top 100 most influential Melburnians14

Engagementedit

He was a guest speaker at the Metropolitan Community Church's 2011 annual Christmas event, hosted by Justice Michael Kirby, where he gave a speech about marriage equality15

In 2014, Katter was asked to be the keynote speaker at the Australian Intervarsity Debating Championships, also known as the Easters, hosted that year by Monash University16

Political careeredit

He was the Labor candidate for Higgins for the 2016 Federal Election He won 15% of the vote1718

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Cook, Henrietta 23 October 2012 "Katter's half-brother joins Labor" The AGE Retrieved 23 October 2012 
  2. ^ Cook, Henrietta 23 October 2012 "Katter's brother may run for ALP" The AGE Retrieved 23 October 2012 
  3. ^ Lindsay, Ted 1990-05-08 "Death of Hon RC Katter" Hansard Parliament of Australia Retrieved 2012-09-17 
  4. ^ https://wwwyoutubecom/watchv=J0CF3wz2-wU
  5. ^ Jabour, Bridie 2 September 2011 "Apologise to families of gay suicide victims: Carl Katter to brother Bob" The Brisbane Times Retrieved 17 September 2012 
  6. ^ Hewson, John 1990-05-08 "Death of Hon RC Katter" Hansard Parliament of Australia Retrieved 2012-09-17 
  7. ^ a b Coorey, Phillip 24 August 2011 "Homosexuality separates Katters" The Sydney Morning Herald Retrieved 17 September 2012 
  8. ^ Wright, Tony 24 August 2011 "No gays, Bob Try closer to home" The Sydney Morning Herald Retrieved 17 September 2012 
  9. ^ "About GetUp!" GetUp! Retrieved 18 September 2012 
  10. ^ Walker, Jamie 24 August 2011 "Katter's gay sibling hits back at Bob" The Australian Retrieved 17 September 2012 
  11. ^ Jabour, Bridie 23 August 2011 "Katter's gay brother airs his disgust" The Brisbane Times Retrieved 17 September 2012 
  12. ^ "Carl Katter interview" YouTube Retrieved 2016-02-24 
  13. ^ BunyipBlue1 2012-03-15, Outrage grows over anti-gay political ad, retrieved 2016-02-24 
  14. ^ http://wwwtheagecomau/victoria/from-a-lifesaver-to-a-judge-and-98-in-between-melbournes-most-notable-20111207-1oj8fhtml
  15. ^ http://wwwaustralianmarriageequalityorg/2011/12/28/katter-regional-and-christian-australians-not-bigots/
  16. ^ http://hijackedcomau/inside-the-australian-intervarsity-debating-championships-with-a-mass-debater
  17. ^ "Herald Sun" 
  18. ^ Website, Crikey 10 August 2015 "no conspiracies afoot with Katter’s candidacy" crikeycomau Retrieved 24 August 2015 

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