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Katter stands by gay marriage fancying Steven Bailey

By johnboy 15 February 2013 23

The saga of Steven Bailey’s Canberra candidacy for Katter’s Australian Party has taken another turn.

Moves within the party to expel Steven for thinking gay marriage wouldn’t be that bad have been rebuffed by the great man himself according to The Australian:

ACT Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) senate candidate Steve Bailey will not be disendorsed, the party’s national executive confirmed after a meeting on Friday.

Mr Bailey has publicly said that he supports gay marriage but one of KAP’s core principals is that marriage is between a man and a woman.

KAP National Director Aidan McLindon says candidates are allowed to voice personal opinions, just not on behalf of the party.

“We have our core values and principles like every political party,” he told reporters at party headquarters in Brisbane.

“People can champion their opinions, but they can’t do it on behalf of the good party.

“Australians know what the party stands for and we’re not going to be distracted by these side issues.”

Mr McLindon had originally asked Mr Bailey to withdraw his candidacy but party leader Bob Katter overrode the decision.

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Deref 9:03 am 19 Feb 13

Roundhead89 said :

johnboy said :

“Mad Katter”

Once you’ve seen him break into his weird giggle you can’t help with the labellings.

I heard a news report that his name was originally spelt Qatar and he is Lebonise.

Have you been lebonised lately?

LSWCHP 10:23 pm 18 Feb 13

bigfeet said :

Fair enough..I am not disagreeing with you completely. I just think that many people easily dismiss him with the ‘Mad Hatter’ title the media gave him.

The thing is that he has a very strange voice, it tends to fluctuate up and down mid-sentence and he has some personal affectations and facial movements which do may him look odd (even insane) .

If you watch real political shows like Insiders, MTP , Paul Murray, Australian Agenda or even 7.30 they are able to see past that and look at what he actually says. The 10 seconds on commercial 6.00pm TV Entertainment News show a completely different story…and I do believe that most of them just find it easier to continue to run with the Nutter persona and actively seek those grabs.

Look..I’m not a big fan of Katter, I agree with some of his views and disagree with many of his others…as I do with most politicians. I do believe that he has done a very good job of representing the interests of his electorate…and lets face it, that is what he (and all MP’s) are supposed to be elected for. So I applaud him for that and wish that more MP’s would actually do the same.

Do I believe that there is some big media conspiracy to discredit Katter? Of course not.

But do I think that commercial media often take the easiest and most entertaining route? Well…….

Maybe there’s more to the man than I imagine. Whateer he does, he’s certainly a successful politician who appeals to some people. It sure is hard to get past the public persona though. As you say, his mannerisms make him look odd. It’s the weird vocal inflection that really turns me off because it’s hard to listen to what he’s saying when you’re distracted by his speech pattern.

It sure would be odd to see Bob on TV after a bit coaching, coming across like Gareth Evans. 🙂

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