Robbie Katter

Robert Carl Ignatius Katter (born 3 March 1977) is an Australian politician. He serves as the member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for Traeger, having previously represented Mount Isa from 2012 to 2017.[4] He is Queensland state leader of Katter's Australian Party.

Robbie Katter

Katter at a Katter's Australian Party event in Queensland, 2015
Leader of Katter's Australian Party
in Queensland
Assumed office
2 February 2015
DeputyShane Knuth
Preceded byRay Hopper
In office
26 April 2012  29 November 2012
DeputyShane Knuth
Preceded byAidan McLindon
Succeeded byRay Hopper
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Mount Isa
In office
24 March 2012  25 November 2017
Preceded byBetty Kiernan
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Traeger
Assumed office
25 November 2017
Preceded byNew seat
Personal details
Born
Robert Carl Ignatius Katter

(1977-03-03) 3 March 1977
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Political partyKatter's Australian (since 2011)
Other political
affiliations
National (before 2001)
Independent (2001–2011)
Spouse(s)
Stacey Milner
(m. 2005; div. 2009)
[1]
Daisy Hatfield
(m. 2017)
[2][3]
RelationsBob Katter Sr. (grandfather)
Carl Katter (half–uncle)
Alex Douglas (cousin)
See Katter family
ParentsBob Katter Jr.
Susan O'Rourke
ResidenceMount Isa, Queensland, Australia
EducationSt. Columba Catholic College
Alma materQueensland University of Technology
OccupationProperty developer
(Elders Limited)
Executive official
(Southern Gulf NRM)
ProfessionBusinessman
politician
Websiterobbiekatter.com.au

Biography

Early life

Katter was born on 3 March 1977 in North Queensland.[4][5] His father is Bob Katter, the federal member for Kennedy and founder of Katter's Australian Party. He received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Property Economics from the Queensland University of Technology.[4]

Career

Katter started his career as a mine worker in Mount Isa.[4][5]

He won Mount Isa at the 2012 state election, pushing Labor incumbent Betty Kiernan into third place.[5][6] He capitalised on his family's name recognition in the area. Mount Isa was virtually coextensive with the western portion of his father's federal seat of Kennedy, and much of the eastern portion of the seat was once part of the elder Katter's state seat of Flinders.

After his election to the Legislative Assembly, he became Queensland leader of his father's party, but on 29 November 2012, it was announced that he had been succeeded as leader by Ray Hopper, and would become the party's "parliamentary secretary".[7] Following Hopper's defeat at the 2015 election, Katter once again became state leader.[8]

The state electorate of Mount Isa was abolished in 2017, and Katter followed most of his constituents into the new seat of Traeger. The new seat was essentially the northern, more urbanised portion of Katter's former seat, and is based on Mount Isa. The seat was created as a comfortably safe KAP seat, and Katter won it handily.

He serves on the boards of the Laura Johnson Home, a retirement home, and the Southern Gulf Catchments, an environmental organisation.[4]

References

  1. "Subscribe – couriermail". couriermail.com.au.
  2. "Katter caught by ABC reporter".
  3. MacIntyre, Esther (4 September 2017). "Wedding bells for Daisy Hatfield and Robbie Katter".
  4. Queensland, c=AU; o=The State of Queensland; ou=Parliament of. "Former Members Bio". parliament.qld.gov.au.
  5. "Rob". robkatter.com.au.
  6. "Mount Isa – Queensland Votes 2012 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  7. Hurst, Daniel (29 November 2012). "LNP defector clinches Katter party leadership". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  8. "Katter's Australian Party could hold the ticket to government in dramatic Queensland election". ABC Online. 2 February 2015.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Betty Kiernan
Member for Mount Isa
2012–2017
Abolished
New seat Member for Traeger
2017–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Aidan McLindon
Leader of Katter's Australian Party in Queensland
2012
Succeeded by
Ray Hopper
Preceded by
Ray Hopper
Leader of Katter's Australian Party in Queensland
2015–present
Incumbent


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