Robbie Katter backs Curtis Pitt as speaker

Robbie Katter (left) seconded a government motion to elect former Treasurer Curtis Pitt (right) as new speaker of Queensland Parliament.
Robbie Katter (left) seconded a government motion to elect former Treasurer Curtis Pitt (right) as new speaker of Queensland Parliament.

KAP state leader Robbie Katter has seconded a Labor government motion to elect Curtis Pitt as Speaker.

“I was surprised when approached by Mr Pitt to second his election as typically this role is undertaken by the Deputy Premier,” Mr Katter said.

“While this is outside normal convention, I believe it reflects the important role the KAP will continue to play in the Parliament.”

Mr Katter said they would work with both sides of Parliament because regional Queensland benefited most when neither city-centric major parties had an overwhelming mandate.

He said Mr Pitt was referred to the Ethics Committee for misleading Parliament but then speaker Peter Wellington dismissed the allegations.

However Shadow Minister for North Queensland Dale Last said Mr Katter was towing the Labor line.

“Curtis Pitt is no friend of the North and it’s a disgrace that Katter MPs backed him as Speaker,” Mr Last said.

“He cut road funding in the North, opposed a power station, failed to back sugar marketing reforms and backed unfair vegetation management laws,” Mr Last said.

“Katter MPs should be fighting for the North, not propping up Labor pollies who have failed the region time after time.”