Former One Nation senator Fraser Anning joins Katter party | Australia news
The former One Nation senator, Fraser Anning, has announced he is joining Bob Katter’s political party.
Anning cut himself loose from Pauline Hanson’s party to sit as an independent on the Senate crossbench in November.
He replaced Malcolm Roberts in the Senate after he was caught up in the dual citizenship saga.
Katter and Anning have been friends for 40 years and have much in common, including owning cattle stations and an admiration for the controversial, late former Queensland premier, Joh Bjelke-Petersen.
“We’re tribal, both our families were from Charters Towers …” Katter said in a statement on Monday. “We were instantly blood brothers.”
Anning said Katter’s Australia party represents traditional Australian values and a commitment to infrastructure development.
He promised to help the party fight for a fair go for regional and rural Queenslanders.
“When regional Queensland prospers so does the whole state,” Anning said.
Katter’s Australia Party picked up three Queensland seats at last year’s state election.