Carl Katter

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Carl Robert Katter
Born (1978-01-12) 12 January 1978 (age 36)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Home town Mount Isa and Charters Towers, Queensland
Political party
Australian Labor Party
Parents Bob Katter Sr. & Joy Katter
Relatives Bob Katter Jr. (half brother)
Rob Katter (half-nephew)
Kahlil Gibran (first cousin once removed)[1]
Awards included in the 2011 Top 100 Notable Melburnians[2]

Carl Robert Katter is an Australian LGBT rights advocate and member of the Australian Labor Party (ALP).[3][4][5] He was formerly a board member of Australian Marriage Equality, and in 2013 he was elected to the Victorian ALP Environment and Planning Policy Committee.[6]

Early years and background[edit]

Carl Robert Katter was born in Brisbane Queensland on 12 January 1978 to federal MP Bob Katter, Sr. and Joy Katter. He grew up in North-West Queensland.[7] Katter was named after his Grandfather Carl Katter, a Lebanese migrant who settled in Cloncurry, Queensland in 1896[7] during a local gold rush.[8]

Throughout his childhood, his father was a member of the Australian Parliament representing the federal electorate of Kennedy in Far North Queensland. Katter was heavily influenced by his father's Labor and trade unionist politics,[7] as well as his father's belief in equality for people of all races.[9] As a local councillor and later as a federal member of parliament, Katter's father was committed to promoting the welfare of Aboriginal people and this had an immense impact on Katter's sense of social justice.[8] As owner of the local picture theatre his father removed the steel railings which separated the Aboriginals from white Australians.[8] His father died when Katter was 12 years of age.[10]

Activism[edit]

In August 2011, Bob Katter Jr., Carl Katter's half-brother and Independent member of Federal Parliament representing the Division of Kennedy, appeared at a right wing Christian rally at the Great Hall in Australia's Parliament House and decried same-sex marriage.[11] Carl reportedly watched on television as his half-brother mocked same-sex marriage and suggested that it "deserves to be laughed at and ridiculed."[12]

Carl Katter decided to publicly come out regarding his own homosexuality and join the push for the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia.[11] He approached GetUp!, an independent Australian grass-roots community advocacy organisation,[13] 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."[14][15]

In 2013, Katter engaged in a Twitter "skirmish" with the Australian Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson.[16]

In September 2012, Katter joined the Fitzroy Branch of the Australian Labor Party (ALP).[5] In July 2013, Australian online media outlet Crikey reported a rumor from an unnamed mole that Katter had been ditched as an ALP candidate.[17]

Honours[edit]

Katter was included in the Top 100 Notable Melburnians in 2011 by The Melbourne Magazine.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Barry (8 May 1990). "Death of Hon R.C. Katter". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Provocateurs". The Melbourne Magazine, The AGE (Melbourne). 9 December 2011. p. 36. 
  3. ^ Cook, Henrietta (23 October 2012). "Katter's half-brother joins Labor". The AGE. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Ozturk, Serkan (26 October 2012). "ANOTHER KATTER CONSIDERS POLITICS". Gay News Network. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Cook, Henrietta (23 October 2012). "Katter's brother may run for ALP". The AGE. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Carl Katter - The Drum Opinion". ABC. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c Lindsay, Ted (8 May 1990). "Death of Hon R.C. Katter". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  8. ^ a b c Hewson, John (8 May 1990). "Death of Hon R.C. Katter". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  9. ^ Theophanous, Andrew (8 May 1990). "Death of Hon R.C. Katter". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  10. ^ Sinclair, Ian (8 May 1990). "Death of Hon R.C. Katter". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  11. ^ a b Coorey, Phillip (24 August 2011). "Homosexuality separates Katters". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  12. ^ Wright, Tony (24 August 2011). "No gays, Bob? Try closer to home". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "About GetUp!". GetUp!. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  14. ^ Walker, Jamie (24 August 2011). "Katter's gay sibling hits back at Bob". The Australian. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  15. ^ Jabour, Bridie (23 August 2011). "Katter's gay brother airs his disgust". The Brisbane Times. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  16. ^ Heffernan, Miles (1 February 2013). "Now it's the other Katter's turn". samesame. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Election for August 31? pollsters hit Melbourne seat Carl Katter’s political career hits snag?". Crikey. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013.