Carl Katter

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Carl Robert Katter
Born (1978-01-12) 12 January 1978 (age 37)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Home town Mount Isa and Charters Towers, Queensland
Political party Australian Labor Party
Parent(s) Bob Katter Sr. & Joy Katter
Relatives Bob Katter Jr. (half brother)
Rob Katter (half-nephew)

Carl Robert Katter is an Australian LGBT rights advocate and member of the Australian Labor Party (ALP).[1][2][3]

Early years and background[edit]

Carl Robert Katter is the son of federal MP Bob Katter, Sr. and Joy Katter.[4] Carl completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Griffith University/Queensland College of Art and a Bachelor of Science (Property Economics) at Queensland University of Technology.

Carl went on to establish and act as Director to the Queensland branch of MyDesktop,[5] a leading software developer and trainer.


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.[6] Carl reportedly watched on television as his half-brother mocked same-sex marriage and suggested that it "deserves to be laughed at and ridiculed."[7]

Carl Katter decided to publicly come out regarding his own homosexuality and join the push for the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia.[6] He approached GetUp!, an independent Australian grass-roots community advocacy organisation,[8] 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."[9][10]

In 2013, Katter engaged in a Twitter "skirmish" with the Australian Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson.[11] Carl Katter referred to the Liberal Party of Australia as the "protectors of pedo's" (pedophiles), to which Wilson responded by suggesting Katter needed to "learn something about political philosophy, or get of the drugs or booze or both."[11] The skirmish reemerged in August 2015 after Katter became the Labor candidate for Higgins after being the only person to nominate.[12]

Katter was involved in a push by the Labor Environment Action Network (LEAN) to have a policy of 50% renewable energy generation endorsed by the 2015 ALP National Conference.[13]


  1. ^ Cook, Henrietta (23 October 2012). "Katter's half-brother joins Labor". The AGE. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Ozturk, Serkan (26 October 2012). "ANOTHER KATTER CONSIDERS POLITICS". Gay News Network. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Cook, Henrietta (23 October 2012). "Katter's brother may run for ALP". The AGE. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Lindsay, Ted (8 May 1990). "Death of Hon R.C. Katter". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  5. ^ "MyDesktop - Real Estate Software Australia New Zealand". Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  6. ^ a b Coorey, Phillip (24 August 2011). "Homosexuality separates Katters". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Wright, Tony (24 August 2011). "No gays, Bob? Try closer to home". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "About GetUp!". GetUp!. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Walker, Jamie (24 August 2011). "Katter's gay sibling hits back at Bob". The Australian. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  10. ^ Jabour, Bridie (23 August 2011). "Katter's gay brother airs his disgust". The Brisbane Times. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Heffernan, Miles (1 February 2013). "Now it's the other Katter's turn". samesame. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Website, Crikey (10 August 2015). "no conspiracies afoot with Katter’s candidacy". Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "Labor faces grass roots push to set firm climate targets". 2015-07-09. Retrieved 2015-10-15.