Fraser Anning and Bob Katter. Picture: Brian Cassey
Fraser Anning and Bob Katter. Picture: Brian Cassey

Katter denies dumping Anning for preferences

KENNEDY MP Bob Katter has denied suggestions his party dumped Senator Fraser Anning in a bid to secure Labor preferences at the next election.

Katter's Australian Party yesterday disendorsed Senator Anning, who joined the party in June, for his "totally unacceptable" and "racist" migration proposal.

KAP president Shane Paulger said Senator Anning was booted after he refused to stop using the phrases "non-European" and "European" in a controversial bill calling for a plebiscite on immigration.

The bill proposed banning Muslim immigration and restricting "non-European" migration.

"(Senator Anning) was unequivocally informed … that there would be extreme hostility if the Bill went forward using racial identification terminology," Mr Paulger said.

"And that the party would not accept future use of such language or such policies.

"Despite the most severe and clear warnings, Senator Anning has continued down this pathway and consequently we announce the termination of his endorsement."

Mr Katter said removing Senator Anning was "not a happy day" for him.

"Fraser is a friend. We had cattle stations not far away from each other," he said.

"Clearly Fraser wants to pursue a crusade. It's not the KAP's crusade.

"I didn't know he had a particular bent this way."

Mr Katter's previous endorsement of Senator Anning's maiden speech, in which he called for a "final solution" of the migration issue in Australia, prompted calls within the Labor Party to direct preferences away from the MP at the next election.

Mr Katter rejected suggestions the shift on Senator Anning followed calls for changes to Labor preferences.

"I've been winning elections for 45 straight years. Bring it on Buster Brown," he said.

Senator Anning's disendorsement comes as the now former-KAP member announced he would present Prime Minister Scott Morrison with a list of demands on veterans' issues on behalf of the party.

Herbert MP Cathy O'Toole said she had already been calling for several of the KAP demands for "quite some time".

"I think Labor's focus on defence in general, including ex-serving personnel and veterans and their families has been very obvious … it just makes common sense," she said.

Ms O'Toole said Labor had committed to creating a Western Front fellowship, a family engagement and support strategy, employment assistance and signing a military covenant.