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Bob Katter Is Sick Of Marriage Equality Taking Time From Real Issues Like Man-Eating Crocodiles

This might be the most baffling soundbite of the entire marriage debate.

Marriage equality is great and all, but isn’t it time we started talking about the issues that really matter to Australians? Independent MP Bob Katter certainly thinks so.

In a recent interview, the member for Kennedy in northern Queensland was asked how he felt about the outcome of the marriage equality postal survey. And his response was absolutely bizarre.

Keep in mind that Katter has long been opposed to marriage equality. In fact, he seems to struggle with the concept of LGBTIQ+ people in general. He’s still remembered for insisting in the late 1980s that there were no homosexuals living in his electorate. More recently, he went on a baffling rant accusing gay people of stealing the word “gay”.

Given that, this interview actually starts off pretty well.

“I mean, y’know, people are entitled to their sexual proclivities,” Katter says with a smile and a chuckle. “Let there be a thousand blossoms bloom, as far as I’m concerned.”

so far so good!

And that’s when things take a turn.

“But I ain’t spending any time on it,” Katter snarls suddenly, his once cheery face now twisted with rage. “Because in the mean time, every three months, a person is torn to pieces by a crocodile in North Queensland.”

wait, no, there he is.

What it is that man-eating reptiles have to do with marriage equality might be a mystery to everyone except Mr Katter. But his outburst left the team at ABC’s Insiders in stitches.

Beyond what might be the most baffling soundbite of the entire marriage equality debate.

Crocodile image via Wikimedia