Ex-One Nation Senator Joins Katter Party
Ex-One Nation senator Fraser Anning has joined Bob Katter's Australia Party.
What you need to know
- Senator Fraser Anning has announced he is joining Bob Katter's Australia Party.
- Anning left One Nation in November to sit as an independent.
- Former One Nation members believe Pauline Hanson's party won't survive for much longer.
Former One Nation senator Fraser Anning has announced he is joining maverick Queensland MP 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.
The pair have much in common, including owning cattle stations and having pictures of the late former Queensland premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen on their walls.
"We're tribal, both our families were from Charters Towers before there was a 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.
Speaking to the ABC's 7.30 Report on Monday, Anning said Hanson showed no loyalty to him after he was sworn into the Senate.
"Unfortunately, in my case, friendship for 22 years, it was a one way street," he said.
Anning, along with former One Nation Senator Rod Culleton, predict Hanson's One Nation won't survive much longer.
"Pauline went in with four wheels on a wagon and now she's down to potentially two and I suppose the spare tyre in the boot that was Fraser Anning was flat so she couldn't use that either," Culleton told the ABC.
"I don't think the wagon is going to go down the road that well."
Katter's Australia Party picked up three Queensland seats at last year's state election.