The Queensland state parliamentary leader of Katter’s Australian Party Shane Knuth (pictured) has announced he will be moving an amendment to fully repeal civil unions when Premier Campbell Newman makes his own planned changes to the Civil Partnerships Act.
Knuth said he believes the amendment will have a majority of Liberal National Party (LNP) MP support given their unanimous opposition to civil unions six months ago.
“We are a party that will protect the inherent Christian principle that the state will recognise a registered union between a man and a woman,” Knuth said.
“This has always been the basic building block to any society.
“The LNP need to be honest with themselves and the Queensland community and I expect to receive majority support for this amendment in the Parliament from all corners of the LNP who are completely opposed to Campbell Newman’s position.”
Knuth named 17 LNP MPs and a state independent from whom he said he expected strong support, including former LNP leader John Paul-Langbroek.
“There’s so many important issues facing Queensland to ensure we can protect jobs and build industry across this great state and the LNP need to stop wasting their time playing political games,” he said.
“The majority of LNP members have been very clear about their opposition to civil unions prior to the election before Newman popped up on the scene to support former ALP treasurer Andrew Fraser’s private member’s bill which goes completely against the ethos of the LNP.”
Federal MP Bob Katter recently admitted he would regret homophobic advertisements aired by his party during the Queensland election campaign “for the rest of my days”, calling them a “simple example of insensitivity” and a “crowning glory of all mistakes”.