MP Bob Katter has come under fire after revealing in a recent interview that he has never formally pledged allegiance to the Queen.
Katter made the startling admission during an interview with The Chaser, revealing that he writes “No” on the document that government members are required to sign before joining parliament.
“You’ve got to sign when you go into state parliament, federal parliament, that we pledge our allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth,” said Mr Katter.
“Do you seriously think I’m gonna sign that document?… I write “No” on it, and no one knows!
“I’m getting so old now I can probably reveal that.”
If Katter’s admission is genuine then it could land the Member for Kennedy in some hot water for breaching Section 42 of the Australian Constitution.
Katter’s revelation received a mixed bag of responses from the public, with many calling for Katter to be removed from Parliament while others threw their support behind the outspoken politician.
If he does not swear to the monarch, he should be removed from parliament.
— Sir Darryl Adams (@FlyOpineMonkey) October 18, 2022
Ah Bob, what are we going to do with you
— The Bell Tower Times (@BellTowerTimes) October 18, 2022
Kick him out of parliament, apparently! ????
— Jeremy (@Jeremy_thegoose) October 18, 2022
He’ll probably just claim he was waiting for her to die because he will only claim allegience to a King…
— Muzz (@Muzzmac) October 18, 2022
Nobody in parliament should have to swear allegiance to a monarch. Substantial proportion of our representatives are republicans. This is an anachronism.
— Fensaddler (@fensaddler) October 18, 2022
It’s not often I agree with Bob – but good for him! Stupid, archaic practice.
— Fiona PWME (@FionaPWME) October 18, 2022
Katter is no stranger to making headlines with his controversial comments, earlier this year he made an extreme call to arm Australian teens to protect the country from the threat of invasion.
In an interview with Sky News, Katter revealed his defence plan saying children as young as 13 could be trained to use a firearm.
“They would be 13 and they would be trained to use that rifle,” Katter said.
“How are you going to defend this country? You’ve got no fuel, you’ve got no petrol, you’ve got no missiles, you’ve got no army.
“That was the way it was when I went to school as a kid, at 12 I was handed a giant 303 rifle as big as I was.”
The MP said students in major cities would have access to round-the-clock armouries for training.
“There is a firing range right in the centre of Sydney actually … it would be working 24 hours a day every day of the year,” he said.
When asked how he came to his idea, Katter suggested Australia was on the brink of invasion from China.
“Look at the aggression of China in the south Pacific; Do they want a little island in the south pacific? They want the treasure trove which is Australia,” Katter said.
“If you have five million rifles in Australia and people knowing how to use them then you have to have a 100-million-man army to invade Australia and hold it.”