Aussie politician's bizarre comment on same-sex marriage goes viral

Bob Katter is known for his conservative stance.
Bob Katter is known for his conservative stance. Photo credit: ABC

A conservative politician's ridiculous response to a question on same-sex marriage has become an iconic Australian moment in just 24 hours, after it featured on a political programme.

Bob Katter, who once famously claimed there were no homosexuals in his state of origin North Queensland, gave a scarcely believable claim about why he wouldn't put any effort into legalising gay marriage in the area.

The portion of the press conference in which he answered that question was featured on ABC programme Insiders.

"People are entitled to their own sexual proclivities," he laughed, in an unusually high-pitched voice.

"I mean let there be a thousand blossoms bloomed, as far as I'm concerned."

But then Mr Katter's tone changed drastically, his voice dropping to give an ominous warning about what the true issues in his area of governance were.

"But I ain't spending any time on it," he began, his pitch suddenly deep and angry, "because in the meantime, every three months, a person is torn to pieces by a crocodile in North Queensland."

As the broadcast returned to the ABC News studio the four presenters were left crying with laughter, and host Barrie Cassidy joked that Australia "should put the whole country on hold until we sort out that particular problem".

The moment has gone viral in Australia, being shared widely on social media since it was first broadcasted.


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