Australian House of Representatives
Robert Carl Katter is an Australian federal politician, a member of the Australian House of Representatives since March 1993 for the Division of Kennedy, and the leader of Katter's Australian Party. He began his parliamentary career as a member of the National Party of Australia, but left the party in 2001, holding the seat as an independent for ten years, when he formed his own party, which was registered in September 2011. Prior to his election to federal politics, Katter was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland, from 1974 to 1992, representing the seat of Flinders for the National Party. Mr Katter was one of three independents who held the balance of power in the Federal Parliament between 2010 and 2013. Mr Katter has been a staunch advocate for irrigation development in Northern Australia (including implementing the Bradfield interbasin transfer scheme). He has been an opponent of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and an opponent of the Wild Rivers Legislation for Queensland Rivers, and a critic of coal seam gas development that threatens aquifers.