Shooting Away: Bob Katter’s Mistake
Like Kevin Rudd, I have some sneaking admiration for Bob Katter, less for his protectionist policies. Yet I think he’s making a big mistake in linking his new political party with gun happy idiots. The photos in The Australian’s front page exclusive yesterday ought to persuade him to cut all links with these bullet-infatuated simpleheads.
One photo shows two of these characters posing with the body of a scimitar-horned oryx. They show an ally, the owner of the Queensland Gun Exchange, in Zimbabwe, posing on a slaughtered giraffe. What inhabits the mind of someone who would gain fulfilment from killing a giraffe?
And – be honest – whose side are you on? The gun-happy idiot’s or the animal’s?
It reminds me of the movie Winged Flight which recorded breathtaking bird migrations. The climactic moment in the documentary occurred when one graceful waterfowl was shot out of the formation by an unseen hunter. Faced with a choice between the hunter and the beautiful migratory bird I knew whose existence I valued most.
I was in a Collins St coffee shop early one morning, dispatching an espresso. A guy at the bar said to me, “You stopped me shooting ducks.” I was reminded that I did precisely that, banning duck hunting in my first term.
“Sorry,” I said, “I’m on the side of the ducks.”
When I saw Winged Flight I was proud to be.