KATTER’S Australia Party candidate in Farrer, Ken Trewin, has returned fire at sitting member Sussan Ley for her criticism of a preference deal favouring a Greens senator in South Australia.
Ms Ley went on the attack yesterday calling on Mr Trewin to distance himself from his party’s decision to favour Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.
She described the move as “staggering hypocrisy” as Mr Katter strengthened the Greens’ chances of controlling the Senate by putting the Liberal candidate behind Senator Hanson-Young.
“This is the woman who opposed water recovery in the Murray Darling Basin of up to 4000 gigalitres as not going far enough and the target should be closer to 7000 gigalitres,” Ms Ley said.
“If Ken Trewin and Bob Katter want to throw out the Water Act, what on this earth would they cosy up to a Senator whose policies could literally destroy our southern food bowl.”
But Mr Trewin hit back saying the move had to be kept in perspective.
“The only way that I could be more distant from the Greens than I already am would be to get in a rocket and leave the planet,” he said.
“On my how to vote card for the House of Representatives, I put the Greens where they belong, last.
“On the NSW Senate ticket, the Greens are near last.
“On the South Australian Senate ticket, in a field of 73 candidates, KAP has put Hanson-Young at No.66.
“The Liberal Party has put her at No.67.”