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Anger over Australia 'shooting' video

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 01:37

Australian lawmaker Bob Katter prompts anger over shooting campaign advertisement days after the Orlando nightclub killings. Paul Chapman reports.

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This campaign video by Australian lawmaker Bob Katter's unleashed an angry backlash. The video, uploaded to his social media channels, shows two men wearing shirts for the Liberal and Labor parties, putting up an Australia for Sale placard. Seconds later the ad cuts to a smiling Katter blowing smoke from the barrel of a gun and the two men apparently lying dead on the ground. The timing of the ad just days after the shooting of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida has drawn sharp criticism on social media. Katter denies he was trying to be deliberately controversial. (SOUNDBITE)(English) AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLITICIAN AND LEADER OF KATTER'S AUSTRALIAN PARTY, BOB KATTER SAYING: "See how you're trying to steer it into political correctness, my friend, and 'Australia not for sale' that's not a message we carry. And comic and humor is not in your pantheon, comic and humor is not in your pantheon and I'll tell you how it's running, we've had 100,000 hits and they're running 95 to four because the Australian people have still got a sense of humor and think something that's funny is funny." Despite his protestations Katter and his video have been savaged by users on Twitter.

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Anger over Australia 'shooting' video

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 01:37