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The Greens leader said he didn’t mean to take any limelight away from the Deputy Prime Minister this afternoon but according to many in Canberra, he has.

Richard Di Natale told waiting journalists this afternoon in the nation’s capital that he’s been watching and studying old episode of The Crocodile Hunter in order to gain a better understanding of the majestic beasts.

He wants to gain a better understanding because he wants to save them from maverick Queensland member, Bob Katter.

“I know, deep down, that there will be a time and place where I need to put myself between Bob Katter and a crocodile,” he said.

“And if I can’t do that rationally, like with some carefully-worded legislation, I need to get a little dirty.”

By dirty, the barnstorming Victorian means he’s not going to break the law – he’s going to break a sweat.

“I will drag, wrestle and fight to save a crocodile from being shot. If I get torn to shreds, which I won’t, so be it. Carpe fucking diem. Which reminds me… why can’t he just shoot carp? I’ve killed lots of animals in my dad but they’ve all been carp.”

The Advocate reached out to the Office of the Member for Kennedy and received a short statement in reply.

In the statement, Bob Katter says he will also drag, wrestle and fight Richard Di Natale to stop him from being torn to shreds by a crocodile.

“He can do what he wants but if I come across him in a mangrove or lignum, I’ll jump out of my Quintrex and wrestle the bloke in. It’s no place for a man of science up in the Cape,” he wrote.

“I hope he knows what he’s getting himself into.”

More to come.


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