AUSTRALIA’S most famous Akubra-wearer and KAP MP Bob Katter has applauded Andrew (Twiggy) Forrest’s purchase of the iconic Aussie hat company, labelling the acquisition a historic moment.
The purchase follows Mr Forrest’s acquisition of the equally-Aussie-loved RM Williams brand in 2020.
“God Bless Andrew Forrest,” Mr Katter said.
“This is a man whose forebears created Western Australia.
“Some people use their wealth for their own aggrandisement – others, like Andrew, have a much bigger picture and I’m certain God will give him a high place in heaven.
“Of all the darkness of what is, Andrew gives us a bright shining light of what should be.
“And to have these companies back in the hands of a truly great Australian, is very heartening.”
Mr Katter has previously spoken passionately about Australia’s diminishing capability to produce goods and services.
“What sort of country buys its electricity from China,” he asked.
“What sort of country buys almost all its fuel from overseas, all its motor vehicles and all of its clothes – I could go on all day with this list.
“Has anyone looked at where all our water pumps are built?”
Mr Katter said a recent survey he conducted showed while Australia had the capability to assemble water pumps, most parts were manufactured overseas.
“The simplest of requirements – water – and we can’t build our own pumps.”