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Bob Katter has pledged allegiance to the far-right group Proud Boys in a YouTube video

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MP Bob Katter has dismissed his membership pledge to the far-right group the Proud Boys as just "larrikinism".

North Queensland MP Bob Katter has blamed his "larrikinism" for a controversial video recording, which shows him apparently declaring his allegiance to the far-right Proud Boys group.

The independent MP for Kennedy is seen in a YouTube video taking what is believed to be the pledge of allegiance to the far-right group.

“I am Bob Katter and I am a proud western chauvinist,” Mr Katter can be heard telling a group of gathered men, while using a bullhorn.

“And it is us who brought civilisation to the world and we won’t be apologising for it.

“Don’t get in our way."

Bob Katter
MP Bob Katter described his action as larkinism.
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The YouTube video appears to have been shot last year, although a copy of the video provided to The Guardian this week had a 2017 date stamp.

The Proud Boys are a US-based far-right men’s group, with a presence in other countries, including in Australia.

The Southern Poverty Law Centre, a US organisation that is trying to fight bigotry, has described the Proud Boys as a hate group.

The group describes itself as "western chauvinists" but deny any affiliation with the racist "alt-right", according to the SPLC.

But in a statement sent to SBS News, Mr Katter dismissed the video, saying "my irresponsible larrikinism often gets me into trouble".

“Young blokes always come up to me on the street, at venues, so I think you’ll probably find 4,000 examples of me mixing with irresponsible people.

 

 Gavin McInnes
Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes was refused a visa to enter Australia.
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Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes was prevented from entering Australia on a speaking tour late last year after he failed a character test as part of his visa application.

On Monday, Mr Katter backed the visa refusal. 

“I would tenaciously back the government on their decision," he said in a statement.

“We separate ourselves from extremist groups and we consider extremist groups to be very dangerous and have always backed any measures without curtailing freedom of expression.

"You can laugh at extremists but you want to keep your foot on their throat."

Mr Katter also said he wanted to make it clear that he was not associated with the Proud Boys movement and was not a racist.

"I make no excuses for people identifying as First Australian. I won’t be apologising to anyone for my love of my country either. I can’t see how you can love your country and not have a great passion for the First Australians," he said.

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