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Bob Katter Responds to Backlash After Saying He Doesn't Want Muslims Coming To Australia

"I shouldn't have said that."

23/04/2017 9:07 AM AEST | Updated 23/04/2017 1:36 PM AEST

Maverick Queensland MP Bob Katter has lashed out at the media after being captured on video appearing to say he doesn't want any Muslims coming to Australia.

In the widely-shared vision, posted to Facebook on Friday, Katter is accused by a Sydney man identified as "Kev" of "racist vibes" before the rural MP tells the camera, "I don't want any Muslims coming in here".

On Sunday, Katter stood by the hard-line immigration stance and criticised the media for prioritising social media content over federal parliament.

"As I've said on the public record many times, it is imperative the people from the Middle East and North Africa are barred from entering Australia.The time is long overdue to stop people from terrorist regions coming to Australia" the Kennedy MP said in a statement.

"There is something wrong in the media when you can address this issue formally and intelligently in the Parliament with reason and you get absolutely nothing; and some loud mouth Bludgerigar puts a video out and we get nation-wide publicity."

In the selfie cam exchange, filmed at a NSW pub, Katter immediately backtracks after making the anti-Muslim statement saying, "I shouldn't have said that."

Kev then asks the MP: "You don't want any of them coming here at all do ya, Bob Katter?".

"No that's not what I said," Katter replies. "Don't go telling lies."

Captioned "Holy f*** Bob Katter was just at the pub and I hit him up about his racist vibes and he clicked it!!!", the video has garnered a mixed response on Facebook.

"This guy is a disrespectful little kid. Grow up all you care about is instant gratification and how many likes and shares you get it's truly pathetic it's sad," one user commented.

"There is nothing wrong with exposing the truth. The guy clearly slipped up, You cannot justify racism. Keep it up PON CHO," another used posted.

The video has so far amassed more than 50,000 views and 300 shares.

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