KAP moves to heart­land

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON

KATTER’S Aus­tralian Party is re­lo­cat­ing its head of­fice from Bris­bane to its heart­land in North Queens­land.

It will open its head of­fice in Townsville in the next cou­ple of weeks.

KAP leader Bob Katter MP said KAP was re­lo­cat­ing its head of­fice to be closer to its sup­port­ers.

“KAP was born in North Queens­land and it makes sense that head of­fice is in our heart­land,” Mr Katter said.

“The party is in the fi­nal stages of choos­ing an ex­act lo­ca­tion for its new head of­fice in Townsville.”

KAP has three elected Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment in­clud­ing Shane Knuth and Rob­bie Katter.

“KAP of­fers peo­ple an al­ter­na­tive to the ma­jor par­ties that isn’t just a ‘ no’ vote,” Mr Katter said.

“The party es­tab­lishes con­struc­tive pol­icy in con­sul­ta­tion with the elec­torates it rep­re­sents.

“In Queens­land State Par­lia­ment, only 14 Pri­vate Mem­bers’ Bills have ever be­come law; two of them were KAP bills. “

KATTER’S Aus­tralian Party’s Mund­ing­burra can­di­date is a lo­cal busi­ness­man who is sick of Townsville’s crime cri­sis.

Part­ing­ton 4WD Wreck­ers owner Mike Abra­ham will go up against La­bor in­cum­bent Co­ralee O’Rourke, the LNP’s Matt Der­la­gen and One Na­tion’s Mal­colm Charl­wood.

Mr Abra­ham has fallen vic­tim to crime sev­eral times, with of­fend­ers hav­ing cut holes in his busi­ness’s fence.

“A num­ber of el­derly peo­ple have had their cars stolen two or three times,” he said.

“We owe it to our­selves to be bet­ter than this.”

Mr Abra­ham said that while he had never been closely af­fil­i­ated with any party, he had al­ways fol­lowed pol­i­tics.

“I wrote to all the lo­cal politi­cians on both sides,” he said.

“Rob­bie Katter ac­tu­ally rang me up and said he wanted to meet me.

“It was just the fact that they were the only ones who took the time of day to talk to me about it and I re­alised th­ese blokes were pas­sion­ate about liv­ing in North Queens­land.”

Mr Abra­ham, who was born and raised in Townsville, said the re­gion wanted change.

“Crime has def­i­nitely mo­ti­vated me to start,” he said. “I want to bring some new ideas.

“From what feed­back I’m get­ting, peo­ple want change and rep­re­sen­ta­tion and it’s clearly some­thing we’re not get­ting at present.

“I don’t care where the best ideas come from, I’m not in­ter­ested in party vs party. I want the best out­come for our city.”

Michael Abra­ham.

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