Townsville Bulletin

KAP name candidate

- CAITLAN CHARLES

A FORMER North Queensland First candidate will take a stab at the federal election with a new party.

Clynton Hawks, who ran for Jason Costigan’s party in the 2020 state election, will now take on Herbert MP Phillip Thompson in the looming federal election for the Katter’s Australian Party.

At just 22, Mr Hawks has been making a name for himself as a regional advocate and channellin­g his passion for North Queensland into his work with the Alice River Community Associatio­n.

“I would like to run in Herbert because it’s my home. I have built a life here. I believe Herbert deserves a politician that works for them not the party room,” Mr Hawks said.

“The current member for Herbert (Mr Thompson) is too busy playing party politics against local and state government­s to worry about the big picture. We need better forward planning for our city’s growth alongside the three other feeder towns of Charters Towers, Ingham, and Ayr.

“The KAP core values and principles align with my everyday life, and I couldn’t think of a better party to run for that has a strong track record of delivering for Northern Australia on a state and federal level,” he said. Mr Hawks, who works for his family’s transport business and has lived in Townsville for the best part of a decade. He says he will be fight for water security in Northern Australia, a better freight system, the establishm­ent of local, generation­al manufactur­ing and for greater national security.

Party leader and state Traeger MP Robbie Katter said Mr Hawks was down-to-earth, connected with realworld problems and not out of a “political factory”.

“The KAP has been successful because our MPS are ordinary, hardworkin­g people. Shane Knuth was a fettler in the railways and Nick Dametto worked his own tourism business as well as in the mines, which my father did as well,” he said.

KAP president Chris Carney said minor parties would play a major role this election.

“A vote for a minor party is not a wasted vote, in fact, the people of Townsville could hold the balance of power after this election,” he said.

Kennedy MP Bob Katter said KAP would mount a serious challenge for Herbert with Mr Hawks. “Like many North Queensland­ers, Clynton is a hands-on, owner-operator, who works hard to better himself,” he said.

 ?? ?? Clynton Hawks during the 2020 state election campaign; (inset) Clynton with Bob Katter.
Clynton Hawks during the 2020 state election campaign; (inset) Clynton with Bob Katter.

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