KAP welcomes three for Qld senate seats

Katter's Australian Party Queensland senate frontrunners Les MucKan, Shane Paulger and James Blundell.
Katter's Australian Party Queensland senate frontrunners Les MucKan, Shane Paulger and James Blundell. Ava Benny-Morrison

A COUNTRY music star, passionate dairy farmer and former councillor will push for the balance of power in Canberra for Katter's Australian Party.

Stanthorpe music star James Blundell was a long way from his days of singing Way Out West on Friday as he explained his initial reluctance to take a jab at political life.

After initially grappling with his own bankruptcy battle and turning down a KAP invite, Mr Blundell said KAP federal leader Bob Katter began to call on him.

"Out of the blue I got a flurry of phone calls. The first time I thought it was just a matter of catching up and he then said 'I want you to run for the Senate'," Mr Blundell said.

"I said 'I have just spent 28 years in public life I don't want to start again' but he wore me down gradually over about 12 weeks. "

He conceded his wife wasn't too happy with his decision but he stuck to it.

Sunshine Coast hinterland dairy farmer Shane Paulger caught Mr Katter's eye when he led the fight to deregulate the dairy industry.

"He was a courageous fighter and wasn't embarrassed and is a man of very, very great intellectual capacity as well," the maverick MP explained.

Former Fraser Coast councillor Les MucKan occupies the third spot on the KAP Queensland senate ticket.

"I believe there are enough people and enough support out there to bring the KAP the balance of power," he told a media conference on Friday.

"No matter who is in government, whether it is Mr ALP or Mr LNP, they are going to have to come to talk to us to get things through."

Mr MucKan was previously named as the KAP's shadow minister for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs.

Exhibiting his usual fiery confidence, Mr Katter was under no illusion he could win office but had his eye on the balance of power.

"I will tell you who is going to win the election, the ALP-LNP corporation is probably going to win the election because I don't think we can catch them," he said.

"But give us time, we are going to be around for a long, long time and we are coming after ya and we are going to get ya."



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