Former M'boro Mudcrabs coach is Palmer's man in Wide Bay
THE former coach of the Maryborough Mudcrabs is the new Palmer United Party candidate for the Wide Bay.
Michael Tudman will enter the political field against a growing list of candidates for the federal seat of Wide Bay, including National Party Leader Warren Truss.
Clive Palmer made the announcement in Rockhampton on Tuesday, along with unveiling candidates for other seats including Flynn and Capricornia.
Mr Tudman, who is currently overseas for work in South Africa and could not be interviewed, will be well known to many around the region.
He coached the Maryborough Mudcrabs rugby union team for many years, including a premiership victory in 2001.
He was also the inaugural coach of the merged Fraser Coast Mariners team in 2002.
Mr Tudman left the region after this, and has spent time in Tasmania working for Fisheries.
Mr Palmer said Mr Tudman was a hard worker who wanted to see common sense return to politics.
"In Wide Bay, we will have Michael Tudman ... he's a guy that is very keen," Mr Palmer said.
"He's got a family and three children and cares about what is happening in Australia.
"He's concerned about commonsense policies."
The PUP candidate for Hinkler, Rob Messenger, said he was looking forward to campaigning with Mr Tudman.
The Fraser Coast region is split between the seats of Hinkler and Wide Bay.
Mr Messenger said it would be good to catch up with Mr Tudman when he returns from South Africa.
The other candidates endorsed today were Steve Ensby for Flynn and Diane Hamilton for Capricornia.
"We are pleased to be endorsing such outstanding candidates with extensive business experience and community involvement," Mr Palmer said.
"The Palmer United Party wants to make a difference for central Queensland, which has been forgotten by the major parties."
Wide Bay candidates
- Michael Tudman - Palmer United Party
- Warren Truss - National Party
- Lucy Stanton - ALP
- Gordon Dale - Katter's Australian Party
- Joy Ringrose - Greens