KATTER’S Party Australia candidate, Beaudesert stockman Matt Tomlinson, rode into Jubilee Park Monday afternoon on horseback, accompanied by KAP state leader Robbie Katter.
Mr Katter said KAP was a relatively small party that could pack a lot of punch.
“After seven years of being in existence, we are the only minor party in Australia that continues to grow,” he said.
Mr Tomlinson said he was fed up with Wright being overlooked.
“It’s about time Wright started getting some infrastructure specifically for Wright,” he said to those gathered for the launch.
“The only time we get anything is when someone else needs what we have. We got Wyaralong dam because someone else needed our water catchment and we got the NBN because everyone else had it so we may as well have it too.”
Mr Tomlinson said he also wanted to create horse facilities in Beaudesert.
“Horses are a big part of my passion and one of the things I’ll be pushing for if I get elected will be an equestrian hub in town… to hold world class equestrian events like polo and polocrosse, cutting and western, camp drafting and rodeos,” he said.
Mr Tomlinson spoke about bushfire prevention and opening up national parks for hikers and horse riders.
Mr Katter said KAP was the only minor Australian political party that continued to grow.
“We’ve been there with people, we know what it’s like and that’s what we think there desperately needs to be in politics – not some shiny-bottomed lawyer or office worker or political hack that just jumps on the party machine,” he said.
“People are sick... of dealing with modern politics. I’m sick of dealing with them.
“I’ve come all the way from Mount Isa to talk to you people, to say you’ve got to get behind a person like him (Mr Tomlinson).
“We’re standing our ground here today saying here is Matt putting his hand up and we need you people to get behind him so there are real options for you here in Queensland.”
When asked if he would consider collaborating with Clive Palmer, Mr Katter said KAP was open to discussions with other minor parties.
“Our first conversation with anyone whether it’s Clive Palmer or Pauline Hanson, we’ll say we’re an open book, mate… we are always open to talks with anyone who is willing to push a separate agenda to what the major parties are offering,” he said.
“In fact it’s essential that we work with other minor parties so that we use our numbers… to control the next parliament.
“I can guarantee you from first hand experience you can exercise a hell of a lot more power as someone in a minor party on the crossbench than a minister in the government.”
Mr Tomlinson urged voters to start thinking about who would get their support in the coming federal election.
“Don’t just do like your parents and grandparents have always done and vote for those people just because they’re a name and that’s what your family has always done,” he said.
“It’s time for a change. The Katter party is here in Wright and we are going to have a bloody good go of supporting you.
“I was born in this region, I will die in this region. This is where my home is and this is where my home will always be. This region deserves more.”