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Chris cops rough rejection

Chris Hooper consoles himself on his new bike after his nomination was blocked.
Chris Hooper consoles himself on his new bike after his nomination was blocked. Adrian Taylor

CHRIS Hooper was putting a brave face on yet another rejection yesterday.

The alternative thinker who got 194 votes as an independent candidate in the state election had his nomination as a candidate for mayor turned down by the Electoral Commission.

"I was told that because the seat of Rockhampton has not officially been declared, I can't run," said Chris at his shop of eccentric curios in East St.

"It's a mess up, a nonsense, but it would cost me too much to challenge the decision legally."

The man who calls himself Pineapple Chris, and campaigns mainly on environmental issues from an alternative standpoint, said he knew he wouldn't have won the race to be mayor.

"I have realised that people aren't going to change their ways and I wouldn't have won. But I enjoy the process of elections because it gives me a platform to get different ideas out there.

"I've been doing it for a while."

He said the decision to exclude all state election candidates from the local election was obviously wrong, but he had decided not to beat himself up about it.

"If they had delayed the nomination deadline for a couple of days there wouldn't be a problem, but that would need a degree of common sense that isn't there."

He said he wanted an explanation in writing about why he's been rejected.

But if there's a change of heart, he said he would definitely stand.

"They have my nomination papers and I've paid the registration fee."

So with the prospect of a full-time political career ever more distant, Chris can return to his day job.

It involves pedalling a rickshaw around Rockhampton CBD for donations.

Yesterday he was testing his latest acquisition - a bright yellow seven-seater circular cycle - the banana bike.

Topics:  electoral commission queensland politics rockhampton regional council



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