Luke Hargreaves
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Hargreaves confident of upset

KATTER'S man in Keppel says he's convinced he has every chance of beating sitting Labor MP Paul Hoolihan.

"We're running at about 29% support at the moment and I'm confident there will be a big swing," says Luke Hargreaves who will contest the seat for Katter's Australian Party.

Although he's new to party politics, the owner of Fisho CQ says he has plenty of experience in representing people.

"I've worked as a stakeholder representing farmers and growers and other community groups," he said.

"And I've been involved in agricultural politics most of my working life."

Mr Hargreaves admits he was a staunch National supporter and even considered going for pre-selection for the LNP early last year.

"But when Campbell Newman took over I changed my mind. I think he will be too concerned about the south-east corner to care much about the regions.

"I'm glad now that I didn't nominate because when big Bob came along with his idea for an entirely new party I thought 'you beauty'.

"It's an honour to be chosen to represent the KAP and be part of campaigning for a massive change."

He says he knows it will be hard to compete with the big spending Labor and LNP election budgets.

"Ours will be very much a grass roots campaign - letter box drops, door knocks and flea markets compared with television advertising and big billboards.

"But it's the message that matters and there's been a really good reaction from the public.

"The party has a unique appeal to both sides of traditional politics.

"It's very strong on workers' rights and dead set against imported labour.

"This is a fight to save our state and I will not pull any punches."



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