KAP gains seats
THE newest member of the Katter political dynasty says the Australian Party is here to stay, and has put the new Liberal National Party government on notice.
Rob Katter became the third generation of his family to become an MP with a convincing win in the seat of Mount Isa on Saturday.
He will be joined in the Queensland parliament by LNP defector Shane Knuth, and perhaps by Steve Todescheni, whose Thuringowa electorate remains too close to call.
In the Rockhampton region, KAP candidates Shane Guley, Luke Hargreaves and Bevan Pidgeon all polled well.
Guley received 12.8% of the primary votes with 2703 votes, Hargreaves got 16.3% in Keppel with 3462 votes, and Pidgeon 19.59% with 4117 of the Mirani votes.
Both LNP's Bruce Young and ALP's Paul Hoolihan said Hargreaves picked up votes from traditional Labor party voters.
"We expected that," Mr Young said.
Mr Katter said Katter's Australian Party was different to other minor parties, such as One Nation, which had a profound but short-lived impact on Queensland politics.