Katter confident of win
MAVERICK MP Bob Katter is eyeing off the seats of Mackay, Mirani and Whitsunday, confident his party will dominate the farming and mining vote at the State election.
The man in the trademark hat is already planning a visit to Mackay to spruik his "no to carbon tax - practical solutions: ethanol" policy and meet with Mackay Sugar.
He is also likely to reveal the party's candidates who will contest the seats of Mirani and Whitsunday at the looming poll.
Mr Katter is not only confident of winning those seats - he is also confident his party will win government.
"We are intending to be the government of Queensland - we are determined to be the government," he said.
The party is certainly in with a shot - a Galaxy poll late last year showed 29% of respondents were likely or very likely to vote for Katter's Australian Party.
Mr Katter said he was confident of getting a slice of the mining vote.
"We're tight with the trade unions and we make no apologies for that," he said.
The colourful MP is also confident of winning the farmers' vote on the back of a policy that will reject a carbon tax and create an ethanol industry.
Mr Katter said switching to ethanol would benefit canegrowers and bring down electricity and petrol prices.
He said conversion assistance would be delivered to the few remaining Australian-owned mills.
"We will be having discussions with Mackay Sugar. We believe we can make serious money available to them to covert the mills," he said.
Mr Katter said the switch to ethanol would restore confidence in the sugar industry and make it more competitive.
"None of them have long-term confidence in the industry," he said.
"Why else would they sell them (mills) off? We can't compete against the Brazilians.
"Ethanol will give you a much greater return than you do get for sugar.
"We will be expanding the sugar cane production in the area."