MP Bob Katter with local Australian Party candidate Justin Bowman conducting a ‘meet and greet’ in Riverlink Shopping Centre.
MP Bob Katter with local Australian Party candidate Justin Bowman conducting a ‘meet and greet’ in Riverlink Shopping Centre. Claudia Baxter

Katter's team now third force

THE extent of the LNP's victory has caused at least one local Katter's Australian Party candidate concern.

KAP candidate for Ipswich West Justin Bowman said the overwhelming LNP win was a major cause for concern.

"With no senate in Queensland and one party holding that much power, it concerns me," he said.

"It's really scary; it's too much power for one man."

Despite not winning any seats locally the KAP finished with a high percentage of primary votes in Ipswich and Ipswich West.

At its first poll since being founded last year, the party won two seats and more than 11% of the statewide vote, outpolling the Greens.

However, Boonah MP and KAP state leader Aidan McLindon lost his seat to the LNP's Jon Krause.

KAP Ipswich candidate Will Keys finished with 14.84% of the vote, while Mr Bowman turned the Ipswich West electorate in to a three-horse race, receiving 18.86% of the vote.

Mr Bowman said despite challenging the major parties in his first election he expected to see a higher percentage.

"It's a little bit disappointing. People keep telling me it's a pretty good result for my first time, but I would have liked to have seen it a bit higher."

The party was less successful in Bundamba with Bernard Gaynor receiving 8.64% of the vote.

Mr Bowman said he would be concentrating on his day job in the coming weeks.



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