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'Exciting' election ahead as KAP rallies up candidates

Mr Katter shot down speculation about uniting with other political forces, including billionaire Clive Palmer.
Mr Katter shot down speculation about uniting with other political forces, including billionaire Clive Palmer. Megan Pope

ECCENTRIC politician Bob Katter is promising a showdown at the federal election as he prepares to rally up to 150 party candidates to contest every lower house seat.

Katter's Australian Party claims up to 70 candidates are in the pipeline already and others have been banging at the door.

"This upcoming federal election will be the most exciting election since federation," KAP national director Aidan McLindon said yesterday.

"I can tell you now if there is one party that is going to put on a good show and provide a credible alternative it's the KAP. This will be a showdown.

"We make no apologies for the collateral damage.

"We will eat into in the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal National Party-based support group."

As it stands the party holds one seat in Federal Parliament and three in Queensland.

Despite having modelling which showed overwhelming support for his party in certain electorates, Mr Katter would not reveal the areas he had the most confidence in winning.

"I don't think I would be prepared to say that at this stage because that would infer that in other states we are not hopeful," he said.

But on state figures, Mr Katter named one seat his party would win - Townsville.

Mr Katter shot down speculation about uniting with other political forces, including billionaire Clive Palmer.

"We must make our position unequivocally clear," he said.

"We are a party in our own right."

The party will look to secure Senate seats also with Condamine MP Ray Hopper a possible contender.

The KAP Queensland leader, who defected from the LNP late last year, has not ruled out moving on from state politics.

"A number of people have asked me to stand for the Senate for the Katter Party in Queensland," he said.

"We are going to work that out in probably the next four to six weeks who will stand for the Senate."

Acting Queensland Premier Jeff Seeney refrained from commenting on "minor fringe parties" antics.

"I just make the point, that I have made many times before, the debacle we have seen in Canberra over the last three years has been the result of fringe parties and independents having control over parliament," he said.

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