Palmer party has Ipswich state seats in its sights
THE Palmer United Party says it will use the momentum gained from a stunning showing in the federal election to launch an all out assault on the state seats of Ipswich, Ipswich West and Bundamba.
PUP candidate for Blair Anthony Stanton won 12.8% of the primary vote in Blair, while the party is set to have two senators, including former Ipswich Jets coach Glenn Lazarus, in the upper house from July 1, 2014.
Party leader Clive Palmer has almost won his lower house seat in Fairfax, with the PUP polling 8% nationally.
Mr Stanton said that the Ipswich and Somerset branch of PUP would meet on Tuesday next week to plan its campaign for the upcoming 2015 Queensland election and "formally set up the party network that will cover the state seats in our area".
"As soon as we can we will be endorsing candidates for those seats and commencing our campaign," he said.
"Some of the people that just voted one for us would have been out of protest, but a lot of them are people who want to see more than a two party system...and people for whom our message of a different approach to politics struck a chord.
"I think for every one that voted for us there can be another two that can be convinced. So I reckon that a target of 30% for the state election is not out of the question.
"I had volunteers manning just over 20 booths on the weekend and they are really excited about being part of something that is new. We are very keen to keep that momentum going."
Mr Stanton said he would consider throwing his hat in the ring to contest one of the local state seats.
"We will have to have candidates pre-selected by the local membership, but I will seriously consider putting my hand up again," he said.