Star sings out for Katter party
THERE were a few tense moments spattered with claps and cheers as Katter's Australian Party Southern Downs candidate Ade Larsen addressed a crowd at the Wallangarra Hotel Tuesday night.
Mr Larson was joined by supporter James Blundell, who said he'd had enough of two-party politics.
Blundell - who penned the campaign song for the party - played the freshly recorded and produced tune for the pub's patrons to cheers of delight. He said the ALP leadership kerfuffle had been a great example of why he decided to write the song and get behind the party.
"Really it happened about the same time I was approached to stand for the Southern Downs but couldn't for various reasons," he said.
"But it got to the point where I was losing my patience with everything."
While some of the crowd snuck in from over the border just to see Blundell perform, it didn't stop them from piping up come question time.
Queries about science and funding, what could be done for Wallangarra and boat people were on the agenda. Concerns were raised for people working in the mining industry with the party's no CSG stance.
"If people want to work in the mines, we support that but there just won't be any coal or CSG mining in the Southern Downs," Mr Larsen said. "It's as simple as that."
"It's time to take a stand, draw a line in the sand, lately things have been getting out of hand."
"But that Kat and the Hat walks his own way, people stop and listen to what he's got to say."
"It's a thankless job for a fearless heart, they're either laughing at you or picking you apart, but someone's got to do it for you and me."
"There's work to do and Bob's the man."