KAP Queensland leader Ray Hopper
KAP Queensland leader Ray Hopper Contributed

Potential alliance between KAP and PUP still lingering

THE chances of a coalition between Katter's Australian Party and the Palmer United Party are still lingering with a potential allegiance floated at a meeting on Thursday.

The parties' main players met in Brisbane to discuss a deal on preference votes ahead of the September 7 Federal Election.

KAP Queensland leader Ray Hopper emerged from the discussions positive but tightlipped on the details.

"It was a very fruitful meeting and the major parties are in serious trouble," he said.

Mr Palmer could not be reached for comment.

The preferences deal is set to be announced at the next Queensland Parliament siting later this month, Mr Hopper said.

Until then, the forging of a closer partnership before Queensland's next state election is on the table.

"We will be working together in the very near future in a big way, but these things take time," Mr Hopper.

"We are yet to see some more of Clive's policies, but so far so good.

"He has been pretty good from what I have seen."

The Condamine MP conceded a coalition was a "very big possibility".

"We are open to anything to the betterment of Queensland to break the hold that these (major) parties have," he said.

Sparks flew between KAP federal leader Bob Katter and Mr Palmer last month over reports Mr Palmer offered to buy KAP for $20 million.

Mr Palmer labelled the story nonsense and said KAP wasn't worth 20 cents.



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