PUP and KAP in talks to create 'third conservative option'
KATTER'S Australian Party state leader Ray Hopper has confirmed advanced talks are underway with the Palmer United Party in a bid to provide Queenslanders with a viable political option ahead of the 2015 State Election.
Mr Hopper said on Tuesday he hoped a deal between the two minor parties could be struck early in the new year.
"We are absolutely working together," he said.
"Queenslanders are sick of the two major political parties and really want a third conservative option.
"I think there is a big future for minor parties in Queensland politics given the wave of resentment rising against the current Liberal National Party government."
Mr Hopper said the LNP hierarchy had already "written off" several MPs and he hoped the possible union between the two parties could fill the void.
"We do not want to stand against a PUP candidate in any seat," he said.
"The LNP will have to change leaders if they want to save any of their backbenchers.
"Many LNP backbenchers have already been told not to expect any party or ministerial support in the lead-up to the election.
"They have essentially started preparing them to lose their seats."
Mr Hopper claimed Deputy-Premier Jeff Seeney and Treasurer Tim Nicholls want nothing more than for Premier Campbell Newman to call an early election.
"There is no way Campbell Newman will win his seat at the next election," he said.
"Both of them desperately want to be the next Queensland Premier.
"But, the best person for the job by far would be Lawrence Springborg."
Mr Hopper said he expected to retain his Condamine seat at the next election, but was prepared for a fight after defecting from the LNP last year.
"Of course I will win my seat at the election, there is absolutely no doubt about that," he said.
"The LNP want Condamine back desperately and I am sure they will target me with a vengeance."