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KAP to foot LNP legal bill for false advertising claim

The Hon Bob Katter MP launches Shane Paulger's election campaign in Memorial Park, Gympie.
The Hon Bob Katter MP launches Shane Paulger's election campaign in Memorial Park, Gympie. Greg Miller

KATTER'S Australian Party has been forced to pay legal bills for the LNP after a court dismissed a KAP claim of false advertising in an election flyer.

Yesterday Bob Katter and KAP president and Gympie candidate Shane Paulger lodged an application with the Supreme Court to stop the LNP advertising that the Katter Party had made deals with other parties, including Labor, the Greens and Palmer United Party.

But the court application was dismissed, with Mr Paulger saying they had achieved the desired result because the LNP had no intention to further publish the advertisement.

The LNP yesterday issued a statement saying costs were awarded to the LNP.

LNP state director Brad Henderson said KAP's court action was a media stunt.

Mr Paulger and Mr Katter addressed media yesterday morning before the court application was processed, saying the LNP advertisement, published in the Courier Mail and distributed on flyers to Queensland residents, contained false information.

Mr Paulger said the statement saying "The minor parties have done a deal to swap your preference votes" was a clear lie, along with the sentence "With Palmer, Katter and the Greens doing a deal to call the daily shots for a Palaszczuk Labor Government, chaos would reign in Queensland".

"This really was the thing that put us over the line," Mr Paulger said. "We've just had it and it's about time this rubbish stopped."

He said the LNP would not have gone to that effort if they were not worried about KAP candidates potentially winning seats in today's election.

But Mr Henderson said the court action was a way for the KAP to "divert attention from the fact they have nothing of substance to offer Queenslanders in tomorrow's State Election."

APN asked the LNP for proof the other parties had made deals but the question was not specifically answered.

- APN NEWSDESK

Topics:  katters australian party queensland election 2015


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