‘Good luck to him’: Costigan takes on Katters in NQ
CONTROVERSIAL Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan reckons his new North Queensland focused political party has "more electability" than the Katter's Australian Party.
Mr Costigan on Monday launched his new "North Queensland First" party, with the main focus of providing statehood for North Queensland.
The former LNP MP, who was booted for the party in February after allegations of harassment were lodged against him, said the KAP had talked a "big game" but had been unable to "get people fired up elsewhere".
"There has been others that have tried to deliver statehood, they've talked about it, one particular party comes to mind, they've been out in the market for ten years, they can't even win a seat outside the seat of Kennedy," Mr Costigan said.
"I'm not trying to rubbish them, I've got great respect for that family, I do … but they haven't been able to get people fired up elsewhere.
"When you work in TV you have to have an ego, I should know I worked in TV, but I'm not silly enough to name the party after myself, it's ridiculous, absurd, others have done it that's their business."
Katter's Australian Party, led at the state level by Traeger MP Robbie Katter, have three MPs in the Queensland parliament.
The KAP won two seats during the 2012 State Elections when the party first ran candidates, retained both the seats of Traeger and Hill (Shane Knuth MP) in 2015, and added Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto in 2017.
It is understood Mr Costigan's announcement of "North Queensland First" has already put a number of separatists off-side.
Mr Katter said North Queensland First would create an element of minor party vote cannibalism, particularly with the KAP already stamping their authority as the party of the North, but he isn't worried.
"It's pretty hard out there taking on the major parties," he said.
"I think there's an element of (minor party vote cannibalism) in this.
"But he's entitled to pursue he's own interests there and good luck to him."
Opposition leader Deb Frecklington, Mr Costigan's former boss, said the LNP was "absolutely" confident of winning the seat of Whitsunday.
"I'm not concerned about him … Jason Costigan was not suitable to be in the LNP so what he does is up to him," she said.
Mr Costigan was expelled from the LNP in February after the mother of an 18-year-old woman made a complaint alleging her daughter had clutched a duress alarm during her encounter with the MP when he visited the woman's grandparent's remote property in Victoria.
He has flagged pursuing the "vexatious" complaint in court and said he expects to make a legal move next week.
"I would expect some time next we will sign off on some correspondence to go out in terms of who the end target is," he said.
"I am not going to sit back and let people or anyone defame me without doing anything, that's just not going to happen."