KAP Shadow Ministers named

KAP Shadow Ministers named

Katter’s Australian Party, State Leader Ray Hopper has today released the names of each of the KAP’s Shadow Ministry.

“What we have seen transpire in the last 24 hours in Queensland politics is the emergence of Queensland’s real opposition and each of these shadow ministers will take up the battle over the next two years who all have experience and expertise in each of their portfolio’s” Mr Hopper stated.

The Shadow Ministry is outlined below:

Science, Info technology and Arts

Barry Searle

Owns independent local newspaper – former KAP candidate for the seat of Moggill in last election.

Attorney General & Justice

Michael Bates

Commercial lawyer, former KAP candidate for seat of Kallangur.

Natural Resources and Mines

Jeff Knuth

Former MP, ran as KAP candidate in Hinchinbrook, small business owner.

Local Government

Rob Williams

Former Local Councillor, Isaac Regional Council, owns electrical business, qualified sparky.

Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services

Ashley Dodd

Public servant – Youth Worker, Brisbane Youth Detention Centre. Former KAP candidate for Inala in state election.

Police and Community Safety

Rob Wardrop

Former police officer (8 yrs service), former A/Director Prison Industries, Qld Corrective Services

Ran as candidate for KAP in seat of Sth Brisbane & Sth Brisbane by-election.

National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing

Lachlan Bensted

Professional camp drafter, helicopter pilot – ran as KAP candidate for Cook.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander & Multicultural Affairs

Les Muckan

Former LNP Local Councillor for Maryborough, first Australian with a heart of gold.

Transport & Main Roads

Dean Fisher

QR Train Driver, based on Gold Coast. Former KAP candidate for Surfers Paradise.

Education, Training & Employment

Sarah Henry

Construction worker, qualified primary school teacher & currently completing masters in engineering. Former KAP candidate for Chatsworth.

Housing & Public Works

Gordon Dale

Owns grocery store, former KAP candidate for Maryborough.

Energy & Water Supply

Adam Hollis

ETU representative, qualified sparky, former KAP candidate for Albert.

Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry

Carl Rackemann

Former Australian Test Cricketer, owns extensive farming property in Kingaroy, former KAP candidate for Nanango.

Leader of Opposition

Ray Hopper

MP, Condamine (Elected 2001)

Leader of the House, Parliamentary Whip

Shane Knuth

MP, Dalrymple (Elected 2004)

Treasury & Trade

Rob Katter

MP, Mt Isa (Former Mt Isa local councillor, small business owner)

Environment & Heritage Protection

Luke Hargreaves

Small business owner, passionate about environment and sustainability. Working with community on impacts of dredging, CSG impacts. Former KAP candidate for Keppel.

State Development, Infrastructure & Planning

Mark Molocino

Works in the mines, based in Townsville/Thuringowa.


Lynne Bishop

Registered nurse with 30 year experience in the field. Former KAP candidate for Buderim.

Tourism, Major Events, Small Business & Commonwealth Games

Keith Douglas

Small business owner, former Senate candidate, works closely with small business on the Gold Coast and heavily involved in the fishing industry.

State Union Liaison Officer

Belinda Johnson

Union Leader, Men & Woman’s Correctional Centres, Townsville. Prison Guard.

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