WANNON'S Palmer United Party candidate has admitted he has never been to the electorate, but says there is nothing wrong with that.
Bradley Ferguson, who lives in Townsville, was asked on ABC radio why people in the seat of Wannon in south-west Victoria should vote for him given he had never visited the region.
''I'm living in North Queensland and I haven't been to Wannon so it's a fair question,' Mr Ferguson told the ABC this morning.
''The main purpose was, of me running, was just to give the people the choice, the opportunity to vote for the Palmer United Party.''
Party leader and founder Clive Palmer told Fairfax Media he did not consider it a problem that Mr Ferguson had not visited Wannon, though of course it was preferable to run candidates who had spent time in their electorates.
''One or two seats we didn't have a candidate and the choice was not to stand a candidate or to stand a candidate who was out of the electorate,'' Mr Palmer said.
''We decided it would be better at least to stand a candidate because it does give people the chance of having a choice.''
Asked how many candidates he was running across Australia who had never visited their electorate, Mr Palmer said: ''I think it would be one or two maximum.''
Mr Palmer described Mr Ferguson as a ''good guy'' and said he had known him since he was three years old.
Mr Ferguson told the ABC he would move to Wannon and get to know the people if he wins the seat.
A quote attributed to Mr Ferguson on the party website says: ''We are committed to the Wannon community and to providing a strong alternative in the country's current political arena.''
The Standard has attempted to track down Mr Ferguson without success.
Mr Ferguson was invited to The Standard's public debate with other candidates two weeks ago, but the Palmer United Party deflected all media inquiries about Mr Ferguson to a Queensland-based public relations group that failed to provide any details or information.
Soon after The Standard's "Mystery surrounds Palmer candidate for Wannon'' headline, the Palmer United Party posted a candidate profile of Mr Ferguson on the party website.
The candidate is an employee of one of Mr Palmer's businesses, Queensland Nickel.
According to the website Mr Ferguson possesses a ''strong work ethic'' and commitment to his family and is ''looking forward to the opportunity to represent the constituents of Wannon''.
with Mark Kenny