CLIVE Palmer’s man for Wannon, Bradley Ferguson, has never been to the seat he hopes to win and won’t even visit the region unless voters decide to elect him on Saturday.
The elusive Palmer United Party (PUP) candidate broke his silence yesterday, casually brushing off doubts over the sincerity of his campaign as a “fair question”.
The Townsville-based mining worker told ABC Radio he hoped to conquer the south-west electorate from his Queensland home.
“I’m living in north Queensland and I haven’t been to Wannon, so it’s a fair question. The main purpose of me running was the give people a choice and an opportunity to learn about the Palmer United Party,” Mr Ferguson told interviewer Jeremy Lee.
“I haven’t been down there. My theory for me personally is each area has its local issues, but a lot of it is national issues and lack of jobs and confidence in the economy and things like that.
“Should I be elected to the seat of Wannon I would move down there and get to know the people and the local issues.”
Neither Mr Ferguson or his party returned calls to The Standard yesterday. Requests to speak with party campaign managers were handballed to a public relations company.
Calls to his workplace Queensland Nickel were also unsuccessful.
Despite having no presence on the ground in Wannon, Mr Ferguson has been placed third in preferences by the Greens, Liberals and Family First.