Candidate heads up new strategy

Katter’s Australian Party candidate for Condamine John Mathison has breathed some humour into the election campaign.
Katter’s Australian Party candidate for Condamine John Mathison has breathed some humour into the election campaign. Dalby Herald

WHAT does one man's bald head, a good sense of humour and Bob Katter have in common?

Nothing you might say.

While most State election candidates would be horrified to see their election signage defaced, candidate for Condamine John Mathison is encouraging it.

In a clever ploy, Mr Mathison's Katter's Australian Party election advertisement shows four photos of him, one with a bald head, a second with a roughly drawn head of hair, and another with a hat and the last with a question mark.

Constituents have been invited to "Dress John's head and win" by finding one of his election signs in the area, dressing his bald head, photographing themselves next to the sign and emailing their entry by election day.

And the prize - an autographed Bob Katter hat.

"The story behind it was we busted our guts putting out the signs and someone defaced it by drawing hair on my head," Mr Mathison said.

"At first I was really annoyed but then I started laughing about it and we decided to have a bit of fun," he said.

As of yesterday, five people had taken up Mr Mathison's challenge and posted pictures on his Facebook page.

"It is simple, dress my bald head and win Katter's hat," Mr Mathison said.

"Elections can be a dreary at times so it can not hurt to have a little bit of fun," he said.

The competition closes at 7pm on election night and there is discussion the man himself, Bob Katter, will select the winning entry.

"While it has been done for some fun I do not want to detract from the seriousness of the election," Mr Mathison said.

"I have always prided myself on having a good sense of humour.

"There is discussion at the moment that Bob will judge the competition himself but as you could imagine he will no doubt be a busy man on election night," he said.

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