James Blundell enters Senate Race as Katter candidate

ANOTHER celebrity candidate has joined the race to represent Queensland in the Senate.

Country music singer James Blundell will be the number one candidate for the Katter's Australian Party on September 14.

It comes after the Palmer United Party chose retired rugby league great Glenn Lazarus to lead its upper house ticket in the state.

KAP leader Bob Katter said Mr Blundell was the right candidate to keep "Australia's corporate-controlled political duopoly in check".

"James is anything but a career politician, which sadly 95% of our MPs are," Mr Katter said in a statement.

"Like most Australians, James spent almost a decade of his young adult life in knockabout, hands-on jobs. Like most Australians, James is known to imbibe in the odd coldie on a hot day - and maybe on a few cold days as well.

"It is these quintessential characteristics that ensure James will be a voice of, and for, the Australian people in Parliament, rather than a lap dog for the corporate interests that control our major party governments."

Mr Blundell, who was born and raised in the Queensland town of Stanthorpe, burst onto the Australian country music scene in 1987 after winning the Best New Talent Golden Guitar award.

But in recent years the 48-year-old has been in the headlines more for troubles in his personal life than his music.

The Way Out West star left his second wife in 2007 to be with Australian Idol singer Jesse Curran, who is 20 years his junior.

Ms Curran is reportedly less than impressed with Mr Blundell's decision to stand as a KAP candidate.

Mr Blundell also filed for bankruptcy in 2010, but told News Limited it had been discharged in April.

Meanwhile, PUP leader Clive Palmer announced on Sunday Cooma Mayor Dean Lynch would stand for the party in the bellwether seat of Eden-Monaro.

Mr Palmer claimed the seat, held by Labor Mike Kelly, had been "ignored by the major parties".

Eden-Monaro has been held by the party in government for more than 40 years and consequently is always fiercely contested.


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