Displaced Knuth looks to seats of Hill, McMaster and Hinchinbrook

KAP MP Shane Knuth is considering his political future.

Katter’s Australian Party MP Shane Knuth is considering his political future after discovering that his seat of Dalrymple could be abolished in what is being described as the biggest shakeup of electoral boundaries in decades.

TheQueensland Redistribution Commission was tasked with adding an extra four extra seats to take Queensland’stally from 89 to 93.

One of the proposed new seats, Hill, is located in north Queensland. Click here to view a map of Hill. The three other new seats are in south-east Queensland.

Mr Knuth’s seat of Dalrymple has been abolished and the seat of Mount Isa, also held by the KAP, has been extended to include Mr Knuth’s home town of Charters Towers. The seat of Mount Isa has also be renamed Traeger.

Mr Knuth said both he and Mount Isa MP RobbieKatter were “very disappointed” by the proposed changes.

“This is the second time my seat has been abolished,” he said.

“The last time was in 2008 when my seat of Charters Towers was re-zoned into Dalrymple and that meant Ihad to run in a region that was over 570km away.”

The proposed new seat of Traeger, formerly known as Mount Isa which will now take in Mr Knuth’s home town of Charters Towers.

Mr Knuth declined to speculate on why his seat would be the only one abolished under the proposed changes, except to say “the electoral commission took note mostly of the LNP and Labor submissions”.

“Our (the KAP) submission revealed how we could minimise any impacts on seats throughout rural and regional Queensland without abolishing any other seats,” he said.

“The Commission has really overhauled rural and regional Queensland just to get rid of Dalrymple.

“I do feel for the constituents in the electorate as their seat was divided into three different sectionsand it makes it very difficult for them to support their traditional member of parliament.”

Mr Knuth said he would consult with family and his constituents about his next move.

“You never know what the tide will bring in,” he said.

“But I’ll be looking at McMaster, Hill and Hinchinbrookas they are the closest options I have.”

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