Revealed: Mackay’s missing Qld election candidates
THE lead-up to any election always involves candidates jumping for as much exposure as possible.
Election candidates will pursue any opportunity to get their face in the news to spread their policy ideas and messages to the masses.
This is because some voters who do not follow politics will generally pick names they recognise most on the ballot paper.
This year's Queensland election has resulted in a record number of candidates throwing their hat in the ring.
In total, there are 29 candidates chasing your vote across Mackay, Whitsunday, Mirani and Burdekin alone.
Many are local faces with longstanding ties in their communities, while others are political newcomers.
Both types tend to pull out all the stops to get their face and name out to the public in the lead up to polling day.
But this election has delivered a few wildcard candidates who were not widely known to be in the race before their names appeared on the ballot paper.
Here are some of those candidates:
TEPEPE BORG (UAP)
CLIVE REMMER (ONP)
BENJAMIN WOOD (UAP)
The Daily Mercury has reached out to the political parties of each of these candidates on multiple occasions to request more information about them, with no response.
While these candidates are listed on the ballot paper, their names do not appear on party websites.
They also do not have a presence on social media, or listed phone numbers to allow members of the public to communicate with them.
Legislative changes passed in June have reformed election financing by imposing caps on donations and election spending
The caps came into effect in August, set at $57,000 for candidates endorsed by a political party, or $87,000 if independent, in addition to a cap on political parties of $92,000 per seat.
There is speculation Clive Palmer's United Australia Party, whose MP hopefuls have been missing in action in Mirani and Burdekin, are part of the billionaire's plan to oust Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk by recruiting family members and former employees as candidates for his party in 55 electorates to increase his party spend statewide.