Campaspe Shire councillor Robert Danieli has been selected by Katter’s Australian Party for its number one senate spot.May 29, 2013 4:35am
Campaspe Shire Cr Robert Danieli (pictured with independent MP Bob Katter) has been selected as first choice senate candidate in Victoria for Katter's Australian Party.
Kyabram businessman and Campaspe Shire councillor Robert Danieli has been selected by Katter’s Australian Party for its number one senate spot.
Independent MP and leader of the KAP, formed in 2011, Mr Katter announced the first rollout of two senate candidates and three lower house candidates for his party’s team on Friday.
Mr Katter said Mr Danieli ‘‘will be a fantastic at leading our Victorian team’’ and he was selected for his involvement in rural action groups and passionate fighting for his local community.
Prior to owning his own stock feed business, Mr Danieli previously worked for major organisations and companies including the Australian Wheat Board and Cargill.
He was elected as a councillor for Shire of Campaspe Council’s Kyabram-Deakin Ward in 2012.
Mr Danieli was one of several local residents who joined KAP last year before setting up a Kyabram branch of the party in January 2013.
‘‘I put my name forward for selection in February,’’ Mr Danieli said.
‘‘My preference was to run for a senate seat this September but alternatively I would have waited until next year’s state election and then run for a House of Representatives seat.’’
Mr Danieli said the selections had been a close battle with 11 people putting their names forward and eight being invited for interviews.
‘‘Now we need to get out there, create more branches of the party, meet the media and contribute more policies,’’ he said.
‘‘There’s a lot to organise and I will be on the road quite a lot.’’
Mr Danieli said he had considered his role as a Campaspe Shire councillor before nominating for the senate and had taken legal advice.
‘‘I can continue to work as a councillor until such time as I may be successfully elected, then I would have to resign from council. I have spoken to other councillors and my role with council will not be changing until then,’’ he said.
‘‘Managing a business, working as a councillor and running a campaign is going to be pretty full on but I’m doing some restructuring to do this.’’
Mr Danieli said he believes KAP has a very good chance of gaining one senate seat in Victoria and a chance of getting a second.
‘‘Our campaign will be aimed at getting two people in and also having an influence in the House of Representatives,’’ he said.
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