The Katter Australian Party candidate for the seat of Yawannagokunt North-West of Brisbane, has withdrawn after social media posts came to light that showed him once working in an inner-city cafe.

Luke Hardt-Kennedy (35) a prominent rifle range supervisor and former Mackay Cutters superstar, has admitted to the allegations, stating that he needed to find some work while awaiting an ill-fated contract with the Broncos.

In a statement released by the KAP, Mr Hardt-Kennedy said the photos did not reflect his views today but that his actions were “an important lesson for young people that your social media footprint will follow you”.

“It is clear the right thing for me to do is stand down,” the statement said.

“While I surrounded myself with those entitled, close-minded, people in West End many years ago and they in no way reflect the views I hold today, I understand, especially as a member of the Katter Party, that we need to be careful about what we share or like on social media.”

KAP Leader, The Honourable Bob Katter III says the images make him sick to the stomach.

“I’m glad Susie took the keys to my gun safe from me” said the ropeable Member For Kennedy.

“The fact that this man has, at some point in his life, associated with residents of Boundary street, is in excusable. “

“And I’m not talking about the Greeks or the Blackfellas… Or even the old Magpies players of West End. I’m talking full blown white boys with dreadlocks”

“Luke Hardt-Kennedy is dead to me. He’s been ordered to hand over his Akubra and Adler shotgun immediately.”

“And I thought recruiting Fraser Anning was a bad call. Glad I dodged that bullet”

More to come.


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