Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) has announced that keen hunter, shooter and former ADF peacekeeper Bruce Logan will be its candidate for the seat of Cook in the Queensland 2024 state election.
Mr Logan says one of his priorities is to enable hunting on public land in Queensland, to make it easier for licensed shooters to deal with feral pest animals.
“If I am successful in the 2024 election, I’ll be fighting the red tape for sporting shooters and hunters to have access to state forest and national parks under a permit system to manage feral animals and game,” he said.
Mr Logan comes from a strong rural background, being the grandson of Sir Raymond Douglas and Lady Pearl Logan, and he served in the ADF from 1998 to 2004, including in peacekeeping operations overseas.
Since then, he has worked in the fishing and mining sectors, and now runs a small cattle operation.
He is a keen shooter, having received his first gun — a Browning .22LR pump-action rifle — aged 11 from his dad.
“I’ve still got it today,” he said.
Firearms have long been a part of his life, and today he is still a keen shooter, particularly in the areas of feral animal control and clay target shooting.
He has experienced first-hand the devastation feral animals cause, which is a prime driver behind his desire to allow hunters access to public land in the state.
Shooters Union president Graham Park said Mr Logan’s candidacy further reinforced KAP’s commitment to law-abiding firearms owners, and looked forward to meeting with him to discuss issues affecting shooters in the state.
“KAP is one of the few political parties openly supporting law-abiding shooters in Queensland, and it’s good to see its new candidate continuing that tradition,” he said.
“Whether people like it or not, hunting and shooting are important elements of life in northern Queensland and that needs to be represented in parliament by the local MPs.
“By endorsing an experienced shooter, KAP is once again demonstrating its commitment to the community and gun owners in Queensland generally.
“We look forward to working with Mr Logan, and the other KAP members, in the lead-up to next year’s state election in October 2024.”
The North Queensland electorate Mr Logan will contest covers nearly the entirety of Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands.