Candidate withdraws from race

ROBERT Jameson has pulled out of the race for the seat of Dawson.

Mr Jameson was to run as an independent but decided to withdraw after he was unable to be endorsed by the newly established Stable Population Party of Australia.

The SPPA failed to register in time after the election was called, so the party can't endorse candidates for the Senate or House of Representatives, he said.

The SPPA was set up by Sydney businessman William Bourke with help from Dick Smith, Bob Carr and Victorian MP Kelvin Thomson.

Mr Jameson, a Mackay taxi driver and amateur scientist, said in January he would run for Dawson and his campaign would focus solely on the idea that curbing population could halt climate change.

“We need to cut out our immigration intake and we need to stop paying the baby bonus,” he told the Daily Mercury at the start of his campaign.

“People should be discouraged from having large families and we should tie our overseas aid to family planning.”

Mr Jameson said he would travel to Sydney to support the SPPA as it focused on winning one Senate seat.

“The SPPA has decided to focus all their manpower and finances on one Senate seat,” he said.

With Mr Jameson's withdrawal there are now four candidates competing for the seat of Dawson.

They are the LNP's George Christensen, the ALP's Mike Brunker, the Greens' Jonathan Dykyj and Damian Herrington, of Family First.

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