Cap’n Dan defends his past
PERHAPS the most colourful of all the Whitsunday candidates, Independent Dan Van Blarcom is once again defending his past.
In 1970, Mr Van Blarcom was photographed at an ACT Legislative Assembly in Canberra, wearing a Swastika armband.
Mr Van Blarcom, known locally as Cap'n Dan, was only 19 at the time and says he was actually working undercover as a police spy.
Nonetheless, when he stood for the National Party at the Queensland election of 2004, this photograph brought him grief
When it surfaced a week prior to the election he was dis-endorsed by the party and saw out the campaign as an Independent.
Fast-forward to 2015 and a similar situation has occurred.
Last week the photograph surfaced in the Courier Mail causing Mr Van Blarcom to again have to lay the rumours to rest.
This time around, he has proof from the Queensland Special Branch and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) that he was working as an undercover agent from 1968-71.
"And I make no apology for it," he says, pointing out he was working to infiltrate terrorist organisations "and we still have terrorists today".