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League great Dowling in front-row for Palmer's election bid


A former Queensland State of Origin legend has been drafted as state leader of Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party for the upcoming state election.

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The businessman announced ex-NRL star Greg Dowling will lead the party’s tilt at the October Queensland election and vie for the seat of Townsville, held by Labor’s Scott Stewart.

“We are assembling a great team of candidates – people with real-life skills, not career politicians – united by the common goal of making Queensland the best it can be,” Dowling said.

A Townsville resident for the past 12 years, Dowling owns and operates a food outlet in the local shopping centre.

Dowling played 14 Tests for Australia, 11 State of Origin matches for Queensland and made six appearances for the Maroons in the pre-Origin era.

Dowling was an unsuccessful United Australia Party candidate in the 2019 federal election for the north Queensland seat of Herbert.


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