Candidate calls on cops after beheading and rape threats
CONTROVERSIAL One Nation candidate Mike Holt wants a man who made death threats against him over Facebook charged with hate speech.
Mr Holt, who is running for the seat of Fairfax, received several threats from a man who identified himself as Muslim on his public page, Mike Holt One National Fairfax Candidate.
The threats, made on Thursday and Friday, made mentions of rape and beheading those who insulted Islam.
One comment read: "I swear this bloke won't last someone will get you out there you can't hide for every mike come meet me in bankstown just tell me you talk but can you face a Muslim your a weak dog with no guts keep talking behind your screen someone will grab you sooner or later."
Other comments were unfit for print.
Mr Holt said he had reported the matter to the Queensland Counter Terrorism Unit. An investigation has been opened and he will file a formal complain at Maroochydore Police Station today.
"You have to take it seriously," he said.
"I'm not afraid but I'm taking reasonable precautions."
He said some people were well known for going crazy and doing stupid things.
"This guy's challenged me and says someone's going to kill me," he said.
"At very least it's hate speech... it could be a lot worse."
Mr Holt (pictured) said they were the first death threats he had received.
"These threats won't distract me. They only strengthen my resolve to get into parliament and get this country back on track."
Mr Holt made headlines early in his federal election campaigning when he was linked to a food contamination scare involving stickers warning that Halal food funds terrorism. The stickers were available for purchase from Restore Australia, whose CEO was listed as Mr Holt.