AFL legend Doug Hawkins stands for Palmer party

Former boxer Barry Michaels, Clive Palmer, former AFL footballer Doug Hawkins and former rugby league footballer Glenn Lazarus at the Palmer United Party announcement in Melbourne. Photo: Josh RobenstoneBillionaire miner Clive Palmer and his Palmer United Party bandwagon has rolled into Melbourne, unveiling AFL great Doug Hawkins and former world champion boxer Barry Michael as star Victorian candidates for the Senate.
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A lavish press conference, headed by Palmer and backed by the twanging country melodies of a travelling four-piece bush band, was held on Tuesday to announce the latest two candidates for the PUP’s push to field candidates in all 150 House of Representative Seats and a Senate team in each state and territory for the September 14 election.

Michael, 57, best known for his 1985 title fight against Lester Ellis, which he won on points at Melbourne’s Festival Hall claimed the No.1 spot on the ballot ticket for the Victorian Senate, while Hawkins, celebrated “son of the west” , who played 350 games for Footscray and Fitzroy has the number two spot.

Hawkins said on Tuesday he’d “kicked a lot of goals in my time”, “played it rough” and was now looking to “stick it up em” in Canberra.

He identified “soaring electricity prices, unemployment and cuts to the health care system” as his chief reasons for putting his hand up for nomination.

The footballer, who also had success after retirement working on The Footy Show, said he had been motivated to apply for candidacy through the PUP website as he had witnessed friends who “were unable to turn on the heater if they choose to watch TV for an evening”.

“It’s not right and it’s not fair,” he said.

Hawkins also highlighted the recently failed electoral funding deal, accusing the major parties of trying to funnel “$60 million from the electoral system” in an attempt to defeat “the Palmer United Party and deny Victorians and Australians a right to choose their leaders.”

Fronting the press for the first time as a political hopeful, Michael said he was appalled at the state of hospitals in Victoria.

“Every day Victorian people suffer because of the lack of funds in our health system,” he said.

“Victoria is suffering from the lacks of jobs, from far too high electricity prices, from being forgotten.

“Communities are fragmented, families are falling apart.

“The Labor Party has taken Melbourne and Victoria for granted for far too long. And Tony Abbott promises much of the same neglect. I am entering the most important battle of my career. I am not fighting for money. I am not fighting for a title, I am fighting for a fair go for everyone.”

The former pugilist has since worked as a fight promoter and commentator and also expanded his business interests to include retail, real estate and financial services.

“I am in it to make sure of a fair go for everyone and I reckon I can deliver the knockout blow to the major parties,” he said.

But the pat lines one usually associates with sportsmen and their various bids to enter the political fray paled against the statements made by Mr Palmer in a long and winding oratory that claimed:

– Kevin Rudd was renewing his push for the Labor leadership in a bid to force an “early election because the Palmer United Party has got them spooked”.

– The PUP would reduce taxation dramatically in all sectors, increase spending, abolish the carbon tax and refund all associated costs with electricity price rises retrospectively and set aside $80 billion for the health budget without seeing the need to set out the costs or savings to the budget. “Government isn’t about adding up,” Mr Palmer boomed, temporarily forgetting he had started the address excoriating Treasurer Wayne Swan and his predecessors for fatally mismanaging the Australian budget.

– “Julia Abbott” and “Tony Gillard” were hostage to lobbyists and “people like me who can throw a million bucks their way” and have policy drafted to satisfy individual interests.

– Mr Palmer had directly been responsible for the US economy’s recovery due to his involvement with an international dialogue forum, one coincidentally that Mr Palmer had funded out of his own personal fortune.

Introduced by former rugby league great and PUP Queensland Senate candidate, Glenn Lazarus, Mr Palmer – who is standing as a candidate in the Sunshine Coast lower house seat of Fairfax – strode into the room to a rousing chorus of “C’mon Aussie C’mon”, played live by the McGuiness & Co bush band, a quartet that accompanies him across Australia to each media call and press event.

The billionaire mining baron was originally due to make the announcement in Williamstown, the place of his birth, also a locale that resonates deeply with Hawkins, and Michael, who grew up in the suburb.

But the high production value press conference, held in the opulent surrounds of the Lanhgam Hotel ballroom, in Melbourne’s CBD, rather reinvented the manner in which candidates for the Federal Senate are usually announced.

But the miner, shipbuilder, “next Australian Prime Minister” and self appointed most “successful man in Australian business”, rarely reads from the playbook, let alone follows custom or tradition.

He declined to say how much the PUP exercise has cost so far, replying, “about 35 days so far. Last year I paid $70 million in tax so you can go away and work it out yourselves.”

In recent weeks, Mr Palmer has announced John Bjelke-Petersen, son of the infamous Sir Joh, Queensland’s most controversial premier, will stand as a Palmer United Party federal candidate in the seat of Maranoa, in the state’s south-west.

In NSW, Northern Beaches small business owner Brodie Stewart will run in Warringah, the current seat of federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, while Bollywood film producer Gary Loke will go head to head with Labor MP Julie Owens in her seat of Parramatta

Mr Palmer has also endorsed the nine Victorian candidates who will stand for the House of Representatives in September.

They include community television host and real estate agent Jason Kennedy in the marginal seat of La Trobe in Melbourne’s outer east.

Other candidates include futures trader Luke McNamara in Kooyong, physiotherapist Nataliya Shkuratova in Goldstein, and company operations manager Trevor Dance in McEwen.

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