Ricky Muir confirms what you all thought about politicians

No one was more shocked about Ricky Muir being elected to the Senate than Ricky Muir. One minute he’s working

No one was more shocked about Ricky Muir being elected to the Senate than Ricky Muir. One minute he’s working in a sawmill, taking his opinions on public access to land for motorbikes on YouTube, then he gets involved in the Motoring Enthusiast Party, and before he knew it, he’s a Federal Senator.

In an interview with custom car magazine, Street Machine, Muir discusses what it’s like to peer behind the curtain of Federal politics. Muir said “I was very cynical about politics before I got involved. Unfortunately, all this role has done is reinforce that. Everything that many representatives say and do is the complete opposite of what they think. The hidden agendas become very visible once you’re on the inside.”

The idea of Party Politics forming what a pollie says rather than what they feel is nothing new but getting an insider take on it is strangely refreshing and seemingly frustrating for Muir. Muir states that politicians “don’t have the luxury of being honest. The whole system makes them dishonest.”

Muir believes that this major party dishonesty is why our political system needs to remain the way it is; Muir says “there should always be independents and the chance for ordinary Aussies to get involved.”

Does being in the system inspire him to one day lead the country? Muir adamantly responds with “Not at all. At the end of the day, a prime minister doesn’t have time for independent thought. I wouldn’t want the pressure that goes with the job, either.”

Should more “average joes” like Muir run for office? Do you think they can make a difference in our political system?



  1. I absolutely agree that the Senate voting system should remain as it is. The major parties are desperate to have their own way – push through their own reforms and bills and to hell with what the public wants or needs. We NEED the minor parties in there fighting for us.

    • I agree with Elaine. I feel for Ricky and the frustration that arises from seeing the duplicity first hand. Our politics although claiming to be based on the the Westminster Democratic system is being moulded into a system of control that allows incumbents to maintain their positions. Our Democracy which should reflect the will of the people has been corrupted to reflect slogans which are in the whole plan meaningless. We need to review our system of oversight. The amount of politicians embroiled in neferious dealings is at its highest since Federation. I for one support a Federal ICAC

      • Lynne Highfield  

        I agree with you both. Independents’ are essential to safeguard us.

  2. I have often wondered – frequently loudly – why we have a political representative here in our area. We rarely see him, he has an office in a town 40 minutes away, he adheres to the Party Line and certainly we never hear a word from him in Parliament. Why bother with him?

    Unfortunately, with a two-party system such as Australia’s and the vote set to favour either one, in spite of our preferential voting system, Independents’ votes go to one of the majors. The senate is the only place where Independents and minor parties can get into office and not be beholden to Liberal or Labor.

    We NEED Independent Senators – if we didn’t have them, nothing would get passed for the ordinary Australian, such as the Victims of Crime group et al. If we didn’t have minor parties and Indies in the senate the major parties would be able to collude to rush through any bill they agree upon or which can be out-voted by the other.

  3. Hels  

    yes! That’s what democracy is all about.. There should be no party line and voting should be done on every ones own ethics and how their electorate feels on the subject.There should be more cooperation between parties. The Independents are there to keep the bastards honest

  4. Rhonda De Stefano  

    I really want to see more “average Joes” in parliament! Those who run without party backing usually do so because they want to see some change for the better and are fed up with our flawed political system. I agree with Ricky Muir that the system promotes dishonesty and I might add that being stuck in the chamber during sittings cuts one off from the real world too. Those who have been in politics to long seem to be “tarnished” by the system and while not always corrupted by it, lose the reason for being there. Having just checked our electorate’s candidates for the upcoming federal election, I am very disappointed to see no independents running (a list that does not even offer me any real choice, I don’t like any of the platforms these people present).

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