Former Victorian Senator Ricky Muir has announced that he will be staging a shock return to the political arena, running for the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party in the seat of Morwell for the upcoming Victorian state election. Muir, who was famously elected against all odds to the Australian Senate in 2013 for the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, represented Victoria as a senator until 2016, when he lost his seat following the double dissolution election. His election success in 2013 was highly controversial, particularly given that he was elected on the back of a record low primary vote of only 0.51 percent. Political commentators excoriated Muir at the time, suggesting that his lack of formal education and apparent simple mindedness left him unqualified for a position in the Australian Senate.
Despite not living in the seat of Morwell, Muir still believes that he possesses a detailed understanding of the issues facing the electorate, given his experience living in rural Victoria. The Morwell electorate has sustained considerable job losses in recent years, with many manufacturing roles being outsourced. According to Muir, “I will not allow the Morwell electorate’s fitters and turners…to become baristas for inner city ideology”. The Victorian election is scheduled to take place in November.