FORMER Rockhampton truck driver Peter Schuback has launched a bid for a seat in the Senate.
Once described by Rockhampton MP Robert Schwarten as the most dangerous person he'd ever met, the outspoken and workaholic campaigner has been selected to contest the election by the Australia First party.
And he hopes his strong links to Central Queensland will make it a welcome source of votes as he aims to shake up the “colourless national political scene”.
Schuback dismisses 95% of politicians as faceless and devoid of ideas.
When he lived in Rockhampton he earned a reputation as a rabble-rouser and claims to have started the campaign to get asbestos out of schools after discovering quantities of it at Bouldercombe State School.
He left the city six years ago for Hervey Bay, complaining that he had to move because there were no facilities for his profoundly deaf son in Central Queensland.
But he keeps in touch with an army of truckies in the region and says he visits his old stomping ground at least once a month.
He said yesterday he joined Australia First because none of the other parties stood up for the Australian people.
The party is against immigration, multiculturalism and foreign ownership of businesses and corporations. It also promotes policies to strengthen and protect the traditional family and aims to rebuild Australia's manufacturing industries.
“Australia is a very dry country. We can't afford to have a bigger population without the infrastructure to cater for them,” he said yesterday.
“Neither main party will end immigration, just tamper with numbers.
“We want refugee financial privileges ended and we want these people resettled. This is an invasion of our country, an attack on our identity and our independence as a people.
“This is our country and we wish to reclaim it.
“Multiculturalism doesn't work. People are coming to this country with no intention to assimilate and become Australian. They set up their own ghettos and tell us to change our laws to suit them. That's wrong, but the other parties are unwilling to acknowledge that it's wrong.”
He said Robert Schwarten labelled him dangerous because “I don't lay down real easy. I just keep gnawing at the bone and I'm not afraid of anyone or anything”.
Schuback vows that if he's elected to the Senate he will demand inquiries into the matters that divide the nation.
“I want a fair go for pensioners and the homeless and more spent on mental health issues,” he said.
“I want one set of driving laws for the whole of Australia and one criminal code.”