|Senator for Queensland|
1 July 2014 – 2 July 2016
11 December 1965 |
Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
|Political party||Palmer United Party (2014–2015)
Glenn Lazarus Team (2015–present)
|Occupation||Rugby league footballer|
|Full name||Glenn Patrick Lazarus|
|Nickname||The brick with eyes|
11 December 1965 |
Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||115 kg (18 st 2 lb)|
|1989–99||New South Wales||19||2||0||0||8|
|1997||New South Wales (SL)||3||0||0||0||0|
|Source: NRL Stats|
Glenn Patrick Lazarus (born 11 December 1965) is a former Australian Senator and former professional rugby league footballer. An Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative prop forward, Lazarus won premierships with the Canberra Raiders, Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm, whom he also captained. After his retirement from football he was elected to the Australian Senate at the 2013 federal election as the lead Queensland candidate for the Palmer United Party (PUP). He became PUP Senate leader at the commencement of his term on 1 July 2014. He quit PUP on 13 March 2015 and became an Independent as a reaction to his wife being sacked from the Palmer United Party on the same day. He did not retain his seat in the July 2016 election receiving just 1.7% of the primary senate vote in Queensland.
Lazarus was born in Queanbeyan, New South Wales. He attended Queanbeyan South Primary School and Karabar High. He excelled at swimming and football, both Australian rules and especially rugby league.
Rugby league career
Lazarus achieved a formidable reputation in prop forward position at club, state (NSW), and international levels. He was the first player in the history of the game to win premierships with three different clubs: Canberra Raiders, Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm. Lazarus was also named Players' Player for two consecutive Kangaroo Tours: 1990 and 1994. In addition, Lazarus scored the first ever rugby league try at the MCG during a State of Origin game.
Lazarus began his first-grade career with the Canberra Raiders in 1987, and was selected to make his debut for New South Wales in the 1989 State of Origin series. He played a starring role in the club's victory over the Balmain Tigers in the 1989 grand final. He travelled with the Raiders to England for the 1989 World Club Challenge which was lost to Widnes.
Lazarus played in the Raiders' victory over the Penrith Panthers in the 1990 grand final. At the end of the 1990 NSWRL season, he went on the 1990 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France. He also played for Canberra in their grand final loss to Penrith in 1991.
In the summer preceding the 1992 season, Lazarus was recruited from Canberra by his former coach at the Raiders, Wayne Bennett and joined the Brisbane Broncos, with whom he played the largest portion of his career. During the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand, he helped Australia retain The Ashes. He played for the Broncos at prop forward in the 1992 grand final victory over the St. George Dragons, following which he travelled with the Broncos to England, where he played at prop forward in the 1992 World Club Challenge against British champions Wigan, helping Brisbane become the first NSWRL club to win the match in Britain. He then played for Australia at prop forward in the World Cup final victory over Great Britain at Wembley Stadium.
Lazarus played for the Broncos at prop forward in the 1993 grand final victory again over the St. George Dragons. This constituted a remarkable feat of playing in five consecutive grand finals. During the 1994 NSWRL season, Lazarus played at prop forward for defending premiers Brisbane when they hosted British champions Wigan for the 1994 World Club Challenge and lost. In 1996, he captained the Broncos in a game against the Penrith Panthers due to Allan Langer being injured. He was selected to go on the 1994 Kangaroo Tour, although his appearances were restricted due to injuries. It was only a broken (dislocated) ankle suffered during a 1997 World Club Championship match that prevented Lazarus from also playing in that year's Super League grand-final-winning Brisbane side.
Lazarus was recruited to the newly established Melbourne Storm by his former CEO (John Ribot) and teammate (Chris Johns) from the Broncos, both then working in the Storm's administration, for the National Rugby League's inaugural season in 1998. He was named as the club's first captain and was also given a newspaper column to write in The Herald Sun. He went on to lead the Melbourne Storm at prop forward in their 1999 grand final victory. Lazarus announced his retirement from the game with five premierships for three different clubs (Canberra 1989–90, Brisbane 1992–93 and Melbourne 1999), a unique achievement.
In 2000, Lazarus was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia's international standing in rugby league. In 2003, he was one of the first four former players inducted into the Broncos' official Hall of Fame. In 2005, the western grandstand of Olympic Park Stadium was named the Glenn Lazarus stand in his honour. Lazarus spent time on the Brisbane Broncos coaching staff until a major cleanout by head coach Wayne Bennett at the end of 2005 saw him removed.
In February 2008, Lazarus was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia. Lazarus has been 612 ABC Brisbane Breakfast rugby league tipster since 2008. In 2008 New South Wales announced their rugby league team of the century, naming Lazarus at prop.
At the end of the 2008 Queensland Cup season, Lazarus, who served as assistant coach at the Ipswich Jets club under the departing Kevin Walters, was named as head coach of the club from the 2009 season. In 2010, he stepped down from the role to pursue business interests.
Lazarus is married to Tess and together they have three children.
Lazarus was selected to head the Palmer United Party (PUP) Senate ticket in Queensland at the 2013 federal election and was elected on a 9.89 percent primary vote. He got to the required 14.3 percent quota from a favourable preferential tally from group voting tickets. His term as a PUP Senator commenced on 1 July 2014 and he became PUP Senate leader.
He announced his resignation from PUP through Facebook on 13 March 2015 and became an independent Senator. He wrote: "I have a different view of team work. Given this, I felt it best that I resign from the party and pursue my senate role as an independent senator."
His wife Tess who works in his office, was employed by the Palmer United Party until she was sacked only hours before he then resigned from the party.
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