Ricky Muir

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Ricky Muir
Senator for Victoria
In office
1 July 2014 – 2 July 2016
Personal details
Born (1980-12-25) 25 December 1980 (age 36)
Maffra, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party[1]
Spouse(s) Kerri-Anne Muir
Occupation Sawmill Worker

Ricky Lee Muir (born 25 December 1980) is a former Australian politician. He was elected as a Senator for Victoria in the 2013 election, representing the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party (AMEP).[2] His term began on 1 July 2014. Muir failed to retain his seat at the 2016 election following a double dissolution which cut short his term in office.

Early life[edit]

Muir was born in Maffra, Victoria. He grew up mainly in Stratford, completing most of his primary education at Boisdale Consolidated School with a short stint at Dargo, then later attending secondary school at Maffra Secondary College.[3]

He worked for a leather company making car seats. Around 2009, he moved to Denison, near Heyfield, and worked for a sawmill, moving up to manager. Shortly before the election, the sawmill ceased operations and he lost his job.[4]

Political career[edit]

Entry to politics[edit]

Muir said that as a young man, he was interested in customising cars, but as he gained a family, he moved on to four-wheel drives as a way to explore the countryside. He wanted to keep the country open for four-wheel drives to explore. About four months before the election, he discovered the AMEP on social networking sites. He was preselected for the election without having met the party leaders. He had no political experience. He calls himself an "average Australian" and wanted to make "balanced decision which reflects on hopefully the everyday Australian".[4][5]

2013 election[edit]

Muir represented AMEP in Victoria at the 2013 federal election and won on a record-low primary vote of 0.51 percent or 17,122 first preferences (coming 13th out of 34 groups), getting to the 14.3 percent quota from 23 group voting ticket party preferences: Bank Reform Party, Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party, HEMP Party, Shooters and Fishers, Australian Stable Population Party, Senator Online, Building Australia Party, Family First Party, Bullet Train For Australia, Rise Up Australia Party, No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics, Citizens Electoral Council, Palmer United Party, Democratic Labour Party, Katter's Australian Party, Socialist Equality Party, Australian Sex Party, Australian Voice Party, Wikileaks Party, Drug Law Reform, Stop CSG, Animal Justice Party, and the Australian Independents Party.[6][7] The previous record for the lowest successful primary Senate vote for a party's lead candidate was held by the Nuclear Disarmament Party's Robert Wood who polled 1.5 percent in New South Wales in 1987, a double dissolution election. Independent Senator Nick Xenophon and larger parties including the incoming government are looking at changes to the group voting ticket system.[8][9][10]

In October 2013 it was reported that the AMEP's Victorian State Council had been banned by the party's executive from contacting Muir since the election, and that Muir supported the executive's decision to suspend the State Council.[11][12] The Victorian branch of the party voted to disband itself and expel Muir in July 2014. Both the expulsion and the existence of the Victorian branch after October 2013 were not recognised by the federal party.[13]

On 10 October 2013 Muir announced he would enter into an alliance with the Palmer United Party.[14]

Senator[edit]

Muir's term in the senate commenced on 1 July 2014.[1] He delivered his maiden speech on 5 March 2015.[15][16]

In an interview by Mike Willesee broadcast on Channel Seven's Sunday Night program on 8 June 2014, Muir was shown to have considerable difficulty explaining the meaning of the terms "balance of power" and "aftermarket".[17] In response, Clive Palmer asserted that Willesee was a "dickhead" and had a "plum stuck up his arse". Palmer claimed that only a minute of an hour long interview was put to air.[18]

Muir's senior adviser was electoral consultant Glenn Druery, however he was sacked by Muir less than a month later and was escorted out of Parliament. Muir stated that Druery did not "get along with the staff".[19] Muir also hired former New South Wales state politician Peter Breen to advise him on legislation,[20][21] but also sacked him on 6 August 2014.[22] As of November 2014, five members of Muir's staff had resigned or been sacked.[23]

On 19 November 2014, Muir voted against changes to financial planning laws on which the Abbott Government and Palmer United Party had reached agreement.[24]

Family life[edit]

He is married to Kerrie-Anne Muir and they have five children.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Senator Ricky Muir: APH
  2. ^ "Motoring Enthusiast Party member Ricky Muir wins Senate seat". ABC News. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Ricky Muir's maiden speech to parliament
  4. ^ a b c Le Grand, Chip (10 September 2013). "Senate's 'average' guy Ricky Muir parks the enthusiasm". The Australian. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ricky Muir not influenced by money in Senate run for Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party". ABC News. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Victorian 2013 Senate results and preference flows: ABC
  7. ^ The Preference Deals behind the Strange Election of Ricky Muir and Wayne Dropulich: Antony Green ABC 13 September 2013
  8. ^ Coalition shy of Senate majority: Business Spectator 9 September 2013
  9. ^ Tony Abbott fires a warning shot at micro parties in the Senate: WA Today 9 September 2013
  10. ^ Xenophon wants voting reform: NineMSN 9 September 2013 Archived 17 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Victorian branch of Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party banned from contacting Senator-elect Ricky Muir". ABC News. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Caldwell, Alison (8 October 2013). "Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party closes Victorian branch over 'blatant disregard' for national executive". ABC News. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Willingham, Richard (31 July 2014). "Victorian branch of Ricky Muir's party tries to revoke his membership". The Age. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  14. ^ Emma Griffiths (2013-10-10). "Clive Palmer issues warning to Government as Motoring Enthusiast Ricky Muir joins Senate voting bloc". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  15. ^ Henderson, Anna (6 March 2015). "Ricky Muir uses maiden speech to lash Government over lack of consultation on key policies". ABC News. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  16. ^ Muir,, Ricky. "First Speech" (PDF). Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  17. ^ Louise Yaxley (2014-06-09). "Motoring Enthusiasts Party senator-elect Ricky Muir stumbles in TV interview". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  18. ^ Clive Palmer hits back at 'dickhead' Mike Willesee: SMH 9 June 2014
  19. ^ Senator Ricky Muir sacks chief of staff Glenn Druery: The Age 1 August 2014
  20. ^ Novice politician Ricky Muir undone by a veteran in the business or questionable tactics? SMH 9 June 2014
  21. ^ Aston, Heath (2 July 2014). "Muir hires ex-pollie to help with legislation". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  22. ^ "Ricky Muir sacks adviser Peter Breen; third staffer of Motoring Enthusiasts Party senator to depart". ABC News. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  23. ^ Massola, James; Aston, Heath (4 November 2014). "Another Ricky Muir staffer hits the road, with five departing in three months". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  24. ^ Norman, Jane (19 November 2014). "Jacqui Lambie, Ricky Muir break ranks in 'coalition of common sense' against financial advice laws". ABC News. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 

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