6 March, 2015. 16:59
ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact
MAVERICK SENATOR Ricky Muir was pictured entering parliament yesterday with internet phenomenon, Tim “Sharky” Ward – who’s allegedly been appointed the Victorian’s new foreign policy advisor.
Mr Ward had been an Australian political analyst for a several years, with his insights and opinions read by hundreds of thousands each day.
He’s a fierce critic of Indonesian president Joko Widodo and PM Tony Abbott – but doesn’t align himself with any particular party or school of political thought.
There’s also speculation that Mr Ward ghostwrote Senator Muir’s maiden speech to the upper house, which exceeded the expectations of many.
This comes after the Thailand-based Mr Ward declared that “he wouldn’t come back to Australia until some real blokes got in to power”.
“For far too long, Australia has ‘gone limp’ on foreign policy,” said Mr Ward.
“Does anybody remember when a tiny island nation called New Zealand told the United States to ‘fuck off’ with their nuclear warships?”
“Australia needs to ‘get hard’ and ‘bite back’ at countries that try to have a lend of us.”
Long time Liberal Senator Bill Heffernan thought he’d seen everything – until he saw Mr Ward enter the chamber yesterday.
“First it was a rugby league player, now it’s a former Gold Coast loan shark with more tattoos than an entire prison yard put together,”
“I’ve got nothing against him, though,”
“He’s the only bastard in here with a decent handshake.”
Fans of both Senator Muir and Mr Ward tend to enjoy the same things, such as motor racing, contact sport, the first season of American Chopper and facial hair.
Mr Ward is also a motoring enthusiast himself, boasting a collection of exotic vehicles from Lamborghinis to Porches.
Senator Muir was contacted for comment but he was out to lunch.
With additional reporting from AAP.