Glenn Lazarus will start his own political party with a football-shaped logo that evokes the Queensland rugby league team he played for.
Lazarus, born in Queenbeyan, New South Wales, played for the blues in State of Origin for ten years and never played for the Queensland side.
NRL statistics show the best efforts of his career were spent playing for Canberra Raiders and Melbourne Storm, and he played for longer outside Queensland.
PLEASED to announce I am setting up the Glenn Lazarus Team. Paperwork with AEC. Website in progress! pic.twitter.com/bMa1yUyDt6
— Glenn Lazarus (@SenatorLazarus) May 13, 2015
NRL statistics show his career’s best efforts were for the Raiders and the Storm, where he spent a majority of his career playing outside Queensland.
The former Palmer United Party Senator, now independent, announced via Twitter on Thursday morning that he had applied to the AEC to start the Glenn Lazarus Team.
He said his party would address Queensland’s issues.
“Queensland desperately needs help to address high unemployment, crippling drought and the need for economic growth,” he told the ABC.
“Queensland also needs better energy solutions which are cleaner, cheaper, more reliable and locally based.
“My Glenn Lazarus Team will support me in providing Queensland with the best representation possible.”
He has not announced any running mates, but he’s the third senator to start a party bearing the founder’s name in the past six months.
South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon kicked it off on December 7 when he launched the NXT or Nick Xenophon Team.
His vote in South Australia is almost enough to elect a second senator and it’s also expected he could challenge for seats in that state’s parliament.
Hot on his heels, and sharing staff with NXT, was former Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan, who registered John Madigan’s Manufacturing and Farming Party with the Australian Electoral Commission on March 26.
Next to embark on the party mission was Jacqui Lambie, who founded the Jacqui Lambie Network on March 31, which bears a map of Tasmania as its logo.
Sitting MPs can avoid the first hurdle of registering as a political party, which is to gather 500 genuine elector members.