Former Senator Ricky Muir says he can leave parliament proud “knowing that I gave it my best shot against the odds and did not fall victim to the two party political games”.
Muir’s defeat in the Victorian Senate election was confirmed today when the Australian Electoral Commission finalised the results.
Muir’s Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party (AMEP) polled 0.91% of the primary vote – 31,785 votes. This was an increase of 0.40% over his 2013 performance when 17,122 voters (0.51%) gave AMEP their first preference. Muir was elected through a complex series of preference deals permitted at the time by the system of group voting tickets.
The six-year term Muir won in 2013 began on July 1, 2014. It was cut short by 4 years by the double dissolution election of July 2.
Muir says that “there is a large portion of society who are sick of the mainstream political establishment and class”.
- Mar 05, 2015: Maiden Speech – Senator Ricky Muir
Statement posted on Facebook by Ricky Muir.
When I was elected to the Senate in 2013 I was set to take my place in Australia’s political history for six years. As of this afternoon it is finally clear and official that my six year term was reduced to two.