What do your family and friends think about this? Are they surprised?
That’s an interesting question and there is mixed response but all are supportive.
The first thing a few friends have asked is, why? You have an amazing life and politics, why would you? So I tell ‘em that having two nine-year-old kids, being 60 and having been faced with my own challenges, I often find myself awake at night worrying about the world we’re leaving for them. The day I leave this world I need to know I have done everything in my power to see they’re safe and secure for the life.
You know, I’ve had incredible support and love from so many people. When I fell five stories off a building and broke my back and when cancer came back a second time, everyone said, ‘You will beat this, Baz, you will survive, you have the will to win.'
Now, and for the first time in my life, I’m told I should be worried. Political parties and their lobbyists are powerful. They are lethal monsters with no conscience. They will do anything to maintain power, it’s all they care about; that they will lie cheat and, even worse, whatever that is, smear in the press I suppose, to anyone that tries to change that.
So that’s why I’m running for senate.
To put these parties, who are completely unshackled from what is right and what is wrong, on watch.