Ricky Muir brings new meaning to the phrase "public servant." Muir is one of the newest members of the Australian Senate, and while the title of "Senator" makes it easy to stereotype him as a typical politician, his choice of political party is a far cry from the Liberal and Labor parties that dominate Aussie politics.
Muir is part of the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, and yes, it's exactly what it sounds like. But it's important to note that this is not some joke party, like the UK's Official Monster Raving Loony Party or Church of the Militant Elvis. Speaking ahead of his election win, Muir told Ausmotive, "I am a committed supporter of the AMEP and the freedoms it seeks, but also very conscious of the responsibility I will be taking on if elected to the Senate."

The group, whose core values webpage is summed up by the phrase "We take pride in our vehicles, pride in our Nation and promote the notion of a 'fair go for all,'" seeks to represent the wants and needs of the Australian motorist. Its platform promises improvements to driver education, including road safety and vehicle maintenance, while also supporting upgrades for Australia's roads. Finally, the party supports a unifying Australia's road and vehicle modification policies, as current laws vary from state to state. As the party's site says, "It is un-Australian to be penalized when crossing a State border simply because two States can't agree on what is right."

Muir is quick to point out that the AMEP will not be a haven or lobby for hoons, however, telling Ausmotive, "I want to emphasize from the outset that driving which endangers life is not acceptable to our Party, nor the people who represent it." We like the idea of a car enthusiasts in office and representing our often scapegoated and villified group. As Muir starts his first six-year term for the state of Victoria, this news has us wondering if it's too late to put Autoblog Editor-In-Chief John Neff up for a congressional run in 2014.

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      Stirling Matheson
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      A lot of us are willing to vote for anybody who isn't currently a member of congress, so go for it.
      • 1 Year Ago
      And THIS is what happens when allow average people to vote for high-up offices. Some catshit pandering politician from a joke party gets elected. It's just a popularity contest nowadays. Just because someone has the popular vote, they get elected. The ignoran commoners vote for the person who will gove them the most handouts. This is tyranny of the majority, which is exactly what our founder envisioned would happen in a democracy. We need to repeal the 17th amendment, which mandates the popular vote in Senate elction. Instead of the ignorant common people voting, the Senators from each state shoould be elected by the State Senate. We need to do something similar in the House of Representatives, where all of the members of a State House of Representatives within a certain national Congressional district vote for the disctrict's Congressman. That way, you have more qualified, educated, intelligent people voting for high-up politicians, instead of common people. These state legislators will make more intelligent decisions. Hopefully, that means that more conservatives(real ones, not RINOS) and libertarians will be elected to our natioanal government. Under this system, the only politicians who common people can vote for are state legislators-the State Senators and State Representatives, as well as politicians running for local offices. This way, voting can be decentralized and the ignorant common people don't have as much of a say as they used to. We also need to be more restrictice as to who votes for these local politicians I just described.47% of our country doesn't want to work, thy jsut expect our govenemnt to hand them checks, which is exactly what happens with the current system where eveyone gets to vote. Well, that's bot okay. I believe that the Founding Fathers had it right when they restricted the vote to property owners. When you own property, you actually have vested interests in your community. Why should my property taxes go even higher than they already are because some welfare leech from Chicago "doesn't think it's fair"? This should also solve the problem of large coties, welafre havens, voting exclusively for liberal politicians who give them handouts. And no, rentig an apartment with the money the government gives you doesn't count. Also, anyone who doesn't pay taxes shouldn't be allowed to vote. The last thing we need is more moochers voting fir corrupt state legislators who increase state taxes.
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's not a bad idea, we really need someone to push back on the government with these strict regulations. Car prices continue to go up from all these emissions and mpg standards while global warming is leveling off.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I heard that annoying guy from Top Gear was thinking of running for some office in UK.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Muir was elected pretty much on preferences only. He was as surprised as anyone else stating "I might have to buy a suit". I've got nothing against the guy or his party but to be clear, almost nobody actually voted for him.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The car party is all about car, while the tea party has nothing to do with tea.
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, a hoon in the Senate? Awesome.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Autoblog Party anyone? I'll run for office and change some of stupid laws we have and make some much needed laws! All Corvettes must see at least 1 drag strip or track once a year, otherwise they must be loaned 1 weekend to someone who WILL do that :) J/K but it's such ashame when a Corvette never hits a track. Would be like buying a prius to beat on it and only get 25-30mpg. Just plain stupid. :)
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      We need a Motoring Enthusiast Part here in the US to help fight the ridiculous BS that comes from CARB!
      Koushiro Izumi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now it would be more worthwhile if the senator all of a sudden bought an HSV Senator.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koushiro Izumi
        He'd be able to afford it considering how much he'll be getting paid
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