Former radio star Byron Cooke to enter politics & run for Senate seat
Byron Cooke is adding another string to his bow, announcing his intentions to run for a Senate seat in the Federal Parliament.
Cooke will run in the upcoming federal election, which should be held before May next year.
He will stand as a member of The Sensible Centre party, which claims it wants to fix politics by representing the 80% of voters who exist outside the extremes of the political ‘left’ and ‘right’.
The former Fox FM Breakfast co-host announced his run on his podcast this afternoon, saying he would not be bought, and would not represent big businesses or any fringe groups.
“If you want to see everyone in this country do well, not just those in government, not just those in big business, or big media – which, by the way, I left – I am confident that this party and many of our policies will make sense to you, and I would be honoured to represent you in Canberra. So I’m going into politics. There I said it, I can’t go back now, guys, I’m in,” he said.
Cooke promised that should his bid be successful he would read everything, make decisions on a case-by-case basis, and be accessible to his constituents.
“I will read everything and I will make the right decision based on what I believe the unrepresented – people who’ve never even thought about what a senator does – I want to be that person that can answer a DM on Instagram. Imagine ‘Oh, my mate Byron is in the Senate, I’ll shoot him a message. I don’t think this should be passed. I don’t like the look of this bill. I might let him know’,” he said on today’s Byron Cooke Show.
“I want to be contactable. I can read. I’ve got common sense. I am all ears. I don’t have one predisposed position politically. I personally, I’m not a lefty, I’m not a conservative, I’ve been a swinging voter my whole life, despite the best efforts of my father to make me vote Liberal. I’ve been all over the map, based on whatever’s going on, whatever I’m passionate about at the time, particular issues. So I am right there. I’m in the middle.”
The Sensible Centre has a 12-point Economic Recovery Agenda, which it promoted on Facebook earlier this month.
Listed as the #1 priority was rebuilding Australian sovereignty, followed by ending crony capitalism and rebuilding small businesses. From there, it wants to suspend immigration and offer up a $132 billion per annum stimulus by making superannuation voluntary. Other suggestions include capping CEO salaries and banning foreign ownership of land and residential property.
Cooke said his podcast, The Byron Cooke Show, has helped him have conversations with more freedom, which has inspired his passion for politics and the impact it can have on everyday people.
“Politics is really broken now. It’s just a blame game between two very polarised groups, right and left. I’ve always found that the best ideas lie somewhere in the middle, where you can learn from people on either side,” he said.
You can read about The Sensible Centre’s policies here, including on immigration, opening up during the COVID crisis, reforming the ABC and defence and security.