Politician Elected With Only 98 VOTES Whose Party’s Only Policy To Save Daylight Saving Time Reveals He Doesn’t Even Live In Australia
- The newly elected politician has revealed that he does not currently live in Australia
- Wilson Tucker was given a seat in the Mining and Pastoral Region from the Legislative Council
- He is the leader of WA’s Daylight Saving Party, which he founded in 2016
- Mr. Tucker is currently in Seattle, USA, where he works as a senior engineer
A politician who was elected with just 98 primaries and only faces one issue has admitted that he doesn’t even live in Australia.
The leader of the Daylight Saving Party in Western Australia, Wilson Tucker, took a seat in the Mining and Pastoral Region of the Legislative Council on Thursday.
But the 36-year-old lives in Seattle, where he works as a senior engineer for an American technology company.
To be elected to the House of Lords, the WA Electoral Commission says candidates must be 18 years of age and older, be an Australian citizen, and have lived in the state for one year, among other things.
Wilson Tucker, leader of WA’s Daylight Saving Party, secured a seat in the Mining and Pastoral Region of the Legislative Council on Thursday
Mr Tucker previously said he would move back to Australia if voted on, The Kalgoorlie Miner reported.
“I never intended to live in the US forever, it was more of a short-term decision I made,” he said.
“Now that I have the opportunity, and if I get elected, it is certainly a good idea to come back and represent the people of Western Australia as best you can.
‘So for me it would make perfect sense to come back and it was a decision I would always make.’
Mr Tucker said WA and Perth have always been his home – and they will be.
The party leader, who only got 98 primaries, was elected thanks to preferential agreements.
“Daylight Saving Party has converted 0.2 percent of the vote to a seat in the Senate because of all the preferenteals arrangements,” said ABC election analyst Antony Green.
“It’s just ridiculous to have a party choose from that vote level in a region.”
Another electoral analyst, William Bowe, previously argued that this quirk was a “crowning absurdity” of the WA electoral system and that it “was indisputable that it needed reform.”
DSP was one of six micro parties to hire notorious “preferred whisperer” Glenn Druery, who organizes elaborate deals to get parties to choose with few votes.
He is believed to charge a “success fee” of $ 50,000 for games he manages to get.
The 36-year-old (left) is currently in Seattle, where he works as a senior engineer for an American technology company
DSP was founded in 2016 by Mr. Tucker. Western Australia does not have daylight saving time like NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.
Mr Tucker said that because he was not a professional politician, he brought a different and much-needed perspective to parliament.
The ultra-marathoner pledged to work just as hard for the two million people who didn’t vote for him as the 98 who did.
Now that his unlikely election has actually taken place, he will look for ways to expand his problem base beyond the one problem.
‘I am certainly passionate about technology, health, recreation, as well as the well-being of the Aborigines; so these will be topics and issues that will definitely be on my mind if I want to work with the government on the cross bench in the upper house, ”he said.
WA has consistently rejected DST in four referendums in 1975, 1984, 1992 and 2009, with the no vote getting 54.57 percent in the latest poll.