The Living Room star Barry ‘Baz’ Du Bois has announced he’s running for a NSW seat in the Senate at the next federal election.
The 60-year-old builder and renovator, who battled cancer twice and went through countless rounds of IVF and then multiple surrogacy attempts with his wife to have his much-loved twins, said he is “here to keep the bas****s honest”.
“It’s time for the average Australian to be given a seat at the table,” Du Bois said in a statement. “For too long, politicians have used complicated language to hide the fact not everyone’s been getting a fair go.
“This is not about being left-wing or right-wing or whether you like ScoMo or Albo. This is about getting an Independent in the Senate, to review legislation and to make sure it will create a prosperous Australia for everyone. Not just the privileged few with money and influence.
“We’ve all been let down by a system where deals are done behind closed doors and where big corporations and the lobbyists have all the power. My promise is to be the voice for the everyday citizen. I will look at every bit of legislation through their eyes, to evaluate how it will personally affect them, their family and the Australia that’s going to be left behind for their kids.”
Baz’s Senate run comes after he battled plasmacytoma myeloma twice, first in 2010 and again in 2017.
In a blog post for the Cancer Council, Barry explained it is “a cancer of the immune system which attacks healthy bone marrow and destroyed the vertebra at the top of my spine.”
He made the announcement that his cancer had returned on The LIving Room, with his co-stars Amanda Keller, Miguel Maestre and Chris Brown all visibly upset over the news.
“After living six years in remission, it was a shock for my family and I too,” Barry said on Instagram at the time.
“I am going into this battle with the love, support and encouragement of my friends and family, and all of you. I'm going to beat what I have got, and hopefully inspire others to do so too.”
Barry underwent the highest level of radiotherapy and chemotherapy in 2018, Barry, writing for the Cancer Council: “The disease is still in my body, it's not something that will go away and I'll never be cured of it, but it's something that me, my wife and my team of doctors will continue to manage for the rest of my life.”
Announcing his run for Senate on Instagram alongside a photo of him with his children, Barry wrote: "This is my why, the love of my family, my community & my planet. My seat in the senate will be a seat for the everyday Australian’s. Fairer, Smarter Stronger so we all prosper. "
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