The leader of Queensland's Palmer party says there's a bit of
bogan in all of us, and Australians need to accept it.
Alex Douglas has mounted a colourful defence of emails he
wrote to a former Palmer party candidate, in which he spoke
of junk-food eating bogans living empty lives.
The emails were leaked to the media by disgruntled former PUP
candidate, Marti Zucco, who stood for a Tasmanian seat in the
"Bogans have ... inherited the earth and the world is full of
them demanding their right, in an odd way, to be heard," Dr
Douglas wrote in the emails, published in The Courier-Mail.
"The interesting observation about Boganland is not just how
common it is now but how the sufferers just copy one another
so quickly with each trend ...
"It is no longer satisfactory that they will just buy (and
wear) ugg boots, watch Big Brother, choke on a diet of
grease, dye their bright purple (sic), tatoo (sic) and
rejoice in their ignorance."
He also had some theories about why Palmer party
senator-elect Jacqui Lambie did so well in Tasmania.
He said she had an "ace up her sleeve" because she came from
Boganland, and she was "from a world we see daily and quietly
hope will disappear".
On Thursday, Dr Douglas said he did not resile from his
comments, which were intended to demonstrate that Mr Zucco's
poor polling came down to his failure to connect with bogans.
"There's a bit of bogan in all of us and you've got to come
down to that level," Dr Douglas told AAP.
"That way voters will tell you what's going on."
He said people must now accept that boganism was part of
"We're all bogans. I'm a bogan because I'm overweight.
"There is a bit of bogan in all of us. Sometimes the truth
hurts, I understand this."
Dr Douglas made reference to Australians' love for the movie
The Castle to demonstrate his point.
"Why do they like Darryl Kerrigan? Because he's a bogan. Why
do they like the solicitor who works for him? Because he's a
Dr Douglas said politicians had to embrace their inner bogan
in order to interact in a meaningful way with voters.
"We are all like that. When you want to talk to people you've
got to talk to them as they are, not as you imagine the world
to be," he said.
He said he didn't think Ms Lambie would be offended.
"I think Jacqui Lambie is a very good candidate because she
understands that, she really does ... That's why she probably
got the vote.
"Maybe (motoring party senator-elect) Ricky Muir is the same,
but he is part of the real world."
"Everyone has got to stop making value judgments about people
and see that all of that is the fabric, or the kaleidoscope,
of the real world."