Jim Molan is a Glutton for Punishment

Former general and senator, Jim Molan is nothing if not a fighter. Some might say a glutton for punishment. Having been outrageously attacked by the Green-left, and then shafted by his own party in preselection shenanigans ahead of the last election, Molan has indicated that he’ll be back.

After all, despite being placed in an unwinnable position on the Coalition’s NSW Senate ticket, Molan still received a record number of personal votes. Unfortunately, even that wasn’t enough to beat new Senate rules.

Retired general and former senator Jim Molan used last night’s episode of Q&A to make a bid to return to politics in Arthur Sinodinos’s newly vacant Senate seat.

General Molan said in the federal election he received a historical high of over 137,000 first preference votes after a campaign urging people to vote below the line, causing anger in the NSW Liberal Party.

“My understanding is that (those) 137,000 voters — that it’s not just that election, it’s the largest number of first-preference votes than any individual politician has got at state and federal level in the history of Australian politics,” General Molan said.

Despite being encouraged to join the party as a star recruit, Molan has all along had to battle enemies from within and without the party. As the architect of Australia’s extraordinarily successful anti-boats campaign, Molan is a bete noir of the Australian left.

Almost immediately when he first entered parliament, the left-media and their political allies ambushed Molan with accusations of “racism” because he, like US President Trump, had reposted social media posts by Britain First, depicting incidents of Muslim violence in Europe. Despite the blustering attacks from his critics, the obvious fact was that they were accurate reports.

General Molan said he still had work he wanted to do in politics, using Q&A to outline what he would do if he returned to the Senate.

“I also have one significant issue of unfinished business, and that is I will propose, and encourage government to adopt a national security strategy … I’m not asking government to spend one more cent on defence, but what I’m saying … is that there are very important issues across not just defence, but across energy, food resilience, water resilience, a number of different areas that need to be addressed which are not being addressed.”

Still, Molan is under no illusions about what he is up against.

General Molan made this pitch to return to politics despite saying factional politics in NSW was “stark-raving mad”.

theaustralian.com.au
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