Revived party walks the streets

BILLBOARD: Australian Democrats Senate candidate Tim Burrow has been walking the streets promoting his party in the regions.
BILLBOARD: Australian Democrats Senate candidate Tim Burrow has been walking the streets promoting his party in the regions.

"We're back!" enthusiastically reads one of the signs that makes up the costume Australian Democrats Senate candidate Tim Burrows wears.

The other is the message which has come to define the party since it was established in 1977 - 'keep the b------s honest'.

Functioning as a one-man billboard Tim Burrow has been walking the streets of regional towns, the latest being Whyalla, to promote his candidacy.

The Australian Democrats were deregistered in 2016 due to a lack of members but returned to politics just days before the federal election was called by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Now Mr Burrow, the former CEO of Agribusiness Australia, is hoping to lead the revived party to a Senate birth.

"When people see me I get lots of smiles, lots of toots, some chats," he said.

"Everyone knows us, everyone repeats the famous saying by our party founder Don Chipp, 'keep the b------s honest'.

"They're pleased to see us back as an alternative to the major parties and the other parties who are just trying to spend their way into the Senate."

One of the policies he will take to the election is a proposal to establish a 100-year plan for South Australia's energy industry.

"We need to move from the source of energy we have now to sustainable energy and we need to do that quickly," he said.

"We want to get it out of the political three to four year cycle and have a serious long-term plan."

For Mr Burrow, running for parliament was on his bucket list. He was planning to run as an independent before 'receiving good advice that independents don't get elected'.

"I've had a history of trying to influence things for the better in agriculture. I think parliament is the ultimate opportunity to do that," he said.

"I looked at what parties fitted my values and beliefs, it's never a perfect fit but the Democrats were willing to have me and I was willing to have them."