He's served time, he has tattoos, he's a bikie -
and he's running for a Queensland Senate seat.
Motorcycle Club member Russell "Camel" Wattie
has ridden into the election campaign,
announcing he will register as an independent
candidate on Wednesday.
Mr Wattie, 49,
said his two-and-a-half years behind bars as
well as his time as a truckie and bikie have
given him insider information that could help
improve the corrective service system, transport
issues and new anti-bikie laws.
"I'm not hiding
anything in my past," Mr Wattie told AAP.
"I'm a hard worker
and I pay taxes."
Mr Wattie, who has
a Grim Reaper tattoo, said if he won a Senate
seat he would work to overturn anti-association
legislation in Queensland, NSW and South
Australia that's directed at dismantling outlaw
legislation, groups can be called criminal
organisations and members banned from
associating with each other.
"The laws are
fundamentally flawed," Mr Wattie said.
is being destroyed, and it's not just for
"The fact is that
a criminal organisation can be three people of
an incorporated or unincorporated body, or any
type of organisation whatsoever."
Mr Wattie drove
trucks interstate for many years, and said it is
time to nationalise road rules, including speed
limits and registration.
road laws are a nightmare for anyone who either
regularly or occasionally crosses state
borders," he said.
"We need a single
set of road laws across this great land of
Mr Wattie said he
had served time in Australia and Holland for
drug, firearm and kidnapping offences, and said
the experience served as an eye-opener to flaws
in the system.
"If you want
someone who can give you a very good reason why
there should be prison reforms, I've experienced
a prison system in Victoria that at the time had
the second-worst reoffending rate in the world,"
He said literacy
rates in jails need to be improved, as well as
rehabilitation for drug addicts.
Mr Wattie has run
a successful engineering services business and
said he would campaign for small business over