Ricky Muir shares parenting tips in YouTube video

Ricky Muir shares parenting tips in YouTube video

Ricky Muir is yet to reveal his personal views on the federal government's hallmark paid parental leave scheme but the Motoring Enthusiast Party senator-elect has some basic advice for other parents: ditch the high-tech toys and get back to basics.

In a newly surfaced YouTube video, shot before the 2013 federal election and since removed from the video sharing site, the media-shy father of five provides a how-to guide to stress-free parenting, as he “babysits” his daughter and niece while their mothers are out.

“I’m here to show you that parenting is really not that bad at all,” the timber mill worker says from his backyard in the small Victorian town of Heyfield.

"At the end of the day, you should really just focus on the good things, focus on the fun. After all, they’re only young once, you might as well make this as fun and enjoyable as possible."

The clip cuts to the trio venturing to a forest, where they have a picnic and explore their surrounds. The kids investigate sticks and stones, while Mr Muir busies himself with metal detecting.


Parenting educator Michael Grose said Mr Muir’s philosophies are typical of the “father of this generation” - the type of dad who wants to be more involved with their children's personal lives and trade parenting tips with other dads.

He said it was important for people such as Mr Muir, who has branded himself an “ordinary Australian”, to talk to other dads about parenting: “Men listen to other men ... it can be very productive.”

The fledgling politician will be a key figure in the Palmer United Party-aligned voting bloc from July 1. Yet he has been shielded by minders - who now include "preference whisperer" Glenn Druery - since the election.

In the few interviews Mr Muir has given, he has appeared uncomfortable, awkward and unable to articulate the policies of his party.

He fumbled through an interview with veteran journalist Mike Willesee on Channel 7's Sunday Night, as he struggled to define "balance of power" and had to consult an adviser when pressed for a definition of the "after-market" automobile industry.

With so little content about Mr Muir publicly available, fascination in his home videos has skyrocketed.

Previous clips from Mr Muir’s now defunct YouTube channel involve him participating in a backyard kangaroo-poo fight and showing his eight-year-old daughter driving a car and doing "burnouts”.

Motoring Enthusiast Party founder Keith Littler said Mr Muir’s strong family values are characteristic of motor enthusiasts and are rooted in the party’s core beliefs.

“We are very much a family community …fathers and sons build cars in sheds, and even daughters these days too,” he said.

Mr Muir was not available for comment.

Timna Jacks

Transport Reporter at The Age

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