Now that is a story in itself as to "Why did Doug go into politics after an stellar sporting and media career?"
Doug hailed from the industrialised, working class western suburbs of Melbourne making his VFL debut for Footscray in 1978 as a teenager.
Upon reaching 300 senior games, he was awarded AFL Life Membership in 1993.
After retiring, Hawkins was awarded Father of the Year in 1998 and was one of the torch bearers for the 2000 Olympic Games.
In 2004, he was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame.
In 2010, Doug was selected as on the wing position and nominated as Vice Captain of Footscray’s “Team of the Century” and in the same year, Doug was inducted into the Western Bulldogs Hall of Fame, before being upgraded to Club Legend status in 2014.
Off the field, Hawkins was known as an old-fashioned Aussie larrikin, someone who himself acknowledged he was not one of the smartest people going around, but was always up for a laugh.
This political part of Doug’s life was a real eye-opener for a working class boy from Braybrook, there is an intriguing and entertaining component of this story that is extremely entertaining and is sure to enthral and trigger many questions as to WHY, go into politics with Clive Palmer?, listen to Doug’s life story, you will be inspired and entertained.