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Doug Hawkins

Doug Hawkins is a former Australian rules footballer who represented Footscray and Fitzroy in the Australian Football League (AFL).

He also enjoyed a brief career in media and ran for the Senate, as a member of Palmer United Party, in the 2013 Australian federal election.

Now that is a story in itself as to "Why did Doug go into politics after an stellar sporting and media career?" 


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Doug hailed from the industrialised, working class western suburbs of Melbourne making his VFL debut for Footscray in 1978 as a teenager.

During his playing career, Hawkins won the club best and fairest award in 1985, represented Victoria five times, and was named in the AFL Team of the Year in 1984 and 1986.

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.

As a panel member of the Nine Network's The Footy Show during the mid-1990s, he was often portrayed as the show's court jester

In 1998, Hawkins moved to the Seven Network and appeared on a Wednesday night rival to The Footy Show, Live and Kicking.

Hawkins stood as a candidate for a Victorian Senate seat in the 2013 Australian Federal Election as a member of Palmer United Party.

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. 

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