Wally Lewis said “true” when asked if an attempt was made to recruit him to be a Nationals Party member. Picture: Mark Cranitch
Wally Lewis said “true” when asked if an attempt was made to recruit him to be a Nationals Party member. Picture: Mark Cranitch

Premier Wally Lewis? It could have happened

THE King of rugby league has revealed he had the choice between starting along the path to becoming premier or playing in premierships thanks to a surprise offer made to him in the 1980s.

Regarded as one of the greatest rugby league players of all time, Wally Lewis spoke on Triple M's The Rush Hour with Luke, Libby and Dobbo answering true or false questions about his dealings with politics.

The Channel Nine sports broadcaster answered "true" when asked if an attempt was made to recruit him to be a Nationals Party member.

Wally Lewis with Ron McAuliffe, who the former player said offered him a place in the National Party in the 1980s.
Wally Lewis with Ron McAuliffe, who the former player said offered him a place in the National Party in the 1980s.

Lewis said it was Senator Ron McAuliffe who started the conversation and set up a meeting where an offer was made, which the NRL star declined.

"What I felt like saying Dobbo, at the time when the approach was made, was whatever you've had to drink I'll have a double," he said.

"It wasn't something that interested me at all.

"I was living in Norman Park at the time in an old colonial house, and I had no interest in moving from there.

"There was a bit of a reward that was offered should I move to another area but it was no chance, absolutely no chance whatsoever.

"The one thing that was the major priority in my life was football, and it didn't matter what it was it wasn't going to interfere."



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