This Man In A Truck Wants To Be Your Next PM
He has a truck, a loudspeaker, a motor-mouth and seemingly endless energy -- and he's coming to a town near you.
"I talk straight. No f**king bullshit," the aspiring Prime Minister told ten daily.
Ming Wiseman and his truck parked outside the Channel Ten building in inner-Sydney last week. He just turned up, unannounced, to tell us a story -- a story about his life, his new political organisation the Wisdom Party, and his plan to become PM by 2028.
"Australia is wasting too much time, the politicians are just looking after their own arses. I’m determined to win the election. I’m working very hard," he said.
Wiseman, who lives in Sydney's west, has given up his job driving trucks to run for office. His real surname is Fang, but he goes by Wiseman these days. A seemingly deliberate name change to complement his party, the Wisdom party.
The 60-year-old is driving his truck around Sydney, talking to voters and drumming up support for the next election. His truck is adorned with banners showing his name, contact details, policies and photos with famous people he's met.
It's also blaring uplifting music -- the national anthem, 'Waltzing Matilda' and Louis Armstrong's 'What A Wonderful World' play on repeat as we chat on the footpath.
He spoke at a million miles an hour, ideas seemingly coming to him faster than he can get them out of his mouth. He's wearing a lurid Moschino tie covered in balloons, a tan jacket, and handed us three separate business cards that variously claim him to be a 'general educator' and the 'founder of the Wisdom Ming Party'.
"Support Wisdom Party to bury HECS for good," one card read.
"Start a fire on social media."
On his website, he wrote "My slogan is 'Everyday is a holiday'. My small goal is 'Be happy everyday' and the big goal is 'Contrituting big to humanity'."
Wiseman hasn't decided yet whether he'll run for the Senate or House of Representatives first, but his plan involves getting elected on his own, then gathering supporters to his party once he is in parliament. He wants to run candidates in all 151 House seats by 2028.
"First day, we're going to fix the homelessness issue. Easy. You can buy land, or use public land, and we build a house. I’ve been in contact with an American company which does 3D printing," he said.
"In 24 hours, you have a house for less than $4000. It's beautiful."
Wiseman told us of his own history. He came to Australia as a Chinese student in 1990, to study English. He said he fell on hard times, and found himself homeless, busking in the streets with his bamboo flute.
He slept in church hostels and train stations, where he met a state transit employee who helped him get a job as a train guard.
"It’s time I repay all the good people who were good to me," Wiseman said.
He told us he has been married three times, and has five children. Despite divorcing his ex-wives, he said they are "waiting for me because I’m so good."
"I talk straight! I'm like a glass, you can see through my heart," he said.
But back to policy.
Among a wide grab-bag of policies, Wiseman spoke about making university tuition free -- "we already pay tax!" he protests -- closing down Australia's military, and pushing for a flat income tax rate of 20 percent.
Standing outside the Channel Ten building, he pitched us a new reality TV show with him as the star, titled 'I Want To Be A PM', where contestants would compete to be a candidate for his party. He also shared potentially his most controversial idea, a plan to pay the Prime Minister -- in his ideal world, himself -- a salary of $100 million a year.
"Last year, the Dominos pizza CEO made $36 million. If somebody selling pizza can make that, and the person at the top generating jobs and billions of dollars only makes $500,000, that’s bad."
"With 25 million population, that’s only $4 each a year. Just $4."
But a PM Ming is some way off. The Wisdom Party is not yet registered with the Australian Electoral Commission.
In the meantime, he will be travelling around Sydney, showing off his photos and playing his music.
"I’m driving the truck around every day, and 24 hours a day, my phone is on. I can answer any questions," he said.
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