Watch out Peter Garrett: another bald, outspoken rock star has his sights set on Parliament House. And he's determined to bring Julia Gillard's government – and her carbon tax – down.
Rose Tattoo front man Angry Anderson may be a cityslicker through and through – he was born in Melbourne and lives in Sydney's northern beaches – but he wants to run for the National Party at the next federal election.
The self-described "lapsed Labor supporter" says he joined the Nats because he didn't want to be silenced by either of the major parties. He will consider moving from Beacon Hill, near Manly, to a rural or regional area if the party wants him to run.
Anderson, a big fan of Barnaby Joyce, has spoken at several anti-carbon tax rallies this year and has previously been a vocal critic of Muslim fundamentalism.
"We have strict quarantine laws and it should be the same when it comes to cultures that do not want to integrate," he told The Daily Telegraph in 2007. "We should be very careful about where certain Muslims come from and what they believe. If you come here, you should behave yourself – it's as simple as that."
Last year he told a parliamentary inquiry into youth violence that "Aussies use their fists" when they fight and that "other cultures" – namely the Lebanese, Indochinese and Pacific Islanders – had introduced weapons.
Anderson was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1993 for his work with youth charities and has also fronted a recent campaign to raise awareness about prostate cancer.