Candidate wants sporting chance

Wayne Dropulich is still hopeful of winning a Senate seat after calling for a recount. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d409019
Wayne Dropulich is still hopeful of winning a Senate seat after calling for a recount. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d409019

Mr Dropulich said he thought he was treated unfairly at times by the media when questioned whether he should be running for a Senate seat and whether he deserved to win.

‘It was probably a bit unfair but everyone is entitled to their own opinion and if I do get in, then we’ll see what happens and we’ll see what they think then,’ he said.

The 42-year-old civil engineer and Stirling resident has requested a recount after missing out on a seat in the Senate, despite early polling suggesting he was leading.

Mr Dropulich said he was disappointed with the result but would reserve any big decisions for after the votes are confirmed.

‘We’ll wait and see if there’s a recount, and see what that produces, then we’ll see what happens,’ he said.

Mr Dropulich said the Australian Sports Party, which was only formed four months ago, hoped to target obesity through sport.

‘Our party stands for healthy living through sport so we are going to try and push anything we can that promotes that sort of idea,’ he said.

‘With obesity being a big issue at the moment, we see that there are a lot of things that can be done to make people fitter and healthier.

‘The intention was to try and win a seat in the Senate and progress our party and our issues, and hopefully do some good and make some change.’

Mr Dropulich said he had not found the last few weeks too stressful and added his children had enjoyed the ride.

‘I don’t stress too easily, so once the election was over it was out of our control, then and it’s just a waiting game,’ he said.

‘They’re probably a bit too young to understand what’s going on but they’re pretty exited about getting their picture in the paper and that sort of stuff.

‘I’d just like to thank all the people who’ve helped me and voted for us and helped us get to the point we’re at, at the moment, and hopefully they continue to support us and we’ll move forward in the future,’ he said.