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Monday 24 October 2005

Former cricket captain promotes his book; confirms he will not stand as an ALP candidate

 

TONY EASTLEY: Former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh says he's not cut out for politics, even though the Labor Party asked him to run in a safe seat. 

 

The cricketer says for now his passions are philanthropy and business, and of promoting his new book based on his diaries.  

 

Brendan Trembath prepared this report. 

 

JOHN HOWARD: With no offence to any other sports in this country, there is something very special about being the captain of the Australian cricket team. It is the pinnacle of sporting esteem in Australia, and Steve Waugh held that position with enormous success and enormous application and distinction. 

 

BRENDAN TREMBATH: The Australian Labor Party also thinks highly of Steve Waugh, so highly he was asked to run in a federal seat.  

 

But the renowned cricketer, who grew up in Bankstown in Sydney's south west, chose not to follow in the footsteps of another boy from Bankstown, former prime minister Paul Keating. 

 

STEVE WAUGH: I was asked about my interest in politics and look, you know, I'm not a politician. You know, I think there's other people out there who have trained, who have done the hard work to be politicians. I think it would unfair of me to sort of say yes and jump straight in.  

 

I'm not qualified. I don't think I have the knowledge to be a politician. You've got to know something about everything, and it's a tough job, you know. My passion lies elsewhere, but I never say never, but at the moment it's certainly not on the radar. 

 

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Steve Waugh won't say much more about the approach because he's got a book to sell.  

 

STEVE WAUGH: Yeah, I was approached and asked about it, but right now that's not for me, there's plenty of other things to do. 

 

BRENDAN TREMBATH: How did the approach come? 

 

STEVE WAUGH: Oh, look, that's… once again, it's in the book, and I don't really want to focus too much on the political agenda, because I mean, as I say, it's only a very minute part of my life. 

 

BRENDAN TREMBATH: After the launch, the Prime Minister declined to say whether the Liberal Party had ever courted Steve Waugh. 

 

JOHN HOWARD: Look, look, look, forget it. Look, I, I… how great sportsmen vote is their own business. As far as I'm concerned, whatever his beliefs are about different political things is entirely a matter for him. 

 

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Steve Waugh, reading here from the book's introduction, says his career as an international cricketer generated mixed emotions. 

 

STEVE WAUGH: Self-denial, self-belief, pity, anguish, joy, relief, satisfaction, a myriad of the thoughts and emotions for what ultimately made my journey so fulfilling and stimulating. 

 

I was fortunate to be exposed to both ends of the emotional spectrum, because I've come to believe that you have to experience the depths of the valley to appreciate the views from the peak. 

 

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Since retiring from cricket, Steve Waugh has continued to travel the globe. His current passions include philanthropic causes, and property.  

 

STEVE WAUGH: Yeah, I have some business interests in India, trying to develop a few different concepts there, just about over the line with one or two of those. You know, the contracts are about to be signed, but it's regarding property development and a few different concepts. 

 

TONY EASTLEY: Former Australian cricket captain, and author, Steve Waugh.