Pete Evans has announced his run for Senate with a fringe outfit run by former One Nation senator Rod Culleton.
Mr Culleton released a statement welcoming the celebrity chef and outspoken anti-vaxxer to his Great Australian party, citing his intention to run for the Senate.
“Pete Evans has maintained his principles and inspired others in the face of uncommon adversity,” Mr Culleton said.
Evans has a long history of opposing vaccinations, as well as fluoridated water, dairy products and sunscreen.
The aspiring politician has no medical training.
Prime Minister Scott Morrisongave short shrift to a question on whether Evans’ stance on vaccinations and run for Senate would affect the confidence rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine across Australia.
He was asked about it during a tour of the CSL facility in Melbourne, where one of the coronavirus vaccines is being manufactured.
“Sorry to detract from positive news this morning but Pete Evans is making a run for the Senate, do you think that will undermine the confidence in the vaccination roll out?” the PM was asked.
“No,” was all he replied.
Evans was dropped by his book publisher last year for sharing a cartoon which featured a neo-Nazi symbol. He denied he had any knowledge it was a neo-nazi symbol.
This also led to Coles, Woolworths, Target and Kmart dropping his products.
Evans did apologise, claiming his post was “misinterpreted”.