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John ‘Wacka’ Williams shares what’s next as he farewells parliament

In his farewell speech, Nationals Senator John ‘Wacka’ Williams reflected on his achievements, most notably his campaign for a banking royal commission.

“There aren’t too many good guys left in parliament,” says Ben Fordham.

“And one of the few remaining is sadly walking out the door.”

After 11 years in the Senate, Senator Williams will depart come July, as one of the most loved MPs from either side of the parliament.

A member of the Nationals since the 80s, the former sheerer, farmer and truck driver only decided to run in 2007.

Never pushing for leadership positions, Mr Williams only ever wanted to help the people he represented, those in rural NSW.

“He’s done that wish amazing success,” says Ben.

But one of his greatest achievement has been holing the big banks to account.

After losing his family farm because of dodgy advice from the Commonwealth Bank, he became the first person in parliament to call for banking royal commission.

“Where I’m lucky, Ben, is that a lot of people who leave parliament don’t have any say in it, they get booted. I’ve actually decided to go,” he tells Ben.

“It’s been a great experience.”

As for what’s next, Senator Williams says he plans to return to farm life.

“I’m going back to the farm. Hopefully, it’ll rain before I go home.”

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