On July 1, 2014 Glenn commenced in the Australian Parliament as a Senator for the State of Queensland. Leader of the Palmer United Party (PUP) in the Senate, Glenn formed part of the powerful PUP bloc along side Jacqui Lambie, Dio Wang and Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party Senator, Ricky Muir.
It was not long before the Bloc crumbled and Jacqui and Glenn established their own parties and the alliance with the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party collapsed. Glenn established the Glenn Lazarus Team in July 2015.
As a Queensland Senator Glenn carved out an enviable record of achievements in the Senate under his own brand including:
- Raising the plight of Australian farmers including dairy farmers and sugar cane growers being bullied, undercut and sent to the wall by foreign owned corporations;
- Profiling the scourge of CSG in Queensland and the impact on landholders unable to say ‘no’ to mining companies coming on to their land;
- Securing the reinstatement of annual funding to Queensland’s flagship Arthur Beetson Murri Rugby League Carnival – Australia’s largest ‘Alcohol, Sugar and Tabacco’ free sporting event;
- Securing the reinstatement of funding over two years to The Big Issue’s Street Soccer Program’ to support homeless and disadvantaged people across Australia;
- The establishment of a landmark Senate Inquiry into the Human Impact of Unconventional Gas Mining (including CSG);
- The establishment of a Senate Inquiry into national registration of paramedics to assist the sector to achieve improved health profession status, national recognition as an occupation and improved pay and conditions;
- The establishment of a Senate Inquiry into domestic smoke alarms to reduce the number of preventable deaths due to house fires and improve the standard of alarms stocked on Australian retail shelves;
- The establishment of a Senate Inquiry into the need for a national approach to reduce alcohol fuelled violence and the coward punch;
- The development of amendments to Legisation to stop the ‘sell off’ of Australian prime agricultural land by requiring all sales to foreign buyers to be assessed against Australia’s national interests. Unfortunately the Coalition, the Opposition and the Greens voted against the amendments; and
- The development of numerous amendments and motions to advance the Australian maritime and shipping industry, improve border security and protect the welfare of ASIO and other officers, stop the reduction of the RET and protect the Australian aviation training industry and other specialist training industries.
As a professional rugby league player, Glenn Lazarus achieved some of the most significant accolades ever achieved of any player in the game. Glenn began his first grade career with the Canberra Raiders in 1987 and quickly became a key player at the club playing a starring role in the club’s premiership victories over the Balmain Tigers in 1989 and the Penrith Panthers in 1990. At the end of the 1990 rugby league season, he went on the 1990 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France.
In the 1992 season, Glenn was recruited from the Canberra Raiders by his former coach at the Canberra Raiders, Wayne Bennett and joined the Brisbane Broncos. He won two more premierships with the Brisbane Broncos in 1992 and 1993. This constituted a remarkable feat of playing in consecutive grand finals for five seasons. In fact, it was only a broken leg suffered during a World Club Championship match in 1997 that prevented Glenn from also playing in that year’s premiership-winning Brisbane Broncos side as well.
In 1997, Glenn was recruited to the newly established Melbourne Storm and named as the club’s first captain. He went on to win another premiership with the Melbourne Storm in 1999. Glenn announced his retirement from the game with five premierships for three different clubs (Canberra 1989–90, Brisbane 1992–93 and Melbourne 1999), a truly unique achievement. Glenn is the only player in the history of the game to win grand finals with three different clubs.
Glenn played 22 matches for New South Wales in State of Origin between 1989 and 1999, scoring two tries. Glenn was known for his powerful, relentless charges and was the first prop chosen for any NSW State of Origin side.
He was selected for the 1990 and 1994 Kangaroo tours and named Players’ Player for both tours. During the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand, Glenn helped Australia retain The Ashes. Opposing Great Britain and New Zealand sides regard Glenn as unmatched as a forward. It is widely recognised that Glenn is one of the best props of the modern era.
In 2000, Glenn was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia’s international standing in rugby league. In 2003, he was one of the first former players inducted into the Brisbane Broncos official Hall of Fame. In 2005, the western grandstand of Olympic Park Stadium was named the Glenn Lazarus stand in his honour.
In February 2008, Glenn was named in the list of Australia’s 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code’s centenary year in Australia. In 2008 New South Wales announced their rugby league team of the century, naming Glenn at prop.
Canberra Raiders 1987 – 91: 92 Games
Brisbane Broncos 1992 – 97: 118 Games
Melbourne Storm 1998 – 99: 44 Games
Total First Grade Club Games: 254
NSW State of Origin Games: 22
Representative Tests: 22