SENATOR Ricky Muir took a step back from vigorous senate negotiations, liaising with Clive Palmer and piles of senate documents on Tuesday.
The Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party senator, now a part of a voting block with the Palmer United Party, visited the Castlemaine Hot Rod Centre to reignite his passion for cars.
Speaking to the Bendigo Advertiser, Mr Muir said he been speaking to every crossbench senator as they prepare to vote on federal Budget measures.
"I actually have a whole range of issues with the budget, speaking just as an Australian citizen," he said.
"The first is the $7 GP co-payment and how much that is going to hit Australians.
"The higher education changes are really going to hit regional Victoria hard.
"I'm glad to have this opportunity to represent all Victorians."
Mr Muir spent half an hour inspecting the work at the hot rod centre.