'I was a roughneck by occupation and by behaviour'

A mustachioed bachelor in his 50s in paint-stained shorts and an old T-shirt emerges from the house. Excuse the weeds, he says, pointing to the metre-high plants crowding the garden, they've just come up in the past week.

At the back of the house is a deck with a view over the 2.5ha property, and beyond that, an impressive native forest. "This is my kingdom," says David Garrett, who journalists like to describe as the "disgraced former Act MP".