And so the electoral gods have decreed that the good citizens of Beaudesert should provide the arena for the clash of political titans Pauline Hanson and Warwick Capper. One, a woman whose message of bigotry was all the more effective for being conveyed in near-total inarticulacy, the other, a speed-mumbling ex-footballer best known for his fumbled porn career and shorts that required surgery for removal.
One can only hope they come together for a debate on the issues confronting Queensland.
Just to add to the mix, the LNP is standing a 29-year-old singer best known for invading Big Brother. Only the ALP has been boring enough to select a traditional candidate.
There is doubtless a thesis to be written on the value of name-recognition in political contests, the engagement of an increasingly jaded electorate through celebrity, and the merging of the worlds of reality TV, politics and the media.
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But the really big issue? Just what the hell did the Beaudesert community do to deserve this!