South Australia

Feb 21, 2018

Laugh all you want, Xenophon’s campaign ad is just what the SA election needed

Nick Xenophon, who perfected the art of the corny political stunt during his time at Parliament House, is playing into the public's desire for spectacle and misfire.

Jane Howard

Freelance arts writer

Long before he made his name in federal politics, Nick Xenophon was working hard at the art of the political stunt in South Australia. In 2018, as the leader of SA Best, Xenophon is running with serious political ambition of holding the balance of power, with candidates in 36 of SA’s 47 lower house seats.

But while Xenophon’s run may be serious, his stunts remain. In 2018, instead of staging stunts for the nightly news or morning papers, Xenophon has embraced the art of the terrible campaign ad.

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10 thoughts on “Laugh all you want, Xenophon’s campaign ad is just what the SA election needed

  1. Peter Wileman

    Not as bad as eating an onion in the skin, or knighting the queen’s husband, but why do they do it?

    1. Rais

      Perhaps to portray themselves as human beings with a sense of humour?

    2. Woopwoop

      Because it gets attention. The politician you’re aware of is often the one you vote for.

  2. Paul H

    Mr Dad Jokes. Talks mellifluously about what he’s ‘gonna’ do, then votes with the LNP, after making out he’s wrung concessions from them, (invariably inconsequential). All Barnum & Bailey, of course.
    But, many seem to fall for it, repeatedly…

  3. AR

    Apart from the repeated index finger (we haven’t yet introduced indelible ink to prevent multiple voting… have we?) the overwhelming impression, from the wide demographic of the happy clappers was Whitlam’s “It’s TIME!”.

  4. CML

    The all-singing, all-dancing Mr Xenophony is just that! Doesn’t have any policies…let alone a vision for the future.
    He’ll probably just continue voting with the Libs on any important issues.

  5. DanBIllin

    Or he just looks amateur af.

  6. Weliveinhope

    He’s a Dickhead.

  7. sheamcduff

    “Xenophon just wants to make sure we’re talking about him — and talking about him we are.”
    Laughing whilst cringing counts as talking?

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