Here are some of the more amazing things that Australia’s May 21 election campaign has thrown out of our way, in addition to the rising cost of living, an overheated planet and the serious problems of corruption:
The chicken curry scandal was created when Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who kept his family’s curry-cooking efforts a secret, posted pictures of his Sunday dinner on Facebook.
“It’s nice to spend the night at home. So curry. Sri Lankan tamarind eggplant and okra curry and a classic chicken korma. Strong curry. Strong economy. Strong future,” he posted May 1.
But Facebook critics quickly spotted a piece of seemingly bright pink chicken from the creamy sauce.
“A good veterinarian will get that chicken back on its feet in a matter of minutes,” joked one of the more than 9,000 commenters.
“Nice piece of raw chicken middle frame! Enjoy!” One critic says he eventually persuaded the Australian leader to intervene.
“I can assure you, the chicken was cooked,” Morrison replied on his Facebook page.
The prime minister denied in a radio interview that the meat was raw, blaming the lighting strategy.
“It’s absolutely untrue. People went back for a few seconds. It was in the pan for a good 45 minutes, I can tell you, because I put it there myself,” he said.
“That’s exactly how the light bounced off the chicken skin.”
Three days before the vote, Morrison interrupted a young boy during a friendly children’s soccer game in Tasmania, pulling out a chorus of shocking “Ooh” from the audience.
At first, Morrison – wearing his jacket, but still wearing a shirt and tie – wandered aimlessly around the field, trying to get his toes on the ball in a five-a-side game.
But then the 54-year-old added a gear to it, catching a cross-field pass that threatened the opponent’s pop-up mini-goal.
Morrison, who recently described himself as a “little bulldozer,” stepped forward to block the pass. Unfortunately, a small red-haired boy about two-thirds of Morrison’s size was on the way.
Morrison’s left shoulder goes straight into the face of the incredible baby, both rolling on artificial turf.
Realizing what he had done, Morrison threw his arm around the baby in a hug and lifted him off the ground, when a trainer immediately rushed to assess the head injury and the photographers quickly went into the fire.
The shocking interjections turned into faint laughter when the young man dusted himself off and Morrison climbed to his feet terribly.
On the “bunch” scale of journalists’ questions in the politically detailed examination of politicians, it should have been a simple one: what is the national unemployment rate?
Caught in the spotlight, the leader of Australia’s opposition Labor Party, Anthony Albanese, was unable to answer.
“The national unemployment rate at the moment is, I think it’s five points … four, sorry, I’m not sure what that is,” he said.
Australia’s unemployment rate is at a 13-year low of four per cent.
“I made a mistake before today. I’m human,” Albanese said shortly afterwards.
Since that stumbling block early in the election campaign, some Australians have expressed skepticism about the value of such questions.
A few days after the Albanians’ negligence, Greens leader Adam Bandit was asked by a journalist if he knew the wage price figures.
“Google it, mate,” he replied.
Entering a pub, where patrons may have a few beers to loosen their tongues, carries some risk for politicians.
The Prime Minister of Australia confirmed this by entering the Edgeworth Tavern near Newcastle, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) off the coast of Sydney.
Surrounded by TV reporters, an elderly man stood right in front of Morrison and angrily scolded him for his level of disability pension.
“That’s what you said when you were last elected: ‘We’re going to help people who have worked all their lives, paid their taxes and those who have to go, they have to go,'” he said.
“Well, I’ve been able to go, friend. I’ve worked all my life and paid my taxes,” he added.
“We’ve had a lot of chats,” Morrison said shortly before the man parted ways with the prime minister to express his frustration.
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