SYDNEY MARDI GRAS:
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was a surprise participant at last night’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in what seasoned political observers and Peter van Onselen believe was part of his plan to lay the groundwork for an early federal election in coming months.
Mr Morrison spoke to reporters while participating in the special COVID-safe event as drag queen Cookie Engadine. (main picture)
“I made up the name Cookie Engadine in tribute to my electorate and to the place where, as you know, I was hopelessly pissed and shit myself something awful at the local Maccas,” Mr Morrison explained while marching in the Mardi Gras parade around the Sydney Cricket Ground.
“How good is shitting your pants?” he continued breathlessly, seemingly caught up in the excitement of Mardi Gras.
Mr Morrison denied his appearance was a cynical ploy to divert attention from recent rape allegations dogging his government and dominating public attention.
He said his attendance was prompted by his wife Jenny during a discussion about Mardi Gras.
“Jenny and I spoke last night,” he said. “And she said to me, ‘You have to think about this as a drag queen first.’ Jenny has a way of clarifying things. She always has.
“So I resolved then and there to see for myself what Mardi Gras is all about, and I must say I love it!” he said before performing a short routine consisting of a twirl and then a high-kick followed by a few seconds of vigorous twerking before finishing by blowing kisses to nearby spectators in the Don Bradman Stand who had seen his performance and clapped.
“How good is drag?” he shouted at them before responding to reporters’ questions by rejecting suggestions that his participation in Mardi Gras was a transparent attempt to build bridges with the LGBTIQ+ community before any imminent election.
“That’s simply not true, and I for one should know when something’s simply not true,” he said.
“I don’t need to rebuild bridges with this community,” he said, spreading his arms as if to embrace fellow parade participants.
“They know how genuine it is when they see me marching here tonight, just as they saw me marching out of parliament before the vote was taken on the same-sex marriage bill a few years back,” Mr Morrison said before ending the news conference and blowing kisses to the crowd.