Sunday, 25 February 2007
Gigastar to challenge Howard
Dame Edna Everage, housewife and self-confessed ‘gigastar’ will stand for Labor against John Howard in this year's election.
The announcement took Labor by surprise, they thought she would want a safe seat, instead of challenging the Prime Minister.
"I'm nominating for the seat of Bennelong because it's time," Dame Edna said.
"It's time, a Dame was in Kirribilli. Australians need a different kind of political leadership. They are crying out for an American style of leadership where old movie stars become presidents."
"I would have been quite happy to be Governor-General, but Kirribilli is much better for hosting events and tv shows," she said.
"Labor needs me, Australia needs me, Kevin needs me" said Dame Edna.
"Kevin and I go back a long time. I used to change his nappies for him. He had the cutest little bottom. I can still see those dimples now. So I just couldn't refuse him when he asked for my help."
Dame Edna was coy about plans to buy a house in the Bennelong electorate. Although she could have her eyes on a bigger prize.
"I want to do what I can to help Kevin and if that means living in Kirribilli, well it's a sacrifice I am willing to make," she said.