Former triple j breakfast host Alex Dyson recently announced a run for federal parliament, and while some initially thought his candidacy was a joke, he has assured folks that his reasons for running are actually quite legit.
In an Instagram post, he announced that he’d be standing in the division of Wannon out of a “burning desire to fix a broken political system”, with the intention of addressing issues like climate change, domestic violence, and mental health support in regional areas.
Wannon, in Victoria’s south-west, has been safely Liberal since the 1950s, but Dyson told the Warrnambool Standard that if he can erode some support from incumbent member Dan Tehan and turn it into a marginal seat, people might start to take it seriously. He said:
“I want to see a Prime Minister visit Wannon. I don’t remember a PM coming during an election campaign. They are not coming because they don’t care about Wannon because it is safe. That is why they are touring the marginal seats. When they are there they make promises for that area. I cannot recall a Prime Minister doing that in our time. I want to make a bit of noise in Wannon.”
That’s an extremely solid reason to run, and to be honest we have nothing but respect. Earlier today, Alex Dyson continued campaigning, announcing his policies on Instagram through, what else, the medium of interpretive dance. Give it a watch and see what Ratdog stands for: