Here’s a bloody turn up for the books: Turns out Alex Dyson, Australia’s beloved Ratdog, is no shit running for Parliament in the upcoming federal election. Yes, really. Yes, really.
Dyson has, for one reason or another, kept his political aspirations an absolute secret up until now, but with election ballots being drawn today the cat’s out of the bag.
Dyson is officially tossing his hat in the ring for the seat of Wannon in regional Victoria, which just-so-happens to include the town of Warrnambool where he was born and grew up.
The Ratdog will be running as an Independent candidate for the federal lower house, challenging incumbent MP, Liberal Party Minister for Education Dan Tehan, who has held the seat since 2010.
It’s worth noting that Wannon is considered as safe a Liberal seat as there is in the country; the party has maintained an iron grip on the division since 1955. Malcolm Fraser upended the last Labor member to hold the seat in that year, kick-starting a thus-far uninterrupted 64-year grip on the division.
At today’s ballot drawing in Warrnambool, Dyson gave little away as far as policy position goes, but insisted he was running (very seriously running) in order to give the people of his home town an alternative to the major parties.
I think people are a bit disillusioned. It’s good to be a voice for all people.
Dyson managed to draw fourth position on the ballot, one ahead of Tehan who scored fifth – and last – position on the paper.
To reiterate here: Alex Dyson, former Triple J Breakfast lunatic, is very seriously on the ballot paper as an Independent candidate in the seat of Wannon in Victoria. People in that division can vote for him to be their Federal MP at the forthcoming election.
It’s real. It’s not a joke. Old mate could be doin’ numbers Federally.
Get. Around. Him.