By Situation Theatre 12/07/2016
Who needs political advertising when you've got the Canberra Press Gallery.
In a surprising departure from the anger, defensiveness and blame-shifting of his election night speech, the newly re-elected Prime Minister has graciously thanked the main contributor to his victory: the mainstream media.
He said: “Let’s be clear here. We’ve been a hopeless government with a dismal record. We’ve got a slogan not a plan, we’ve done more backflips than an Olympic trampolinist, I don’t know whether I’m Arthur or Martha, and my team is more like a Hey Hey It’s Saturday variety act than a national government. Without the media slanting everything in our favour, we didn’t have a hope in hell.”
Mr Turnbull added “I really just want to thank the press for ignoring our record, swallowing our rhetoric, giving us softball interviews and believing our promises despite all evidence to the contrary. It’s just so exciting to see the media do away with the pretence of keeping politicians accountable and fully embrace their PR role.”
The bulk of the nation's political journalists are looking forward to imminent accreditation with the Public Relations Institute of Australia.