Skippy the Bush Kangaroo elected
For Immediate release: New Aussie VP
(ACPA-Perth) There were scenes of jubilation across Australia today, as Marsupials celebrated last weekend's election of Skippy the Bush Kangaroo to the position of Vice Premier.
Kangaroos have been one of the largest ethnic groups in Australia for many years, yet they never achieved genuine political power. The Vice Premiership is the highest office they have won so far and the victory is seen as finally ending years of political discrimination against the hind-legged hopping beast.
Although not a very powerful position, the Australian Vice Premier has several ceremonial duties. The most important of these is the assumption of power when the Premier has more than 8 beers, which is typically 3-4 times a week. That Skippy was known to be a non-drinker made him attractive for the role according to one insider, because of "previous problems when both the Premier and Vice-Premier had too many tinnies mate."
An Actor turned Politician
There have been claims that Skippy was tapped because of his celebrity status, as was the case with Peter Garrett, former singer with the rock band Midnight Oil. However, the kangaroo did come with some political experience having served two years as Mayor of Brisbane in the late 1990's, a period that saw tremendous growth in the Southern Queensland City.
As a lover of the outdoors, Skippy was very much pro-environment and pushed the populist pro-Kyoto agenda.
Initially, Skippy had some perception problems because he shares the same last name as that most unpopular former American President George W. But he overcame this with several public appearances where he charmed the public with stories of his heroism as a life saving TV Star in the seventies and eighties.
The outgoing Vice Premier, whose career ends with this humiliating election defeat, praised Skippy as someone who, "has been much loved" by all Australians. "If I have to lose, its better to be defeated by a superstar kangaroo."