Spontaneous humour is harder for the modern politician, faced with 24-hour media coverage. But every now and then they give it crack, anyway.
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Political humour, like all humour, carries an innate risk: if it works, it can be spectacular, and it it tanks, it can be a catastrophe. Australian election campaigns have given us both.
The face of mirth.
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A president who apparently never laughs, Trump inspires mockery on an unprecedented scale.
From Obama to street protests, humour is being used to make some very serious points.
Back in 2003 as Workplace Relations Minister Tony Abbott was already providing comedy gold.
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Spoiler alert: This article is not very funny. At first glance, Australian PM Tony Abbott is God’s gift to political comedy. Like George Bush Jr he gives at the personal level: his swimmers and his vocal…