Prime Minister Scott Morrison dropped into Wangaratta on Wednesday this week for a quick press conference but did not take any questions from media — nothing to see here.
This follows Tuesday’s visit to the same Indi battleground by far-right climate change denial group Advance Australia’s Captain GetUp — and there was definitely something to see, but you had to be paying really close attention.
Since 2013, the Liberals have told anyone who’d listen that former Member for Indi Cathy McGowan is a Labor/Greens/GetUp! plant — the myth became an election perennial with an orange bloom.
Holy hallelujah Batman!Robyn
Independent candidate for Indi Helen Haines has previously categorically denied any association between her and Get Up! — but have no fear Captain GetUp is here — able to spin tall tales in a single bound.
Holy diversionary tactics Batman!Robyn
New plot twist…
No amount of denial was going to stop Captain GetUp zipping into town to save the good people of Indi from themselves by telling us how to pronounce ‘Indi’ properly, right in front of Cathy McGowan’s former electorate office. Privileged locals got the heads up and gathered to watch, and during a break in filming, Captain Getup removed his full face covering to reveal a man bun.
Huh, a man bun?
Holy cliché Batman!Robyn
The story so far…
Captain Getup, the inner-city, latte-sipping hipster who wants to tax your firstborn into oblivion, dons an orange, full-face covering that transforms him into a superhero who rushes in to save Indi from the economic Armageddon of renewable energy.
Holy smokestack Batman!Robyn
But hold on a moment! Someone ring the talent agency and find out who Hi-Vis Boy is — seen standing next to Advance Australia’s camera operator in the reflection of the window — and ask what the hell he’s doing on the Captain GetUp movie set? Maybe mild-mannered local reporter Clark Kent knows?
Holy popcorn Batman!Robyn
While savvy locals will be able to identify Hi-Vis Boy in the clip, No Fibs will keep his identity a secret; although we’ve been connecting the dots between Captain GetUp and local Liberal candidate Steve Martin for some time.
I previously approached Martin to clarify reports that hard-right climate change denial group Advance Australia (the team behind Captain GetUp) is funding and assisting his Indi campaign.
I’m not familiar with or involved with Advance Australia.
They haven’t been in contact with me.
After being pressed on the issue:-
I’ve seen some of the Advance Australia stuff, I certainly didn’t quantify it as hard-right, the disparaging term you would. I’ve had no contact with Advance Australia.Steve Martin
Although initially saying he was not familiar with Advance Australia, Martin then admits he is familiar with them and doesn’t think they’re hard-right.
Last week No Fibs caught Wangaratta branch president Stephen Hill colluding with Cory Bernardi’s racist and homophobic far-right party Australian Conservatives.
Hi-Vis Boy will be able to clear the mystery up… if only he’d come out!