CANBERRA – Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is certainly getting into the swing of his south Pacific fact-finding trip.
In Kiribati to see the effects of climate change first hand, Shorten busted some moves with locals in the best universal tradition of dad dancing.
Wearing a traditional head piece, and without a tie and jacket, the Labor Leader looked like he was enjoying his time away from Canberra and those pesky poor opinion polls.
Labor’s leadership team, including deputy leader Tanya Plibersek, met last night with the Kiribati President, Anote Tong, who told them, “This is all we have: when it’s gone, we are gone with it.”
Plibersek believes the trip has been worthwhile.
“When you fly in you can see these small strips of land, tiny and just barely above sea level, you know you could see how one big wave would wash it away,” she told ABC radio.
“One you know, very serious storm surge could wash it all away so I’m not surprised that people feel that their future is precarious.”
Of course, it's hardly the first time our nation's leaders have awkwardly dad-danced their way through political life. It reminded us of Tony Abbott's visit to the Tamworth Country Music Festival a few years back:
And Kevin Rudd's star turn in the politician-heavy music video from rock band Super Best Friends, filmed through the halls of parliament in Canberra:
And then Peter Costello busting Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett's moves in parliament, while the singer was an MP: