Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott kiss above Parliament House in MLA balloon stunt

Hot air balloons that take the shape of Australia’s top two opposing politicians are the centrepiece of a stunt at Parliament House by Meat & Livestock Australia.

A video, uploaded on to YouTube, appears to show Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott inflated as hot air balloons by a team of barbecue chefs on the lawn of the government building in Canberra.

The agency behind the campaign was BMF, which has yet to reveal which parts of the stunt are real and which are computer generated.

The final moment of the video, in which the balloon figures are united in a kiss, is reminiscent of Benetton’s ‘unhate’ campaign, which won the press grand prix at Cannes.

MLA’s Beefgiving campaign includes TV, print, outdoor and online, including activity on the Nothing Beats Beef Facebook page.


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