Dr Mumbo

The Hamster Decides… to call the election… with Gruen

The Chaser team’s press releases about their new shows are always somethign to look forward to.

Even if you have to treat every claim with caution… This joint effort with their Gruen brethren is a classic of the genre…


Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has moved decisively to end speculation about the date of the next federal election.

“The Australian people deserve certainty about who scrutinises and satirises the contest to become Prime Minister,” said Mr Rudd, taking time out from Twitter to confront the issue. “When I heard that the lack of a definitive election date was making it difficult for ABC1 to schedule the return of election specials Gruen Nation and The Hamster Decides by the Chaser, I asked the Governor General to set an election date immediately, and one that suits the national broadcaster.

“The election will now be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013. We can now ensure that Gruen Nation and The Hamster Decides are able to do four pre-election specials each, a double act starting on Wednesday, August 21 at 8.30pm.

“When the election is over, The Hamster Decides will contribute a post-vote wrap-up, mostly to cover the next Labor leadership spill. Gruen Nation will continue its tragic identity crisis and become Gruen Planet for the following eight weeks.”

Gruen Nation host Wil Anderson welcomed the Prime Minister’s move. “Not knowing the election date was very inconvenient for us,” he admitted. “And after all we’ve done for this government, I was a bit surprised they didn’t sort it out a little faster.”

Anderson dismissed speculation that the election might not be held on September 14, a date chosen by Mr Rudd’s predecessor: “I can’t imagine Prime Minister Rudd would want to compromise Julia Gillard’s legacy by doing something like that. He’s always struck me as the kind of man who lets the past stay in the past.”

Executive Producer of The Hamster Decides, Julian Morrow, confirmed both programs will proceed if the election happens earlier. “If there’s an early election,” he explained, “we’ll just reduce the quality of our shows.”

The new Director of ABC Television, Richard Finlayson, said, “There’s no f#*king way I’m letting them use my name in a fake quote.”

“That’s fine, they can use mine,” said ABC Managing Director, Mark Scott.

Gruen Nation (4×45’), followed by Gruen Planet (8×35’), premieres Wednesday, August 21 at 8:30pm on ABC1. The Hamster Decides (5×30’) premieres Wednesday, August 21 at 9:15pm on ABC1.

Meanwhile, Dr Mumbo’s tip for the election? August 31.


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