CHASE IS ON FOR POLLY CRACKERS

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The Chaser team — Craig Reu­cas­sel (above), Ju­lian Mor­row, Chas Lic­cia­rdello, and An­drew Hansen — is rel­ish­ing some fresh meat.

Mal­colm Turn­bull and Bill Shorten, con­test­ing their first fed­eral elec­tion cam­paigns as Prime Min­is­ter and Op­po­si­tion Leader, are ripe for an am­bush.

The Chaser’s Elec­tion Desk will be the sixth time the Aussie satirists have brought their own spin to an elec­tion cam­paign. When The Ham­ster De­cides aired in 2013 it was Kevin Rudd ver­sus Tony Ab­bott.

“It is good to be back do­ing elec­tion stuff and it is nice to have some new faces (to prank),” Reu­cas­sel says.

The Chaser’s most in­fa­mous stunt came in 2007 when the APEC fo­rum was held in Syd­ney. The team en­tered a se­cure zone and Lic­cia­rdello emerged from a car dressed as Osama bin Laden. Po­lice ar­rested Lic­cia­rdello, Mor­row and nine crew mem­bers. The charges were later dropped.

“It is very nerve-rack­ing be­cause, par­tic­u­larly with the big politi­cians, the Fed­eral Po­lice are all over us,” Reu­cas­sel says. “We get a lot of at­ten­tion from them. They know we’re do­ing it for a TV show but they will let you know when you’ve gone too far. They know the dif­fer­ence be­tween a real threat and a bunch of id­iots.”

THE CHASER’S ELEC­TION DESK, ABC, WED­NES­DAY, 8.30PM

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