Cracker of new video putting play­ful pol­lies into per­spec­tive

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IT’S not of­ten you see a fed­eral politi­cian danc­ing on a ta­ble, twang­ing his G-string. Or an MP iron­ing his Y-fronts while an­other tries to hurl a lasso across his of­fice. But that’s ex­actly what Nick Xenophon, Rob Oakeshott and Bob Kat­ter have done in a new vi­ral video. The pol­lies were among a slew of MPs who starred in Aussie in­die punk band Su­per Best Friends’ new mu­sic video Round and Round, viewed tens of thou­sand of times on YouTube. The short clip also fea­tures Prime Min­is­ter Kevin Rudd do­ing an awkward jig be­hind his desk, while Op­po­si­tion Leader Tony Ab­bott twirls a bike wheel and Greens leader Chris­tine Milne fid­dles with a mini wind tur­bine. Mr Xenophon ham­mers away at a bass gui­tar’s E,A,D and G strings while stand­ing on his of­fice desk and Mr Oakeshott irons his Y-fronts in a cir­cu­lar mo­tion. Mr Kat­ter throws the lasso while wear­ing mir­rored avi­a­tor sunnies. Su­per Best Friends’ bass player Matt Roberts said the three-piece out­fit were amazed by the reaction to the video, filmed in April and re­leased Mon­day. ‘‘It’s been absolutely crazy. We hoped it would go a lit­tle bit vi­ral, but it’s been on TV all morn­ing and the Prime Min­is­ter has bloody tweeted the link,’’ Roberts says. Roberts filmed and pro­duced the video while work­ing at Par­lia­ment House as a cam­era­man for the ABC. Mr Rudd filmed his seg­ments while he was a back­bench MP. Deputy Prime Min­is­ter An­thony Al­banese (pic­tured) will be guest pro­gram­mer on the ABC’s mu­sic show, Rage on Au­gust 31.

Rage: Satur­days, late, ABC1.

– MILES GOD­FREY

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