Australian Parliament Adopts ‘Porno Music / Comment Time’

Sep 20, 2012

Today the Australian Parliament announced a new youth outreach program designed to bridge the generational divide between MPs and their under-25 constituents.

In the press conference in Canberra, Steven Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy,  introduced a series of Youtube videos which feature MPs reading comments from their constituents to an audio track typically associated with pornographic films.

The videos are inspired by Australian Youtube megastar Natalie Tran, whose videos feature the immensely popular "Porno Music / Comment Time" segment in which the 26 year old comedienne recites and responds to comments posted on her previous videos.

Although the strategy may seem unorthodox to some, Conroy explains that in the era of social media politicans are forced to reach out to a new generation:

"The under 25s, they don't even really watch television anymore. its all about Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Sexting and all that. So we wanted to use these tools to create a dialog with the next generation of Australian citizens."

Awkwardly Touching Reality

The Daily Currant has reviewed the first batch of videos slated to be released, and they paint a portrait of a diverse, fast changing society:

Julie Bishiop, MP for Curtin, WA and deputy leader of the Liberal Party reads a question from a constituent in Peppermint Grove

"Hello my neighbor's dad has four Ferarris, and my dad only has one. What is the government doing to ensure that the economy grows at a faster rate so that we can start catching up? This is Australia, not Albania. Poverty like this is unacceptable."

Warren Snowdon, Labor MP for Lingiari reads an important complaint from a constituent from Alice Springs

"WTF is the government doing about the sun? It is continually attacking hard working Australians with its brightness and heat. Can we build some sort of a shield or something? Every day I wake up and its there, and I'm beginning to go mad. Thank You."

Julie Owens, Labor MP for Parramatta, NSW almost makes the mistake of reading a gripe from Tim in Merrylands:

"I want to know why are we letting so many fucking Leban-...Okay Tim is clearly a bit racist there so we'll skip that one for now."

Tran says she was approached by the government to be a part of the new initiative, but declined due to her pessimism about the project's effectiveness.

"I told them it was a terrible idea." says Tran, "But social media is so hot right now. You just can't stop this kind of stuff."

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