Lip-trembling, dad-dancing, random-kissing... pollies
It has been a vintage election week for the connoisseur of comedy, with Australia's politicians demonstrating once again there's almost nothing they won't do for a vote.PT3M40S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2sgn4 620 349 August 23, 2013
Comedian Adam Hills says coverage of the federal election in the UK has reinforced the British view that most Australians are "hopeless hicks".
Hills cast a pre-poll ballot at Australia House in London on Wednesday as the Australian Electoral Commission upped its campaign encouraging people overseas to vote.
I'm genuinely distressed at the state of Australian politics at the moment, we as Australians deserve better.
More than 72,000 ballots were cast at overseas diplomatic missions in 2010 with 16,000 votes issued at Australia House alone.
"Suppository of all wisdom" gaffe ... Tony Abbott
That makes it the largest booth in the election.
Almost 7800 votes were cast in Hong Kong in 2010, while Singapore was the third busiest overseas polling place with almost 3300 ballots.
Hills has divided his time between Melbourne and London for the past 10 years.
Hick-like ... a selfie with supporters of Kevin Rudd. Photo: James Alcock
He argues Brits are bemused to see so much infighting in Australian politics given the economy is doing so well.
"(Also) the British press like to reinforce the view that Australians are hopeless hicks who don't know what we're doing, so any gaffe, any funny moment in Australian politics is going to be reported on the news over here immediately," he told reporters outside Australia House.
The comedian's highlights of the campaign so far include Kevin Rudd's selfies, Tony Abbott's "suppository of all wisdom" comment and the One Nation candidate who thought Islam was a country.
"Honestly, that's what people over here think of Australian politics right now." ... Adam Hills
"Honestly, that's what people over here think of Australian politics right now," the 43-year-old said.
This comes after US comedy news show, The Daily Show, produced a segment entitled DownUndercision 2013 lampooning the Australian election.
The Daily Show has also made hay out of the gaffes on the Australian campaign trail.
Hills values his vote more than ever "because I'm concerned about the way Australia is seen overseas".
"I'm genuinely distressed at the state of Australian politics at the moment," he said.
"We as Australians deserve better. That's why I've come out to vote. What I said today to both parties was 'Come on, grow up'."
Votes cast overseas are returned to Australia in a number of dispatches via secure courier. Preliminary scrutiny of pre-poll votes starts on Monday in Australia.
Consul-general Ken Pascoe on Wednesday said the high commission in London had 50 staff working at the booth, which opened on Monday and closes on Friday September 6.
On busy days over 1000 votes are cast at Australia House with people often queuing to enter the historic building.