Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has surprised political watchers by calling the Federal election “Hot Stephanie”.
Many political watchers had been expecting Rudd to adopt a more traditional name such as “the September 7 election”.
Speculation about the date, name and weight of the election has been building since Rudd returned to the prime ministership. Rudd is said to have been dwelling on the right name for weeks and only made his announcement after a discussion with Governor-General, Quentin Bryce.
“When Kanye West called his baby North West, it inspired me,” said Mr Rudd. “I think ordinary Australians will love the idea of Hot Stephanie. Luckily the Governor-General, who has a rather unusual name herself, was extremely supportive of my choice.”
Although caught out by Rudd’s announcement, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said that the Coalition will throw everything it has at Hot Stephanie in coming weeks.
“The Prime Minister might have named the election,” said Abbott, “but we’re going to take Hot Stephanie on September 7. That’s a promise.”