Hundreds of satirists and comedians are facing unemployment after both the Labor and Liberal parties have decided to parody themselves.
Head of the Australian Writers Guild, Charles Andreson, said local satirists simply can’t compete with the cheap self-parody currently coming from Canberra.
“It started when Tony Abbott complained that Parliament had become negative and that he hoped a Coalition Government would restore civility. And it just got worse from there. Now Labor has started totally taking the piss out of itself, leaving hundreds of writers unemployed.”
It’s not all bad news for satirists though. While Federal Parliament is bringing parody in-house, Campbell Newman’s LNP Government is looking to outsource parody and satire in an effort to reduce government expenditure.
Mr Newman confirmed privatising comedy was “off the table” but pointed to his government’s successes in outsourcing satire in Queensland.
“We’ve already let loose a number of LNP MPs including Scott Driscoll. And someone like Clive Palmer could be a great source of mockery and mirth for everyone.”