Canning byelection: Teresa van Lieshout’s dancing her way into politics

Canning candidate Teresa van Lieshout gets her message across with the help of AC/DC and BodyRockers. Photo: YouTubePerennial political candidate Teresa van Lieshout has released a bizarre and hilarious YouTube clip of herself grooving around her lounge room to announce her candidacy for the Canning byelection.
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Ms van Lieshout, who will run as an independent in the upcoming byelection on September 19, starts the video saying she is contesting the “Canning byelection following Don Randall’s death”.

She then cranks up AC/DC’s Thunderstruck before flashing cardboard signs ­- reminiscent of Bob Dylan’s classic video clip Subterranean Homesick Blues – with words stating her election policies.

Ms van Lieshout then jumps, gyrates and poorly mimes the songs of the BodyRockers (I Like The Way You Move) and ABBA’s (Voulez-Vous) during her almost 12 minute video.

The Hilton resident’s video is one of the most awkward clips to watch since former Family First candidate Henry Hengcame up with the YouTube video idea, inspired by South Korean popstar PSY’sGangnam Style.

It’s not the first time Ms van Lieshout has taken to YouTube to announce her political campaign.

Prior to the Vasse byelection in 2014, she released a clip ofherselfin a black bikini fishing on a beach.

Ms van Lieshout was famously dumped by the Palmer United Party for not toeing the party line, 12 days after she endorsed by PUP for the seat of Fremantle in the 2013 federal election.

She went onto represent the Australian Protectionist Party in the election and polled just 0.24 per cent of the vote (205 votes).

Ms van Lieshouthas previously run unsuccessfully in several elections including the 2013 state election in the seat of Willagee, where she polled 1.8 per cent of the vote (361 votes) as an independent.

WATCH: See the full Youtube video below.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame University political expertMartin Drumsays despite the Melbourne Cup-sized field for the Canning byelection (12 candidates are running) it’s just a two horse race between Labor and the Liberal Party.

Dr Drum doesn’t think either of the major parties would benefit from the dozen candidates running.

“You will get a slightly bigger informal vote, given the potential for errors in voting is greater,” he said.

“You get a bit more leakage from the major parties but not a lot more. It’s more about the quality of a third party candidate/s, not the number.

“A high-profile independent, particularly one with strong local credentials could have had an impact, but there’s no such person in this field. Nevertheless the preferences in byelections often don’t favour the government, so a slightly higher vote for minor parties and independents could assist Labor.”

Dr Drum said the Liberal Party could lose the seatdespite Labor needing a 12per cent swing to win.

“It’s at the upper end of expectations, but definitely possible,” he said.

“Byelections can produce large swings, particularly if the government is on the nose.”

He also expects Prime Minister Tony Abbott to face serious challenges from within his party, if the Liberals lose the byelection.

“A loss in Canning would make it extremely difficult for him to see the year out,” he said.

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