|[ABC NEWSLINK] Saturday 12 September,
Pauline Pantsdown launches 10-point plan
The New South Wales Senate candidate
known as Pauline Pantsdown has launched her own 10-point plan
At a record shop on Sydney's Oxford
Street, the female impersonator gave her own vision of an Australian
She shared her thoughts on a number of policy areas, including immigration, gun laws, health and Aboriginal affairs.
"Health policy - racist comments make me feel sick so people should stop making them and we'll all be much happier.
"Something must be done. If nothing is done, nothing will be done.
"There aren't enough Aboriginals and we need more. I'm looking at maybe bringing in some more Aboriginal people from another country," Ms Pantsdown said.
[SMH CAMPAIGN 98] Friday 11 September
For ease of comprehension, let's refer to the One Nation leader, Ms Pauline Hanson, as she. And the parodying pop star, Pauline Pantsdown, as he. That should clear up some confusion.
And there's bound to be a bit, given that he was formally nominated as an Independent candidate yesterday to contest one of the six Senate seats up for grabs in NSW.
So how does a cross-dressing university lecturer with a bee in his wig about Pauline Hanson get to run for Parliament? Simple - $700 up front, and get 50 NSW electors to nominate you.
"It's a campaign to get better make-up standards and better dress sense into Federal Parliament," the aspiring Senator Pantsdown, 36, said yesterday as he trawled Oxford Street wooing the pink vote.
There's a serious side to this charade, too. While his formal policy announcement isn't due until Saturday, Pantsdown said he would campaign to "heal the destructive divisions in our society caused by the Hanson/Howard coalition, in a way that only a satirical drag queen can".
He also hopes he can give people a chance to vote for "an artificially constructed politician without all the evil policies attached".
While the Hanson juggernaut has encountered a few potholes of late on the campaign trail, Pantsdown's foray onto the frontline has been comparatively calm.
On day one of his campaign yesterday
he booked in for the regular one hour hair and make-up session in Surry
Hills, before dashing over to Crows Nest for a meeting with the crew from
Channel 10's music video
Then back over to Oxford Street to start making everything official. Running for Parliament takes an edge off the satire of one's pop star alter ego. The Vote One Pauline Pantsdown banners in the window of the Hum music store now have to carry the "written and authorised by ..." tag peculiar to election time.
His manager calls on the mobile to tell
him the worldwide Reuters agency has run a report on his candidacy, several
foreign TV networks have sought copies of his music video, and a British
newspaper is interested
The buzz on the street is just as energetic, although this is Oxford Street and political drag is no stranger here.
Pantsdown isn't fooling himself that he'll win a spot in Parliament .
As an ungrouped candidate his name will appear below the line on ballot papers, meaning supporters will have to number 60-plus boxes for their vote to count.
But he hopes to get enough votes that his preferences might be used to good effect.
[ABC ONLINE] Friday 11 September, 1998
Pauline Pantsdown says her policies, to be announced tomorrow, are directly opposed to those of her Political foe, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.
The drag peformer has announced she is intending to run as an independent Senate candidate for New South Wales at the upcoming federal election.
Ms Pantsdown, whose sudden rise to fame has come on the back of two hit singles, including the banned Backdoor Man, says she will outline her 10-point plan for the nation on Saturday.
She says her policies differ radically from Miss Hanson's but are alike in other ways.
"My politics, my politics, probably what you'd expect - they are about as anti-One Nation as you can get and probably just as stupid," she said.
[PRESS RELEASE] Friday 11 September
Pauline Pantsdown today expressed concern at reports that One Nation's Senate candidate Mr. David Oldfield is not willing to declare his preferences until one week before the federal election.
Ms. Pantsdown, who last Wednesday declared her intention to run as an independent candidate for the NSW Senate, is most notorious for her current top 5 hit record "I Don't Like It" and the previously banned song "I'm a Back Door Man".
Pantsdown said today - "My preferences are well known to everybody. I don't see why David should be so shy about coming out of the closet about his preferences. It just means that everyone is going to speculate about his preferences even more".
"I also think that he should take my advice on handling the media better. Maybe get a haircut - something a bit fluffier like Mr. Hawke did, and that made him Prime Minister! I also think the glasses should go - it certainly worked for Mr. Peter Collins. That made him almost as popular as my sister, Ms. Kerry Chikarovski".
Ms. Pantsdown is also worried by reports
of potential charges being laid for payments of up to $15,000 for One Nation
candidate kits. "I don't need to stoop so low, even if I would go down
on one knee in front of Mr. Oldfield. But for $15,000 I would be quite
happy for him to strip me of all my preferences on national television.
It's cheap publicity and just think of the fun we could have!"
[SSO NEWS] Thursday 10 September 1998
Queer icon Pauline Pantsdown has decided to run as an independent NSW senate candidate in the Federal election. Pantsdown lodged her nomination last night, and will launch her campaign at Hum Records in Oxford St this Saturday at midday. Her 10-point plan is intended to "clean out racist rubbish and keep Australia clean"
[PRESS RELEASE] Thursday 10 September
After yesterday announcing her intention to run as an independent candidate for the NSW Senate, Pauline Pantsdown has today denied reports of a breakdown in her relationship with One Nation Senate candidate, Mr. David Oldfield.
Ms. Pantsdown, notorious for this weeks highest single entry on the national ARIA charts with her anti-Hanson song "I Don't Like It" and the banned recording "I'm a Back Door Man" was delighted that Mr. Oldfield had taken time to listen to her latest record. However, she was unprepared for the devastating criticism that was to follow.
Mr. Oldfield reportedly said that the current single was "much tamer" than "I'm A Back Door Man" and that his party was "not happy" with the song. "We think it's grossly unfair that anyone should be open to such vilification, particularly by people of such dubious value...they are pretty much fringe dwellers". The Age 5/9/98.
Ms. Pantsdown wishes it to be known that it is dangerous for anyone to dwell in a fridge, particularly with the danger of the front door slamming shut in your face. In any event, Ms. Pantsdown stopped living in a fridge a long time ago and there is no need for taunts about people's pasts.
"People who live in glass fridges should not through stones" she said. "I am sure that there are some things in David's past that he wouldn't like to be discussed as though it was just a pair of dirty old underpants".
"I just wish that David would tell me what to do" said Pantsdown. "It's quite obvious that I need guidance. If he wants me to be a bit wilder to make him happy, all he has to do is say so".
In order to quell the rumours about the breakdown in their relationship, Ms. Pantsdown has accepted the challenge of debating Mr. Oldfiled on the issue as to which bit of 'maynstream Austraya' each represents.
"We should just sit down and have a coffee in somewhere like Noosa and talk about it, or maybe he could just get us both on telly for a bit of reconciliation".
Meanwhile, Ms. Pantsdown has re-arranged her schedule to permit some shopping at the supermarket down the road from Mr. Kennett's office, despite having no good reason to be interstate at this particular time. "I've got to be back though for my press conference at Hum Records Darlinghurst on Saturday 12th at Noon".
[REUTERS] Wednesday 9 September
CANBERRA - Controversial politician Pauline Hanson could face more than just a hostile parliament after Australia's October elections following a decision by cross-dressing imitator Pauline Pantsdown to contest the poll.
The heavily coiffed and rouged Pantsdown,
who has a music video spoofing Hanson titled "I Don't Like It," announced
her candidacy for the upper house Senate on Wednesday but was unable to
identify any issues.
Hanson, a former fish and chip shop owner, has been ridiculed by political and social commentators and has provided a mine of material for local comics and cartoonists since she burst onto the political scene two years ago.
The redhead from tropical Queensland
state claimed in her maiden speech in the lower house of parliament that
Australia was in danger of being swamped by Asians and that Aborigines
received privileged treatment.
"At this time I am not in a position to reveal the contents of my controversial statement, except to say that it will be controversial and that it will be a statement," Pantsdown said.
Hanson has also spawned many unofficial sites on the Internet, including some which portray her as Xenaphobe, Worrier Princess, in a spoof of the popular television show, Xena, Warrior Princess.
Key Hanson adviser David Oldfield has described Pantsdown as "a fringe dweller".
[PRESS RELEASE] Wednesday 9 September
Pauline Pantsdown has announced her intention to run as an independent candidate for the Senate in New South Wales. Ms. Pantsdown, notorious for the current top 5 anti-Hanson hit "I Don't Like It" and the banned recording "I'm a Back Door Man", plans to make a controversial statement this Saturday.
"At this time I am not in a position to reveal the contents of my controversial statement, except to say that it will be controversial and that it will be statement" Pantsdown said.
Ms. Pantsdown is scheduled to make a public appearance at Hum Records - 81 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst this Saturday September 12th at Noon.
Reporters that will be accompanying Pantsdown expect the controversial statement to be made at this time.
Explaining her lack of detail, Ms Pantsdown
said, "I'm not very good at this kind of thing. If the media just left
me alone for a bit I might be able to think of something to tell you".
[SMH STAY IN TOUCH] Tuesday 8 September 1998
Pauline II and III for PM: That Pauline Hanson is nothing less than inspirational. This week alone two previously unconnected satirists have started shaping up to attack Australia's political landscape by running for good bloke votes. Yesterday radio announcer Malcolm Lees - better known as half of Triple M radio's Club Veg morning team - announced he will lead the spanking new Odd Notion party as an independent in the Senate. He's not the only one with the idea. Hanson's drag queen impersonator Pauline Pantsdown is seriously considering taking on his straighter alter ego in the federal poll.
Thursday is the deadline to declare intended candidacy, according to lawyer and Pantsdown adviser Owen Trembath. Still, Trembath says there is a legal minefield to be navigated, given that One Nation took an injunction out against radio station Triple J when they played the Pantsdown ballad Backdoor Man last year. "Nothing's been decided yet," he said. Conveniently, Vote 1 Pauline Pantsdown badges have already been issued to select supporters, but according to Trembath they refer to most recent Pantsdown track I Don't Like It and its status in the top 40, not to Pantsdown for PM.
Meanwhile, One Nation's Pauline has been exploited again in the print media around Byron Bay. "Pauline Gets Policy?" questions an advert in the Byron Shire Echo, which also features an image of a sculpture showing a child annoying a horse by yanking on its tail. "No. Not really. It's called Violet Gets Cheeky," the small print continues, pointing the reader to the East Coast Sculpture Show being publicised. It isn't the first time La Hanson has been used to catch consumers' eyes. No frills Bayswater Car Rentals used her image as part of its No Birds campaign
[PRESS RELEASE] 6th SEPTEMBER 1998
Popular recording artist Pauline Pantsdown today offered independent MP Pauline Hanson some handy household hints.
Concerned by Saturday’s press photos of Ipswich voters closing their front doors to their local MP, Pantsdown said: “Having closed off the back door, Mrs Hanson can hardly be surprised to find other entrances blocked.”
“With her policies also barring the windows of opportunity to non-white Astryans, I’d suggest she try the chimney. If she needs some help, there’s always that nice One Nation Queensland MP who used to work as a Santa Claus”.
Pantsdown’s second single “I Don’t Like
It!” is currently rising up the national charts. Last year, Hanson obtained
an injunction against the ABC playing Pantsdown’s first single, “I’m a
Back Door Man”. The
“I find it sad,” said Pantsdown, “that
a parliamentarian is only faced with a barking dog when she tries to visit
her constituents.” Recalling the January incident when a prospective One
Nation branch official was
[SSO PROFILE] Thursday 3 September 1998
Pauline Pantsdown's First single, I'm a Backdoor Man, managed less than a week of airplay on Triple J last year before an injunction was slapped on it, pending a defamation case in the Queensland Supreme Court. Six months later, the song was voted number five in the Triple J hottest 100.
Since then, Hanson has stopped using one statement, "mainstream Austraya".
"I used the term 'mainstream Austraya' so many times...she hasn't used it since," Pantsdown told about 50 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association (SGLBA) members at an association dinner last Monday.
In her latest offering Pantsdown has titled the song I Don't Like It, because Hanson doesn't "appear to like anything".
Although her identity is a well-kept secret, Pantsdown admits that she's a little bothered by the possibility of being located by One Nation or their supporters.
"I've taken some action in some ways...(as) they have trashed the offices of their own people when they fall out," She said.
Picking quotes and putting them together to create the "unauthorised vocalist" Pauline Hanson on Pauline Pantsdown's tracks is a time consuming exercise.
"It is very intricate work, there is rarely more than two words in a row from one sentence (in a song).
To create the words" san Francisco" took five and a half hours work, Pantsdown said, meaning I Don't like it will probably be her last song.
Both songs have taken about five months of working six to seven hours a day, seven days a week.
So far, no legal action has been taken against the new single, which Pantsdown attributes to a "very strong stategy" of releasing the single on 4pm last Friday.
"This is a strategy based around the fact that having no time to get to their lawyers until Monday, (David) Oldfield and Hanson would by that stage be facing such a wide distribution of the record they would have to take 40 or 50 separate legal actions in order to stop it."
Pantsdown is a political satirist. And she believes lessons can be learnt if parallels are drawn between One Nation and the rise of Adolf Hitler's national socialist movement in Germany from 1929.
Pantsdown says many cabaret artists during the late Weimar period found difficulty in satirising Adolf Hitler because his statements were already of an extreme nature.
"And so what they would have to do is to satirise his method of language and his method of arguing in completely unrelated subjects.
"Racism disturbs me more than anything else.
"When you take statements from Pauline Hanson such as 'I am not a racist but a realist' or things such as 'I am not a racist but a very proud Australian, you don't know the logic there - neither of those are a denial of in fact being racist."
Pantsdown says Hanson's claim that she is not a racist parallels a statement made by Adolf Eichmann, who said, "I am not an anti-Semite, but a nationalist."
"With South Africa between 1960 and 1990, what do you know about it besides apartheid? Nothing, that's it. That's what Australia is internationally at the moment. Smash racism wherever you come across it.
"We don't want to see Australia pineapple-ised
[SSO GOSSIP] Thursday 18 June 1998
Congratulations to Pauline Pantsdown. Her single, Backdoor Man, was ranked #92 in JJJ's Hottest 100 of all time last week. Not bad for a song that was never released for sale and only lasted on air for 11 days before it was pulled because the Menber for Oxley was suing the ABC. After much delay, Pauline's case against Pantsdown will be heard in Brisbane's Supreme Court on September 28. Pantsdown and the judge are both expected to wear wigs.
[SSO GOSSIP] Thursday 11 December 1997
Bogot's bigot Pauline Pantsdown isn't giving away the exact whereabouts of her underground tour of Sydney next week but we reckon your only chance to catch her live and lipsynching will be a spicy, kooky or sublime experience.
[SSO ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT] Thursday
11 December 1997
Pauline Pantsdown has a theory why Pauline Hanson sued radio station 2JJJ for defamation over playing her song I'm a Back Door Man.
"It's mainly because her name is an anagram of Punish Anal One" says Pantsdown
"Also she is addicted to court cases. In the last year she's appeared against several former advisors, an Aboriginal boy who allegedly called her a 'cunt' in a street argument that she allegedly helped to escalate, and of course the ABC because I called her a potato" says Pauline. "I've even heard that she's suing a Darwin woman for using margarine on her bread instead of butter!"
The song in question, a cut and paste of sound from Hanson's TV appearances, creates a drag version of Hanson spouting lines such as "I like trees and shrubs and plants - but I've put up a fence so they can't get in"; "I'm very proud that I'm not straight"; and I'm a back door man for the Klu Klux Klan."
Leading defamation experts have questioned the legality of the Queensland Supreme Court decision granting an injunction to prevent the ABC playing the song - a decision that flew in the face of all legal precedent. The ABC's upcoming appeal promises to be an important case for the rights of satirists.
The main thrust of Hanson's argument is that people will believe the song actually represents her views. That is, that she is a homosexual, a man and/or a transvestite, a prostitute, a paedophile and a supporter of the Klu Klux Klan.
"A very selective list," says Pantsdown. "if people were to believe that it was her, they'd also have to accept that she erects perimeter fences in order to stop shrubbery invading her garden, and that she is, in fact, a potato. Hopefully she's a potato with strong enough roots to avoid being trampled by the shrubbery stampede."
Hanson also argued in her initial press release that the song was not, in fact, satire but simply "unacceptable". This seemed to rely on the assumption that a song mainly about anal sex could not be satirising Hanson's politics.
In response, Pantsdown places the song in historical context. Several Berlin satirists of the early 1930's wrote about the difficulties they had in satirising Hitler's views on race and nationalism, as his original statements were often factually inaccurate and always extremist.
Satire and caricature require a logical/realist base from which to exaggerate. The solution of the Berlin satirists was often to take Hitler's use of language and style of argument and use it in other subject areas.
"How can you satirise nonsensical statements such as " I'm not a racist, but a realist', and I'm not a racist, but a very proud Australian'? asks Pantsdown.
Or say for example, that she had separate reasons for wanting to shut out on one hand, a Japanese migrant, and on the other, a grandmother of a Vietnamese-Australian who was coming in on the Family Reunion program.
"You'd satirise that by expressing general views about everyone yellow skin, you'd blame it on 'Asians' in general, But Hanson does that herself. There's nowhere left to go.
Following the Berlin satirists' example Pantsdown fed two of Hanson's statements about homosexuality into her sampler: "I do not think that homosexuals should be allowed to adopt children"' and on Mardi Gras: "it's celebrating something that is not natural".
" In other words, she's telling me, as a gay man, that my sexuality is unnatural, and that that part of my being makes me a danger top children," says Pantsdown.
"I decided to feed that back to her, and she obviously didn't like it. It's clearly OK for her to actually express these views about a large segment of the population, but unacceptable to lay it back on her in a clearly satirically context."
The aim of the piece, satirically, was to create a homosexual character (using Hanson's definition of a homosexual) and to embody that character with the passion of Hanson's method of argument.
"In the song. Pauline Pantsdown is not just a homosexual into anal sex," says Pantsdown, "but is also completely intolerant of everyone who isn't passive.
"There's the verse that goes, 'Now a gentleman came up and told me that other people don't receive! They've gotta accept it here inside, or I'm saying that they up and leave!' Her gay pride in the song is both as extreme and as empty as Hanson's abuse of notions of national pride."
So what next for Ms Pantsdown?
"Not allowed to tell you yet, love," she laments, "but there were some great lines in her in-case-of assassination videotape!"
The PANTSDOWN UNDERGROUND tour takes place accross several Sydney venues this week. Due to legal reasons, exact venues and dates cannot be named.
[SSO GOSSIP] Thursday 25 September 1997
Pauline Pantsdown, still basking in her 15 minutes of fame, has been busy this week denying rumours that she id dating a certain senior Hanson advisor. "There's no truth in this story at all," she told Gossip. " Some people are simply vile."
[SSO NEWS] Thursday 4 September 1997
ABC radio's Triple J has been issued with an injunction preventing it from playing Pauline Pantsdown's I'm a Backdoor Man, which uses independent MP Pauline Hanson's voice edited into sentences like: " I'm homosexual, I'm very proud of it" and "I'm a back door man for the Klu Klux Klan with very horrendous plans". Hanson applied for the injunction and has issued a writ seeking damages, claiming the song is defamatory and disgusting.
[SSO GOSSIP] Thursday 28 August 1997
Gossip's Hit Pick of the Week is Pauline
Pantsdown's powerful rendition of I'm a Backdoor Man, which premiered at
Vanessa's Melting Pot last saturday. Gossipgatheres that a certain Qld
MP is considering defamation action against Triple J (who keep on playing
it) and the song's creator (who's a sweetie we wouldn't mind sleeping with)