The Canning candidate formerly behind a bikini-clad campaign video has released a new clip promoting her new political party, set to the sounds of Australian rockers AC/DC.
Teresa van Lieshout is well-known for her unconventional election campaign videos, including one announcing her candidacy in the 2014 Vasse by-election of her holding a fishing rod in a bikini.
The independent’s latest vote-winning attempt has again garnered attention for its sharp departure from the usual dry approach to political campaigns.
It shows Ms van Lieshout standing in her West Australian home, backed up by two large speakers with flashing lights, dancing and lip-syncing AC/DC and Katy Perry songs while flashing signs containing two-word policies.
The 12-minute video was an effort to promote the policies of a party she plans to establish – Voter Rights Party – if elected for Canning.
She has the ambitious goal of winning a further 50 seats at the next Federal election.
In comparison, the Coalition holds 90 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives.
Although the video has certainly garnered publicity, not all of it has been positive.
Ms van Lieshout told The New Daily the video had been a conscious effort to divert from the mainstream, although she condemned some reports ridiculing her presentation style.
“Corporate media don’t really publish much information about what I am actually fighting for and who I am as a person,” she said.
“I had to find other ways to get my message across and that is why, for example, I did the bikini video and the most recent one I did, because the issues that are promoted in the video I wanted to do it in a creative, innovative way.
“When people sit there in a suit and talk to the public, you might get some people listening, but there are a whole range of people who are just not interested.
“I am trying to stimulate their interest in getting involved.”
Ms van Lieshout is a teacher with a Masters in Education and is also the author of four non-fiction books.
She was previously in the media spotlight after being dumped as a candidate with the Palmer United Party just 12 days after she was endorsed.
At the 2013 election, she represented the Australian Protectionist Party in the electorate of Fremantle, receiving 205 first preference votes.
The Canning election video has been viewed more than 4000 times.