The papier-mache heads of Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott due to ride on the Murwillumbah Central Rotary float in Tweed Banana Festival street parade.
The papier-mache heads of Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott due to ride on the Murwillumbah Central Rotary float in Tweed Banana Festival street parade.

Paper pollies head street parade

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard and the man who wants her job, Coalition leader Tony Abbott, are to ride together on one of the main floats in this Saturday’s Tweed Banana Festival street parade.

Paper-mache heads resembling the two leaders are the feature of one of the main floats in the parade through the central streets of Murwillumbah.

Their timely election-day appearance is intended to be in keeping with this year’s festival theme of “heroes and villains”.

Spectators will be asked to decide which is the hero and which is the villain.

They will also be reminded to vote – not just for political parties but for their choice of Banana Festival Queen.

Festival co-ordinator Chris Chrisostomos, who is a committee member of the Murwillumbah Central Rotary Club, yesterday revealed the two political leaders would grace the club’s float.

It is one of nine official floats among scores of floats and dressed-up motor vehicles expected to be entered in Saturday’s parade.

The leading official float is to carry the reigning Banana Festival Queen Zoe Schuettpelz.

The eight other major floats are due to carry this year’s Queen contestants.

“The heads are going on our float and we’ll have a sign: ‘Instead of voting for these, vote for our Queen candidate Tori Rydstrand’,” said Mr Chrisostomos.


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