In what has been called a pretty under-handed ploy, the Australian Liberal Party have announced a new candidate as their potential runner for the Premiership. The previously unknown called Sheila has come from nowhere and early polls indicate that in upcoming elections the Liberals may be on their way to a surprise landslide victory.
Bob macIntyre, Liberal spokesman explained the decision to introduce Shiela as follows "Lets face it every Australian man knows how useful a sheila is, what they are good at and that they know their place, this coupled with the fact that in the vast majority of cases, especially in Queensland and Victoria, every mans mother, sister, wife and their dog is called Sheila will of course help. At the end of the day, everyone likes someone with the same name as their mother!".
The Labour Party have responded by claiming that the Liberals have underestimated the Australian voters "The average Australian voter isn't stupid, they understand the politics of this country and are not simply going to vote for someone because they are named after their mother or wife!". This is however completely at odds with the results of a recent UN survey which finally put to bed any doubts that the average Australian is a sexist, homophobic, narrow minded buffoon!