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The fashion of politics: Strong messages, big shirts and golden oldies


For the most avid political fan, the 2020 election offers a range of new and old merchandise, from heavy duty bottle openers to groovy tote bags.

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Labor is asking supporters to contribute more funds buying one of five items from the party store, two of which are being marketed as collector’s editions with limited stock available.

There is a white T-shirt with Labor red writing that includes the message “She is Strong,” in reference to leader Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“Show your support for our Premier with our limited edition 2020 campaign shirt,” the store states.

“Note: Shirt sizes are large so consider ordering a size smaller than normal.”

The other limited edition is a $30 Labor legends tote bag, with an image of a young Palaszczuk alongside former state and federal leaders Wayne Goss, Peter Beattie and Kevin Rudd, all Queenslanders, only one of whom is still in office.

The Liberal National Party has 21 different pieces of merchandise, seven of which are on sale. For half the cost of Labor’s big T-shirt, you can buy a blue LNP cap signed by leader Deb Frecklington – and, in the spirit of free enterprise, maybe sell it off for more.

“This would be an ideal Auction item or for Party Unit fundraising,” the LNP store states.

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation store offers various alcohol-related products as well as copies of the national leader’s 13-year-old biography, Untamed and Unashamed. A signed version of the book will set you back $45.

In the Katter’s Australian Party shop, there are 21 different pieces of merchandise, nine of which promote founder Bob Katter’s memorable quote about same-sex marriage, in which he said “let there be a thousand blossoms bloom, as far as I am concerned, but I ain’t spending any time on it because in the meantime, every three months, a person is torn to pieces by a crocodile in north Queensland.”

The Greens have a national shop, with some products out of date since the departure of leader Richard Di Natale, while Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party does not appear to have any merchandise on offer online after an internal furore over shirts made in China.

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