We made it through the penultimate week of the election campaign! One more week to go!
This week was dominated by a newspaper story about Labor leader Bill Shorten's mother, more candidates resigning over their offensive comments, and the never-ending fight over costings.
There were a lot of moments that defied explanation. Below are some of the most absurd.
1. The prime minister was called "the Energizer Bunny on steroids".
2. The prime minister used his tried and tested "I'm going to stick to my current job" line while calling the bingo, again.
3. The prime minister got inventive with his use of tense.
4. Space Invaders jokes wouldn't stop.
5. A former prime minister arrived early for an interview proceeded to go very off-script.
6. People were told to take a joke.
7. Handshakes were refused.
8. Praise for the royal baby was immediate.
10. And a tad OTT.
11. Someone really fancied Bill Shorten's Labor party to win next weekend.
12. Shorten tried to explain a meme.
14. Home affairs minister Peter Dutton said older Australians were waiting with baseball bats for Bill Shorten.
15. The newspapers had a week of it. A columnist blamed the voters for the "toxic election".
16. And a reader reckoned Shorten deliberately enticed the Daily Telegraph's widely condemned story on his mother.
17. Malcolm turned up.
18. Someone tried to egg the prime minister and the egg just rolled off his head.
19. And New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern was named Australia's most trusted politician. What a time.
Check back next week for all the latest madness as we edge towards May 18 and election day.
Richard James is the News Director for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.
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