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Parliament House Pretty Much Shut Down For The Ridiculous @Kevin2000 Book Launch Today

Because Australian politics is completely ridiculous.

Back in August, Australia went into collective mourning when the Kevin Rudd 2000 parody Twitter account announced it was shutting up shop. It seemed the nation had lost its finest online son.

Since then the account’s creators, Scott Bridges and Stephen Owen, have announced plans for a book, Kevern Write a Book, which was launched today in Parliament House with proceeds going to UNHCR. Because Australian politics  is basically like a giant high school, a whole bunch of senior politicians turned up, including none other than Ablo, the almost-Leader of the Opposition and Devourer of Worlds.

Labor MP for Gellibrand Tim Watts is particularly fond of Kevern, even creating a range of Kevern merchandise to raise money for the West Welcome Wagon, a community group assisting asylum seekers and refugees in Melbourne’s west. He livetweeted the book launch as his Kevern alter ego ‘Tim Wat’, who was one of the best characters in the Kevern pantheon alongside fellow small child ‘Wyat Roy’.

Watts then gave a short speech to the House of Representatives about Kevern entitled “Tim wat thank Kevern for riting book” because — and I cannot stress this enough — Australian politics is absolutely ridiculous.

Then the real Kevin Rudd tweeted about it.

You can buy Kevern Write a Book here.