'Mash made in heaven': Premier's TikTok debut praised ahead of election

Ash Cant and Australian Associated Press
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Western Australia's Premier Mark McGowan has made a splash on TikTok — just in time for the state election.

Polls have opened across the state and it is expected Labor will comfortably win a second term.

A day before voters headed to the polls on Saturday, Mr McGowan released his first video on TikTok, making his debut with a video of himself cracking jokes on the campaign trail.

"Premier of WA. Dad from Rocko," his TikTok bio says. The account has already racked up more than 6,000 followers.

People are loving Premier Mark McGowan's first two TikToks. Source: TikTok/@mark_mcgowan_mp
People are loving Premier Mark McGowan's first two TikToks. Source: TikTok/@mark_mcgowan_mp

In the footage, Mr McGowan can be seen standing in the middle of Labor Candidate for Scarborough Stuart Aubrey and "well known fashion icon" of WA, Tony Galati from Spudshed Innaloo, who is known for his iconic eyebrows.

"It'd be fair to say it's a mash made in heaven. Please don't use that" Mr McGowan says while the three hold potatoes and laugh.

TikTok viewers were quick to welcome the premier to the platform.

"The king finally joins TikTok," one person said.

"MASH MADE IN HEAVEN, WE LOVE YA MARKY BOY," another person said.

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Despite several adoring fans, some people said they needed a bit more convincing before voting.

"Mark, do the WAP dance and you've secured my vote," one person said, as others challenged the premier to take part in other viral challenges and trends.

In his second TikTok video, Mr McGowan issued an "important PSA".

"In WA there is nothing wrong in running in an election and eating a kebab — thanks for your support, WA," he says, as he whips out a kebab and takes a bite.

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The video is seemingly a reference to a press conference early last year, when he was asked whether people in WA would be fined for leaving the house to get a kebab amid the first coronavirus lockdown.

"There's nothing wrong with going for a run and having a kebab," he said in April while laughing.

It appears Mr McGowan has quite the fanbase online, with numerous people sharing 'hilarious' moments from his press conferences.

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One person even got Mr McGowan's face tattooed on them.

"Westside b**ches," the tattoo reads. Mr McGowan had quite the response when he was asked about the inking.

"Well, I was in the navy and I live in Rockingham, I’ve seen worse," he joked.

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Labor poised to win state election

A Newspoll published in The Weekend Australian newspaper has Labor leading the Liberals 66 to 34 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.

It would reduce the Liberals to as few as three seats if replicated at the ballot box and Opposition Leader Zak Kirkup is at risk of becoming the first WA Liberal leader to lose his seat since the 1930s.

The 34-year-old holds the seat of Dawesville by a margin of just 0.8 per cent and has vowed to quit politics if he is voted out.

Such a result would likely spell disaster for other Liberal MPs vying to save their seats.

It would also suggest Mr Kirkup's decision to concede defeat a fortnight before polling day and warn against giving Labor "total control" was a tactical failure.

Premier Mark McGowan is tipped to lead Labor to a big victory at the West Australian state election, with the opposition leader at risk of losing his seat. Source: AAP
Premier Mark McGowan is tipped to lead Labor to a big victory at the West Australian state election, with the opposition leader at risk of losing his seat. Source: AAP

Mr Kirkup defended the strategy while campaigning in Dawesville on election eve, saying he was simply levelling with voters.

On Saturday, Mr Kirkup put on a brave face after voting alongside his father Rob in his electorate, saying he had no regrets about the Liberals' campaign.

"I'm very hopeful of continuing to serve in the district of Dawesville and working alongside as many Liberal colleagues as possible in the WA parliament," he said.

"We asked West Australians to think about what cost it would be to them and their communities if Labor does get elected with too much power," he said.

"And I'm very, very sure that as people go to the polls that is something they will think about."

Mr McGowan said the government will remain in the sensible centre if re-elected.

"Our government has shown over the last four years that we're stable, reasonable, sensible people that put in place policies that protect the jobs and health of West Australians," he said.

Labor is set to win a second term in the election. Source:  AAP
Labor is set to win a second term in the election. Source: AAP

"If we're re-elected, that will continue."

A Labor source said the party had been expecting Mr Kirkup to survive in Dawesville based on its internal polling.

Labor is confident of adding seats but there is little chance it will gain control of the upper house due to the extra weighting given to regional votes.

The polls close at 6pm tonight and while more than 750,000 people had already voted prior to polling day, it seems as though many people are still out there, getting their democracy sausage.

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