Why is an Australian politician reciting Taylor Swift lyrics to parliament?

Sam Dastyari just can't get enough of Blank Space


It’s been a tumultuous week for Australian politics, and it keeps getting weirder. Speaking to the Australian Parliament, New South Wales Senator Sam Destyari decided the best way to get his message across was by reciting lyrics from Taylor Swift’s smash hit Blank Space – a tactic met with sniggers from his fellow politicians. 


But Sam had his reasons. Following Malcolm Turnbull’s ousting of Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday, Dastyari was taking a swipe at the in-power Liberal Party’s Deputy Leader Julie Bishop and the now four party leaders she has served. 

“This morning I said that if the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party ever ran for the leadership, that there is a song that I think would be her campaign song,” he quipped. “And I said it would be Destiny’s Child’s Survivor – a song I know, Mr President, you’re very familiar with.”

Mr Dastyari then went on to list some other suggestions he’d received – Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger, MC Hammer’s Can’t Touch This and Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive – before stating that none of the above were really relevant to the debate they were having as a nation.

So, he concluded, “I tell you who is relevant is Taylor Swift. In Taylor Swift’s poetic, beautiful, I think touching song Blank Space which really is a modern soliloquy on the Liberal Party.”

He then went on to recite said ‘soliloquy’ to the bemusement of his fellow senators: 

“Magic, madness, heaven, sin,
Saw you there and I thought
Oh my God, look at that face,
You look like my next mistake.
New money, suit and tie,
I can read you like a magazine.
Ain’t it funny, rumours fly,
And I know you’ve heard about me.
So it’s gonna be forever,
Or it’s gonna go down in flames.
You can tell me when it’s over,
If the high was worth the pain.”


See his full performance in the video below: