In Charity Dare, Australian MP Appears in Parliament Dressed as Tina Turner

Australian MP Sussan Ley appeared in Parliament House in Canberra as her alter-ego Tina “Ley-na” Turner on Tuesday, March 7, as part of a dare to raise awareness for a cancer charity.

Ley, MP for Farrer in New South Wales and deputy leader of the opposition, was introduced “with some nervousness” by Speaker Milton Dick.

Confirming that the dress-up was for a dare, Ley said: “First, let me introduce my alter-ego Tina ‘Ley-na’ Turner, and this is worth a fair bit of cash.”

“At a cancer support fundraiser held in Griffith last Friday, my song partner Glenn Starr from the local Triple M breakfast challenged the 700-strong crowd to reach a $100,000 target but only if I took Tina to Parliament House,” Ley said, referring to her performance with Starr where she was also dressed up.

Ley discussed the difficulties of cancer care in the Australian bush, noting that: “Two years ago, I announced around $5 million from the Coalition government for a new cancer centre in Griffith. Now that money gets you the bricks and mortar but there’s always more needed, for patient care, medical costs and equipment.”

She posted a picture of her costume to Facebook after the appearance, writing: “the DARE has been done!” Credit: Parliament of Australia via Storyful