The man behind one of Australia's most recognisable characters, Pauline Pantsdown, has come out of retirement to campaign for gay marriage.
University lecturer Simon Hunt, the 55-year-old satirist behind the character based on One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, shaved off his beard on Saturday morning before applying his make-up to resemble the red-headed senator.
He had received a call the night before from Labor senator Sam Dastyari and hastily agreed to go on a tour of market stalls in Sydney's inner-west - marking only his fourth public appearance in character since 2001.
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Pauline Pantsdown has made a public appearance to share a halal snack pack with a senator
This week also marks the 20th of Mr Hunt releasing a controversial single, Backdoor Man, where Pauline Hanson's voice was edited to declare she had a 'horrendous plan with the Ku Klux Klan' and wanted a 'homosexual government'.
Following legal action, the song was banned from the ABC and its youth radio station Triple J.
A little more than a year later, Ms Hanson lost her seat of Oxley.
She would remain in the political wilderness for the next 18 years, until winning her Queensland Senate seat in 2016 after nine failed attempts to revive her political career.
Pauline Pantsdown tours the a market in Sydney's inner-west with Senator Sam Dastyari
Sam Dastyari (left) and Pauline Pantsdown (right) share halal snack pack in Sydney kebab shop
The real Pauline Hanson (right) turned down Sam Dastyari's halal snack pack offer last year
As for Pauline Pantsdown, the alter ego has only made