Airdate: The Goddam Election! with John Safran

John Safran is back on SBS, with a special that looks at the federal election through a religious prism.


Don’t tell Ray Martin, but John Safran is returning to television, with a one hour special on SBS The Goddam Election! With John Safran.

Safran, who has recently appeared on The Book Club and Media Circus, will again be looking through a religious prism -this time at the federal election.

Over a one-hour television special, Australia’s premier provocateur John Safran investigates the micro parties contesting the 2016 Australian Federal Election, revealing bizarre alliances that upend our perception of Australian multiculturalism. In The Goddam Election! With John Safran he uncovers what could be our most religious election ever.

Safran explores the religious underbelly of the election, sidestepping the Coalition, Labor and the Greens to delve deep into the lesser reported minor parties – many of whom are guided by religion.

He begins his journey following the recent rise of anti-Islam parties, and soon discovers a peculiar political fringe where some Sikhs, Hindus, alleged neo-Nazis and a Sri-Lankan priest join forces with each other to carve a path all the way to Parliament House. The more he digs, the more he discovers that religion is a growing force that filters into Australian politics in surprising ways.

Safran once again brings his sardonic wit and penchant for biting rants to our screens, whether running with riot police, driving through Sydney with radical Muslims, having dinner with Fred Nile or door stopping Pauline Hanson.

As the nation heads towards a neck-and-neck election, the micro parties supported by Australia’s religious minorities could end up with a balance of power. Join Safran as he a cracks the lid on unlikely alliances and surprising frenemies in his inimitable style.

8.30pm Sunday 26 June on SBS.

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