Ms Perkins said she and Mr Bandt were “pretty pissed off” so she wanted to make her “feelings loud and clear”.
The event is aimed to raise funds for charity through online auction bids on eBay. Since the event’s inception in 2000, almost $4.5 million has been raised for various charities, such as St Vincent de Paul Society, Guide Dogs, OzHarvest, Lifeline and more.
While it was business at the front, it was a political party statement at the back. In large, black bolded text again repeated the message: “end gas and coal”.
South Australia’s Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young delivering a political statement at Canberra’s Midwinter Ball. Source: AAP
Her number was a recycled nod to United States Democrat politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who stunned the world when she attended the prestigious 2021 Met Gata in a white gown that had written on the back in red: “tax the rich”.
US politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore a controversial gown to the 2021 Met Gala. Source: Getty / Jamie McCarthy
Other politicians from the party boycotted the event altogether to express their disapproval of Shell and Woodside.
“Tonight’s Midwinter Ball is yet another reminder of the perverse hold coal and gas have over our government, no matter who leads it. I will not be attending,” WA Senator Jordon Steele-John wrote on Twitter.
His Queensland colleague, Senator Larissa Waters also didn’t attend but said event organisers would reconsider who would sponsor the ball next year.