Election promises come and go but tattoos last forever.
Coming into what was labelled an “unwinnable election”, Pearce MP Christian Porter described himself as an “underdog” in the battle for his marginal seat.
The incumbent even went as far to promise that he would get a tattoo should Pearce remain in Liberal hands with an increased majority.
On Wednesday, Mr Porter delivered on that promise in the form of a X-Wing Starfighter from Star Wars near his left ribs.
At the 2019 federal election, Mr Pearce picked up a 57.5per cent of votes in the two-party preferred tally, up from 53.6 per cent when Australia went to the polls in 2016.
After his win on May 18, Mr Porter picked up the Industrial Relations portfolio and has become Leader of the House, while retaining his position as Australia’s Attorney-General.
While Mr Porter said he had never thought about getting a tattoo, he had to deliver on an election commitment.
“It’s very important that when you make an election promise, you stick to it, even if keeping it was a little more painful than you realised,” Mr Porter said.
Mr Porter also admitted to being a “massive Star Wars fanboy”.
“For Star Wars fans, the X-Wing is the symbol of prevailing against the adversity of what appear to be overwhelming odds,” he said.
“Now the ink is done, we’re back to business.”