We are being led into the unreal landscape of a quasi-federal election campaign right now, whether we like the offerings or not.
Gnocchi-making, public haircuts, cash splashes and, hey, we all like and back electric vehicles now.
It is particularly noted there is no actual polling date yet, but the Prime Minister is working on that detail.
Pollsters tell us many Australians are locked, loaded and ready to vote, but alas, there is no release.
The government is not ready yet, as there are a few barnacles to scrape off.
It is working furiously on the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change with net zero modelling finally out on Friday, but there is a French-accented crustacean that is looking particularly sticky.
It is the core issue of trust or personal integrity - a matter fundamental to modern presidential-style elections.
And so, flavoured by the French subs deal going south to the affront of French President Emmanuel Macron, Scott Morrison fell foul on Friday to a ripper 'gotcha' question.
3AW's Neil Mitchell asked the PM as he was readying to attend Bert Newton's state funeral: "You ever told a lie in public life?"
Mr Morrison responded: "I don't believe I have, no."
Well, what was he going to say?
Of course, true or not, and it is the PM's word, the answer had to be no.
Can you imagine if he said: "Yeah sure!"
It would be refreshingly honest, because let's face it kids: everybody lies.
And politicians, in particular, are renowned as being untrustworthy. Somewhere, they are down south on a list with newspaper journalists and others. So, who really would be surprised?
Of course, there's political reality. A Prime Minister admitting lies would be prime fodder for Labor attack ads. All they would have to do is run the audio a few times prominently and job done.
A few hours later, for equal time, Labor leader Anthony Albanese was also asked if he had ever told a lie in public life.
The answer, also, was "no".
Hold on to your polygraphs.
But, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has been liberated by post-politics freedom and acrimony, says his former treasurer has a particular problem. Mr Turnbull says Mr Morrison has a "reputation for lying".
"Well, look, in politics people take sledges, sadly, all the time," he told 3AW.
"If you haven't got the thick skin to deal with that, you're in the wrong job. And it's not something that distracts me. I tend not to take things personally. I think that's a good practice if you want to be in public life. Just stay focused on the job and don't get distracted by the sledges."
Asked later, how can Australians trust him?
"Because on my record I have been doing the things I said I would do," Mr Morrison responded, launching into another defence of his decision to end the French subs deal.
"Now, if that upsets the people who made the previous decision, if that upsets another country, albeit a great friend of Australia, I am prepared to make those decisions and if they are upset with me, I understand. But I'm not going to have Australia's best interests intimidated by people who might be a bit upset with me over things like that."