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Meninga gained some unwanted notoriety in 2001, when an attempted political career lasted a mere 28 seconds. Becoming fazed in his first radio interview, he resigned on-air shortly after the broadcast commenced . This incident led to the satirical Chaser team instituting the 'Mal Award' for their The Election Chaser, The Chaser Decides and Yes We Canberra! television shows; presented to politicians "for the greatest act of political suicide during an election campaign". In the episode on 28 November 2007, Mal satirized himself when brought in to present the award but "gave up" mid-speech.