THE suggestion Bill Shorten should follow in Harold Holt's footsteps was met with laughter and applause by the LNP faithful.

The joke, made by Capricornia MP Michelle Landry's media adviser Chris Lawson at her launch in Rockhampton came as he introduced the MP at the event.

Before the MP stepped out, Mr Lawson told a long joke about Bill Shorten speaking to the nation's former conservative Prime Minister's in a dream.

"He said Mr Holt you were a very well-known Prime Minister in your time as well," Mr Lawson said at the conclusion of the joke.

"I'm the opposition leader, I want to make this country great.

"I really want Australia to be a strong nation and prosper, what do you think I should do?

"And he said 'mate, you need to do what I did and take a swim at Swansea and never come back'."

Harold Holt disappeared in December, 1967 while swimming and was presumed drowned.

After Ms Landry took to the floor to the sounds of Shania Twain's Man, I Feel Like a Woman, Senator Matt Canavan may have surprised the audience with his dream theme song.

So what would this conservative politician like to strut out to?

I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred.

But depending on which side of the political fence you sit on, comments like those made by Mr Lawson might be taken very differently.

This was something Team McMillan candidate Brett Wass found out during the Local Government Elections when he came under fire for comments about Mayor Margaret Strelow he said were simply a recount of light-hearted banter with a voter during a doorknock

Mr Wass made the comments about giving her the Pilbeam treatment, referring to the infamous shooting of former Rockhampton mayor Rex Pilbeam in 1953, at a community meeting.