Albo learns: YouTube will find you out

Albo learns: YouTube will find you out

Summary: It seems that the Liberal Party has caught out Federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese of ripping off lines from a movie in a recent address. When will they learn? The internet will always find you out.

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It seems that the Liberal Party has caught out Federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese of ripping off lines from a Michael Douglas movie in a recent address to the National Press Club in what serves as another example of how the internet will always find you out.

A video uploaded to YouTube by LiberalPartyTV shows Albanese talking about the challenges Australia is facing, and using the answer to denounce Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

"In Australia, we have serious challenges to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. Unfortunately, Tony Abbott is not the least bit interested in fixing them. He's only interested in two things: making Australians afraid of it, and telling them who's to blame for it," Albanese said, reading aloud from the podium.

The clip then cuts to a triumphant Michael Douglas playing Andrew Shepherd, President of the United States, in the 1995 film, The American President, denouncing his rival in a very familiar sounding monologue.

"We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your paticular problem is, I promise you, Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things, and two things only: making you afraid of it, and telling you who's to blame for it," Douglas says of his on-screen opponent, Senator Bob Rumson, played by Richard Dreyfuss.

"Albo, you're no Michael Douglas," the video derisively points out. While that's true, I don't think the Liberal Party, which has more than its fair share of gaffes and blunders, ought to be pointing fingers.

ZDNet Australia is awaiting a reply from Albanese's office on the apparent gaffe, and on whether or not Aaron Sorkin is in line for the recently opened position of speechwriter.

Topics: Government, Government AU, Social Enterprise

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  • Encore, encore!
    While visiting his parliamentary secretary, Ballarat's Catherine King, Albs might check in to check over the 36 towers that will be locally necessary infrastructure required to effect the NBN in regional "fixed wireless" Australia? What an awesome opportunity for Minister Albanese, to utilise the otherwise questionably pathetic NBN wireless download potential in an area he and the ALP have already old out. If ALBS can download a film in a only a few minutes- (and apparently also navigate his way through all the appropriate plagarism and copyright laws), perhaps Parliamentary debate is about to get a while lot more entertaining?
    If so, I look forward to Senator Conroy's take on reasoning the meagre footprint of a cable fibred .22 of 1 percent of this nation vs the amazingly irresponsible and unfair distribution of the NBN wireless roll out, radiating the "cultural identity" out of this wide, iconic nation. "You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!" ...... Probably not.
    The Man from Snowy River, or All the rivers Run with towers photoshopped in the back grounds aren't that marketable. No one likes the idea at all.
    So, please, stay in "the land of Make-believe"- also Homer Simposon, and keep up the scripts... this international Broadband network circus and the red-headed clown at the helm is all SO Hollywood. Roll up, Roll up!
    community unity
  • Parliament should have a day where every member has to quote lines from a movie or a song. It would probably make more sense than their usual tripe.
    Yoda7