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.