Someone Noticed The PM Totally Ripped Off “Veep” For His Slogan

When you get caught using political satire to describe your government.

1. Malcolm Turnbull and senior government ministers have come up with a new three-word slogan to distance themselves from the Abbott government: “Continuity and change.”

ABC TV

Tony Abbott (a pioneer of the three-word slogan) has been dogging Turnbull since he was replaced last year. He said yesterday, “the Turnbull Government is running on the record of the Abbott Government.”

3. Well Turnbull’s communications team have responded with some new talking points.

The “continuity and change” line was also picked up by employment minister Michaelia Cash this morning: “We have continuity in terms of a Coalition government, but also policies that are very much Malcolm Turnbull.”

5. And here’s Turnbull on ABC’s 7:30 program on Monday night:

“So, as you go from one Liberal prime minister to another, you have continuity and you have change and there has been a lot of change.”

6. Also the PM went on 3AW and used the phrase four times in less than two minutes.

7. Well, ABC political correspondent Greg Jennett was quickly aware that a similar pithy slogan had actually appeared in a recent episode of the HBO series Veep.

.@TurnbullMalcolm's new "Continuity & change" argument sounds familiar @VeepHBO https://t.co/XAXp56JHql

— Greg Jennett (@GregJennett)

8. (SPOILERS OBVS) Veep tracks the political career of Vice President Selina Myers. In Season 4, Episode 6 Myers is running for president and yep, “continuity with change” is her presidential slogan.

HBO

9. The show’s episode “Storms and Pancakes” aired in May last year and the slogan appears throughout Myers’ presidential run.

10. It’s good to see the PM’s office borrowing a hilarious slogan from political satire to describe the current state of his government.

11. Turns out that the Veep star is flabbergasted.

I am dumbstruck. @VeepHBO https://t.co/emEjFmWDgE

— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD)

12. And co-stars were delighted that the PM was raising the show’s profile in Australia.

A heartfelt thanks to the truly clueless US / World politicians providing us with so much free publicity. https://t.co/HYgogQSNX2

— Timothy Simons (@timothycsimons)

13. Clearly Malcolm Turnbull loves HBO.

In S4 of Veep we came up with the most meaningless election slogan we could think of. Now adopted by Australian PM. https://t.co/64YmQvImj5

— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell)

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Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.
Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.
 
 

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