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Good job, dummy: Aussie prime minister rips off campaign slogan from 'Veep'

It was the "most meaningless election slogan" they could think of -- now the creators of "Veep" are laughing after Australia's highest elected official took their catchphrase for himself.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the star of HBO series "Veep," was "dumbfounded" when saw her character's slogan copied.


Deep down, we all know politics is a joke. But couldn't our political leaders at least try to be subtle when it comes to devising meaningless, made-up political slogans?

Australian politics might be a long way from the US election cycle, but in a case of life imitating art, the prime minister of Australia has pulled his latest political slogan straight from the script of the HBO series "Veep."

According to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, good leadership is all about continuity and change.

What would Selina say?


But unfortunately for him, he's not the first to make that connection: "Veep's" Selina Meyer used the very same platform as part of her presidential run in Season 5 of the series.

"There is continuity and there is change," Prime Minister Turnbull said in a radio interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Tuesday.

Turnbull was trying to shake off questions about leadership instability ahead of an upcoming election, and dropped the phrase three times in the one interview. But one ABC reporter was quick to pounce.

The slogan appears in Season 4 of the series as Selina Meyer (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) embarks on a massive election campaign in Washington. Perhaps Turnbull was hoping for a little of that presidential glow to rub off on his own election campaign?

The prime minister needs all the continuity he can get, after knocking the former PM (and leader of his own party) from the top job in a leadership spill last year. And Australia has certainly seen plenty of change in recent years -- Turnbull is the fifth prime minister to hold the job since President Barack Obama was elected in 2009.

But if social media has taught us anything it's that a political leader with a slogan is fair game. And the show's former director, Chris Addison, and current executive producer, Simon Blackwell, didn't hold back.

The stars of the show were also quick to pile on. The Veep herself, Louis-Dreyfus, said she was "dumbfounded" while Timothy Simons, who plays the show's unlikeable presidential staffer Jonah Ryan, thanked the PM for the publicity.

You've got to feel bad for the prime minister -- disunity in his own party, sliding poll numbers and now he's copping flack for his slogans. But we could think of worse comparisons than Selina Meyer. Turnbull should just be thankful he didn't make it into an episode of "The Simpsons."