Senior Labor MP Tanya Plibersek has delivered a scathing jab at the likely next leader of the Liberal Party, Peter Dutton.
In a live radio interview, Ms Plibersek said Mr Dutton looks “a bit like Voldemort” – the much feared villain in the Harry Potter series.
Mr Dutton is set to become the next leader of the Liberal party following the party’s election defeat, with reports suggesting he will run unopposed.
“I think there will be a lot of children who have watched a lot of Harry Potter films who will be very frightened of what they are seeing on TV at night, that’s for sure,” Ms Plibersek told Brisbane radio 4BC.
When pressed on what she was referring to, Ms Plibersek didn’t hold back.
“I am saying he looks a bit like Voldemort and we will see whether he can do what he promised he would do when he was last running for leader which is smile more,” she replied.
Ms Plibersek was beaten to the comparison by many on the internet who have been using the perceived resemblance for years to express their dislike of Mr Dutton’s policies.
This week the front cover of the West Australian newspaper featured a cartoon of Mark McGowan as Harry Potter and Peter Dutton as Voldemort, following scathing criticisms by the WA Premier who called Mr Dutton an “extremist” and “not that smart”.
The page featured the headline splash, “Mark McGowan And The Not That Smart Absolutely Crazy Extremist”.
Following her comments, Ms Plibersek was pushed by 4BC host Scott Emerson on whether she intended to attack her political opponent based on his looks, prompting Ms Plibersek to back-pedal on the comment.
“I am just saying he is not the warm and friendly face of the Liberal party and if this last election taught us anything, it taught us that the Liberal party has moved too far to the extremes of politics,” she said.
A spokesman for Ms Plibersek told The Courier Mail she had since contacted Mr Dutton to apologise and wish him luck in his new role.