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Malcolm Turnbull Sinks Beers With News Satirists The Betoota Advocate

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11/03/2017 6:26 PM AEDT | Updated 11/03/2017 6:39 PM AEDT
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has appeared in an unconventional interview with news satirists The Betoota Advocate on Saturday afternoon.

Turnbull sunk beers with the editors of the popular site, Clancy Overell and Errol Parker, as they appeared as their alter-egos, journalists from the remote town of Betoota in Queensland.

The interview was broadcast live on Facebook from the Old Fitzroy in Woolloomooloo, Sydney. The PM faced an assortment of unconventional questions, the most uncomfortable: "Would you say Tony Abbott is equivalent to say Robbie Farrah, in that he's a great clubman, has been there for years -- hasn't done much else -- but he can't get on with whoever's in charge?

"No. No," Turnbull said. "No, you can't tempt me into that area."

The Betoota-Turnbull interview was broadcast the same day as the Western Australian election where Turnbull's Liberal counterparts prepared to lose government.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten was in Perth with Mark McGowen -- Liberal state leader Colin Barnett's opponent -- who at the time of Turnbull's Facebook live appearance was tipped to snag the ten seats needed for an election win.

Created in 2014, the Betoota Advocate is one of Australia's most popular news satire sites. Overell and Parker frame the outlet as an independent regional newspaper from far-west Queensland. They gained notoriety when Channel Nine mistook one of their stories as real news. ABC's Media Watch gloriously picked up the error.

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