Excruciating moment as Josh Frydenberg struggles to open his water bottle is blasted across Australia – earning him a cruel new nickname
- Moment Josh Frydenberg confesses defeat when opening water bottle captured on video
- A spokesman for the opposition Ministry of Finance shared the clip on Twitter on Tuesday
- He called Mr. Frydenberg ‘Butterfingers’, referring to his dealings with JobKeeper
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has been relentlessly mocked online for failing to open a bottle of water during Parliament’s Question Time.
The 50-year-old former Oxford and Harvard graduate was caught on camera in the Liberal front seat on Thursday afternoon reaching for the drink.
After ten seconds of carefully fiddling with the cap, Mr. Frydenberg resigned himself to being dehydrated and set the bottle back down.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg struggles with the water bottles during Parliament’s question time (pictured)
Colleague and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce could later be seen lend a helping hand by skillfully opening the bottle after a much shorter struggle.
Labor treasury spokesman Jim Chalmers tweeted the clip Tuesday using the hashtag #Butterfingers — a nickname the opposition has previously tried to paint Mr Frydenberg with.
In September, Dr. Chalmers launched a devastating attack on the way the Treasurer handled JobKeeper’s payments.
“The problem was that Parliament completely delegated the implementation of the program to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg – the butterfingers of Australian politics.” said Dr. Chalmers.
“It says so much about the Morrison government that Gucci and Louis Vuitton pocketed JobKeeper payments they didn’t need as their profits went up, while working families and small businesses in western Sydney are left without.”
“He took a really good idea and mutilated it badly.”
He added that former Prime Minister Paul Keating once labeled another MP as a “souffle that wouldn’t rise twice.”
But that Mr. Frydenberg was more like ‘whipped cream in an aerosol – all noise and fizz but quickly melting when heat is applied’.
Mr Frydenberg and his wife Amie (pictured) on a charity run along Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra
Commenters on Dr. Chalmer were quick to join in.
“Trust Barnaby to open it,” said one.
“He has never been able to maintain a budget surplus,” said another.
“This tweet is petty and brilliant,” added a third.