Photo of Australia’s most torn politician has South Australian PM ‘hanging his head in shame’
Photo of Australia’s most torn politician has South Australian Prime Minister ‘hanging his head in shame’ and saying he’s going to give up carbs
- Footage of South African opposition leader Peter Malinauskas, 41, speaking
- Father-of-three showed off his impressive physique during a media interview
- SA Premier saw the footage and jokingly said he would reduce his carb intake
- Residents across South Australia are expected to head to voting booths on March 19
South Australian Prime Minister Steven Marshall was left ‘with his head bowed in shame’ and jokingly pledged to cut carbs from his diet after his chief political rival’s vision turned heads over the weekend last.
Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas quickly became a talking point after he appeared in the media shirtless on Saturday.
Mr Malinauskas, 41, showed off his shredded physique at the Adelaide Aquatic Center as he played with his daughter Eliza in the pool.
It came as Labor pledged to redevelop the center to the tune of $80 million if Malinauskas was elected state premier in March.
Mr Marshall told ABC Radio he was envious when images of father-of-three Malinauskas emerged.
SA opposition leader Peter Malinauskas, comfortably the country’s most torn politician, quickly became a talking point after he appeared in the media shirtless on Saturday
The footage prompted Prime Minister Steven Marshall to jokingly suggest he would cut carbs from his diet
“Look, it’s nice when people take care of themselves and stay healthy…but he clearly has a little more free time than I do,” Marshall told ABC Radio.
“I don’t campaign Putin-style on my part, I can guarantee that, I only focus on the key issues in South Australia but, yes, I had to bow my head in shame when this photo popped up… I thought to myself, “Okay, that’s it, more carbs.”’
The reference to Vladimir Putin follows the fact that the Russian president was infamously photographed on horseback while shirtless in Siberia in 2009.
In a recent interview, Malinauskas dismissed the idea that he was a fitness fanatic – but confirmed that he loves going to the gym and also runs during the week.
He also said he doesn’t drink alcohol Monday through Friday, but often “treats” on weekends.
Marshall, 54, has served as South Australia’s premier since 2018 and led the state’s opposition for five years before winning the top job.
Residents of South Australia will go to the polls for the state elections on March 19.