The Member for Watson’s office have today confirmed that majority of Tony Burke’s public appearances are spent explaining to punters that he isn’t that bloke who played in the NBL between 1985 and 2005.

This comes as the former ALP Minister for the Arts and Immigration was seen informing several of his own constituents in Lakemba that he is not Andrew Gaze.

“No. I know I look like him. But I’ve never played basketball” he patiently explained.

“Yeah, I get that a bit. But no, I’m your Federal Member for Parliament? You are from around here right?”

“Yeah, no need to bring him on your iPhone. I’ve seen him before. Plenty of times”

“Yeah. You’re right. He was a hell of a player”

Speaking to the Betoota Advocate today, his media advisor, Nikki explained that being confused with the current head coach of the Sydney Kings has been one of the biggest day-to-day hurdles faced by Tony Burke MP throughout his whole political career.

“It’s hard for him” she explained.

“He’s probably the least athletic person in his whole family. But by some twist of cruel fate he ends up looking exactly like a 7-times NBL MVP”

Burke was first elected to public office in 2003 as a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council. In October 2004 Burke moved from state to federal parliament in an attempt to relocate from the Australian basketball heartland of Sydney after growing tired of people congratulating him on his retirement from the NBL




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