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Senior Labor MP Tanya Plibersek has launched an extraordinary personal attack on Liberal MP Peter Dutton, comparing him to Voldemort, Harry Potter's a

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Senior Labor MP Tanya Plibersek has launched an extraordinary personal attack on Liberal MP Peter Dutton, comparing him to Voldemort, Harry Potter’s archenemy.

Speaking on radio station 4BC, Ms Plibersek was asked her opinion of Mr Dutton, who is almost certain to be the new leader of the Liberal Party. 

‘Well 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 will see at night, that’s for sure,’ replied the Labor frontbencher. 

But the comments from the woman tipped to be the next Minister for Education, have been called ‘nasty’ by Sky News commentator Andrew Bolt. 

Tanya Plibersek (right) is pictured with her husband Michael Coutts-Trotter (left). Ms Plibersek is under fire for a comment she made about Peter Dutton's looks

Tanya Plibersek (right) is pictured with her husband Michael Coutts-Trotter (left). Ms Plibersek is under fire for a comment she made about Peter Dutton's looks

Tanya Plibersek (right) is pictured with her husband Michael Coutts-Trotter (left). Ms Plibersek is under fire for a comment she made about Peter Dutton’s looks

‘Why is Labor so often personally nasty and disparaging, including about people’s looks,’ said Bolt.

Scott Emerson, who was interviewing Ms Plibersek on 4BC, also seemed shocked by what she had just said. 

‘What, are you saying he looks strange, he looks odd?’ he asked.

‘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 said. 

Mr Emerson said it sounded like she was attacking Mr Dutton over his looks. 

‘No, I am just saying he is not the warm and friendly face of the Liberal party,’ she replied. 

‘And if this last election taught us anything, it taught us that the Liberal Party has moved too far to the extremes of politics.’

The radio host later lambasted Ms Plibersek, who he said is a ‘capable, smart, talented’ politician, for her comments.  

‘It was a bit below her, I don’t normally hear her say those sorts of things, I was a bit shocked when she did say that,’ Mr Emerson said.

‘I think it was poor, and I suspect she is regretting that right now.’

Speaking on Sky News on Wednesday night, Bolt said ‘I actually know why Labor is freaking out about Dutton, because they’re scared. He’s tough, he’s smart, he’s a great communicator. 

‘He’s a former copper, he’s going to be very credible and turn the Liberals into a party for the battler, focussing on the cost of living and calling out bull.’

Bolt also had a go at the former prime minister though, saying that Mr Dutton ‘unlike Scott Morrison, he stands for something. I think he’s brave, plus he’s a conservative.

‘And remember, the Liberals have never won an election from opposition without a conservative leader … so that’s what’s scaring Labor.’ 

Ms Plibersek is far from the only senior Labor politician to attack the expected next Liberal leader, this week. 

On Monday, Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan blasted Mr Dutton as not being fit to be prime minister.

Peter Dutton (pictured), who is expected to be the next leader of the Liberal Party, has been compared to Harry Potter's archenemy Voldemort, by senior Labor MP Tanya Plibersek

Peter Dutton (pictured), who is expected to be the next leader of the Liberal Party, has been compared to Harry Potter's archenemy Voldemort, by senior Labor MP Tanya Plibersek

Peter Dutton (pictured), who is expected to be the next leader of the Liberal Party, has been compared to Harry Potter’s archenemy Voldemort, by senior Labor MP Tanya Plibersek

The character Voldemort (pictured) from the Harry Potter films, has been compared to Liberal MP Peter Dutton in an extraordinary attack by Labor's Tanya Plibersek

The character Voldemort (pictured) from the Harry Potter films, has been compared to Liberal MP Peter Dutton in an extraordinary attack by Labor's Tanya Plibersek

The character Voldemort (pictured) from the Harry Potter films, has been compared to Liberal MP Peter Dutton in an extraordinary attack by Labor’s Tanya Plibersek

‘He’s an extremist, and I don’t think he fits with modern Australia at all,’ said Mr McGowan.

‘He doesn’t seem to listen, he’s extremely conservative and I actually don’t think he’s that smart.

‘I’ve seen him present on things [and] I don’t really pick up there’s much there.

‘As opposed to Scott Morrison, who is a clever guy, I don’t pick up that Peter Dutton is fit to be prime minister.’

Then on Tuesday, Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews said ‘I’m trying to be as polite as possible,’ about Mr Dutton, who was the Minister for Defence under Scott Morrison.

‘He hasn’t become the leader yet. If he does, then I wish him well, but he’s made a whole range of comments about Victoria.

‘You guys need to remember this. It wasn’t that long ago when these people were running around saying we’re all going to get murdered by an African gang and we couldn’t go out for dinner.’

While some within the Liberals believe the party needs to move to the centre to have a chance at winning back the inner city seats it lost this time, others believe its Liberals best hope is to fully embrace conservatism in line with Mr Dutton’s vision.

Tony Abbott’s former chief of staff Peta Credlin was among those making that case, urging the party to forego the rich voters who want more action on climate change.

Creating starker points of difference with Labor, this plan would see the Liberals target suburban battlers, the mortgage belt and blue-collar workers as a path back to government.

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