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Australian Prime Minister Slightly Changes Borrowed Slogan Using Change

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. A real politician used the slogan of a fictional president. Julia Louis-Dreyfus' character in "Veep" runs on the slogan, continuity with change. The writer tells The Guardian it's a hollow and oxymoronic phrase, which Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is now using.

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PRIME MINISTER MALCOLM TURNBULL: You have continuity, and you have change. And there has been a lot of change.

INSKEEP: To be fair, it's not a total rip-off. Turnbull's slogan isn't continuity with change, but continuity and change. That's different. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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