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Australian politician quotes "the great American philospher" Taylor Swift

Apparently Taylor Swift's songs are not just ditties about her love life.

To one Australian politician, they're a source of wisdom. 

To Northern Territory Attorney-General John Elferink, the 26-year-old is not just a talented lyricist, she's also a "great American philosopher".

So when Elferink needed a little bit of help while answering tough questions about mandatory alcohol treatment programmes during a parliamentary sitting, he turned to Swift's lyrics.

"I'm a very sensitive person but I turn to the great American philosopher T-Swift," said Elferink.

He then went on to quote the chorus of Shake It Off, albeit incorrectly.

"Some players are gonna play, play, play, others are gonna fake, fake, fake, while I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake it off," Elferink quoted while somehow managing to keep a straight face.



He did manage to draw a few giggles but not everyone was amused.

"Okay thanks" was the nonplussed response from Lynne Walker, the MP of Nhulunbuy, a township in Australia's Northern Territory. . 

One thing's for sure, he certainly made our day. 

Sources:, Mail Online

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