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Peter Dutton gives a bottle of fake tan to Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles for Christmas

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Peter Dutton gives a bottle of fake tan to Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles for Christmas

Peter Dutton’s not so subtle sledge to his political rival as he gifts the deputy PM a bizarre Christmas present

  • Liberal leader Peter Dutton gifted Richard Marles a bottle of fake tan for Xmas
  • He joked Mr Marles maintained a perfect tan despite living in Geelong, Victoria
  • Mr Marles hit back at Dutton, gifting him a toy lightsaber for Christmas

Peter Dutton has taken a cheeky shot at his political rival by gifting him a bottle of fake tan for Christmas.

The Liberal leader handed Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles a bottle of Bondi Sands tanning lotion on Friday morning as the pair exchanged gifts live on the Today show.

‘Richard comes from Geelong which is a great part of the world but it’s not the sunniest part of the world, but somehow Richard maintains a perfect tan year round,’ Mr Dutton said from Parliament House.

‘So… I’ve got him next year’s supply of tanning spray.

The Liberal leader handed deputy prime minister Richard Marles a bottle of fake tanning lotion during a Today show segment on Friday morning

Departing Today co-host Ally Langdon cracked up at the political rivals' bizarre gift exchange and paid tribute to the 'weird but sweet friendship' between Mr Dutton and Mr Marles

Departing Today co-host Ally Langdon cracked up at the political rivals’ bizarre gift exchange and paid tribute to the ‘weird but sweet friendship’ between Mr Dutton and Mr Marles

‘I don’t quite understand it but my office was able to source it. I think you know more about this than me.’

Mr Marles replied that Mr Dutton was ‘a bad man’ and gave the opposition leader his own gift with a not so subtle meaning behind it.

‘Peter needs help, so I have [got] him a lightsaber which you can use in question time against the prime minister,’ he said.

Departing Today Show co-host Ally Langdon said the two men had ‘a weird but kinda sweet friendship’.

Mr Dutton revealed in July that he attended Mr Marles 55th birthday party in Washington while the two rivals were in the United States.

The politicians exchanged gifts on Friday in front of a Kmart Salvos Wishing Tree, one of Australia’s largest and longest-running gift collection campaigns.

Mr Dutton joked his present would supply Mr Marles with fake tan for the next year

Mr Dutton joked his present would supply Mr Marles with fake tan for the next year

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