Twitter takes on Macfarlane over controversial dinner

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Harold "Harry" Ellis from Die Hard. Contributed

MEMBER for Groom Ian Macfarlane has been parodied on social media after he was linked to embattled minister Stuart Robert's controversy.

A photo was published of him joining a Parliament House dinner with a Chinese businessman pursuing development and resources opportunities in Australia.

At the end of the meeting, the three ministers were gifted with watches that Mr Macfarlane said were "pulled out of a plastic bag".

Mr Macfarlane thought the watch was fake and declared it through the register of members' interests at a value of between $300 and $500.

But it later turned out the designer watches were worth about $250,000, and Mr Macfarlane's Rolex was worth about $40,000.

"I have a receipt showing I handed the watch back to Paul Marks," Mr Macfarlane said.

It wasn't long before the gaffe was being parodied on social media.

A tweet showed a photo-shopped version of the now-famous photo with the title "Abbott Wars - Episode 1"

The Tweet continued, "Toxic trio begins, beware of Chinese takeaways."

"Starring Macca The Nat, Captain R' Abott and Rolex Robert as R2D2.

"My takeaway was too expensive so I took it back to Chairman Paul," a speech bubble portrays Mr Macfarlane as saying.

The Australian Financial Review took him to task, writing an article "tips for MPs, how to spot a fake #Rolex watch."

"They're of such good quality that it's difficult, and you have to take the watch to a Rolex specialist who has the tool to open it up and check," a watchmaker told AFR.

Stephanie Peatling Tweeted "I feel a compelling need to rush up to @IanMacfarlaneMP and ask him the time."

Sir Good Knight wrote "Someone needs to ask Ian Macfarlane what irks him most, that his "fake" Rolex was actually worth $40,000, or Stuntboy's was worth even more?"

Greg Jericho Tweeted about the sleazy businessman working for the Nakatomi Corporation Harold "Harry" Ellis from Die Hard.

"Sounds like Ian Macfarlane needed Die Hard's Harry Ellis: "It's a rolex"', he wrote.

A spokesperson for Mr Macfarlane told The Chronicle he would not be discussing the meeting any further and that Mr Macfarlane had done his due diligence in reporting the watch.

"This meeting was part of his normal deliberations."

It's not the first time the internet has taken the torch to politicians with Bronwyn Bishop mocked mercilessly for #choppergate.

Andrew Johns was also targeted for his misadventures at Wellcamp Airport. 

 



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