It’s an innocent enough snap – two Labor politicians enjoying a meaty barbecue together on a sunny day.
But this image of Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews and opposition leader Anthony Albanese amazes the cynics.
In it, Andrews holds a pair of tongs in one hand and a plate of asparagus in the other, while Albanese takes the “selfie”.
So is it a real image or a Photoshop job?
Is it really just a casual snap or a staged photo opportunity?
And why does the meat not cook?
So many questions remain unanswered – leading some eagle-eyed polly-watchers to call it “SteakGate.”
So what exactly is the problem?
According to Liberal MP Jason Wood, Assistant Minister for Customs, Social Security and Multicultural Affairs, there are quite a few.
“PHOTO UP OR WHAT,” he wrote on his official Facebook page.
The 2 Labor leaders have overheard a barbecue from eagle-eyed social media users, claiming the couple staged a barbecue for a campaign-style photo shoot.
Once zoomed in, the meat does not appear to have any char marks from the grill, leading many to believe the image was a “fake”.
“Also from personal experience, you do not wear a jacket for a BBQ, and when you cook, you do not wear a wool sweater.
“What do you think?
“Is it 2 old friends catching up for a BBQ … or is it this year’s photo?”
Wood’s investigation has already given rise to more than 200 comments, and many agree that there was something a little “off” about the picture – and they did not talk about the meat.
“Staged – Maybe they did not have gas for Barbie,” one person wrote.
“How do you cook meat when the grill is not even on?” asked another.
“The biggest photo shoot of the year. I’m surprised the camera lens didn’t break,” remarked a third.
“There has been no steak turn, the seaweed is too clean.”
Care factor zero
Others thought it was all a bit of a storm in a cup.
“You have nothing better to do with your time Jason Wood?”, Commented a no-sayer, clearly uninterested in SteakGate.
“We pay your salary, and that’s the best use of your time?” another grumbled.
Another seemed to think that no BBQ could be genuine unless alcohol was in sight.
“No beer or wine in sight either, can not be an Aussie BBQ,” insisted a skeptic.
Daniel Andrews and Anthony Albanese have not yet commented publicly on the SteakGate scandal.