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Oct 31, 2012
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It seems we’ve sublimated, as in turned from solid to vapour or transferred our ego-based traumas to another focus, rather than achieved the sublime. Poor fellow our country.
Tragically brilliant toon, for a tragically sad and shameful day FD.
‘Picture an army of lost souls, haunted and broken, scrubbing, scrubbing, scrubbing in the tropical sun.’
Wow… that line alone made me want to cry. Unfortunately FD, you’ve summed up this mess perfectly.
You’re in top form, Mr Dog.
The old pea and thimble trick – c’mon people, why are we allowing those combined jerks in Canberra to pull these cruel stunts? The govt is catering for a few rednecks, hoping for a sprinkling of extra votes to hold onto government. At any human cost.
Its all Terra Nullius again ! Lets hope no enterprising seaman with an eye to the main chance plants a flag and claims us in the name of King Zog. Actually, that might be preferrable to the mob we’ve got.
I can feel the High Court practising their harrumphs.
Australia’s migration policy, inspired by The Goodies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Goodies
Welcome to the Twighlight Zone: Terra Australia Incognito (incognita?)
At times like these I wish we could get rid of the National Character and just keep the stain.
Visa applicants are required to complete an “Australian Values Statement” which includes:
respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual
equality of men and women
freedom of religion
commitment to the rule of law
a spirit of egalitarianism that embraces mutual respect, tolerance, fair play, compassion for those in need and pursuit of the public good
equality of opportunity for individuals, regardless of their race, religion or ethnic background.
We should impose a compulsory values statement on politicians..
I felt a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. “Out! Out, damned spot!
Meantime Jame$ P@cker is urging that Oz visas be fast-tracked for Chinese tourists (aka ‘gamers’). Apparently the current system involves sending off a visa application with their passport and being without the latter for 5 days, an outrageous inconvenience. JS says he wouldn’t trust his passport in the postal system. It’s too risky, things can get lost in the post…
And in his casinos.
How did it get to this?
Pretty easy really. Redneck radio jocks like jones appealing to a pathetic less than one per cent of population getting all the main sewer media coverage, and our “press gallery ongoing joke” door-stopping the leaders and demanding they ignore 99% of the population and give a response suitable to be printed in their rag or on their TV so they can misrepresent it. kn` marvellous isn’t it?
Can we please “excise” Canberra and move it to Nauru?
So sad and so true – it recalls the “Death of the Climate Change Policy” from the Krudd interregnum.
First Dog, this is one of the great cartoons, as effective and as telling as anything ever done. Thank you. I got my Australian passport today but I think I might use my Kiwi one for awhile. This policy is a stain on our character and what’s more will not solve the problem. Short of a global utopia nothing will.
Dear First Dog on the Moon, leaving aside the fact that I’m already married and far too old for you, please marry me! You’ve summed up my feelings about this disgusting national charade perfectly and I’m so grateful that someone has said so elegantly and poignantly. I love you, First Dog!
Can I still call Australia home?
Sadly, I don’t think it is a stain. I think it is a birthmark…. and there is probably not that much character either.
@ thteribl, reading this toon has made me wish the Noalition and Alternative Liberal Party memebers who’ve assented to this a tear in their throats and a lump in their eye.
@ microseris, was the “Australian Values Statement” drafted while I. Rony was on holiday?