The Crikey Pet Register is off to a flying start! A number of our elected representatives have already signed up and the results appear below. We are waiting eagerly by the front door with our tails wagging to hear from more of our Parliamentarians about the various beasts that share their lives.

Parliamentarians with pets:


Peter Lindsay, cat protector and the Member for Herbert (Lib), writes: Sadly I have to report that I find myself conducting war-like operations in the wee small hours. You see, the over the road neighbours’ cat continually crosses the road on a mission to belt up my poor p-ssy Pumpkin. Now Pumpkin is no mean pushover. She was born in a quarry in Townsville and abandoned by her mother. She was found by my daughter who brought the cat home saying that she could not bear leaving it.

However a few years later my daughter left home and indifferently left the cat with us. Although I have a long held view that the only good cat is a dead cat, I took pity on this poor animal and will probably be rewarded by a cat that lives for 40 years.

But back to my story. I now find that my commitment to this cat extends to having to get up after midnight to repel the aggressive animal from over the road who is up to no good.

Warren Snowdon, the Member for Lingiari (ALP): According to Snowdon’s office, the Honourable Member for Lingiari has an ageing Jack Russell called Hercules. To their knowledge Hercules does not have a blog, but might soon get one, seeing as this is par for the course for pollie pets.

Catherine King, the Member for Ballarat (ALP), writes: I have two cocker spaniels Tilly and Toby (pictures below). Since I had a baby five months ago they are seriously not happy — any advice welcomed.

Richard Marles, the Member for Corio (ALP), writes: I am the proud owner of two poodles. Gary (named after Gary Ablett) is a miniature. Woodsey (named after Tiger Woods) is a standard. I wrote a piece about them which was published in Dogs Life magazine.

David Hawker, the Member for Wannon (Lib): According to Hawker’s office, the Honourable Member for Wannon has a pug called Pugsley.

Peter Dutton, the Member for Dickson (Lib), writes: My wife, children and I have the following pets: a black Labrador named Gareth, a blue Cattle Dog named Gavin. We have two calves; one named Puppy and the other Georgie (name input by our three and six year olds). We also have two chooks, one rooster, two geese and three ducks — no names.

Duncan Kerr, the Member for Denison (ALP), writes: These are my “step-doggies”; Butch and Wishbone. We have something of a strained relationship. They seem to think I come between them and Anna who spoils them rotten, but as you see from the picture below we do get on well some of the time.

Sue Boyce, Senator for Queensland (Lib), writes: Hero, a now elderly basset hound. He means to be heroic, but that requires staying awake and moving, not his favourite activities.

Barnaby Joyce, Senator for Queensland (LNP): The office for the Senator for Queensland informs Crikey that Joyce has a dog called Misty.

Anna Burke, the Member for Chisholm (ALP): According to the Member for Chisholm’s office, Burke has a puppy named Pippi. Pippi is a beagle that Anna and her family picked up from the RSPCA two years ago. Pippi is a pat-a-holic with an acute ability to sniff-out just about anything (and subsequently eat just about anything).

Kezia Purick, the Member for Goyder in the NT Legislative Assembly, writes: My friend subscribes to Crikey and sends me items of interest like the one about pollies and their pets. Now I know the piece is about Federal pollies, but I thought you might like to have a photo of REAL dogs not those sooky down south dogs shown in the article…

Here is my friend’s ute with dogs left to right:


Vinni (strip joint dog), Dagger (buckskin American Pit Terrier), Zorro (creme American Pit Terrier), Muskett (baby American Staffy Terrier)


Russi Australian Cattle Dog and Mango Australian Cattle Dog

The two pit bulls are mine and the little American Staffy too. The scruffy black thing and the heelers are my friends. I have another lovely big brown dog we call a Darwin Brown but he must have been slacking off somewhere — he is miles taller than them all — about the size of a ridgeback!

And yes, that is an election poster on the tray from the recent NT Elections. Now, these are REAL dogs!

Parliamentarians without pets:


Louise Markus, the Member for Greenway (Lib): The office of the Honourable Member for Greenway has informed the Crikey Pet Register that she does not have any pets at all.

Andrew Laming, the Member for Bowman (Lib), writes: Apologies, no pets while I’m renting!

Nick Xenophon, Senator for South Australia (Ind): According to South Australian Senator’s office, Xenophon doesn’t own a pet.


And we’re not sure:

The office of Wilson Tuckey, the Member for O’Connor (Lib), writes: You are obviously not interested in accountability and transparency but pushing your own agenda as the cartoon below has been produced without any attempt on your part to find out the facts. Typical Crikey.

Are you a Federal Parliamentarian? Good on you! Tell us about your pets and we will give you free publicity and First Dog will bang on about how nice you are until we are all sick of hearing about it — email [email protected] and let us know if you are the proud owner of a pet or two or eleven.

Peter Fray

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