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Feb 20, 2013

Australia: product of a broken home

Australia's same-sex parents -- Julia Gillard and Christine Milne, that is -- are splitting up. Gay marriage is obviously a bust. Crikey's cartoonist tackles the Greens dummy-spit.



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41 thoughts on “Australia: product of a broken home

  1. zut alors

    The intro is a First Dog classic.

    The final frame pretty much sums it up…if I could just add how the govt allowed the supermarkets to dud our dairy farmers. Even the Coalition didn’t agree with that – so it must be really really really evil.

  2. Holden Back

    Shouldn’t we be moving into a share household sometime soon? Learning to burn things and where the laundrette is?

  3. moi aussie

    ohhh! Ohhhhh! OHHHH!!!!
    Dearest Doggest De La Luna Mio Mine!
    OHHH! brilliant doesn’t begin to say enough about how wonderful this one is!! Yep, this one is right up there on the top of the charts, and I think should definitely be a poster, forthwith.
    Yours ever truly, though recently less verbose,
    Moi Aussie

  4. paddy

    From the intro at top….to punchline at the bottom.
    You’ve outdone yourself today FD.

    P.S. I can already hear the dulcet tones of that Marlton fellow, plagiarising your work on Sunday morning radio.

  5. SBH

    so many words. I hate it when I have to read instead of looking at the pictures

  6. ernmalleyscat

    The Greens said “it’s not me it’s you” and the PM responded “I said sort of `thanks, rightio’ and that was it.”

    The Greens couldn’t enter a campaign with a written agreement with any of their opponents, so it’s not really surprising or news or possible that it would have continued if the government had done everything on the hastily-added-to list. It took them this long because they read the poll that has their support as low as it’s been for years.

  7. Andybob

    Well thank goodness neither party is bound to pursue those pesky shared principles any longer; must be a weight off both their minds.

    Anyone have any bright ideas about what a Green voter should do with their second preference this election ? At the moment it feels like a contest between the undeserving and the unthinkable.

  8. Venise Alstergren

    Brilliant FD, absolutely brilliant. Yep, the party’s over. It would be cheaper for the taxpayer if the Labor Party just gave the governance of this country to the conservative Coalition.

    The thought of the Coalition running this country gives me strangles. Whereas the thought of the present administration continuing is alarming. Where are history’s great movers and shakers when we really need them? Xerxes, Alexander, even Genghis Bloody Khan, help!

  9. drmick

    And thanks to the entire farce pretending to be the fourth estate, but doing a fabulous impersonation of the oldest profession, (say anything and do anyone for money), it will be at least a generation once abbo and his friends get in before any of the issues in the last frame will even be discussed let alone ignored, used as a football or dog forbid, resolved.
    I bet the dogs two mothers and happy sperm donor are proud of this one; or was that two dogs mother?

  10. klewso

    “Gay marriage”/Bernadizm …..? Core, that koala looks kinda cute?

    […… and that cute looking young girl on the beach, isn’t that bucket of burley upside down? Maybe it’s frozen….?]

  11. klewso

    Maybe he’s using her for bait?

  12. Andrew L

    I can almost hear Judith Durham singing…

  13. klewso

    “…. Phony Tone never once gave it away
    Everybody had to pay and pay
    A hustle here and a hustle there
    Manly Beach’s the place where they said
    “Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side”
    I said, “Hey Tone, take a walk on the wild side….”

  14. Holden Back

    @ Andrew L “Now the Carnival, is over . . .”?

  15. zut alors

    klewso, bearing in mind his conservativism shouldn’t it read ‘…’take a walk on the mild side…’?

  16. zut alors

    Andrew and Holden, or perhaps…

    It’s my Party and I’ll cry if I want to,
    Cry if I want to, cry if I want to,
    You would cry too
    If it happened to you.

  17. ernmalleyscat

    You can’t blame the Greens for coming to the realisation that the easiest way to get on the news these days is to bag the government. Hell, even hint that a bit of lying might be involved and you’ll get front page.

    At least their stunts are a bit more principled, like the time nice young Adam showed his concern for struggle street and ‘did it tough’ by taking home-brand cat food sandwiches to work for a week.

  18. klewso

    Zut, it’s a fine line between pleasure and pain, who knows what they get up to behind closed doors? …. Want some pictures?

  19. klewso

    “Pot Addled”? I knew a Rodney Addler once … the way he carried on he could have been a relation…

  20. Microseris

    Nice Placebo ref FD.

    It is the politicians who are “Black Eyed”.

  21. Andybob

    @ Andrew L
    I was hearing “I Know I’ll Never Find Another You” but HB’s suggestion works too. In fact and somewhat uncannily, every single Seekers track ever recorded seems to work, including “Wreck of the Old 97”, “Morningtown Ride”, “Georgy Girl” and “Lemon Tree”. Maybe we should be doing less reading and more listening ?

  22. Holden Back

    @zut, well Judy or Christine, it’s wearing my ring (pretty thin).

  23. klewso

    So as with all good things, it has come to an end – I thought it was going to be another case of “Hit me baby one more time”.

  24. Sandshoe

    I wondered “When the Carnival is Over”. Judith did such a lovely job of that.

  25. Venise Alstergren

    ANDYBOB: Or, as the farmer said to the shearer, I know I’ll never find another ewe.

  26. fractious

    Last panel – nail, hammer.

    Meanwhile, over on Poll Bludger, it seems Everything is Teh Greenz’ Fault (except where it’s the meejah’s doing), and on MSMland them Greens is the Root of All Evil.

    Tis a shame the MSM (and certain PBers) have forgotten that the homonphones “principal” and “principle” are not the same thing.

  27. fractious

    andybob #7
    I know, I fee your pain – what to do when choosing between the unpalatable and the unconscionable.

  28. Douglas and Milko

    Zut Alors: Yes, It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to…. (and I am)

    Andy Bob: I feel your pain (badly), and as much as I wish a plague on both their houses, we have to remember if it was not for a coalition meeting, called after a weekend consulting the rule book, just before the Liberal party was to agree at the end of 2009 to get together with Labor to pass the EPRS (hope I have the acronym correct), then it would have passed, and Abbott was unlikely to become leader of the opposition. However, after this move which surprised even most of the Liberal party, Abbott has then relentlessly pursued a “tea party”, “climate change is crap” line, and has now convinced around 20% of voters who previously accepted the science on climate change that he is correct. Lies and dissimulation really cannot be rewarded without undermining democracy. To reward him with government now will just enshrine the terrible tea-party-wrecking strategy as a successful political model for the future.

    I wish I had a better answer, but we need a frente popular, or a front populaire to say no to this sort of wrecking strategy (and yes, I do know the historical context of both and how they were mowed down, but we at least need to try!!!).

    So, rather than defeatism, can we use Crikey, Getup, Destroy the Joint or “Keep Calm Abbott is not PM” or similar to just convince people to say NOOOO! to Abbott.It will not get us Nirvana, but it may head off what I thought the US was heading for when it looked possible it would elect the now mostly batshit crazy republican team to the presidency in November last year.

    I’m just saying…

  29. Ian

    Now, let me ask myself about what happened to me today:

    Did I read, in any of the international press that Mr Assange developed the courage to face his Swedish accusers….er, no. Is he still skulking in an embassy somewhere desperately trying to get back on the front pages….er, yes.

    Now, what will $126 million dollars pay for. Could be something, perhaps even sophisticated research programs into the eradication of cane toads…they’re into the Kimberley now. Maybe even the eradication of the crown of thorns starfish….that thing that’s eating the GBR.

    I researched Tasmania and came up with a really nifty idea. Allow no industrial development and we’ll move all the unemployed and single parents down there. They’ll have such fun growing their own truffles, saffron and stuff. They can all sing on the wharf to welcome the big yatch race winner. It’ll be really cool. Much, much better than training for work and having to seek a job.

    But the best thing was that after scurrying hither and yon all day I only tripped over two ASIO agents. They were very nice and apologised for hiding behind the taxi that Peter Slipper ordered to take him across one of the bridges over the Murray/Darling…..coz it’s got water in it now.

    I don’t care about religion or what happens to those who seek to work for them. They would, presumably, have been aware of the institutions guidelines. I care very deeply about the horrors some institutions have inflicted, covered up and, to this very day, still deny. I might be wrong but I haven’t heard much, other than the usual platitudes, from the Greens.

    Boy, am I ever glad that they spit the hemp woven, hash soaked oral pacifier out. Unfortunately they were on a the edge of cliff and such was the power of the spit it lodged in the blowhole of a passing whale.

    The whale died.

  30. Stephen

    Exactly the point we made in response to Keane’s wrongheaded article – given the spectacular Labor malfeasance, what took them so long?

    It’s Dog 2, Keane 0, and we won’t be needing extra time.

  31. jesse mandragoria


    ohh man, oooohhhhhh mannn

    mannn, what?

    haaahaahahaa mmaaannnnn,, what?

  32. jesse mandragoria

    *visits tumblr to watch prawns, flapping about*

  33. JKUU

    Holden et al.:

    No, the carnival is not over. It comes to town this September. But it’s really just another “Punch” & Julia show, where you don’t get to see the puppeteers. Great entertainment for children perhaps, but mind-curdling for adults.

  34. Sandshoe

    Ian: I reckon but your reference to the issue of single parents is so disrespectful it makes me to cry to think on it that anybody would be spoken of so trivially, leave alone an individual responsible for the provision of their child for the rest of their life. If you imagine incentive does not lie within the status of single parenthood to strive for that provision without an imposition of legislation that is a directional insult – the legislation and what you say – you are sadly mistaken. ‘Singing on the wharf’…”moving the unemployed and single parents’ … that is devastating. Fancy talking like that in a place of shared jest. People become single parents because their partners die, because they are struck down by illnesses beyond our current knowledge, because of mental illness. Watch where you wander with cruelty. It will become you like the similar nonsense regards the hemp woven pacifier you weave into a pastiche of insult. SAD FACE

  35. Martin In Blue Mountains

    Yes, Split Long Overdue … What I have difficulty with is Labor’s Left Faction Support Base. How do you people sell out your principles and remain calling yourselves lefties. Perhaps it’s time to admit you are one of Tony Abbott’s Conservatives

  36. Sandshoe

    The WHALE died!???! WAAAAAaaAAAH.

  37. Sandshoe

    Martin in Blue Mountains: Talk about broad brush strokes trying to paint the inhabitants of the Lounge in and throwing away the KEY! Lawdy.

  38. fractious

    @ SHOE #34 et seq. – the likes of Ian are not worth getting upset about. Ignore them, simply leave them enough rope to play with and…

  39. Peter

    You missed Labor’s shameful backtracking on the miserable live export trade of animals for barbaric ‘ritual’ killing overseas, but OK… still 9.999 out of 10.

  40. Sandshoe

    fractious #39: I reckon you are optimistic. Anyway, I’ve noticed the trolls have been fearsome manifold lately chattering away under the bridge getting muddled…

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