The back and forth between known terrier-ist Johnny Depp and Barnaby Joyce over the former’s attempt to smuggle dogs into Australia continues. After Depp’s recent observation on an American talk show that Joyce looked as though he had been inbred with a tomato (not crossbred, you understand, but inbred), Joyce noted the family resemblance at a stop in Bingara, NSW on Sunday, posting a picture to his Facebook page of himself holding a bag of “cousins”.

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