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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Dingos, what dingos?

Dingos, what dingos? We don’t have them in Robertson do we?

“Australia's decision to consider asylum to 42 Papuan asylum seekers has reignited Indonesian derision of John Howard, with one newspaper portraying the Prime Minister as a dingo fornicating with the Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, over Papua.” Sydney Morning Herald 30 March 2006.

(DJW notes: the cartoon was not attributed, in the SMH when it reprinted it. I can do a little better than that.)

The cartoon which ran in Monday's "Rakyat Merdeka" newspaper depicted Downer and Howard as dingoes (wild dogs), with Howard's front paws on Downer's back, saying: "I want Papua!! Alex! Try to make it happen!".
(Source: Reuters World News: UK)

How very polite of the Reuters journalist to express it that way: ... "with Howard's front paws on Downer's back".

Is that what was going on? I thought it was two dingos copulating!


What can I say? In an apolitical blog like mine, it would be inappropriate to endorse this view of two of our nation’s leaders, wouldn’t it?

I would draw your attention to the cartoonist’s art in attaching an Australian Flag to the tail of the second dingo.

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