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  1. PaxVobiscum

    PaxVobiscum Established Member

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-32732313

    My interest is less in the story (others will doubtless not share my priorities) as in the tone of the ministerial comment:

    I think John Prescott was the Government Minister who had the nearest to that "refreshingly candid tone" that I can remember back here. Any other offers?
     
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    Australian wildlife has been repeatedly ruined by idiots who think that quarantine laws don't apply to them.

    And most Aussie politicians are that straight talking. Their insults in debates are a thing of joy.
     
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    Indeed, Australia has suffered badly from a raft of alien species, as is a risk for many places which have predominantly endemic wildlife due to being cut off for a long time. Though somewhat ironic as almost everything in Australia is capable of causing death in a variety of poisonous and/or bitey ways. Even the trees. :lol:

    Re the article, why do the dogs have to be executed rather than quarantined as they should have been?
     
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    I think the execution of the dogs if they aren't quarantined is there to serve as a deterrent; fewer people would obey the rules if all they'd get was a hefty fine.
     
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    Deterrent factor, really. Fines wouldn't touch someone like Johnny Depp, but the threat of seeing Rover get put down will probably focus his mind.
     
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    I can only think of a few others who are close to the level of Barnaby Joyce though (Clive Palmer, Jacqui Lambie, Nick Xenophon, Anthony Albanese and Christopher Pyne) and it's certainly not the case that any of them are both a Minister and a one man Opposition party at the same time like he can be.

    It got even better this morning - he went on the Kyle and Jackie O Show (not usually advisable for politicians), picked a fight with 'Vile Kyle' Sandilands and won.
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    It would seem that it has - the dogs will reportedly be buggering off on his private jet this evening.
     
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    Sounds like a they need a bucket of cold water :D
     
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    Something to consider for the railway and revenue protection?
     
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    What is the alternative (short of sending them back)? Besides, dogs may carry diseases such as rabies that are a threat to (human) public health. This isn't one of Australia's stupid laws, it is one of the better ones.
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    I think that would be over the top. Unless, of course, you mean fare dodgers' dogs...
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    Although Australia does buy into the world's stupidest law - criminalising crossing the road on a red man. Mind you, I suspect that the majority of this forum would bring back hanging for that.
     
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    You absolutely sure executing fare evaders is over the top?
     
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