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In the Fiona Katauskas cartoon, a man and a woman sit in a bus. The man holds a newspaper, voicing growing irritation towards 'these people... who haven't earned their place.' The woman rebukes his take on refugees, he says he's referrring to Barnaby Joyce

 

 

Fiona KatauskasFiona Katauskas' work has also appeared in ABC's The Drum, New Matilda, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Financial Review and Scribe's Best Australian political cartoon anthologies.

Topic tags: Fiona Katauskas, Barnaby Joyce, refugee week

 

 

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Barnaby Joyce has become very hardline on a soft line for the Biloela case, his reasoning being that children born in Australia of parents who are aliens are as Australian ‘as you and me’ (ie., himself and Chris Kenny, the interviewer on Sky). What if 200,000 children of non-citizen parents are born in a year, asked Kenny. All are as Australian as ‘you and me’, Barnaby said, although this time with a catch and a splutter. The sceptical mind might wonder at several scenarios: does Barnaby feel unable to tell others what moral behaviour is having been somewhat compromised himself as far as love and marriage go? Does he feel sympathetic at others caught in a bind of their own making having himself been caught in a bind of his own making? Or is his crazy talk on (in effect) birth citizenship, a topic on which his will will not prevail over the Prime Minister’s, a code to the Prime Minister and the major party in the coalition that any subsequent crazy talk on emissions should – nudge, nudge – be taken with a chunk of coal.


roy chen yee | 23 June 2021  

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