October 01, 2003


The hideous Howard government has now expelled a popular folk quartet. Margo Kingston reports:

G'Day. Today, a statement in Geneva yesterday by Tony Morris, one of the chief researchers into the fate of Australian seekers deported by Philip Ruddock.

Posted by Tim Blair at October 1, 2003 06:50 PM

Just slightly tongue-in-cheek.
If the "allegations" are true these people should be thankful. They did'nt have passports when they entered Australia, now they do have passports--courtesy of the Aussie taxpayer.


Posted by: Gadfly at October 1, 2003 at 08:48 PM


She's done it again!

Posted by: Random_Prose at October 1, 2003 at 10:33 PM

i love bad puns :)

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at October 2, 2003 at 12:13 AM

About bloody time. Australians can now peacefully go about their lives without the fear of "Georgie Boy" being played on the radio.

Posted by: Yobbo at October 2, 2003 at 12:47 AM

I've never heard of the Seekers, but ooh boy, judging by their web site alone they look like a parody of Peter, Paul & Mary and every other hideous folk band from the 1950's and 1960's. Prime Minister Howard is my kind of man: he doesn't like folk music either!

Posted by: Anne at October 2, 2003 at 01:16 AM

Every band has at least one member deserving of the name "Athol Guy" but this is the first I've seen to be open about it.

Posted by: Phil at October 2, 2003 at 03:26 AM

Didn't Australia kick the Birthday Party out, too? lol

Posted by: Matt from Vegas at October 2, 2003 at 06:46 AM

Any room for Jihad Against America? Ben needs a holiday now that he's full-time unemployed.

Posted by: Jake D at October 2, 2003 at 12:10 PM

I'm going to take a stab at this one, not read the link. Margot is emphasising with a ship load of sheep.Shame, Ruddock, shame.

Posted by: d at October 2, 2003 at 01:50 PM

For a brief moment a thought excited me: what if the Senate passed a law requiring the expulsion of all folk singers. Alas, but then I remembered the Greens probably have Blowing in the Wind as their alternate choice for national anthem. At least can we get rid of Redgum.

Posted by: Darlene at October 2, 2003 at 04:53 PM

Well might they seek Australia. I mean, where is it exactly?
Seffrican Dave

Posted by: Dave F at October 2, 2003 at 07:34 PM

I like the gnomic "Today, a statement in Geneva yesterday".

Well, kiss my Derrida!

Posted by: Dave F at October 2, 2003 at 07:37 PM