Barn­aby Joyce, Laura Tin­gle and Sam Neill. Paul Lynch. James Rick­et­son. Ger­ard Hen­der­son. Ge­orge Bran­dis and Alexan­der Downer. Peter Ridd.

The Saturday Paper - - The Week Contents - Richard Ack­land

Another lit­tle beet­root-bun­dle is a treat for a treat-starved na­tion. Thank God fam­ily val­ues are on the up and up. The odds are great that a Chris­tian politi­cian of the cal­i­bre of the deputy prime min­is­ter, who en­thuses on the sanc­tity of fam­ily val­ues, will have more than one fam­ily. Barn­aby is do­ing his best to give a leg-up to the “party” bit of Coun­try Party.

Talk­ing of odds, Sports­bet has the name Kieran for the baby at $6.50, Spar­row at $31 and Flo at $41. Ide­ally, the new ar­rival would be called Joyce, with odds at $61.

The on­line book­maker isn’t rul­ing out even more off­spring: twins ($21), triplets ($81) and quadru­plets ($251).

And here we were with mis­guided thoughts that Joyce was a fes­ter­ing blot on the progress of the na­tion, who never did any­thing and al­ways said “no”.

In other happy news, The

Aus­tralian Fi­nan­cial Re­view of­fi­cially an­nounced that its po­lit­i­cal ed­i­tor, Laura Tin­gle, is step­ping out with ac­tor Sam Neill. A more at­trac­tive and non-beet­root sort of cou­ple is hard to imag­ine. Gadfly hopes they have lots of triplets.

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