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