Welcome to another amble around the mission-brown patios and decked al fresco areas festooned across our sea-girt nation.

The ute from Utegate has got a new life. Cartoon: Mark Knight.

We start this week in the Land of Queens, where the mighty have fallen.  The Ipswich News reports the ute at the centre of the Utegate fiasco that has been resurrected and turned into a Meals on Wheels fundraiser.

Just as the Krudster himself has pulled a hairshirt skivvy over those coke-bottle specs and wound up a mea culpa or two, so the ute that did no real damage to his political career is now a contrite charity van.

Personally, I’d like to see a more ignoble end to the ute. Why couldn’t it go out in a blaze of televised dance-based glory like other Ipswich political types? Perhaps once the ute completes this community-based order, it could be used as transport in an adventure series involving former footballer players, celebrity crims, and other assorted scallywags as they trip to exotic locales to step on local wildlife and harass fish.

The script virtually writes itself. And if Endemol aren’t interested, perhaps it could just be chucked off a cliff/ for cheap laughs.

To ‘what’s that Skip? They’re stuck in the barn?’ news, plucky Melbourne guidepooch Tina has saved the day after her vision-impaired owner got turned around the wrong way while on a walk. The Moorabbin Leader reports David Hume wandered around for some time, until Tina, sick of the runaround, took charge and lead David to the home of a nearby friend - a home Tina has only once before visited, by car. 

Mr Hume has high praise for his canine companion, who showed incredible calm and determination to get him back on track.

In fact, I don’t want to be anthropomorphic about it, and the circumstances are obviously quite different, but the outcome of Mr Hume’s journey is eerily similar to most of the family car trips I’ve ever been involved in: I get us lost. I don’t tell the lass I’m lost, but end up going in unconvincing circles. She, of course, figures this out, but humours me for a while. Finally fed up and tired, she takes control of the car and takes the radical step of actually seeking directions.

Luckily, I don’t think I’m alone in this experience.

Lastly, in a week when an American photographer once again convinced a bunch of bronzed Aussies to down trow in the name of art, there seems to be a little too much sex in one Sydney city.

In Liverpool, the Leader reports that the kids at the local primary school are about to get a 13th adult venue move in to their neighbourhood. Brothels, sex shops and all sorts of pants-optional venues have descended on the area, turning it into what the report calls a ‘mini Kings Cross’ - which is aptly disturbing given the height of the kids who go to school nearby.

Of course various parent-types and responsible folk have panned the council for letting this happen, like giving impressionable kids access to porn and strippers was a bad thing or something. Who would have thought?

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    • Mrsmum says:

      02:47pm | 04/03/10

      Utegate!! give us a break we had enough of hearing about that at the time, it was all ridiculous and no-one cared we all have our own lives. Please don’t resurrect Goblin Gretch, we had enough of him too. I personally am tired everything negative from The Liberals, haven’t they got anything happy or positive to say? It seems to be either arguments or NO to everything

    • formersnag neither labour nor liberal stooge. says:

      01:16pm | 05/03/10

      MrsMum, check out the photo spread, comparing Putin to Abbott. Nearly 200 comments, most of them from Labour stooges engaging in viscious verbal violence in their personal attacks, both on Abbott & the liberal stooges. Pot meet Kettle.

      Having said that, i, as a swinging voter of long standing would like to see more hard but constructive criticism from both sides & especially the Canberra press gallery.


    • Aitch B says:

      03:16pm | 04/03/10

      You obviously didn’t see Labor in action when they were in opposition, Mrsmum.

    • MrsMum says:

      07:50am | 05/03/10

      Not only did I see them dear I have been seeing both sides of Politics now for the last 30 plus years. There is an old adage someone forgot to tell Liberals at the moment “You catch more flys with honey than vinegar” It gets to a point where people classify you with negativity and they are definatly a negative bunch.

    • Noel says:

      04:25pm | 05/03/10

      You can also catch flys with bullsh*t, which KRudd is shovelling us in increasingly larger piles!

    • Amy Brunner says:

      08:08pm | 09/03/10


      First, what is your membership No. to the labor party.

      Second, the liberals have done nothing here. It’s Paul Pisasale and John Grant that has rasied the ute gate again. Both of them Labor fellow travellers.

      Third, if we are going to have anything in the musseum representing the Krudd, it sould be the pole from the strip joint he visited.

    • Sam Chowder says:

      04:42pm | 04/03/10

      The ute is a Toyota and is under a recall notice - when used as a gift It goes out of control.

    • Liz says:

      09:40am | 05/03/10

      Is it getting near Election time.great cartoon!

    • 6c legs says:

      03:29pm | 05/03/10

      Pity the Oz “Top Gear” got the chop, maybe they could’ve done something uteful with it. . . ? (please Buddha, don’t ever let ch9 get the rights to do an Oz version, they would ruin it! )

      Back on topic; it really must be a slow news week - more like the right are having trouble finding anything bad with the new Health proposal - Utegate! ??? strewth.

    • Noel says:

      08:43pm | 05/03/10

      @ 6c legs says…......cute pseudonym!
      On topic: Question: How can you find anything bad with a vaporous proposal, no substance just hot air! Mind you there is a bad smell about anything the KRuddster expels from his fetid mind and mouth. Mr.  “The buck stops with me” has stuffed just about everything he’s put his hand on, but we won’t go there. Bring on the elections so we can get rid of the whole Labor shebang and put Australia on the road to recovery under a responsible Liberal leadership.

    • Amy Brunner says:

      08:01pm | 09/03/10

      To 6c legs:-

      Don’t you understand which side is left or right in politics.

      It has been clearly the left side of politics who have engineered this political publicity stunt.


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