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16 MARCH 2012

Babakiueria: the colonialisation of European Australians by Indigenous Australians

"Presenter Duranga Manika (Michelle Torres) describes her fascination with white people and their customs and explains how she spent six months living with a 'typical white family' (Tony Barry, Cecily Polson, Kelan Angel, Margeurita Haynes). She also asks members of the general public for their opinions on white people and speaks to the Minister for White Affairs (Bob Maza).

[Geoffrey] Atherden's script takes stereotypes of Australian culture and, with tongue–in–cheek humour, views them as though for the first time, as mysterious, alien and strange. Here, the barbecue is singled out. Elsewhere Manika describes the football match as ritualised violence and betting at the TAB as a religion, while a police commissioner calls the Anzac Day March a ritual where white people 'honour their warrior ancestors' but wonders why it can't be done at home.

Presenter Duranga Manika's ethnographic study of white people simplifies, patronises and mystifies her subjects. Every mundane detail of this one family's everyday life is invested with serious cultural significance. Bob Maza's Minister for White Affairs compresses a history of government treatment of Indigenous Australians into one self–satisfied, authoritative figure. It is interesting that while these characters treat 'white' culture with such fascination, they treat 'black' culture as such a given that the audience does not find out much about it."

(Kate Matthews, Australian Screen)

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Simon Perkins
08 MAY 2011

CNNNN: Chaser Non-Stop News Network

[The Chaser team present their criticism of contemporary Australian news and current affairs through their "newstainment" parody which includes stock exchange rates performed by their Dow Jones Dancers, current affairs presented through their Blankety News Blanks game show and news through their Chippendaily News and News Bingo.]

Fig.1 "CNNNN Golden Moments of Newstainment"

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ABC TV (Australia)Australia • Blankety News Blanks • Chaser Non-Stop News Network • Chippendaily News • Chippendales • CNNNNcriticismculture jammingcurrent affairscynicismdancers • Dow Jones • Dow Jones Dancers • game show • golden moments • medianews and current affairs • News Bingo • newstainmentparodysatire • Simon Crean • stock exchange • stupiditytaking the pissThe Chaser teamtrivialisation

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
29 APRIL 2011

The Chaser banned from taking the royal wee out of Will and Kate's wedding

"Yep, the royal family has banned the ABC's satirical coverage of the royal wedding, only days before it goes to air, despite initially placing no restrictions on the coverage. While the wedding screens on ABC1 on Friday night, The Chaser team was planning to broadcast its own light–hearted look at the spectacle on ABC2.

Over the Easter weekend, restrictions were put in place – banning use of the wedding footage 'in any drama, comedy, satirical or similar entertainment program or content'. While The Chaser coverage has been banned, channels Nine and Ten are still planning to use commentators such as Dame Edna Everage as part of their coverage. Clarence House, the private office of the Prince of Wales, has gone as far as to warn other media outlets not to supply a feed to The Chaser team. Hopefully they'll still manage to use new social media tools to get the word out on Friday night."

(Adam Turner, 27 April 27 2011, digihub.watoday.com.au)

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2011ABC TV (Australia) • ABC1 Australia • ABC2 Australia • Australiabanned • British Monarchy • British Royal Familybroadcastcensorship • Channel Nine (Australia) • Channel Ten (Australia) • Chas Licciardello • Clarence House • coverage • Dame Edna Everage • Easter weekend • get the word out • HRH Prince William • Kate Middleton • Lateline (Australia) • light-hearted • media outlets • new social media tools • parody • pisstake • Prince of WalesPrince William • restrictions • royal weddingsatiresatirical • social media tools • spectacletaking the pissThe ChaserThe Chaser team • TV coverage • wedding • wedding footage

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
05 MAY 2007

Yes Prime Minister: parodying Australian Prime Minister

[Yes Prime Minister is an interactive parody of Australia's ex–Prime Minister John Winston Howard. The interactive toy works as a kind of digital 'fridge magnet poetry' through allowing users to re–mix Little Johnny's speeches for humorous effect. The toy was created by the Australian communications agency 'Thought By Them'.]

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AustraliaAustralian Liberal Partyconservativeculture jamming • fridge magnet poetry • humourinteractiveJohn HowardLittle Johnnyparodypoliticianpolitician caricaturePrime Ministerright-wing • SameSame • satiresocial conservatismspeech • Thought By Them • toy
10 SEPTEMBER 2005

Ethics Question Satirising Australian Prime Minister

"This test only has one question, but it's a very important one. By giving an honest answer, you will discover where you stand morally. The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation in which you will have to make a decision. Remember that your answer needs to be honest, yet spontaneous. You are in Darwin, Northern Territory. There is chaos all around you caused by a cyclone with severe flooding. This is a flood of biblical proportions. You are a photojournalist working for a major newspaper, and you're caught in the middle of this epic disaster. The situation is nearly hopeless. You're trying to shoot career–making photos. There are houses and people swirling around you, some disappearing under the water. Nature is unleashing all of its destructive fury. Suddenly you see a man floundering in the water. He is fighting for his life, trying not to be taken down with the debris. You move closer – somehow the man looks familiar. You suddenly realise who it is. It's John Howard. At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to pull him under. You have two options, you can save the life of 'Little Johnny' or you can shoot a dramatic Pulitzer Prize winning photo, documenting the death of the Australian Prime Minister. So here's the question, and please give an honest answer: Would you select colour film, or would you go with the high contrast black and white?"
(anonymous email)

[This email has likely circulated the Internet for a while. While the specifics of the story may have been altered, its general thrust will likely be the same. Witty emails like this one provide an avenue for public commentary (in this case about the former Australian Prime Minister John Winston Howard).]

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