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Mark Scott has apologised to Chris Kenny for The Chaser skit – but how comfortable should satirists get with good taste? Mark Scott has apologised to Chris Kenny for The Chaser skit – but how comfortable should satirists get with good taste? Norsi Stall

Kenny’s dog days are over – but is satire’s bark worse than its bite?

Hear ye, hear ye across the land! Chris Kenny is definitely NOT a Fido fiddler! Remember, he is definitely NOT a Fido fiddler. So sayeth – sort of – Justice Robert Beech-Jones in his judgment this week…
‘I am not like you suburb-dwellers,’ Carr is telling us. ‘I am extraordinary.’ ‘I am not like you suburb-dwellers,’ Carr is telling us. ‘I am extraordinary.’ Alan Porritt/AAP

Bob Carr’s Diary reveals a true satirist, a self-made grotesque

Bob Carr is at least as vain as your average politician. The unusual thing is that he knows it. And the shocking thing is that he doesn’t seem to mind letting us know that he knows it. Such are the complex…
Trench fever: sometimes gallows humour was the only way to forget the horror of war. Trench fever: sometimes gallows humour was the only way to forget the horror of war. BBC

Gallows humour from the trenches of World War I

For the average soldier on the Western Front, very little happened on a day-to-day basis. Even when soldiers were at the front line, they watched and waited. Boredom was a major problem. But the prospect…
We’re with the brand: how do we judge authenticity online with so many fakers hiding behind the screen? We’re with the brand: how do we judge authenticity online with so many fakers hiding behind the screen? Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Please RT: protecting your brand is no mean tweet amid a flurry of fake accounts

I am the FakeMarkRolfe telling you that all FakeMarkRolfes on Twitter are liars. And so is the real Mark Rolfe @Marcjohnr. I’ve started with a variation of the old liar’s paradox, not to explore logic…
Craig Emerson may be well regarded as Trade Minister, but he can’t sing. Craig Emerson may be well regarded as Trade Minister, but he can’t sing. AAP/Lukas Coch

Singing, dancing politicians: don’t do it, unless you can

It is a clear and incontrovertible case for the Deparment of Community Services and the public must immediately demand intervention. We cannot allow the suffering of the children to continue. I am of course…
At Home With Julia follows the tradition of poking fun at politicians' personal lives. At Home With Julia follows the tradition of poking fun at politicians' personal lives. ABC Television publicity

Getting personal in At Home With Julia: The tradition of satire

I was waiting for her to say “he touched me in nooks and in unexplored crannies I never knew I had” but it was not to be. For the rest of the episode, however, the lead in At Home With Julia sounded like…
Julia Gillard is portrayed sympathetically in the new ABC satire. Julia Gillard is portrayed sympathetically in the new ABC satire. ABC Television publicity

‘At Home With Julia’ exposes obsession with personality over policy

Does the ABC’s new hit series At Home With Julia demonstrate an unreconstructed sexism in Australian political satire? Should we be cringing at our cultural immaturity again? If the 2010 Election (or subsequent…