Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Barnaby's Baby Barb

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Barnaby's Baby Barb

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REBARBATIVE (adjective - formal): Repellent, unattractive, objectionable.

A splendid word. I love using it because those it describes so often don't know the meaning, and one can make good an escape before they throw a punch.

I looked it up again in my dictionary this morning and wouldn't have been at all surprised to see a photograph of Barnaby Joyce next to it.

Just when you think he can't get any worse... Bingo! He drops another clanger. This time he says partners of MPs should be allowed to work for their husband/wife to help save their relationships. Nice try, Mr Joyce.

I'm not pointing a moral finger in his direction. Well, maybe just a little one. But we have to remember roughly two in three marriages fall by the wayside these days; my own lasted only 10 years. And I really wouldn't have been too happy about the paternity of my son being questioned publicly by his father.

Most politicians endure stressful lengthy separations from their families and it's not surprising that some of them end up dabbling in extramarital affairs. …

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