The Tunnel – Queensland’s second most popular source of political satire after Clive Palmer – has asked one of its writers to step down after a pun scandal.
The pun “Queensland Health Minister attempts to water-borg doctors during pay dispute” was briefly placed on The Tunnel’s website yesterday.
It was later discovered that the joke was written by disgraced New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell.
During a press conference earlier today, the Tunnel writer apologised for the pun and for presenting it as her own.
“I’m not a pun connoisseur. I’ve accepted that I’ve had a massive memory fail. I still can’t explain either the pun that I have no recollection of or its absence, which I certainly still can’t fathom, but I accept the consequences in an orderly way.”
The Tunnel editorship decided to act after discovering a handwritten note from O’Farrell thanking the writer for “using my wonderful pun”.
“In my defence, Barry O’Farrell and I had just drunk $3,000 of wine,” said the former Tunnel writer. “He was on the Grange and I was drinking a very zippy 2014 Lambrusco, I think. I don’t remember the pun but acknowledge that it exists and that Barry was probably responsible for it.”
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