Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman may have been ousted but the writers at The Tunnel are still at their keyboards, toiling away at the satire coalface.
In a future post, we’ll run through a list of The Tunnel’s most popular 2015 satire stories.
But here are some of our best 2015 satire stories which, though not as popular, are well worth revisiting.
Bizzarely (and flatteringly) the BBC World Service approached The Tunnel in February to do a radio interview about Australian satirists’ perspective on the leadership challenge to Tony Abbott. (True story.)
But alas, without consulting anyone, Tony Abbott brought forward the leadership vote by 24 hours and our radio spot got bumped. (And Tony Abbott wonders why he was so unpopular?)
But one good thing that came out of our near brush with a worldwide radio audience of millions is that we came up with this story about no one becoming the next Australian Prime Minister. And it’s still relevant. Have you noticed how people are already saying no one is better than Malcolm Turnbull?
In July, whilst Tony Abbott was jumping the shark, Australian surfer Mick Fanning punched one. We figured that Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen – who’s not averse to punching things himself – wouldn’t be pleased.
So we came up with a string of funny tweets that may (or may not) have been sent by Paul Gallen in response to Fanning’s unprovoked shark attack.
Who knew Paul Gallen was such a witty guy?
When Australia won the Netball World Cup in August, we thought we’d celebrate by listing some of the ways netball is better than rugby league.
(Obviously, this was before the North Queensland Cowboys won the NRL Premiership – the GREATEST SPORTING MOMENT OF ALL TIME!!!)
Despite what Paul Gallen might say, you should definitely read (and share) our neglected tribute to Australia’s national sport. And check out the picture of the netball scrum. Come on, rugby league players, it’s not that hard!
The Australian Border Force announced in August that they were going to stop people in the street to check their visas. After an immediate public outcry, the Australian Border Force promptly announced that they were NOT going to stop people in the street to check their visas.
If all those words were too hard to read – and who reads words these days, anyway? – then check out how we covered the story in Lego.
Do you know somebody who insists on looking at their mobile phone to work out what the weather is like out the window? Do your kids not believe anything unless an iPhone confirms it?
Our faux listicle about apps for mobile phone addicts would have been read and shared a million times if it was written by Buzzfeed. It’s still not too late to read it and share it with a million of your friends.
Come on, your mobile phone insists.
In 2015 Australian satire writers lost a great Prime Minister in Tony Abbott. (We are already pining for those effortless days when the leader of our nation would say something stupid, bite into a raw onion or – better still – say something stupid whilst biting into a raw onion.)
Now that Malcolm Turnbull is in charge of Australia, satire is a tougher gig – at least so far. But, as our new Prime Minister has told us, we must all be agile and take our place in the ideas boom.
This was one of our first stories of the Turnbull era and depicts the squabbling and shifting loyalties in a Canberra schoolground. (It’s just like The Gillies Report but without the vision or sound.)
Thanks for reading The Tunnel this year. We wish you all an agile and idea-booming 2016.
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