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Ho ho ho.  Barnaby Joyce and Santa have joined forces in Parliament, releasing a statement together, and it is more than good fun.  Do you think this is a worthy attempt at teaching us something important with light entertainment?

Australia’s biosecurity measures over the Christmas period have become so significant that Barnaby Joyce has decided the best way to draw attention to them is by releasing the joint statement with Santa Claus pleading for community support.

With just two weeks to go until Christmas,  and the Australian mail services working over time, Mr Joyce’s message was distributed through the Federal Press Gallery on joint letterhead complete with a coat of arms.  Christmas is going ahead this year as scheduled was the formal message and the Government needs our help to reinforce Australia’s quarantine laws.


Could Santa’s influence be the key to stopping people mailing things they shouldn’t or shopping online and having things sent to Australia that might not be appropriate?

“You’ve got to admit, Santa Claus has a big job — but so do we in managing Australia’s biosecurity system,” Mr Joyce said in the announcement.

“We can’t just let foreign animals, unknown packages and soiled vehicles into the country willy nilly, so we need to make some special considerations to help Santa get his job done.

“That’s why we work closely with Santa and his elves in the lead up to Christmas to make sure everything runs as it should.”

Like I always say to the Easter Bunny, with a bit of extra planning and so long as you declare anything that you need to, you won’t have any problems.

Santa Claus

“My elves have passed all the Christmas presents on to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources early, and the friendly staff and detector dogs at Australia’s international mail centres are working overtime screening the presents in time for Christmas Eve.”

It is no small feat managing mail service quarantines at Christmas, particularly with the growth of online shopping.

“More than 146 million mail items move through our mail centres each year, and we usually see around a 50 per cent increase in mail during this holiday period,” Mr Joyce said.

“I take no joy in the fact that we seized about 5,000 items during the holiday period last year — and I’d like to see that number drastically reduced this year.

“Christmas items like wreaths, food and some toys made of wood or containing seeds or sand have the potential to bring pests and diseases which could harm human, plant and animal health, so it’s best not to send them.”

A good way to get the attention of the community? 


Rebecca Wilson

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  1. Barnaby is clapping his hands because McFarlane defected to the National Party, but watch out Barnaby, McFarlane will after your job soon 🙂

  2. Barnaby your a wanker after you made such a a big deal out of those two dogs yes they should have been told they done the wrong thing but taking it as far a you did can’t stand you

  3. HO HO HO Barnaby, going to steal any more Liberal Party members today? look after our farmers instead of trying to be a Super Star..

  4. I gave up believing in Santa clause many years ago just as I think Australia should stop believing in Barnaby lies

  5. Barnaby Joyce is a useless waste of space and taxpayers money
    He won’t lift a finger to stop exporting greyhounds, get rid of him as soon as you can get to a polling booth.

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    • I agree he is an evil waste of space he is reposible for all live exports torturing all animals and Greyhound dogs.

  6. When Barnaby stops sending live animals out of Australia to places he shouldn’t, his campaign will be more believable. His stance on live export and allowing greyhounds to be sent to certain death in China and other places is incredibly cruel and centered on profits. Qantas and Cathay Pacific have yesterday declared they will not longer transport greyhounds to these places – where is Barnaby’s pledge to end the cruelty? He is my local member and his answer to any correspondence is always a big zero.

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  7. Santa should tell Barnaby Joyce that he will get no presents ever, while he lets Australian Greyhounds be exported to China to race , to be treated cruelly, then be killed when they are not fast enough!!

  8. Pity you all again lost the plot. The question was about ideas & looking for comment on that. Not your personal vindictive opinions on a person.

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    • Yes, a great way to get attention through the use of humour.

  9. I’m surprised Barnaby hasn’t joined Border Force in preparing to turn Santa and his sleigh back. Should there not have been advice to Santa that he maybe a big star but Rudolph, Dancer and the other reindeer should “piss off” back to the North Pole.

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