Opinion

Surely there are bigger cat-astrophes for the government?

KITTEN AROUND: A web plug-in replaces pictures of PM Tony Abbott with cute kittens.
KITTEN AROUND: A web plug-in replaces pictures of PM Tony Abbott with cute kittens. Contributed

THE cat is out of the bag, and all over the internet, it would appear.

Plenty of time is being wasted by the Federal Government talking about a viral web plug-in that replaces pictures of Prime Minister Tony Abbott with cute kittens.

"Are you someone who likes to keep up to date with the latest news, but can't stand the sight of Tony Abbott's weird looking face? This is the browser extension for you," the Stop Tony Meow website says.

A slightly catty premise, but humorous.

The creators of the website will pay a $720 fee to discover what the Prime Minister's department thinks about the plug-in after submitting a Freedom of Information request.

The department approved the release of 137 pages of correspondence relating to the Stop Tony Meow request.

You've got to be kitten me?

Maybe 137 characters of official recognition may have been deserved, but pages? No.

Surely there are more important things the government should be doing, but purrhaps it goes part and parcel with what is important for a modern government.

Then again, after this last week even I am inclined towards the plug-in, despite being non-emotive about Abbott's facial features.

You see, I met a cat I actually like. Fur real, it was paw-some. And a rarity.

Plus if Abbott and co decide to back society's 1% in the upcoming budget while attacking essential services and society's most vulnerable such as pensioners, they'll be in my bad books.

I can see it now - placards reading "Scratch Abbott and start over right meow with new leadership" will line the streets.

Now that would be a real political cat-astrophe.

Topics:  lighter side lisa maynard opinion politics tony abbott



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