I must admit I was in the camp that believed the old dingo joke was an urban myth. You'll know the one when it's repeated below.
When the joke was featured in a recent newsletter, dog researchers around the country started an email exchange questioning its validity. Too many had heard it attributed to too many politicians. However, Queensland researcher Lee Allen has demonstrated the truth (once again!). He has supplied the Hansard record showing that legendary Queensland politician Russ Hinze gave the response. The record shows:
Mr BURNS: Listen closely to this. In the Government party room, during a debate about dingoes killing sheep, the former Liberal member for Salisbury, Rosemary Kyburz, suggested that dingoes should be castrated. Hinze's response—and I have cleaned it up a bit—was, "They're killing the sheep, love, not stuffing them."
There's still some room for doubt as this is a second hand account, but it is given with sufficient authority that I think we'll chalk the comment down to Mr Hinze. Russ Hinze of course was a very large man, whose neck had disappeared over the years. I remember the joke (which I kind of doubt is true) of the young veterinarian trying to give an injection to a turtle which had drawn all its limbs into its shell. A guy in the waiting room offered to help and came round the counter and immediately inserted a digit into the turtle's bum. The turtle stuck his head right out in total surprise and the young vet gave the injection. "Gee you must have worked with animals before" she said to the man. "No" he replied, "I was once Russ Hinze' valet and it was the only way to get his bow tie on".
Posted by Tony Peacock, founder of 'Feral Thoughts'