1. How old is Julian Assange: (a) 40; (b) 45; or (c) 50?
2. A sackbut is an early form of which musical instrument?
3. In which city would you see the neon lights of Ginza?
4. Sir Henry Parkes is known as the father of what?
5. Name the writer and illustrator creators of the Treehouse
series of children’s books.
Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.
6. True or false: a wolverine belongs to the dog family Canidae.
False. It belongs to the weasel family.
7. Who wrote the novel Howards End
8. Gianni Infantino is the president of which international sporting body?
9. Which singer observed: “She is a stranger/ You and I have history/ Or don’t you remember?” (Bonus point for naming the title of the song.)
Adele. (Bonus point: “Rumour Has It”.)
10. Name the opposition leader of New South Wales or Victoria.
Luke Foley or Matthew Guy.
“I question the security in this building... We all live in fear.”
The One Nation leader voices support for a fence to be built around the parliament. It’s a fair point: she got in twice.
“I don’t want to denigrate Kazakhstan, or indeed their artistic skills with movies like Borat.”
The education minister responds to the fact Australia has slipped behind the central Asian country in maths and science education. And, presumably, British-American pop culture references.
“The deputy prime minister has now strayed beyond what is acceptable.”
The speaker reprimands Barnaby Joyce for reading a quote about “sucking off these f’ing dogs all day” during a debate on the building and construction commission. Amber Heard’s Yorkshire terriers watched on, anxious.
“A bunch of bong-sniffing, dole-bludging, moss-munching, glue-guzzling, Kmart Castros are again vandalising parliament.”
The senator complains about protesters gluing themselves to railings in Parliament House. Speaking of vandalism, he helped Boris Johnson win office.
“Bill Shorten thinks rich kids from Europe should pay less tax than Pacific Islanders working here to send money back to their villages.”
The prime minister castigates Labor over its opposition to his backpacker tax. Turnbull would like to be clear that the only person representing the interests of rich white kids who prefer to minimise tax is him.
“Thanks to the Greens for doing what Labor should have done.”
The deputy prime minister hails the passing of a 15 per cent backpacker tax. To be honest, the Greens have spent two decades doing what Labor should have done.