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Dog Toy - Aussie Dog, 'Boney', Tony Abbott, 2013 Object Reg. No: HT 34748

Summary:
Alternate name: Dog Chew

Caricature of Tony Abbott, sold as a dog toy.

Tony Abbott, member of the Liberal Party, has been the Leader of the Opposition since December 2009. He is well known for his physical prowess and sportsmanship, particularly his participation in triathalons. He has been lampooned for wearing in Speedos (known colloquially as ?budgie smugglers?). His conservative politics and perceived sexism have seen him attacked both in Parliament and in the media. On 8 October 2012, Prime Minister Julia Gillard raised the issue of sexism in a speech in Parliament which was directed mainly at Tony Abbott. This speech was publicised around the world and became known as the ?misogyny speech?. Her support within the Labor Party and in opinion polls fell immediately after this speech, and after several leadership spills she was outvoted by supporters of Kevin Rudd on 26 June 2013.

Tony Abbott became the 28th Prime Minister elect on Saturday 7th September 2013 after winning 88 seats. In doing so, he also became the third Prime Minister of Australia in 3 months.

Aussie Dogs was already planning to create a Tony Abbott dog toy when ?Droolia? - a caricature of Julia Gillard, released in 2013 - received great media attention. 'Boney' Tony was released in late July 2013; 3000 were ordered. Aussie Dogs had also drawn up plans for a Kevin Rudd toy, but the company was unsure if it would sell. Instead, it had designed a cardboard cut-out of Kevin Rudd, which attaches over the nose of the 'Droolia? toy. Aussie Dogs plans to sell the Kevin Rudd cut out with the remaining ?Droolia? toys.
Description:
Soft textile figure of Tony Abbott wearing red speedos, a red and yellow surf rescue hat and black shoes with large head, oversized ears and printed hairy chest.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 310 mm (Height), 110 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: souvenirs, toys, politics, dogs, politicians
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: POLITICS & PUBLIC PROTEST
Secondary Classification: Parliamentary Politics
Tertiary Classification: souvenirs
Inscriptions: On tag, one side: ALL NEW STUFFING / MATERIAL : POLYESTER. / WIPE CLEAN ONLY. / DO NOT IMMERSE IN WATER. / SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES
On tag, other side: Designed in Australia / Manufactured in China / www.aussiedog.com.au
Person Depicted: Anthony (Tony) Abbott - Australian Liberal Party, Victoria, Australia, 2013
Commissioned By: Aussie Dog Products, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia, 2013
References: Distributer:
www.pkpets.com.au

Manufacturer:
http://www.aussiedog.com.au/products.php?rangeid=47&;catid=48

News regarding Julia Gillard dog toy:
http://video.news.ninemsn.com.au/?uuid=75269c2b-d92c-4233-95da-a28856544b12
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/pets-doll-droolia-julia-being-sold-in-adelaide/story-fncz7kyc-1226616272712
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwOqosKi2Bc
http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/chewlia/
http://www.news.com.au/national-news/pets-doll-droolia-julia-being-sold-in-adelaide/story-fncynjr2-1226616272712
http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2013/04/the-julia-doll-for-dogs-how-a-couple-of-small-business-owners-are-now-hounded-by-caring-feminist-lef.html

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