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Can you help the Museum of Australian Democracy with this t-shirt?

By johnboy - 7 February 2012 26

julia gillard t-shirt

The very serious looking Campbell Rhodes at the Museum of Australian Democracy is trying to track down those responsible for the above t-shirt which was worn by guests at an Old Parliament House wedding in 2010.

The shirt was created for a wedding; all guests at the ceremony, held in the Old Parliament House gardens, were required by the bride and groom to wear the shirts. It features caricatures of both Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott.

The museum has taken this T-shirt into its collection because it is a contemporary example of the use of clothing to deliver a political message. It is a personal statement of support for a politician and political party, showing how politics can be a very personal thing among passionate supporters of politicians, parties and causes. It allows us to tell a great story about this aspect of Australian political life. But the story is incomplete. That’s where you come in!

We’d like to know more about the background of this shirt. Who designed it and why? How many copies were there and how many copies still exist? If you know anything about this unusual item of clothing, we’d love to hear from you.

If you can help us, contact us via the blog, by email or by phone (02) 6270 8222. Maybe you have your own story to tell.

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26 Responses to
Can you help the Museum of Australian Democracy with this t-shirt?
dungfungus 5:41 pm 07 Feb 12

HenryBG said :

Yes, let’s let a failed priest who’s never had a real job in his life out of the closet to become our PM instead. Awesome.

The only “failed priest” in the Labor camp I can think of is the speaker. Is this who you mean? He has all the right qualifications like being treacherous, a big spender (with other people’s money of course) and he cross-dresses. Absolutely perfect.

Evil_Kitten 5:28 pm 07 Feb 12

When the person took it off and handed it over, why didn’t they ask for details then?

Jethro 5:00 pm 07 Feb 12

The shirt has a mistake.

I read the Sun Herald on a regular basis and believe her name is spelled with an ‘r’ on the end.

Jethro 4:57 pm 07 Feb 12

dungfungus said :

Nifty said :

Could Jules have a future as a marriage celebrant? Although, given her views on gay marriage, presumably she would refuse to cater to that part of the market…

“gay marriage”? – no such thing and never can be.

Because Dungfungus crashed his Delorian in 1955.

Lazy I 4:46 pm 07 Feb 12

If you were planning to make me wear something like that to your wedding, you should make sure you have some space in the cupboard for a re-gifted fondue set.

SnapperJack 4:26 pm 07 Feb 12

Your taxes at work . . .

Skyring 4:23 pm 07 Feb 12

colourful sydney racing identity said :

dungfungus said :

“gay marriage”? – no such thing and never can be.

why?

Well, it’s not gay marriage.

It’s just marriage.

Skyring 4:22 pm 07 Feb 12

It looks so quaint and so June 2010. Julia smiling!

Skyring 4:21 pm 07 Feb 12

HenryBG said :

Yes, let’s let a failed priest who’s never had a real job in his life out of the closet to become our PM instead. Awesome.

If Julia went, surely the Deputy PM would take over?

If you are talking about an election, then the people will decide.

woppadingo 3:38 pm 07 Feb 12

I agree it is a politcal statement. But I dont know its a statement of support. To me it sais, “Go, Julia. You are sooooo 2010”

colourful sydney rac 3:03 pm 07 Feb 12

dungfungus said :

“gay marriage”? – no such thing and never can be.

why?

dungfungus 2:43 pm 07 Feb 12

Nifty said :

Could Jules have a future as a marriage celebrant? Although, given her views on gay marriage, presumably she would refuse to cater to that part of the market…

“gay marriage”? – no such thing and never can be.

Nifty 1:12 pm 07 Feb 12

Could Jules have a future as a marriage celebrant? Although, given her views on gay marriage, presumably she would refuse to cater to that part of the market…

HenryBG 12:19 pm 07 Feb 12

Yes, let’s let a failed priest who’s never had a real job in his life out of the closet to become our PM instead. Awesome.

dungfungus 11:37 am 07 Feb 12

I wish she would GO.

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