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The kangaroo menace comes to Garran

By johnboy - 9 March 2009 43

The Canberra Times brings word that a huge kangaroo has broken into a Garran house and terrorised the residents before being wrestled into submission by the man of the house.

    The suburb of Garran backs on to a reserve but the Beman and Ettlin house, which they have only been in for three weeks, is a few streets back and surrounded by 3m fences.

    ”We do think there are too many kangaroos in the residential areas if it is becoming intrusive like this,” they said.

UPDATED: The Kangaroo Menace has now gone global. Spare a thought for all the foreign news service writers in the press gallery, who’ve been dutifully filing never-read reports on Australian politics and the economy, finally getting a story published and it’s this one.

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I-filed 10:36 pm 11 Mar 09

Picking up from the ‘astroturfing’ reference on the Mikado post – how about the nasty Bonds company’s PR merchants busted here by Crikey:

“Kangaroo PR gift for Pac Brands. We’re a suspicious lot at Crikey, so when a plethora of news stories broke out about a kangaroo home invasion in Canberra, many of which prominently mentioned that the hero home defender was wearing nothing but Bonds underpants, we suspected a PR stunt. If so, it was successful. Media Monitors tells us the story has had six radio and 80 television mentions, as well as appearing in print and online. It wouldn’t be the first time the media has been taken in by too-cute-for-words stories that turned out to be attempts at viral advertising. Our suspicions escalated when we noted that Pacific Brands, makers of Bonds undies and in the news because of their move offshore, had just hired a new PR firm, Cato Counsel. So we rang Cato and asked the question, and were given an absolute, blanket denial. Not a PR stunt. Nothing to do with PacBrands. Just a gift. At the ABC note this classic comment from 702 Sydney’s Adam Spencer yesterday: “Finally some good news for the Pacific Brands corporation”. Right. PR anyone? — Margaret Simons”

Granny 11:44 am 11 Mar 09

Front page news, eh? Geneva must be a happening place!

Scribble 10:36 am 11 Mar 09

Apparently, Mr Ettlin was born in Swizterland.

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