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Where else but Capricornia?

It’s not the Australian media, but it’s about Australia AND IT’S FUNNY so here it is: the UK Daily Mail‘s representation today of the Queensland floods:

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Capricornia – nonexistent one day, major state the next.

First they’re afflicted by floods – now the entire north of the state has apparently seceded!

I mean, seriously – what was the source of that image? Where would one get a picture of Australia with Queensland divided in two in the first place?

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  • 1
    heavylambs
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    This means that the colonial-secretary,after an appropriate period of consideration,has at last granted statehood to Capricornia. God Save The Queen!

  • 2
    Dean
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    I’ve tried, but I just cannot find a map that’s even remotely similar to that one… It boggles the mind where they got it from…

  • 3
    Rich Uncle Skeleton
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    This feeling in my heart must be joy.

  • 4
    Captain Obvious
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Ahhh Capricornia…Beautiful one day…under 10 metres of water the next.

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    lhyzz
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proposals_for_new_Australian_States#North_Queensland

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    Mark Nettle
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Probably comes from Bob Katter. Nth Queensland secession is part of his policy platform isn’t it?

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    marce
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    @Dean My best guess is someone mistook the Tropic of Capricorn as a state line.

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    marce
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Doi, or I could’ve read lhyzz’s link.

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    Puff, the Magic Dragon.
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Interesting link, Ihyzz.
    See that map showing New Zealand as part of Australia?
    Has anyone checked the paperwork on that one? Are all the ‘i’s dotted and the ‘t’s crossed?
    It is possible they are still part of Oz. :evil:

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    Sean
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Is it just me or is Sydney also too far north on that map?

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    jules
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Puff.

    I haven’t seen the map you’re talking about, but I have a copy of the Australian Constitution and one of the introductions mentions NZ as one of the states that would make up the Commonwealth.

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    Bob Gosford
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Xavier Herbert will be toasting us from his grave – and Bob Katter will be lining up for 12 extra Senators. The more the merrier I say! Some time in the dim past there was an administrative unit of South Australia (?) known as Centralia – I am not alone in thinking that it would be an entirely appropriate entity to revive…

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    daz
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t Scott and Charlene move to Capricornia back in the 1980s?

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    hank@spamcop.net
    Posted January 4, 2011 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    http://www.diggerhistory.info/images/cloth/capricornia.jpg

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    Brizben
    Posted January 4, 2011 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Originally the colony of Qld was to be 3 separate states but NSW wanted to keep the fertile Northern Rivers section. So the northern border of NSW was moved north and Qld became one state, as we see on maps today.

    http://nla.gov.au/nla.map-rm3518

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    Holden Back
    Posted January 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    It’s definitely a state of mind.

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    g4ms
    Posted January 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    two states to be in they say
    Queensland and pissed

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    Nameless
    Posted January 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    Hah! That’s nothing! The “Daily Mail” used to support Hitler. And I’m not making this up:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daily_Mail#Support_for_fascism_under_Rothermere
    Daily Mail is basically a poxy tabloid bigoted extreme conservative rag of fancy bog roll. (I understand if the last comment doesn’t go though, but hey, it’s worth a try).

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    Posted January 6, 2011 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Isn’t Capricornia the bit that doesn’t do daylight savings because the curtains would fade?

    @Mark Nettle: would that be “secession” as in forming a new country? Or maybe a new planet? I can’t imagine a state would be enough for him.

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