Thursday, July 7, 2011

Julianomics -- Dead In The Water

IT REQUIRES a rare talent to introduce a tax that costs more than it brings in.
The Age understands the scheme will cost more than the revenue it raises over its first four years, with most of the cost blow-out coming in the first two years. It is expected to become budget neutral later
Another first for Team Gillard. What a crew.

UPDATE: The nose isn't right and the hair should be a touch ruddier, but English artist  John Everett Millais captures both our PM's pasty complexion and her imminent fate -- political fate, that is -- in this 1851 rendering of Ophelia, driven to madness and self-destruction by a demented Hamlet (frequently mistaken on Elsinore's battlements for Bob Brown).

She is dead in the water, our PM. The sooner an election sweeps her away for good, the sooner adults can begin making things a little less rotten in our very own Denmark on the Cotter.



  1. It takes two writers, in the cited article, to write this: “the government is expected to reveal its plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from new vehicles, which have been simmering on the backburner for almost a year, since Ms Gillard foreshadowed them in last year’s election campaign.
    “Labor floated a target to reduce average emissions of new cars, sports utility vehicles and light trucks. But its targets were denounced as ‘weak’ by Greens deputy leader Christine Milne, who pledged stronger targets.”
    Plans, which were foreshadowed, simmer on a back-burner; weak targets float. With such conceited writers, one may well wonder why the newspapers are losing readers.

  2. Professor.The lines on the passing of the hapless Ophelia,are as much a work of art as the painting.

    There on the pendant boughs her crownet weeds
    Clamb'ring to hang, an envious sliver broke,
    When down her weedy trophies and herself
    Fell into the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide,
    And mermaid-like awhile they bore her up,
    Which time she chanted snatches from old lauds, (Hansards)
    As one incapable of her own distress,
    Or like a creature native and indued
    Unto that element. But long it could not be
    Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
    Pulled the poor wretch from her melodious lay
    To muddy death.

  3. One decent subeditor with a handful of red pencils should be able to do the trick.

    Or maybe they should outsource subbing to India? The standard of writing in Indian English-language papers often leaves the Australian rags for dead.

  4. "Denmark on the Cotter" ?
    It's the Molonglo.