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Julia's balancing game

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Covering the bases

Covering the bases Illustration: Rocco Fazzari

Enduring scandals, leadership issues and a rabid opposition have not dampened the Gillard government’s spirit of reform.

The only problem is that the reforms are sideshow to the main event. But with all the distractions and the government’s inability to sell itself, that that’s where their good work will remain.

We seem to be confused about whether we are hearing a stage-crafted message or a government lurching from crisis is to crisis; it's all one big blur as Julia performs a balancing act that must be as exhausting to execute as it is to watch.

Let's watch this week's espresso video animation as Julia fine-tunes the balance, avoiding any falls as she plays the game.

137 comments so far

  • Scuttling side ways like a crab across the bottom of a sea of iniquity. Cruel but fair Rocco.

    Commenter
    SteveH.
    Date and time
    May 25, 2012, 6:44AM
    • By supporting an immoral character like Craig Thompson, the left in this country have sunk to a new level of depravity

      Commenter
      Leggy Lisa
      Date and time
      May 25, 2012, 10:15AM
    • When I think Labor, I think of inept losers. I'm sure many others feel the same way. The damage they have done to our country in such a short time is staggering. We will remember & we won't forgive. They can push through all the 'reforms' they want, but when we hear the word 'reform' coming from Gillard, all we can think is 'Oh no, MORE WASTE of our tax money!'

      Commenter
      so tired of this charade
      Date and time
      May 25, 2012, 11:05AM
    • Or a spider weaving a tangled web of deceit

      Commenter
      belching barry
      Date and time
      May 25, 2012, 11:20AM
    • Yeah, did you know they wasted money to keep our country out of one of the biggest global recessions in the last 50 years, they want to waste money to move our economy to a green economy, even though I haven't personally observed any rising sea levels and now, to top it all off they want to waste money, by helping people with disabilities, even though I am perfectly healthy and have a well paid job! Can you believe this leftie government?

      I demand an election now!!!!

      Commenter
      Mark
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      May 25, 2012, 1:23PM
    • @ Mark

      "did you know they wasted money to keep our country out of one of the biggest global recessions in the last 50 years"

      You must be talking about the $900 cash splash that also went out to dead people and people living abroad. Make no mistake, our economy is being held up by the mining industry. Which the left wants to destroy with a mining tax. Retail is in crisis.

      "move our economy to a green economy"

      Europe went down this path. How did it work out? Where are all the 'green jobs' that they were promised? Their unemployment is sky high and they are on the brink of economic collapse.

      Commenter
      belching barry
      Date and time
      May 25, 2012, 1:47PM
    • Belching Barry - those 900 dollar handouts were given to hundreds of thousands of families.

      Those on the right who are offended that governments make economic decisions that should be left to private individuals seem to be even more offended when the government gives money to private individuals to make decisions.

      These handouts ensured the private sector made hundreds of thousands of stimulatory decisions.

      The capitalist right, if it was true to its convictions, should heartily approve.

      Commenter
      Ross
      Location
      MALLABULA
      Date and time
      May 25, 2012, 2:40PM
    • Yes, very astute of you to realise the $900 'cash splash' was part of the stimulus package that kept our economy out of recession.

      The mining industry is also what is destroying the manufacturing, retail and tourism sectors through pushing up the Australian dollar. Which, by the way these 3 sectors employ significantly more people than the mining sector. Glad you should bring up this point. The mining sectors success is a two edged sword... hmm, I've got a good idea, why don't we take some of their record profits and redistribute this, to help all Australians through things like tax cuts to small business and personal income tax cuts, oh hang on scrap that idea Tony Abbott doesn't support it, how about using it to increase superannuation, ah oops ditto on that one also thanks to Tony Abbott - apparently getting people off government dependency and pensions isn't important to Liberals.

      In terms of Europe and the green economy, why don't you look at America and what rampant deregulation of government controls did there. I seem to recall there was some problems they had in 2007, but for the life of me, I just can't quite remember the details. It might have had something to do with putting nearly all developed economies of the world into a global recession... Although I do believe Australia was spared due to a certain leftist governments prompt response.

      Commenter
      Mark
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      May 25, 2012, 2:41PM
    • @ Ross. I am not opposed to stimulus. I just think it should be spent wisely.

      Many people saved that $900 or used it to pay down debt. So a lot of it didn't increase spending.

      The effect of the $900 stimulus cheque led to a short term spike in retail sales but it didn't have a lasting effect.

      If you are going to spend billions of dollars on stimulation the economy, shouldn't you do it a way that yields a lasting return?

      If you are going to invest billions of dollars to increase spending, shouldn't you ensure that the money is indeed spent and not saved?

      Commenter
      belching barry
      Date and time
      May 25, 2012, 3:11PM
    • @Mark

      "The mining industry is also what is destroying the manufacturing, retail and tourism sectors through pushing up the Australian dollar."

      Really? We had a mining industry during the Howard era and other sectors of the economy were doing just fine.

      "why don't we take some of their record profits and redistribute this"

      Stealing the fruits of someone elses labour is still stealing. It is still immoral. Even if you legalise it. Where is the incentive to work hard if you are going to redistribute everyones wealth? Who is going to pay for us all to become socialist dole bludgers?

      "why don't you look at America and what rampant deregulation of government controls did there"

      Yes. And we can blame the left for that. The Democrats blocked the Republicans from regulating Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac. Thats why we had the sub prime mortgage crisis. Thats why we had the GFC. For more on how the left caused the GFC, read the article below:

      http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aSKSoiNbnQY0

      Commenter
      belching barry
      Date and time
      May 25, 2012, 3:16PM

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