The previous week of Wayne Swan and various Labor politicians looking serious about the need to trim back the deficit and Phoney Tony Abbott and various NO Coalition hyperbolic’s telling us that Labor had ‘lost the plot’, and that the ‘world was about end and disappear into a fiscal black hole’, and ‘we’ll have to wait to be open about our policies until we see the state of the budget’ really did need a pressure breaker! And Tony Abbott was only too happy to oblige with his inept phrasing ‘women of calibre’ while talking about his parental leave which, apparently, he is the only one ‘wrapt’ with such a Rolls Royce policy! The business community seems wholly disproving about paying for it, but I doubt we’ll see much of a hue and cry and advertising blitz decrying it! Unlike the mining tax hoo ha!
But nevertheless, our thanks to Phoney for giving us an entry point into a bit of graphical manipulation. A poster seemed an adequate way to try and discern the true meaning of what represents a ‘woman of calibre’. So there’s this;
And then a consideration of the word ‘calibre’ which gave us: 1. The diameter of a cylindrical body, especially the internal diameter of a tube or the bore of a firearm; 2. The diameter of a shell or bullet; 3. Ability, distinction (as in a ‘musician of high calibre’) and 4. Personal character (as in a [wo]man of high calibre). From Old French, via the Italian calibre, from the Arabic galib = a shoemaker’s last, mould. So there you go. And the general militariness of the word led, naturally, to this;
That was followed by imagining who might be calibrated in the NO Coalition and Julie Bishop came immediately to mind;
Leading naturally to the antithesis of ‘calibre’ which gave rise to this;
Turning back to the week’s proceedings was the ire raised by the continued obfuscation and badgering about, ‘passing the buck’ and umming and awing about the site of the next airport in Sydney. There’s been enough reports on the airport issue to paper a full scale model Airbus A 380!! The angst gave rise to this;
And that turned to policies or the lack of them from the NO Coalition (of course) giving rise to;
And to the NO Coalitions release of their Industrial Relations policy when you don’t want people to know what is ‘actually’ in the policy;
And finally, despite managing to run a minority government to full term (probability 92%), hold together the disparate interests of the Independent and The Greens, and to actually get some decent stuff into legislation. As well manage the economy reasonably well whilst the Global Financial Crisis continues to wreck economies world-wide, you have to wonder why, whatever Labor does, it just can’t get clear air. And such thoughts led to this;
PS: I do try to be bipartisan but it’s a bit hard when you think that the NO Coalition will bring recession to Australia, when we are well positioned to take the opportunities from the GFC recovery – see graphic below!
And so there we have it! Leaving you with the usual postscript . . . . . . !
- Paid Parental Leave: Desperately Spinning (fairmediaalliance.wordpress.com)
- ‘Women of calibre’ controversy (smh.com.au)
- Abbott’s ‘women of calibre’ backed (theage.com.au)
- What women want? No more gaffes, thanks (abc.net.au)
- A woman of calibre? Yeah, bite me, Tony (cateswannell.com)
- Tony Abbott releases workplace policy (bigpondnews.com)
- Abbott attacks ‘Labor waste’ but doesn’t offer own savings (abc.net.au)
- Abbott facing revolt over paid parental leave (abc.net.au)
- Swan’s $100b budget trap to protect reforms (smh.com.au)