Sunday, 29 September 2013

Laughing At The One-Trick Tony: the best of #missingbudget

Crikey 22 September 2013:

The message from the Coalition has been loud, shrill and as sophisticated as a slap in the face with a cold fish. Since Tony Abbott's budget reply speech in May, he, Joe Hockey and Andrew Robb have been emphatically claiming Australia is in a state of "budget emergency." The perpetrators? Those gol-darned Reds in the Labor party.
Despite the country's AAA credit rating and that whole "one of the strongest economies in the world" thing, the former opposition have been pounding the panic button and attempting to convince as many people as possible that Australia is going to hell in a fiscally irresponsible hand basket.
For pure sensationalism and hyperbole the Coalition's so-called "budget emergency" is reminiscent of the Labor's government's tendency to declare war on everything: the war on waste, the war on binge drinking, the war on soft meat pies at the servo, etcetera.
But since the election we have heard nothing of the disastrous "budget emergency." Abbott and co have kept mum on the subject. How could such a horrible spectre disappear so quickly? Where did it sneak off to?
On the weekend an army of intrepid Twitter truth-seekers decided to go looking......

Tara-Leigh Davison @questionabubble19h
And my personal fav - #BundyBear was willing to have his pic taken in support of finding the #missingbudget Bless him
Carlie Bonavia @carliebonavia6h
Denise Hilton @denihil5h
Sorry, no printer on North Hero, Vermont, USA, or budget either. #missingbudget

Maybe @Maybeee201114h
OMG !! MT "@lukebuckmaster: Budget Emergency may have caught plane. Signs up in NY (not Photoshop) #missingbudget"

My only regret with #missingbudget hunt was medical centre & chemist were closed. I couldn't search in the cabinet of suppositories #auspol
Thought I'd found the #missingbudget, but it was just an empty Mars Bar wrapper.
Mel Watson @melwhatson51m
#missingbudget has probably eloped with #stopthegoats! Probably enjoying a well deserved honeymoon in sunny Christmas Island...

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