In a face-off between a simple argument and a complex one, the former usually wins hands down. Over the last year and a half, this is where Tony Abbott has had the edge over Julia Gillard.
True, Opposition leaders can do this more readily because their chief task is criticism.
Delivering programs is inherently more complex. For governments, the normal budget jiggery-pokery notwithstanding, the sums must add up.
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Nearly half of all Australians don’t visit the dentist regularly. Cost and anxiety are the stumbling blocks, and no wonder.
I took my kids for a check-up last week. My 12-year-old, who has never had a moment’s dental drama, leapt smugly into the chair and had the smile wiped from her face when she was told she’d need her first filling.
The dentist anaesthetised her gum with a large needle and occupied her mouth with his mirror, an amalgam condenser and the hygienist’s suction implement. You’d think this would have impeded her capacity to talk, but no.
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By now many of you will be royally sick of marriage talk - and it hasn’t even been consummated yet (ahem). But it’s still going to dominate the whole day… and the next, and the next, so we thought we’d give you this space to indulge or vent, as you see fit. Are you excited or nauseated? Bored? Pissed off at the Chaser ban?
Here’s a thought for all you Royal Wedding pundits out there; the only surprising thing about today’s big event is just how much the world collectively knows about it. Without even trying it’s possible to evaluate Prince Harry’s post-wedding-party breakfast menu and tell you why the bride’s sister, Pippa, has strung disco balls around the throne room.
Or how much the plonk they’re serving at the reception goes for in the aisles at British supermarket Tescos and why Kate’s honeymoon clothes are more than just a bit ordinary for a future Queen.
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“It is my fervent hope, as I’m sure it is the hope of every citizen of the world, that every decent citizen of the world enjoys a long and fruitful life. Sadly, war, disease, pestilence and accidents tragically cut many lives short. One such instance was that of Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in a road accident in Paris in August, 1997.
When Princess Diana died, there was a huge upwelling of grief from around the world, and especially in the British Commonwealth. For some reason, I didn’t share this emotion.
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New Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson got married last Saturday and had a splendid ceremony and celebration in the tourist-depleted north Queensland resort of Port Douglas.
He will now spend time which might have been allocated to a honeymoon doing all-nighters in the Treasury Building as the May 10 Budget is locked into place.
Crazy honeymoon. And it will be a crazy Budget in crazy economic times.
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I’m thinking about making a sockpuppet. Not like the one on the Telstra ad – although that is kinda cute. A fake online identity to talk myself up.
I’d call it something subtle like Trace is Ace or Spice Rack. It seems to have worked for Scott Adams.
He’s behind a brilliant comic strip called Dibert and a not-so-brilliant blog post comparing women with children begging for candy.
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Political correctness rules our lives and while I’m all for equal opportunity, why not extend it to some of the creatures that share our great country?
Why is it considered acceptable for one or two species to regularly claim human lives, while another is hunted down and killed in retribution? Or a whole colony culled, after what might be little more than a nip?
If you are unlucky enough to be eaten or bitten in the sea, you are intruding, you knowingly took the risk and the chances are very high that the protected predator responsible will be allowed to swim off in search of its next feed.
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“What girl doesn’t melt at the sight of a hot guy with a cute dog?”
With those words, a testament to the complex and slightly weird sexuality of women, Cleo magazine’s annual meat wagon, its Bachelor Of The Year competition, was rolled out.
Flying thick and fast, as the announcement of the winner was made, were double entendres like: “Eamon Sullivan BEATS OFF STIFF competition to win”, “it was a HARD decision”, and “CLEO Bachelor of the Year winner REVEALED.”
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A few weeks back, Adam Baidawi took to the online newsstands with a statement befitting most thirteen year old girls: “Back off, haters. Justin Bieber’s Got Talent.”*
Baidawi’s main statement was that the world of social media perpetuates unfounded assumptions, especially those related to taste, and I’m inclined to agree: We jump on the bandwagon.
But there’s more to it than that – Adam’s argument ends up here: “For those curious, the sample principle should be applied to poor old Rebecca Black … who has endured a lifetime of ridicule … despite bands like the Black Eyed Peas pumping out lyrics that, frankly, read like OUTTAKES from ’Friday.’”
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Today’s open thread is brought to you by Punch reader, “Iansand”:
“Why is it that, whenever a proposal for funding a program is made, someone with a special interest claims that the money would be better spent somewhere else? A proposal is made for something that will improve life in the cities and some person from the bush claims that the money should be spent out there. A charity raises money for the treatment of a particular affliction and boosters for some other disease claim that the first charity is diverting resources from their pet scourge. If a sport is to get some funding the arty-farties claim that the money should be spent on promoting art that is incomprehensible and uninteresting to the vast majority of the populace. It happens with child welfare – won’t somebody think of the other children. It happens with health. It happens with defence. The education lobbyists do little else than complain that a different group has more funding. It goes on and on and on. They all know that their obsession is the obsession everyone else should share.
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