I think people are being far too harsh. Here is the story – a royal baby is on the way and will be third in line for the Australian throne. Now even Republicans must realise that such an event cannot go unnoticed. Particularly such an event cannot pass without an expensive gift from the Commonwealth to the happy parents. Of course, the taxpayer will be asked to dig deep and provide something thoughtful, something uniquely Australian, and appropriate for our future monarch. The economist in me says, ‘just give the kid some cash’, or it might be more thoughtful to give the child a portfolio of Australian shares. But something hand made surely represents a far more thoughtful gift? Especially if knitted by the PM. After all what better use of her time could there be? While knitting she isn’t dreaming up new taxes or new ways to waste our money. At the same time she is saving us a whole stack of money that would otherwise have been spent on a gift for the new royal.
So having Julia Gillard knitting is a win-win-win for everyone.