Cutting expenditure – at last

Gillard knitting
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.

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91 Responses to Cutting expenditure – at last

  1. .

    After all what better use of her time could there be?

    1. Filling in a reisngation letter as the PM and as an MP.

    2. CC’ing it to our caretaker PM Mr Abbott.

    3. Signing a statement to Vic Pol and WA Pol clarifying matters.

    4. Educating others about the outcomes of power at any cost.

  2. Like I said before under ‘No Brainer’ – I’m loving it.

    JUST. LOVING. IT.

    This stuff’s a gift.

  3. Ant

    It’s hard to believe anything is real in this photo.

    Even the dog looks as though he’s been knitted by Julia seeing that he bears such a close resemblance to Bill Shorten.

  4. James in Melbourne

    Personally I could not give a fark if she knits in her spare time.

    It is what she does in her day job that irritates me.

    As for McTernan arranging this, I have said it before, he is a coalition plant – very deep cover, planted in the UK by Tony Eggleton decades ago, trained and programmed to rise into British Labor as an ‘adviser,’ then to be head-hunted by Australian Labor.

    It has worked – my God, has it worked. One of the new helicopter carriers should be named HMAS Anthony Eggleton as the tribute of a grateful nation.

  5. Gab

    She gets around half a million dollars a year from taxpayers. It’s probably the most expensive kangaroo kitsch ever knitted at around $1330. And that excludes the cost of the wool and cost of six staff spent on this latest stunt to introduce another version of the “Real Julia” to the long-suffering voters.

    I wonder what the Royal Family think of this entire publicity stunt? Really, gillard is trying too hard to be something she’s not.

    I’d pay to be a fly on the wall to overhear Prince Phillip’s remark about the Austrayan female (for a female she is) PM setting up a photshoot of her knitting a ‘roo for his upcoming great-grandchild.

  6. 3d1k

    Those discarded rolls of wool clearly represent discarded promises; knitting the royal roo a nod to the very segment of womanhood she despises; the dog looks worried…knowing the sacrifice that awaits – the warm woolly coat to go as nothing is spared in the campaign for re-election, not even decency.

  7. Bill

    That photo is just grotesque!! Edna Everage knits again?

    Mc Ternan is way beyond parody.

  8. Aard Knox

    While knitting she isn’t dreaming up new taxes or new ways to waste our money.

    Not sure about that. My mother could carry on two conversations and eavesdrop on a third while never dropping a stitch.

  9. Tintarella di Luna

    3d1k interesting gravatar.

  10. Gab

    My mother could carry on two conversations and eavesdrop on a third while never dropping a stitch.

    gillard can’t even ‘chew and walk gum’.

  11. Splatacrobat

    Madame Defarge Gillard.
    Possessing a remorseless bloodlust, Madame Defarge Gillard embodies the chaos of the French Revolution Labor. The initial chapters of the novel article find her sitting quietly and knitting in the wine shop a Woman’s Weekly photo shoot. However, her apparent passivity belies her relentless thirst for vengeance. With her stitches, she secretly knits a register of the names of the revolution’s Union’s intended victims. As the revolution Caucus breaks into full force open revolt, Madame Defarge Gillard reveals her true viciousness.

    It’s not a kangaroo Madame Gillard is knitting but the head of Kevin Rudd.

  12. dover_beach

    Why do I see knitting needles but thinking of things other than knitting?

  13. mareeS

    Comment at another blog: “She will end up knitting a camel.”

    Says it all.

  14. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Wish I was there. I’d soon unravel her knitting.
    She makes me cross.

  15. Ronaldo

    I know nothing about knitting, but figure that it can’t be easy to knit a kangaroo. Perhaps she can post the instructions or pattern or whatever it is called online, so that all the people who like to imitate the Royals can knit one for newborn relatives. It could be her first real achievement in politics.

  16. egg_

    Kev’s shoving a knitting needle through his Julia voodoo doll?

  17. Ellen of Tasmania

    I think 5 hours was too long for her poor old dog. Looks like the fan was shooting above his head too, poor fella.

  18. mareeS

    Plus, that double loop around the forefinger says she doesn’t know the first thing about knitting. At the very least, if a person is going to pretend to be doing something, the person should at least read up on the subject … like governing?

  19. Jannie

    Labor used to be good at politics, spin and propaganda, but I think they are over confident in their skills these days. Their standards may have fallen since they can complacently expect the ABC and large chunks of the media to do their propaganda for them.

    They are really treating their punters like mugs, you would have to be very stupid to be taken in by this. They expect this will not alienate their rusted on base, but will hook some gullible conservative homebodies into their camp.

    This is just not very good spin. And they had to import this McTernan because there was nobody in Oz with his level of operational skill. Their ideas are not smart, and they are just half competent. Who conned Australia into electing these people into government?

  20. candy

    An “artist” impression of the soft little woman PM trying to cope in a big bad harsh male world filled with Tony Abbotts.

  21. brc

    Look, boris Johnson could get away with this type of thing. It’s a little self-effacing in a way. But Johnson has taken time to connect with voters and become popular. Gillard hasn’t and isnt. Neither is Abbott ready for this type of thing either, for that matter.

  22. Even the dog looks as though he’s been knitted by Julia seeing that he bears such a close resemblance to Bill Shorten.

    Oh no, that’s not fair.

    The dog is much more intelligent-looking and pleasant.

  23. Alfonso

    Indicates that the Socialist Forum was an unsophisticated place for a young comrade to acquire her political instincts. Probably went down well at People’s Tractor Factory #42, where the media response could be managed.
    Conroy’s not doing his job, again.

  24. duncanm

    The dog has the same look that most of the caucus has — when can I escape this photo shoot?

  25. Gab

    An “artist” impression of the soft little woman PM trying to cope in a big bad harsh male world filled with Tony Abbotts.

    Gold.

  26. H B Bear

    Any doubt that McSporran is a Liberal plant has now evaporated. Great work John.

    And thanks to his handler, Mike Rann. We couldn’t have done it without you.

  27. TBear

    So it is now official, the PM is into self ridicule.

    Makes sense, I guess.

  28. Bruce

    It is a wonderful photo. If TISM ever reform they’d immediately use it as cover art for their next albun.

    Can you bear it?

  29. Leo G

    “It’s not a kangaroo Madame Gillard is knitting but the head of Kevin Rudd. – Splatacrobat”

    Kevin Rudd’s political life hangs by a thread spun by the fateful goddess Clotho (aka Charles Dickens’ Madame Defarge, named from Shakespeare’s Richard II referring to ‘deaf rage’, aka She of the ‘tin ear’)

  30. Leigh Lowe

    She is devilishly cunning our PM.
    I suspect the knitted toy will have a Schmacko sewn inside it so that a Royal Corgi will snavel it and take it to Queen Betty’s bedchamber at the palace.
    Once the Corgi tears it to bits to get at the Schmacko, the playback device inside will go off at 2:00 am every morning delivering the subliminal message to Betty …..
    …. TONY ABBOTT BAD …. SACK TONY …. TONY ABBOTT BAD …. SACK TONY
    .
    On the other hand, there could be absolutely no plan at all.

  31. stackja

    That’s me in the corner
    That’s me in the spotlight
    Losing my religion
    Trying to keep up with you
    And I don’t know if I can do it
    Oh no I’ve said too much
    I haven’t said enough
    I thought that I heard you laughing…

  32. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    It is probably unworthy of me to say it, but she really does have terrible legs.

    You didn’t ought to say that, Lizzie, says my Sainted Mother from her place in heaven.

    Perhaps she could knit herself some trousers, I mumble back under my breath.

  33. Huckleberry Chunkwot

    Lizzie, it’s not the legs per se, it’s what’s at the bottom that is the problem.

  34. Huckleberry Chunkwot

    Plus, that double loop around the forefinger says she doesn’t know the first thing about knitting.

    Had a close look at that and I couldn’t help but notice that she has some sort of adornment on her middle finger. What is it? A depth gauge?

  35. Viva

    Dog Whistler’s Mother

  36. Lloyd

    I will be sexist and ask WTF is going on with her hair. Did she just wake up? Was it a post-coital photoshoot? What?
    And for that matter, why the dopey grin? And why the glasses?

  37. Upon re-examination, I feel more and more sorry for the poor woman. She looks thoroughly uncomfortable sitting in that chair, and the ‘smile’ is more of a clenched jaw.

    She may even be repeating ‘this better work’ under her breath.

    I wonder how long the shoot took.

  38. Robbo

    Has anybody thought that that it is a bit bizarre for an alleged fervent republican to knit a present for a royal family baby? And has anybody given any thought to the possibility that McTernan is a complete loony and that he has infected Gillard with his particular loony germ? And even further, has anybody else thought that the smartest thing in that photo is the dog?
    I’m now going back to my bed to rest. I’m quite distraught.

  39. Gab

    And has anybody given any thought to the possibility that McTernan is a complete loony and that he has infected Gillard with his particular loony germ?

    Infected? Nay. Like attracts like, they say.

  40. Dr Faustus

    How could it possibly take anyone five hours (plus six people) to take a picture with all the production values you’d expect from Uncle Albert, pissed, fiddling with the new Christmas camera?

    It’s a perfect metaphor for the past 6 years.

  41. Maws

    Even the dog looks as though he’s been knitted by Julia seeing that he bears such a close resemblance to Bill Shorten.

    would the dog also be upset by a microwaved pie??

  42. Leo G

    “Plus, that double loop around the forefinger says she doesn’t know the first thing about knitting.”

    You think she’s just spinning a yarn to show off a distaff side?

  43. Leigh Lowe

    Has anyone ever seen Gillard and Wendolene Ramsbottom of Wallace and Grommit fame in the same room together?
    It’s a “separated at birth” thing.

  44. Toiling Mass

    What is that scraggly botched facsimile of life? And why is she knitting a kangaroo?

  45. You think she’s just spinning a yarn to show off a distaff side?

    Don’t go off-thread, Leo.

  46. Bruce

    Viva, that was a thing of beauty.

  47. Monday Forum: June 24, 2013
    Steve of Glasshouse #899444, posted on June 24, 2013 at 4:13 pm
    In the spirit of sharing, can we donate our old threads to Lavartus? They could knit rice puddings out of them or something else very very useful..

    Uncanny, Steve. Uncanny.

  48. Up The Workers!

    Why is it that I get the distinct impression that the “knitting” is just a photographic prop for happy-snap purposes and that, as a founder of “Emily’s List”, Juliar’s gift to the Royal couple is more likely to be the needles she is holding?

    She is the leader of a party which sees comedy in A.L.P.B.C. “Chaser” skits about children dying of cancer; she announces her unfunded N.D.I.S. scam and then hounds an elderly, disabled man with a terminal disease out of his employment; she made the A.W.U.’s “Goldfields Fatal Accident and Death Fund” what it is today – penniless; she has expressed her belief that married women are no better than prostitutes, and as a founding member of “Emily’s List”, she believes in abortion up to the moment of birth.

    The A.L.P.

    Don’t they make you proud !

  49. Cold-Hands

    Even the dog looks as though he’s been knitted by Julia seeing that he bears such a close resemblance to Bill Shorten. Oh no, that’s not fair. The dog is much more intelligent-looking and pleasant.

    I think the reference was to Bill Shorten, the dog (played by Wildenfox Pavarotti) in that masterpiece of televisual drama, At Home with Julia.

  50. mct

    What IS with the “discarded” balls of wool scattered “artfully” about? Mostly unopened, I might add…

    Clearly, the intent wasn’t for realism (well, der, but the scattered balls prove it). So just what was the effect these high paid stylists and assorted hangers on were trying to achieve?

    The whole thing is beyond bizarre and well into incomprehensible.

  51. CD

    #901044
    Oh Huckleberry I just spewed coffee all over my iPad with that vision

  52. caveman

    She’s fukn nowhere.

  53. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    By the look of the furnishing I think they are going for the fireside chat approach.

  54. Huckleberry Chunkwot

    The whole thing is beyond bizarre and well into incomprehensible.

    It is just further proof that the PMO and the PM herself have not moved beyond pathetic undergraduate politics. stunts.

  55. H B Bear

    The Bolt Heads are revolting. Twelve pages of comments and counting.

    Another Gillard master-stroke. They just keep coming.

  56. candy

    The idea is nice but it would be nicer if she had been on the lounge, feet tucked up under her and casually dressed, and so on. And without the balls of wool everywhere, that really is bizarre.

  57. Samuel J

    The most expensive knitted garment in history.

  58. Pizzaskase

    IMAGE….. GO AWAY PLEASE

    IMAGE……GO AWAY PLEASE

    IMAGE……GO AWAY PLEASE

  59. Bh

    Is that hairstyle meant to represent a halo, so we all subliminally think how angelic this person is? Not!

  60. egg_

    They requested a woolly jumper so Jules knitted a kangaroo?

  61. mareeS

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) B., so glad you said it before I did. I had a moment of thinking I wasn’t an altogether cruel person, but in the next moment I realised I am worse, because the meaty knees were matched by meaty ankles , and I had a vision of pigs’ trotters. Mea culpa.

  62. Giffy

    She can’t help those legs, and people shouldn’t be commenting on them.

    But why has she got her feet jammed into those little shoes. Makes the above problem even worse.
    Candy is right – casual clothes and feet tucked under.
    Overall, weird.

  63. Candy is right – casual clothes and feet tucked under.
    Overall, weird.

    It just tells you that the team of stylists, photographers and hangers-on have never seen a real person knitting before.

    This is quite sad.

  64. Pedro the Ignorant

    Dog Whistler’s Mother

    From Viva at 3.02 PM, who wins the Internet for today.

    Beautifully done ! 🙂

  65. I think the reference was to Bill Shorten, the dog (played by Wildenfox Pavarotti) in that masterpiece of televisual drama, At Home with Julia.

    Oh I am a duffer. This is what happens when you don’t watch the ABC.

    No wonder this groundbreaking, incisive four-episode series was nominated for an AACTA, two AWGIES and an Equity Award.

    And look! It won the Equity 2012 award for ‘Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series’.

    Just now our current government could be nominated for the same award, except that this is real life and thus rather more serious.

  66. Dog Whistler’s Mother

    From Viva at 3.02 PM, who wins the Internet for today.

    Beautifully done !

    [supportive applause]

  67. muddlehead

    She achieved what other left (read socialist) PMs could not.
    Her acheivements are: unifying left, getting absolute majority in the Senate, a workable majority in the lower house with like minded ‘left” independents, and giving birth to 581 peices of legislations.
    She has earned her leisure and the way she likes to spend!
    Have a deep breath and be practical!

  68. Beam Me Up "Please"

    Thank you to all Bloggers, I have never laughed so much. Rather sad however that our Prime Ministers only useful assert is derision from the Australian electorate. Roll on Sept.

  69. Steve of Glasshouse

    I wonder if the Reuben the dog is a card carrying member of Actor’s Equity..

  70. What ever it takes

    Surely she is taking the piss.

  71. CD

    Anyone heard or read the latest from PMO?
    All the WWs fault.

    The PM’s spinners did nothing at all. It’s all up to those lying women at the WW. They recommended all of it.
    Hahahahahaha.

  72. Leigh Lowe

    Missed opportunity.
    All those balls of wool and no kitten!

  73. Obio

    Someone thought this was a good idea……………..wow.

    They should have stopped when they saw the photo.

    And they can’t even muss up hair without it looking retarded.

  74. Makka

    When I saw this image, my first bodily response was to begin dry heaving.

    I came to my senses then and saw how brilliantly the Liars Pardy has fkd up yet again. McTurden, the gift that keeps on giving.

    I’m sure this image of feminine domesticity will go down a treat with all the wives, mothers, sisters and gf’s of all the workers that have been laid off recently. I mean, she looks so caring and harmless. Like your spinster Aunt ( No, not the one locked away in the attic!)

    And with those still under threat of cut hours or losing employment, it must be comforting knowing how in touch and hard at work our PM is ensuring “our future” is secure and prosperous.

  75. mareeS

    Giffy, she can help those legs, by walking for an hour per day, rather than sitting in a photographer’s studio for 5 hours pretending to knit. In fact, she could do herself and the dog a favour by walking him for an hour per day. He looks as if he needs a bit of human contact, but I’m not sure Julia is the one to provide it.

  76. tosca

    Nero fiddled while Rome burned

  77. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    She can’t help those legs, and people shouldn’t be commenting on them.

    Been having a little talk with my Sainted Mother in Heaven, Giffy?
    Wearing her red or blue tea-cosy today?
    Candy had the right idea. Jules should tuck them under and look comfortable.

  78. Leigh Lowe

    Knit yourself a blue tie darlin’

  79. tosca

    oops, just read Samuel J’s earlier post about the knitting being reminiscent of Nero & Rome….sorry, didn’t mean to be repetitive! Will read posts in order from now on!!

  80. Giffy

    mareeS, you could be right there. I believe you are! I take it back.
    Why isn’t Ms Gillard out w.a.l.k.ing.
    And she’s never said what she did in her leisure time, before she hit politics. It remains a mystery.

    Elizabeth (Lizzie). Nothing to do with your mother, at all.
    I have my own story; coming from a family of very good-looking people (placing myself at the end, ‘least’ position) our mother advised us not to criticise the looks of other girls. And we didn’t.

  81. I am the Walrus, koo koo k'choo

    Speechless.

  82. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Lizzie will do fine, thanks Giffy. S’OK.
    My Welsh Mum always said it’s not your looks, it’s your personality.
    I’ll leave that one for Julia. Her mum probably said it too.

  83. mareeS

    Julia rarely mentions her mum, but dad is a saint. What’s that about?

  84. Menai Pete

    Reminds me of the story about the New Zealand mystery raffle. Thousands bought a ticket and 60,000 excited ticket holders crowded into Eden Park for the drawing. The MC drawing a ticket from the barrel.said “third prize goes to ticket number 1,393,624”. An excited voice erupted from the crowd and Joe runs to the stage yelling “that’s my number”. He gets to the stage and asks “what have I won?” The MC replies “You have won an all expenses paid first class trip around the world with $50,000 spending money” then draws another ticket before announcing “second prize goes to ticket 825,564″. Fred runs up to the stage with his ticket and the MC presents him with a fruitcake.
    He says what’s this, a fruitcake? Third prize won an all expenses paid first class trip around the world with $50,000 spending money and I get a fruitcake?”
    The MC says “Aah, but it’s a very special friuitcake. It was baked by Helen Clarke”
    Fred says “a very special friuitcake baked by Helen Clarke! Fuck Helen Clarke”
    The MC says “Sorry mate, but that’s first prize”

  85. kae

    Giffy, she can help those legs, by walking for an hour per day, rather than sitting in a photographer’s studio for 5 hours pretending to knit.

    MareeS, no. I don’t think she’d be able to walk for an hour a day.

    (I can’t find the video of her falling at home while giving a tour of her garden.)

  86. Oh come on

    By crikey that’s a dopey looking dog.

  87. Lloyd

    By crikey that’s a dopey looking dog.

    The mutt at the bottom of the pic looks pretty dumb too.

  88. Oh come on

    Thanks for ruining the ambiguity, Lloyd.

  89. Up The Workers!

    As a founder of “Emily’s List” and an ardent Republican, I wonder whether Juliar’s gift to the Royal Family will be the knitting or the needles?

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