Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

This is from Laura Tingle as part of her opinion piece on the budget in today’s AFR:

In the short term, the lack of fiscal consolidation, underpinned by increased taxation, makes the Abbott government look like a bunch of girls.

The consensus at lunch was this was meant to be a derogatory comment. If so, Australia is the last English-speaking country in the world where this would be allowed to happen. And they call Abbott a misogynist.

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20 Responses to Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

  1. Badjack

    I love it…now I don’t have to feel bad when I call Laura a ‘hard ole tart’

  2. H B Bear

    One thing is apparent from reading Australia’s most widely read geriatric care provider is that Abbott and Hockey don’t rate Peanut Head and his Clown Posse as a credible electoral threat in 2016.

    It is not entirely apparent how they will deal with the fat Queensland populist and his useful idiots but it appears they are going to just keep putting up legislation and inviting PUP to stand alongside Labor and the Greens in voting it down. Good luck to Palmer taking that brand building back to the electorate.

  3. wreckage

    Girl? MAGGIE WOULD NEVER HAVE STOOD FOR THIS WEAKNESS.

  4. Baldrick

    In the short term, the lack of fiscal consolidation, underpinned by increased taxation, makes the Abbott government look like a bunch of girls.

    As long as Laura knows he place, that actually sounds about right to me.

  5. srr

    Oh, this reads even better -

    increased taxation, makes the Abbott government look like a bunch of girls.

    under the banner of Abbott’s cigar smoking men :)

  6. 70s Playboy

    Did someone say bunch of girls – they’ll always be ladies to me

  7. JC

    Spoken by a real man. In fact tingle has gotten manly with age. Her hands, when she’s swinging those monsters around on shitsiders, remind me of Seinfeld man hands skit.

  8. JC

    It’s gals, playboy. Stop wearing the shirt splayed over the jacket collar and get with the times.

  9. David

    I love it…now I don’t have to feel bad when I call Laura a ‘hard ole tart’

    You left the “h” of ole BJ

  10. 70s Playboy

    It’s gals, playboy. Stop wearing the shirt splayed over the jacket collar and get with the times.

    Why are people so unkind

  11. jupes

    Tingle’s just asking for a tweet JC.

    You know it.

  12. Leo G

    In the short term, the lack of fiscal consolidation, underpinned by increased taxation, makes the Abbott government look like a bunch of girls.

    Strange metaphor. What are they, in the lack of, that girls nonetheless underpin- presumably to make them appear larger?

  13. Dr Faustus

    Leo G: I think she may mean: ‘Girls would not go for consolidation with taxes, but in the longer term they would.’ Sounds about right.

  14. Leo G

    ‘Girls would not go for consolidation with taxes, but in the longer term they would.’ Sounds about right.

    … in the fullness of time?

  15. cohenite

    Apparently, according to jabba, Hockey celebrated after the Budget speech, by dancing; the reckless, class ridden toff!

  16. politichix

    politichix (@politichats)
    14/05/2014 4:34 pm
    @latingle I love the smell of misogyny in the morning #bunchofgirls

    I blame JC that this issue hasn’t created a twitter storm!! I tried ….

  17. Motelier

    I blame JC that this issue hasn’t created a twitter storm!! I tried ….

    JC is a hard act to follow.

  18. JC

    Tingle’s just asking for a tweet JC.

    You know it.

    Jupes, Manhands Tingle isn’t on twitter or at least I couldn’t find the aged carer.

    She however did a skit on Seinfeld once i reckon, or at least her hands did.

  19. Squirrel

    “If so, Australia is the last English-speaking country in the world where this would be allowed to happen. ” – well said – as the abolition/decimation of the HRC was not announced last night, I trust they will be all over this.

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