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21st Feb 2015, 23:16
The Squirrel and The Grasshopper


The squirrel works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building and improving his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks he's a fool, and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the squirrel is warm and well fed.

The shivering grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.



The squirrel works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks he's a fool, and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the squirrel is warm and well fed.

A social worker finds the shivering grasshopper, calls a press conference and demands to know why the squirrel should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others less fortunate, like the grasshopper, are cold and starving.

The ABC shows up to provide live coverage of the shivering grasshopper; with cuts to a video of the squirrel in his comfortable warm home with a table laden with food.

The Australian press informs people that they should be ashamed that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so while others have plenty.

The Labour Party, Greenpeace, Animal Rights and The Grasshopper Housing Commission of Australia demonstrate in front of the squirrel's house.

The ABC, interrupting a cultural festival special from St Kilda with breaking news, broadcasts a multi cultural choir singing 'We Shall Overcome'.

Bill Shorten rants in an interview with Laurie Oakes that the squirrel got rich off the backs of grasshoppers, and calls for an immediate tax hike on the squirrel to make him pay his 'fair share' and increases the charge for squirrels to enter Melbourne city centre.

In response to pressure from the media, the Government drafts the Economic Equity and Grasshopper Anti Discrimination Act, retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The squirrel's taxes are reassessed.
He is taken to court and fined for failing to hire grasshoppers as builders,for the work he was doing on his home, and an additional fine for contempt when he told the court the grasshopper did not want to work.

The grasshopper is provided with a Housing Commission house, financial aid to furnish it and an account with a local taxi firm to ensure he can be socially mobile. The squirrel's food is seized and re-distributed to the more needy members of society - in this case the grasshopper.

Without enough money to buy more food, to pay the fine and his newly imposed retroactive taxes, the squirrel has to downsize and start building a new home.

The local authority takes over his old home and utilises it as a temporary home for asylum seeking cats who had hijacked a plane to get to Australia as they had to share their country of origin with mice.

On arrival they tried to blow up the airport because of Australians' apparent love of dogs.

The cats had been arrested for the international offence of hijacking and attempted bombing but were immediately released because the police fed them pilchards instead of salmon whilst in custody.

Initial moves to make them return to their own country were abandoned because it was feared they would face death by the mice.

The cats devise and start a scam to obtain money from people's credit cards.

A 60 Minutes special shows the grasshopper finishing up the last of the squirrel's food, though spring is still months away, while the Housing Commission house he is in, crumbles around him because he hasn't bothered to maintain it. He is shown to be taking drugs.

Inadequate government funding is blamed for the grasshopper's drug 'Illness'.

The cats seek recompense in the Australian courts for their treatment since arrival in Australia.

The grasshopper gets arrested for stabbing an old dog during a burglary to get money for his drugs habit. He is imprisoned but released immediately because he has been in custody for a few weeks.
He is placed in the care of the probation service to monitor and supervise him.

Within a few weeks he has killed a guinea pig in a botched robbery.

A commission of enquiry, that will eventually cost $10 million and state the obvious, is set up.

Additional money is put into funding a drug rehabilitation scheme for grasshoppers.

Legal aid for lawyers representing asylum seekers is increased.

The asylum seeking cats are praised by the government for enriching Australia's multicultural diversity and dogs are criticised by the government for failing to befriend the cats.

The grasshopper dies of a drug overdose.

The usual sections of the press blame it on the obvious failure of government to address the root causes of despair arising from social inequity and his traumatic experience of prison.

They call for the resignation of a minister.

The cats are paid $1 million each because their rights were infringed when the government failed to inform them there were mice in Australia.

The squirrel, the dogs and the victims of the hijacking, the bombing, the burglaries and robberies have to pay an additional percentage on their credit cards to cover losses, their taxes are increased to pay for law and order, and they are told that they will have to work beyond 65 because of a shortfall in government funds.

This then, pretty much sums up what's happening today in Australia, the Lucky country?


22nd Feb 2015, 03:35
Watch out for unmarked vans parked across the road from your place. :uhoh:
Y're not allowed to disseminate information like that, y'hear?

So, back to meaningful press releases from the PM's office about how the Government's priorities are "Jobs and Families".
And, don't forget the important stuff - like how the footy teams are shaping up for this coming season, OK?

John Hill
22nd Feb 2015, 04:54
Brilliant piece of work! :D

Did you write it yourself?:)

owen meaney
22nd Feb 2015, 05:45
John, I believe it is Soeth Efrican

22nd Feb 2015, 07:21
Certainly not mine John!., I do not have that sort of time on my hands...unfortunately....Owen may be right, it may be Seth Efrican....

I must say though....I wait with baited breath for the next pearler from the member for Warringah! A Sister, recently moved back home from the US, was telling me how even in the US, talk is of how TA is the worst PM in living memory....which is odd, 'cos I would not of thought we'd be in the collective US concious.....said she found herself to frequently embarrased by the distinct lack of statesman like behaviour and gafs and stumbles.....Go Tony!, you're now giving the Country something to look forward to, namely your next f&*k up!... :D

22nd Feb 2015, 11:42
I had dinner and drinks with a Yank mate a little earlier...
He reckons the Dubya couldn't hold a candle to our Tony. :rolleyes:

p.s. This guy, in another life, is supposed to be a Senior Counsel. (Barrister, QC and whatever)
Would you instruct your solicitor to brief him?
p.p.s. I may be wrong about his standing there. Can someone confirm or deny?

Anyway, back to the footy form...

22nd Feb 2015, 12:26
If it wasn't so completely delusional it would have a trace of humour. Otherwise its just a waste of bandwidth. :*

22nd Feb 2015, 14:21
Aw, c'mon PL,
I didn't feel I had to tick every box but I got a few chuckles out of it.

28th Feb 2015, 19:01
Too many bad vibes in this thread!

I much prefer "The girl who gets gifts from birds"... (http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31604026):ok: