Knitgate stuns the nation

#knitgate makes news ahead of every other serious issue

Knitgate stuns the nation

It was about time we had a fun news day and Tuesday 25 June delivered in spades with the breaking of #knitgate. Finally something of substance to get the country debating: should the Prime Minister have agreed to a photo shoot with knitting needles or not?

It started early with the leak. Our esteemed leader had agreed to an article with the Australian Womens Weekly, no less, sitting in an armchair, with the Ministerial dog, Reuben, at her feet, knitting a toy kangaroo for the baby of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Little did PM Gillard suspect the explosion of media fever which would follow. The AWW claimed the knitting image was the PM’s idea. The PM’s office said the magazine had complete editorial control. Either way, it seems everyone has had an opinion on whether this was yet another salvo in the gender wars, or whether it was simply our nation’s leader, relaxing, in the way she prefers.

The Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Julie Bishop, likened the Prime Minister to Madame Defarge, anti-heroine in Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities. Opposition MP, Christopher Pyne commented that the shoot “…has added to the general carnival atmosphere – the PM is good at “spinning a yarn”. Labour backbencher Graham Perret commented that he didn’t think knitting was a crime. Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt also commented, but why waste space promoting his vitriol?

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald website

Read more at The Guardian website

 

The knitter or the nutter?

So here’s the deal.

Our media coverage of things political has sunk so low, so very, very low, that we are going to get excited – possibly even vitriolic – about the head of our nation, sitting in a chair knitting.  Yep, it’s come to this.

For a few years now the standard of Australian political reporting has been declining. We started to see too many shots of John Howard heading out for his morning walk, and cheesy shots of Kevin Rudd heading to church on a Sunday morning. To be fair to these former PMs, these were private occasions and the media had no right to pursue them. And it has become a lot worse with every angle of Opposition Leader Tony Abbot’s torso being photographed as he indulges in his action man stunts, be they bike riding, or Sydney surfing. Again, if Mr Abbott is pursuing a private passion, he should be left alone to do so. If it’s a media callout, then I guess we will see what he chooses to display. And similarly with the PM. We have seen pictures of her falling over in India, losing a shoe in Canberra featured time and again, I guess to show us how ‘vulnerable’ she is. So if Ms Gillard decides to participate in a photo shoot with the Australian Women’s Weekly, then it seems it is fair to have an opinion on this.

And opinions aplenty abound, as well as tweets on #knitting songs, including ‘You can’t always knit what you want’ [Andrew Barr ‏?@ABarrMLA] and ‘Knit’s all over now baby blue’ [Jenna Price ‏?@JennaPrice]

I have a sneaking admiration for the PM’s domestic skills. The most I have ever managed to knit in my life is a scarf – you know knit one, purl one, straight across, straight down, no dropped stitches or double twirls. So to lead a country and manage to manipulate coloured thread into a credible kangaroo – now that’s really stylish, I believe.

And I have an undisguised respect for this woman who has got up and led the country, day in and day out, for three long years in spite of the rubbish which others have heaped upon her. Australian politics is now about playing the ‘woman’ and not the ball, and our PM has simply and serenely moved forward. As @Kieraxx tweeted, ‘I’d rather vote for a knitter than a knitwit any day’.

And the good news for the PM? I don’t knit, but I do vote.

Kiera ‏?@KieraGorden: I'd rather vote for the KNITTER than the NITWIT! ?#AusPol ?#KnitGate ?pic.twitter.com/fqAos1bEU2

What do you think? Is #knitgate a storm in a teacup and not worth a comment? Or is this yet another opportunity to slam the PM?





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    azpers
    26th Jun 2013
    10:36am
    Whenever knitting gets a mention, I'm reminded of that infamous piece of graffiti on a railway station in London, I believe. "My mother made me a homosexual", to which some wit added underneath, "If I supply the wool, will she make me one, too".
    Grey Voter
    26th Jun 2013
    10:36am
    Isn't Julia a Republican? Why bother with the Royal Family then? If anything, she should be knitting a "Kevin Rudd" Voodoo Doll :-).....a little humor doesn't hurt!!!
    Kaye Fallick
    26th Jun 2013
    10:43am
    Love your work Phar & Grey Voter - all at YOURLifeChoices are laughing out loud - thanks for the fun so early in the morning
    Hasbeen
    26th Jun 2013
    1:34pm
    Careful there Kaye , your bias is showing.

    Personally I reckon anyone who could still vote for this particular knitter, has to be a nutter.

    The only person I can think of, worse than her is Rudd, & you'd have to be a double Dutch nutter to vote for him.
    suzmc
    26th Jun 2013
    10:52am
    I think it is a very clever idea, the new royal baby gets a unique gift from Australia at no cost to the Australian taxpayer, hear hear, I second that, also,the postage will be very low, even if the PM sends it "Registered" and by air mail. What disgusted me was the interview on ABC 7.30 where the editor (I presume it was the editor) was rabbiting on so rudely. I am sure the editor would not be so rude to another "celeb" who had provided the Women's Weekly with a big photo shoot and story. She even dared to say that the PM was too "polarising" to make it to the front cover. Instead, she put in little spoilt brat Harry. Oh dear, what has Australia come to. Good on the PM, I vote and I knit, and crochet.
    cat
    26th Jun 2013
    12:58pm
    i think it is great after all the ballyhoo lately , to know that Julia still has the energy to knit .
    Good on you Julia , i always vote for you , you are doing a near impossible job very well
    Mary
    26th Jun 2013
    2:29pm
    The baby will get 100 thousand presents which will all be given away tpo gthe needy - really they don't need it
    nitzka
    26th Jun 2013
    11:01am
    unbelievable, whats wrong with the photo shoot????
    when will the frenzied media chooks,end their never ending vilification of the P/M and the high office.... Go Julia,youve got my vote...
    heyyybob
    26th Jun 2013
    12:43pm
    Absolutely nitzka. They are unbelievable aren't they ? Then again, there ARE people out there who are believing them :(
    niemakawa
    26th Jun 2013
    4:23pm
    She has only a day or so to go then she is all yours.
    HOLA
    27th Jun 2013
    8:02am
    Shame on all of you that ridicule poor Julia. She has had enough s..t thrown at her ever since she has become P.M. I think it was a setup by the Womens Weekly to have her in this pose. One magazine actually have a knitting section in their magazine to knit the whole royal family, how pathetic. Julia can walk away with her head held high as she achieved so much for this country. Look how they treated Maggie Thatcher while she was in office, then when she died they put on a huge funeral as if she was Joan of Arc. People are such hypocrites . Julia treated this whole charade with utter dignity. I would be proud to call her my friend.
    niemakawa
    27th Jun 2013
    9:03am
    It was all of her own doing. She is no Maggie Thatcher either. The people that care about this Nation (Liberals) and will soon be in office and will lead ALL AUSTRALIANS to prosperity: Unlike the Labor Party who listen only to themselves and the unions. It will be a long road back but the Liberals have the fortitude to set this Country on the right path.
    HOLA
    27th Jun 2013
    3:07pm
    Heaven help all of us if the Lib/National party gets in, have you noticed that they,the Liberals, need another party to crank them up to get a few decent votes. Australians pride themselves of a fair go but I don't think 2 parties against 1 party is a fair thing. Lets bring back the BIFF.
    unicorn
    26th Jun 2013
    11:56am
    Therr is nothing acrtually wrong with the photo shoot of Julia kniting so dar as I can see it is just the garbage that is going on about it, at least it is something that we almost all do not like some people who show their body off like the opposition
    biddi
    26th Jun 2013
    12:16pm
    I'm not a Laborite but hey, give the woman a break! Anything would be better than having KRudd back. I admire Julia's tenacity and even feel sorry for her sometimes amid all the
    nastiness. Although ..... I know she can 'hold her own' as witnessed in Question Time!
    (To Grey Voter : hahahahahaha).
    Crazy Horse
    26th Jun 2013
    12:24pm
    A woman shown engaging in a traditional female activity in a women's magazine. How outrageous! NOT! Being PM doesn't make Julia any less female.
    niemakawa
    26th Jun 2013
    1:48pm
    It is just a publicity stunt, nothing more nothing less. Maybe you should ask her to your knitting club for afternoon tea. She is a pretender both as knitter and PM.
    Young Simmo
    26th Jun 2013
    12:40pm
    Definitely a Nutter, if fact a Blood Nutter. But has anybody else noticed the grey hair under red dye when she is a bit late with her colour rinse? It just confirms there is nothing sincere about her, just a big Put On. OK I am ready.
    cat
    26th Jun 2013
    1:01pm
    i would dye my hair in her position too, there is nothing wrong with that , leave the poor woman alone to get on with her job , and good luck o her if she can find time for some relaxing knitting or similar
    Kaye Fallick
    26th Jun 2013
    1:12pm
    Is there a problem with grey hair? Hlf the population is in trouble if this is the case.
    heyyybob
    26th Jun 2013
    1:19pm
    Well, you caught two, I'll give you that ;) *wanders off to look for his Budgie Smugglers'.
    Young Simmo
    26th Jun 2013
    1:32pm
    Yes Kaye, I am 73 and thinking of stopping putting the grey rinse through my hair as well, He, He, He.
    heyyybob
    26th Jun 2013
    2:00pm
    As an advanced Middle Aged One I describe my hair, following in His footsteps, as silver as in the fabulous Silver Budgie look ;)
    Michael
    26th Jun 2013
    4:04pm
    So, Simmo, what is your hair colour now ? bet it's not the colour of your photo unless of course you die yours too!
    Young Simmo
    26th Jun 2013
    4:36pm
    Yeh Michael, I was joking, my hair is so grey it dazzles oncoming traffic at night.`
    tango18
    26th Jun 2013
    4:45pm
    Having natural white hair I have always subscribed to the theory that the grey matter inside my skull is much more important than the grey matter that adorns it!!
    student
    28th Jun 2013
    3:07pm
    OK .. confession time ..... I hit the bottle :)
    heyyybob
    26th Jun 2013
    12:44pm
    C'mon Young Simmo !! Not even a good 'stir' :(
    Young Simmo
    26th Jun 2013
    12:47pm
    OK heyyybob, show everybody how to do it properly, I wait with baited breath.
    Smee
    26th Jun 2013
    12:49pm
    Another McTernan bright idea gone wrong. Hardly worth a mention.
    Good news for the 'nitwit'. I can knit and I do vote and I applaud honesty.
    slapsy
    26th Jun 2013
    1:01pm
    Has it really got to this level?
    Can it get any lower?
    I don't knit,but I do know who I will be voting for.
    Take the Murdoch character out of the photo and it makes no difference.He still looks like a puppet.
    niemakawa
    26th Jun 2013
    1:08pm
    Well Mr Abbott is an action man, he will get things done without breaking the bank. Better if Ms Gillard pursues her knitting career, as she attempts to pull the wool over our eyes. Now that she has cast on maybe she can cast off. I wonder if she uses blue wool or just plain red.
    Anonymous
    26th Jun 2013
    5:05pm
    Yep cast off the sooner the better but with her still at the helm because of course everyone got heartily sick of Rudd too and he started off the boats which she wont stop as would upset the UN.









    Funny that just because the polls continually ask re both rejected Leaders and so the obvious answer is the one not in power like Rudd - Labor backroom brokers think he can save the debacle to come.
    Poppysmum
    28th Jun 2013
    7:53pm
    Notice a report has come out today that Ms Gillard got more actual work done in her time in Parliament than any other Prime Minister in our history, I believe Bob Hawke was second in the area of productivity. She is a human being and is entitled to "down time" like any other. You are totally vitriolic Macjam, lets see how you go with the Climate Change rejector, the anti Gay (read Human Rights) proclaimer, and you realise that the Liberal Party does NOT allow its Members of Parliament to vote according to their own opinions, or even the opinions of its voters? You must toe the party line and vote accordingly, even if you, and your constituents, do not agree! So what sort of Government fior the people is that?
    niemakawa
    28th Jun 2013
    10:20pm
    Poppysmum, Yes and tomorrow there will probably be another report saying the exact opposite. Please explain then, why her own party dumped her if she was that good? Alongside Human Rights comes Human Responsibilities but that side of the equation is often forgotten. Any anti-gay lobby has the same human right as the pro-gay contingent, so don't forget that. Liberals provide unity for their party and for all Australians.
    SuzeB
    26th Jun 2013
    1:19pm
    I used to knit. It's very relaxing. JG doesn't look very relaxed about it though. I'm sick of the whole circus. I'm a swinging voter (take it one election at a time), but there's no way I'd vote for this rubbish right now. I'd like to see a policy or two, or a vision for the future. That might give the media something meaningful to talk about. Fat chance. Labor are woeful. I'm not overly fond of Abbott either but at the moment he just has to go quietly about his business and he looks 100% classier than the rest of them.
    robynb
    26th Jun 2013
    1:34pm
    Not worth my time
    Young Simmo
    26th Jun 2013
    1:38pm
    robynb, give it time, when you retire blogs like this one will be great entertainment. I am only guessing, but reckon the majority of commenters here are probably past 65.
    nettiser
    26th Jun 2013
    1:54pm
    We have left her alone to get on with the job for 3 years! The lies and the incompetence goes on. Her Government is a sham, the lemmings have and are leaving it as fast as they can. No one in the party wants her but she wont lie down. Rudd the dudd wont take the job, he doesn't want to be remembered for trying to fix her gaffs and incompetent policies. Let her sink in her own mire, she is doing a good job at drowning herself. She is so bad she makes Tony abbot look good. I thought despite how she got into the job, a woman would show the old boys club how to do the job properly, sad to say she is a total failure and has shamed the female image in politics. I have alwaYS LEANED TOWARDS labor, but this time I am not giving them my vote. Where the hell is Palmer, maybe we should give him a go we couldn't do any worse..
    heyyybob
    26th Jun 2013
    2:07pm
    Codswallop !! Stop being Lord Nelson and look with BOTH eyes at what she and the government HAS done. "Give Palmer a go" says a lot for the judgement of anyone rubbishing the P.M and Government of this great country :(
    nettiser
    26th Jun 2013
    4:05pm
    Yeh Right Heyybob! Thisd is the worst PM in Australian history She is a liar, was involved in corruption as a lawyer and only marginally missed being sacked. After she took over government we had the pink bats fiasco. Next it was school halls that very few schools needed, This Government closed schools and pandered to private colleges, spending money on the rich. Next it was the mining tax, that has netted less than 10% of what it should have, but the government spent in advance on things we now can't pay for. Small business have gone to the wall. Ford is leaving our shores despite milliuons being poured into their coffers. Holden is next on the list. ANZ bank which was bailed out along withy other crooked banks is now shedding 600 workers to send its call centre to the philipines We have 70,000 boat people who have come into this country on the pretense of asylum. We send billions to the crooks in Indonesia, who are rorting the system and not putting the aid where it is supposed to go. The live cattle Industry was destroyed by labor, rather than a censure on the offending countries Government. The schools watch website that was a total financial failure, The silly Gonski system, that blind willy can see is an unfair and biased.
    The Solar panels fiasco,So who is walking around with the lord Nelson view. I think you shyould apply for a Fkn blind dog, because you certainly need one if you can't see the crap labor has created in its constant borrowing of money to waste on unworkable projects.. I have both o0f myb eyes open and my ears as well. But you my friend must have Alzheimers if you have forgotten the disaster after disaster this government and its green tree huggers have created for years to come.
    The platitudes expressed here for support of this woman sound like the Julia Gillard admiration society rather than a realistic assessment of her incompetence, if it isn't Alzheiners they are all suffering from It is Korsacoffs syndrome... may you all reap what you have sown.
    MITZY
    26th Jun 2013
    6:08pm
    POLITICIANS have been going down in my estimation ever since a certain one of them walked through the lobby of the Admiral Benbow Inn in Memphis U.S.A. forgetting to put his trousers on!! Later he claimed he had been drugged by a local prostitute. I bet a few of you remember who this was. Makes knitting a real novelty.
    bubyshka
    26th Jun 2013
    6:38pm
    Listen Nettiser zip it and take a break. All politicians are liars, but julia and labor didn't send us into a recession. I bet sonny you don't even know what that is! But trust me another one is nearly here. and Schools and Health system were going downhill long before labor came alone. and little JOHNNY howard was stashing all the Doe Ray me. Then bragging how he has so much to spare. And WE, the hard up Were suffering. Best hang in there sunny we in for a worse ride and the older you get it won't be easier either :P
    student
    28th Jun 2013
    3:04pm
    Hey Egyptian, what was the story there?? I remember it really was a cover-up (but not the Hon. Malcolm's nakedness). I had heard the prostitute bit too but just could not imagine him in that situation. I saw about two bits of printed media and one TV report but it just died a sudden death. WHAT HAPPENED ????? I think he belonged to the wrong Party too.
    Mary
    26th Jun 2013
    2:31pm
    what a terrible headline - so much better to have an unbiased article and let the voters decide who is the nutter - not impressed
    heyyybob
    26th Jun 2013
    2:44pm
    Sadly Mary, I can't recall the last time, in the last 2 months, that I have read an unbiased article or, worse still, watched and listened to an unbiased 'report' on the cringeworthy biased T.V. :(
    caniche
    26th Jun 2013
    2:36pm
    Is being a knitter and a nutter mutually exclusive?
    unicorn
    26th Jun 2013
    2:52pm
    not at all caniche I am a red haired nutter who also loves to knit.
    niemakawa
    26th Jun 2013
    2:57pm
    Well quite simply Mr Abbot will have to unravel the yarn that this PM has created. It will be one stitch at a time, as there will be many knots to untie on the way. Baa Baa Ms Gillard
    Young Simmo
    26th Jun 2013
    3:03pm
    I agree Macjam, as long as he leaves the pension alone. We like saving $500 per month, it helps to pay for our drugs and booze and casino fun.
    Annamaria
    26th Jun 2013
    3:18pm
    Absolutely, Macjam and Young Simmo
    Kaye Fallick
    26th Jun 2013
    3:21pm
    For the record, the Age Pension has increased by $5000 since Labor came to office in 2007. It increased by $500 under the previous government.
    Be careful what you wish for :-)
    niemakawa
    26th Jun 2013
    3:23pm
    Kaye I will be very careful, as I don't want to end up with a pair of knitting needles.
    Young Simmo
    26th Jun 2013
    4:40pm
    Kaye, I have voted Liberal since my first vote in 1958, what you have just said could finally sway me.
    LENYJAC
    28th Jun 2013
    8:03am
    SCUSE ME KAYE,,, AND HOW MUCH HAS A MONEY SUCKING PO(LIES) WAGES RISEN SINCE 2007.. ?????????????
    Rob
    26th Jun 2013
    3:42pm
    The sad thing about all this is that as a nation we are just a laughing stock. How can Gillsrd think she can continue to go govern when she is held in such low esteem by a clear majority of the Australian community. She needs to put the good of the country ahead or her ego or her stupidity.
    niemakawa
    26th Jun 2013
    3:51pm
    Why would she now? She has not, in 3 years, put the Country first over and above her personal ambitions.
    MITZY
    28th Jun 2013
    9:09am
    I don't think Australia is a laughing stock by any means. Politicians love power and what they earn is a pittance compared to what they would earn outside of politics.
    Regardless of what you think of either side of politics and basically that's all anyone voting thinks of Libs or Labs there's not much difference between any of them. All moonstruck with Power.
    Lolly
    26th Jun 2013
    3:55pm
    If we had a male Prime Minister who made all the progress she has made, would there be all the crap we are having to put up with? Doubt it.
    Wish all the immature sexist morons would grow up.
    I will only vote for her, as she is the only one with the guts to stand up to Big Ears and Co and has made some outstanding changes.
    Just wish the Labour Party didn't have a death wish...and shut up!
    niemakawa
    26th Jun 2013
    4:21pm
    A very vexacious comment
    nettiser
    26th Jun 2013
    4:31pm
    Kindly list the progress you speak about Lolly. We are a Nation in debt, because of failed projects by this Govt. It has nothing to do with the gender of the leader, we have had bad male PM's but non were as incompetent as Juliar. The party itself is made up of mainly union members who cannot see past their own pockets. Both sides have rorted the system over the years, but non have done the damage to the image of Australia as much as the current government and its leader.WE don't produce mucheat and sheep are h of our own goods anymore, even wheat and sheep are being reduced and the land sold of to China or other multinationals that take the money out of the coutry. Our motor Industry has virtually collaped, banking is shedding Australian workers to give the Philippines work. Our hospitals are on the verge of collapse, Mining tax failure, Carbon tax overpriced by world standards. Pink bats , solar panels school halls, Gonski nonsense, School watch website fiasco. 70,000 boat people arrived since labor took office. Terrorists not being vetted and able to walk free of detainment Shall I keep going? There would be just as much dissatisfaction with any leader, male or female that demonstrated the degree of incompetence this PM has shown. There are websites and Facebook pages dedicated to her demise. This has never happened to any PM before, so wake up and smell the roses. Labor is on the nose. I admit that the alternative is not good either, but it has to be better than what we have got because they at least have had preious experience and training under John Howard who was a hard taskmaster, and a PM that earned respect for his address of the immigration problems .
    Young Simmo
    26th Jun 2013
    4:33pm
    Lolly, after reading that I am trying to work out if you are a Blood Nut or a Blond.
    niemakawa
    26th Jun 2013
    4:18pm
    A very vexacious comment.
    Poppysmum
    28th Jun 2013
    8:03pm
    And your previous comments were not????
    Lolly
    26th Jun 2013
    4:25pm
    Sorry but what does vexacious mean?, can't find the meaning
    !
    niemakawa
    26th Jun 2013
    4:27pm
    It means angry.
    KKKKatie
    26th Jun 2013
    6:23pm
    It means 'annoying'.
    Lolly
    26th Jun 2013
    4:34pm
    Think is misspelt.. s/b vexatious
    I certainly am angry I see what the liberals are doing in the states and can only see disaster for our beautiful country, feel for my kids and grandchildren.
    niemakawa
    26th Jun 2013
    5:09pm
    Spelt with a 'c' when I went to school
    MITZY
    26th Jun 2013
    5:46pm
    Vexatious (Adjective) Causing irritation or annoyance.
    niemakawa
    26th Jun 2013
    5:52pm
    Well I did go to a private school!
    Abby
    26th Jun 2013
    4:37pm
    Leave the woman alone - our P is practising hobbies for her retirement in September ;)
    nettiser
    26th Jun 2013
    4:42pm
    hahaha Abby lets hope its a very long or permanent retirement we can't afford to support her dithering any longer
    Kaye Fallick
    26th Jun 2013
    5:05pm
    Post removed for being abusive
    Foxy
    26th Jun 2013
    5:18pm
    she should have worn a "plain" dress - no pattern - did anyone tell her the chair was so ornate? - anyways- who freakin cares - I am normally a Liberal voter - but - until Malcolm Turnbull takes over I am voting Labour - Julia has done a lot of really good things especially for the pensioners and the disabled - she is strong and I am amazed at her tenacity - she has had to put up with so much BS - go Julia!
    niemakawa
    26th Jun 2013
    6:14pm
    Maybe so but what about the rest of us. She keeps taxing and expecting business to pay for all of her "policies". Incentive has been taken away from the highly skilled and those that command a larger pay packet as a result of their personal endeavours. Too much given, without question, to the so called "disadvantaged", many of whom make no effort of their own to improve themselves. Have and always will vote Liberal, as they provide real opportunity for those that are willing to take up the challenge.
    MITZY
    26th Jun 2013
    6:42pm
    Macjam: How does the person(s) with brain damage since birth, looked after by their parents/carers until they are institutionalised and the many other genuinely disadvantaged with horrendous disabilities help themselves?

    Your quote ..."To much given, without question, to the so called disadvantaged, many of whom make no effort of their own to improve themselves" ....
    I guess you close your eyes each time you see one of these poor unfortunate disabled people struggling, just remember we never ever know what is in store for us after we take our next breath of air, so I'm happy that some of my taxes I paid during a life-time of working hard, have been disbursed in so many different directions for the benefit of all of us.
    When the NDIS is criticised after having been passed by both houses of Parliament and the Coalition and commences in part on 1st July, 2013 its now history.
    niemakawa
    26th Jun 2013
    6:52pm
    Egyptian you have obviously taken my comment out of context.
    MITZY
    26th Jun 2013
    6:55pm
    Macjam: I apologise if you think I did, but you made the same comment with practically the same words last week and I took a similar viewpoint.
    niemakawa
    26th Jun 2013
    7:04pm
    Apologies accepted. I do have feelings you know. Anyway can't remember that post but you seem to be keeping track, that's good. Keep safe.

    26th Jun 2013
    5:34pm
    Kaye said the age pension has increased by $5000 since Labor came to power.
    Was back then singles $525.10 every 2 weeks.
    Now it is for singles $733.70 every 2 weeks.

    So yes it has risen by $5000 over the 6 years.

    Good but is an average of $904 a year keeping up with the rising cost of living - when after all it has risen a lot higher due to the
    green policies of Labor with Renewable Energy Tax putting up electricity prices by close to 70% along with an extra 10% for the carbon tax which has driven out big companies like Holden ?

    No I think pensioners deserve more of a fair go myself.

    And married couples in particular are not that much better off as the gap has widened because Julia held out on giving them the $30 that singles got for some reason - and Rudd said that and he stopped her idea of stopping the supplements Howard had introduced.

    Age Pensioners are being blamed for all the ills this lot has brought upon us - no mention that they brought in thousands who will be taking money for their living off the taxpayers for the next 5 years plus if Muslim according to Bureau of Statistics but the left wont admit to that now will they.
    Easier to blame us oldies who may or may not have enough without having a pension but who all paid their income tax to have it put aside for Aussies. 7.1/2% levy still there today and no government will admit to it as if it never was started in 1909 and why? Because it is thousands used for other purposes due to all who paid into the fund they stole in 1950 and since to General Revenue. A search cannot find it being repealed and many have searched to date. AFAIK none have succeeded in finding it stopped. Acts repealed yes but regulation went across detached.
    Or so Treasury ex officials all have written to Editors over the last years. UK who started theirs also in 1909 still have it going at their ATO who collect the pension as it is paid in by workers and any Aussie who worked there for 6+ years can claim a pro rata pension.
    Young Simmo
    26th Jun 2013
    5:53pm
    Yes Big Val, my wife and I are getting along fairly nicely at the moment. However when one of us falls off the perch, the other one will still have to pay the same Car rego, Car insurance, Building and contents insurance, Rent and Power etc from an income reduced by maybe 40%. Why are we getting along nicely? Because we live in a Caravan Park at $115 + power per week. If we were in a State Houseing House, it would be a different ball game.
    niemakawa
    26th Jun 2013
    5:35pm
    Labor leadership ballot tonight at 19:00 AEST
    joyandles
    26th Jun 2013
    5:37pm
    There is nothing wrong with this story other then the hair. Saw the article on the News and she had a fan blowing on her and the hair looks ridiculous......
    gumby
    26th Jun 2013
    6:03pm
    7pm carn't come quick enough, sooner we get rid off her the better, she was never prime minister material and whats with sending a cheap gift to the royal family with the money she makes, seems mingy to me, we as a country will be a laughing stock, get out of politics Julia
    MITZY
    26th Jun 2013
    6:03pm
    My father (Airforce) and grandfather (Navy) were taught to knit. Apparently it is therapeutic. I had a cousin knit after her father passing away (again therapeutic).
    Years ago I knitted to pass time going to work on the train every day along with dozens of others. I still have dozens of garments I knitted in perfect order, nothing like the cheap junk we buy today.

    Maybe what another poster said today was a revelation and foresight beyond belief, that Julia should be knitting a voodoo doll for Kevin Rudd.

    Who are we going to stick our needles in next?
    Nan Norma
    26th Jun 2013
    6:06pm
    I thought it a lovely photo. The best yet.
    MITZY
    26th Jun 2013
    6:12pm
    Yes, and I thought she looked quite good last Wednesday night at the break-up ball. In fact most of the POLLIES scrubbed up very well.
    Young Simmo
    26th Jun 2013
    6:22pm
    Egyptian she wouldn't scrubb up even if you put her in an industrial washing machine, in fact the machine would probably blow a fuse.
    MITZY
    26th Jun 2013
    6:53pm
    Well, Young Simmo if you take a look at the dress the Opposition Julie was wearing to the annual break-up ball, she and it had definitely done a spin in that industrial washing machine!
    HOLA
    28th Jun 2013
    8:12am
    Are you talking about Julie 'death stare' Bishop's dress? She had on enough makeup to paint the Harbour Bridge and enough powder to blow it up. Couldn't resist that one!!!!!
    MITZY
    28th Jun 2013
    9:18am
    Yes, Hola, I did say Opposition Julie. The whole bottom of the dress looked like it came out of one of those go-go girl cages of the 60's. She does usually dress very smartly but not for the break-up ball this year. I noticed also she came "alone" no unwedded partner in sight?
    HOLA
    30th Jun 2013
    8:25am
    He was probably at home doing the chores, seeing the "partner" was out enjoying herself. It's such a busy life being in politics what with having the hair done, trying on dresses so she can look good in " Parliament Time "on the t.v. Having not heard one comment out of her mouth that attracts my attention, if Abbott gets in, would she be his Deputy?????????????????.
    KKKKatie
    26th Jun 2013
    6:29pm
    When willl the $300,000,000,000 have to be paid back?
    niemakawa
    26th Jun 2013
    6:31pm
    You'll be getting an invoice tomorrow!
    KKKKatie
    26th Jun 2013
    6:31pm
    I hope the pay back will be restricted to Labor voters.
    KKKKatie
    26th Jun 2013
    6:32pm
    Nice thought, Macjam.
    niemakawa
    28th Jun 2013
    3:31pm
    KKKKatie, Labor voters are responsible for the huge debt, let them pay for it from their own "piggy" banks. Once they have paid up for their misdemeanours, then let them eat cake.
    Nan Norma
    26th Jun 2013
    6:32pm
    I can't believe all this fuss over a bit of knitting. Now had it been Julie's partner . . .
    Wittyone
    26th Jun 2013
    7:27pm
    Its spin. I live in the U.K. and am pro Republic. So why bother - why doesn't she address real Australian people's issues, who cares about the Royal Family?
    As for me, I have dutifully paid my taxes as a non resident Australian (not like many) and as a reward I
    get to pay cspital gains tax if I sell my property to fund my retirement. This was my divorce settlement! In
    the meantime I draw a non means tested UK pension
    which I contributed to while working as a nurse. It
    enables me to work casually at 62. Can I bring this
    home? No, because we now have no reciprocal
    agreemant with Britain! But of course I could take it to
    other countries in EU and elsewhere. I doubt I could
    afford to live in my house unless I worked full time
    judging by the Australian cost of living! So I don't fund
    my retirement, pay capitsl gains and go on the
    Australia n pension when I come home! Doesn't make
    alot of sense but that is obviously what they want to
    happen. And Julia knits a kangaroo for the Royal
    Family???
    niemakawa
    26th Jun 2013
    8:29pm
    And the Carnival is over, for now!
    Wittyone
    26th Jun 2013
    8:40pm
    So I have just read!!
    Penqueen1949
    26th Jun 2013
    9:13pm
    Juliar can now spend a lot of time knitting......
    wally
    26th Jun 2013
    9:48pm
    After Rudd's Revenge, will Kate and Willy's royal sprog get the knitted kangaroo? Fancy having Albanese as Deputy. We mght have that political hack as PM if Rudd gets Labor back in and then gets shafted again. Lordy, Lordy, Lordy.
    niemakawa
    26th Jun 2013
    10:09pm
    Julia is already planning a comeback. She thinks she is dame Nelly!
    Young Simmo
    26th Jun 2013
    10:23pm
    Yeh wally, it is time for Tony to have a spell, but if he touches our Pension I will ride my push bike across the Nullarbor and pull his butterfly ears off.

    27th Jun 2013
    1:02am
    Great coverage of everything on ABC tonight. (actually, it is now 1am so it was last night). Julia Gillard's speech was fantastic - spontaneous, heartfelt and dignified. Swan and Rudd also gave good speeches. Tony Abbott as usual used a lot of words to say absolutely nothing of substance.
    HOLA
    29th Jun 2013
    12:18pm
    Hear, Hear.
    niemakawa
    29th Jun 2013
    12:24pm
    From a "Knitter" to a "knit" wit all in one evening, absolutely awe inspiring , I think not. Australia deserves better and will be getting it soon, The Liberals.
    unicorn
    27th Jun 2013
    7:32am
    You might as well start now Young Simmo it would take quite a while to ride across the Nullabor I would think, one things for sure Tony won't worry about pensioners we might as well vote Kevin 57 back in when the election comes on.
    Young Simmo
    27th Jun 2013
    9:16am
    Yes unicorn, for the first time in 55 years we are thinking seriously about which way we will jump, eerrrrr Vote.
    unicorn
    27th Jun 2013
    10:28am
    yes yes simmo I am too but I refuse to vote for the bloke who is sure to knock any of our benefits on he head before he even has had time to work out whether they can afford it or not. And who also has given absolutely no promises, we have no idea what he has in store. I know others will say that Julia broke her promises but not so they are geting facts mixed with fiction.
    Neffertti
    27th Jun 2013
    1:44pm
    You all are voice ,whilst denigrating one of your own who has been trying to get this country into shape.
    What makes you think that your comments are so good? Personally I think you should all be quiet. Why don't you all run for Parliament .
    Mr Simmo have you nothing better to do than write comments here day by day.
    Did you have your walk to-day silver threads.? Or were you busy putting your signature to the knitted mole he he
    Young Simmo
    27th Jun 2013
    2:22pm
    Neffertti, it sounds like you forgot to take your medication this morning, quick it's not too late.
    niemakawa
    27th Jun 2013
    4:11pm
    Well everyone can push aside their knitting needles. Just put all your energy into bringing the Liberals back to lead this Nation. Vote 1 - Liberals, you will be thankful in the end.
    gumby
    27th Jun 2013
    9:33pm
    I,ll go along with that.
    gumby
    27th Jun 2013
    9:32pm
    Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, shes gone no bring on the election and get rid off the fair shake of the sauce bottle fellow
    gumby
    27th Jun 2013
    9:35pm
    Sorry that should read "now" bring on the election and get rid of that fair shake of the sauce bottle fellow.
    student
    28th Jun 2013
    2:51pm
    W O W !! Maybe our Julia will revive the art of knitting and thereby make our wool industry healthy and profitable again.

    (PS .. I need some baby booties in white please )
    unicorn
    28th Jun 2013
    3:37pm
    Julia will not be able to afford the wool not being on the inflated salary now, for heaven's sake student.

    28th Jun 2013
    8:13pm
    I liked it,hope it was Welsh sheep the wool came from,she can finish it off when she gets home!
    Young Simmo
    28th Jun 2013
    8:35pm
    billyknows, she wont be able to afford the wool on a lousy pension of $200,000.00 and a free driver for life.
    gumby
    1st Jul 2013
    10:43am
    No more perks for these politicians, when they retire/ leave parliament on just the minimun pension, like ALL of us workers when we retire, no drivers, no freebies, get into the real world, this is why Aussie Land is in so much debt, why do we support them, they are ruining a once great land, also if every ANZ customer changed banks there would be nothing going off shore, this off shore stuff is not safe, who has our private details then, nothing is safe any comments??
    Young Simmo
    28th Jun 2013
    8:32pm
    OK all you Julia lovers, check out this perfectly timed little piece.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc0Tjtj-uYE He, He, He. For the uninitiated, copy and paste the link to your address line.
    unicorn
    29th Jun 2013
    7:11am
    What is that Simmo / A load of nonsense ! It is not funny at all reminds me of some of the so called humour of those two on the ABC Clatke & Doyle.
    Young Simmo
    29th Jun 2013
    9:45am
    Oh well, you can please some of the people some of the time, but not all the people all of the time. I suggest you go back to counting fly spots on your ceiling.
    Young Simmo
    1st Jul 2013
    11:33pm
    unicorn, I feel sorry for all the people around you,,,,,,,, You must be, DULL, BORING, and COLOURLESS.
    unicorn
    30th Jun 2013
    9:55am
    I''ve got much more interesting things to do than counting spots of any kind. P.S. I don't have fly spots on my ceiling do you?

    1st Jul 2013
    12:10pm
    What's wrong with folks Madam Defarge used to knit...does the name Defarge come out as Gillard in English?...mmmmmm I wonder..did Monsieur Rudd make her drop a stitch?..if so heads will roll.
    pauline
    1st Jul 2013
    2:56pm
    I always thought that Women's Weekly was for all Australian Women be they Gillard, Rudd or Abbott supporters so like Suzmc I was very disappointed to see a representative of Women's Weekly voicing such anti-Gillard sentiments on Channel Nine Morning Show.
    unicorn
    1st Jul 2013
    3:13pm
    They all try to get on the bandwagon whatever it may be don't worry about their likes & dislikes just jump on the bandwagon.
    Young Simmo
    1st Jul 2013
    10:42pm
    Can somebody please explain to me, and probably 22.5 million other Aussies, how a RUDD Politician can be sworn in using the KORAN? I am a total non believer, but have believed for the last 73 years that the Bible was Australia's religious book of choice. I also noticed the lack of courage demonstrated by the Australian media in not highlighting this anomaly.
    unicorn
    2nd Jul 2013
    9:59am
    how come you saw this & everybody else including the media missed it ?
    Young Simmo
    2nd Jul 2013
    10:38am
    That's a dam good question unicorn, but it was probably a 4 or 5 minute news item of say 200 words with the words "With The Koran" in the middle. If you swallowed or the dog barked you would have missed it. But I heard it and so did 2 mates who e-mailed me. I am fairly sure it was on the Ch 7 News just after 5 pm.
    unicorn
    2nd Jul 2013
    11:39am
    Okay I believe you if your mates heard it too but it wasn't on the news later.
    Young Simmo
    2nd Jul 2013
    12:23pm
    OK, I saw it twice and Wifey has informed me she saw it on the ABC 7 pm news. I now remember looking closely the 2nd time, to try and see if the Koran was obvious. From memory it was a light brown book with some black hilite edges or printing etc. Maybe the Media have been threatened with no milk in their coffee if they make a meal of it. They did mention it was one member and the first time and the Governor General was there as well. OK, I am changing the subject again, and somebody will tell me to get back on line.
    pauline
    2nd Jul 2013
    12:51pm
    If you are a Christian, you are sworn in with the bible and if you are a MUslim, you are sworn in with the KOran. For the last 73 years (refer to young Simmo's comment), that had not not been any swearing in of a MUslim cabinet minister or parliamentary secretary so of course only the bible was used. However, these are changing times and like it or not I am sure we will be seeing more of the Koran being used for such swearing in ceremonies. Just as it is not fair to ask a Christian to use the Koran, we can't expect the MUslim to use the bible.THis must be the reason, the media have not made it an issue. They have to be seen as being fair.
    Young Simmo
    2nd Jul 2013
    1:04pm
    OK Pauline, I can see where you are coming from however, I can also see the other side of the coin so to speak. There are a million e-mails circulating telling us Aussies that the Muslims are going to take over Australia. When you look at how they have bluffed their way into say a 100 Million people in Britain, and are winning, then taking over a lousy 23 million in Australia will be a walk in the park. France is making a bit of a stance and we need to follow suit, or better. One reason I can think of is that story in the news yesterday. 2 Sisters 15 & 16 years of age, shot and killed for dancing in the rain. I am 73 and will never see the damage, but all you young just married parents, that is what you will have to look forward too. Kaye please do not delete this, as it is only my view of the modern world.
    Young Simmo
    2nd Jul 2013
    5:56pm
    Also Pauline, you said, "we can't expect the MUslim to use the bible". Well I would suggest that you go over to a Muslim country, and try doing things your way, not the Muslim way. Before you leave, cross the Ts and dot the Is on your will to save your family too much drama.
    Young Simmo
    2nd Jul 2013
    2:26pm
    unicorn, I can now confirm that, Me, The Misses, 2 Mates and 1 neighbour saw that item, Total (5) so it aint part of my imagination.
    Cheers, SIMMO.
    unicorn
    2nd Jul 2013
    3:02pm
    Okay Simmo, I believe the missus if no onhe else
    Young Simmo
    2nd Jul 2013
    3:11pm
    Mother said "Thankyou".... Headline being flashed on ABC 24" about every 3 minutes at the moment, 12.45 pm WA Time. "Muslim Frontbencher Ed Husic being attacked on his Facebook page".
    unicorn
    2nd Jul 2013
    3:10pm
    While on the subject of the Muslims taking over Australia I had an email the other day to say that the traditionaly Australian firms like Cadbury's & Bega (Cheese) are now using the Muslim logo on their products and that every block or whatever that is sold with the logo on it donates a percentage of same to the Muslims. How is that?
    unicorn
    2nd Jul 2013
    3:10pm
    While on the subject of the Muslims taking over Australia I had an email the other day to say that the traditionaly Australian firms like Cadbury's & Bega (Cheese) are now using the Muslim logo on their products and that every block or whatever that is sold with the logo on it donates a percentage of same to the Muslims. How is that?
    Young Simmo
    2nd Jul 2013
    3:18pm
    Yeh, call me a bit of a dreamer if you want, but wouldn't it be fantastic if we could drop in for 24 hrs in a 100 years time and see what really did happen. Or maybe we are lucky that we don't have to find out.
    Young Simmo
    2nd Jul 2013
    7:07pm
    I have just posted a comment here and would like some replies....... http://www.yourlifechoices.com.au/news/avoid-the-hidden-costs#comment-100357
    unicorn
    3rd Jul 2013
    7:33am
    I think i'll stay where I am in 100 years time. Thanks Simmo.
    pauline
    3rd Jul 2013
    11:26am
    Yes, Young Simmo, sadly, it is true that in some of those Muslim countries we won't be allowed to do things "not the Muslim way"...and I think that is just so terrible. However, do we want to be as intolerant as they are or do we as fair-minded people allow a Muslim the freedom to use the Koran for a swearing in ceremony.
    Nevagiveup
    3rd Jul 2013
    6:01pm
    I don't have a lot to say in these discussions, but I do enjoy reading them and I have to say I think Young Simmo is completely right. He or her is looking at the big picture and to think what happens to those young girls (1 or 2 years old) would increase as the number of Muslims in Australia increases makes me sick. If you are not sure what I am referring to, see his comment today at 5.11 pm. I notice nobody else has commented on his comment, maybe a bit of head in the sand thing.
    Young Simmo
    3rd Jul 2013
    7:05pm
    Oop's this is the wrong blog, I will go to the right one now.


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