Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Economic insults et al in THE OZ TODAY
GS: A mere selection ex THE OZ TODAY BELOW
But no, Gillard applies those terms to Tony Abbott who will probably inherit the mess created by her government's incompetence.
Brian Whybrow, Kambah, ACT
IT is depressing to note the absence of dignity and non-observance of international diplomatic protocols by our leader on a visit to China.
Julie Bishop told the world that Julia Gillard's visit was because it is an election year, in the process degrading the Prime Minister when a show of support was called for in the national interest. Then Gillard resorted to customary name-calling of Tony Abbott. There seems to be little awareness of the damage that can be done to our national image with such mud-slinging over domestic policy in a huge international forum.
If our politicians can't leave the hick-town-style parliamentary question time behaviour behind them in a bipartisan fashion, then they should stay at home.
Harry Mansson, Clareville, NSW
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard refers to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott as an "economic simpleton" in spite of his degree in economics and postgraduate study as a Rhodes scholar in Oxford. Now we know how the Prime Minister regards the value of a university education.
Edmond A. Adler, Coolbinia, WA
JULIA Gillard's latest attack on Tony Abbott - this time on his economic credentials - betrays a terrifying self-assurance in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Where on earth does Gillard get the impression that she has any clue whatsoever about managing the economy?
Her economic legacy - exemplified by the carbon tax - will be billions of dollars of debt, racked up over a few short years. Her Treasurer will equally be remembered for his mediocrity - a footnote in the history of the economic and political vandals in the 43rd parliament.
Royston Mitchell, Golden Grove, SA
PATRICIA M. Smith (Letters, 8/4) makes fair comment on Julia Gillard's outlandishly parochial world in her criticism of Tony Abbott while on a trade and good relations visit to China.
But no one has ever accused the Prime Minister of being blessed with refinement. She comes across as rough as guts, especially when she dishes out the insults in parliament.
David W. Hall, Labrador, Qld
FULL marks for pursuing the cause, but Cut & Paste has verballed me in asking what the cast on Insiders' couch would say if Tony Abbott called Julia Gillard an economic simpleton.
It goes on to quote me as saying that Abbott's comparison of Labor's tax hike on super with the Cyprus raid on bank deposits was "clearly hyperbole which clearly goes too far".
That seems to indicate that I went along with some sort of Sunday morning ABC group-think against the Opposition Leader. I also said: "Tony Abbott knows how to push things right to the limit. He is not an economic simpleton. He knows what he is talking about".
And I said the past week or so had shown that superannuation has become such a large honey pot that it is becoming a bit irresistible for governments trying to fix their budgetary problems.
Michael Stutchbury, editor-in-chief, The Australian Financial Review, Pyrmont, NSW
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