Singing, dancing politicians are an embarrassment, no matter which side of the political spectrum you are on.
Mary Jo Fisher, a Liberal senator from SA, recently showed she was far from up to the job with her performance in Question Time of ‘Time Warp’ from the Rocky Horror Show. After being arrested for a number of shoplifting offences she resigned her singing and dancing gig in Parliament and has since sought treatment.
Scarily, Trade Minister Craig Emerson has since staged his own horror movie. Dancing and singing to a cheap backing track of the Skyhooks’ hit, ‘Horror Movie’, Craig’s horror movie was right there on our TV screens, and it was on the ‘six o’clock news’. Remember, this is the man who represents us overseas in matters of trade.
Unfortunately it was right there on overseas TV screens too. Way to go, Trade Minister.
But don’t let the music stop there, especially as our ‘world’s best treasurer’ likes to rock’n’roll. Wayne Swan, better known to most of the population as ‘the goose’, has revealed that he takes inspiration from multi-millionaire rock singer Bruce Springsteen. While genuflecting to millionaire Bruce he takes umbrage at the fact that mining bosses in Australia make similar money.
Sadly the goose doesn’t realise that our mining moguls pay a huge amount of tax, and the thousands of people they employ also pay tax.
And it is this tax that props up the government. Instead, the goose wants to kill the mining industry and redistribute the existing wealth.
Given that the goose and the government have already run up Australia’s largest ever deficit, isn’t it time to say ‘stop the music, I want to get off’?