We’d like to share with you a bit of good-hearted political humour. For our non-Australian visitors, Malcolm Turnbull is the current Prime Minister of Australia and Bill Shorten is the Opposition Leader. GST is a tax added much to the confusion of the public and politicians alike.
Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten are sitting next to each other on a flight from Sydney to Canberra. Bill leans over to Malcolm and asks if he would like to play a fun game. Malcolm just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and turns towards the window to catch a few winks.
$5 and $50 Australian Note
Shorten persists and says that the game is really easy and a lot of fun. He explains, “I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5, and visa-versa.” Again, Turnbull politely declines and tries to get some sleep.
Shorten, now somewhat agitated, says, “Okay, if you don’t know the answer you pay me $5, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $50.”
This catches Malcolm’s attention. He also knows from his experiences with Bill in Parliament that there will be no end to this torment unless he plays. So Malcolm agrees to the game.
Shorten asks the first question. “How much is the GST on a loaf of bread?” Malcolm doesn’t say a word, reaches into his wallet, pulls out $5 and hands it to Bill.
Now, it’s Malcolm’s turn. He asks Bill, “What hops, carries its young in its pouch and flies?”
Shorten looks at Turnbull with a puzzled frown. He takes out his laptop computer and searches all his references. He taps into the air phone with his modem and searches the Internet and the Commonwealth National Library. Frustrated, he sends emails to all his pals in the Labor Party and finally people in the Greens Party. All to no avail.
After over an hour, he wakes up Turnbull and hands him $50. Malcolm politely takes the $50 and turns away to get back to sleep.
Bill, who is more than a little miffed, wakes Malcolm again and asks, “Well, so what IS the answer!” Without a word, Malcolm Turnbull reaches into his wallet, hands Bill Shorten $5, and goes back to sleep.