Coalition Costings To Be Presented In Picture-Book Format

Australian 2013 election satire

Opposition Treasury Spokesman Joe Hockey will release the final details of the Coalition’s policy costings in a beautifully illustrated picture book, it has been revealed.

Drawn in the style of the popular children’s book Animalia, readers will be challenged to find a policy on each page, hidden amongst a pile of unrelated objects and other colourful diversions. They will then be able match the policies to a range of colour-coded costing levels: ‘a little bit’, ‘quite a bit’ or ‘a lot bit’.

“Numbers are boring. Pictures are fun,” Mr Hockey said.

Asked if there would be any detail about the overall budget position in the book, Mr Hockey said, “Well we don’t want to confuse people. We’ll draw another book after the election which will have all those bits in there. Trust me”.

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  1. James Taylor

    August 29, 2013 at 11:33 am


  2. edward eastwood

    August 29, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Can’t wait for the sequel: ‘Political Poltroons Produce Peripheral Pamphlet.’

  3. uloola

    August 29, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Will Tony be pot rayed as Wally?

  4. uloola

    August 29, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Sorry about the typo in the above post.That’s what happens when you don’t drink enough Gin.
    The situation has now been remedied.

  5. cartoonmick

    August 29, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    A brilliant idea, I wonder if he’s looking for a cartoonist to do the sequel after the election?

  6. Fed up

    August 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    In comic book form.Must be so Mr. Abbott can understand Hockey’s economics.

    Easy to clear up the arguments Mr.Hockey. Just release the PBH costings and we will make up our own minds.

    Do not need or want, your three man panel version.

  7. Jan

    August 29, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Uloola, I quite liked the mental image of Hockey being pot rayed!

  8. Ed @ The Tunnel

    August 31, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    To go a step further with the Graeme Base analogy, it would be even more fitting if the Coalition provided their costings in (and at) The Eleventh Hour.

  9. Fed up

    September 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Just details of policies would do me.

    • uloola

      September 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      The costings will be expressed in Bitcoins as a further attempt to obfuscate the electorate for a few more days,by which time the forty eight hour media black out will be in place.

  10. Martine Atherton

    September 2, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Hang on, we are only average Australian’s here. Books are a bit beyond us. Could they please explain it using sock puppets.

  11. zan

    September 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Excellent! There will be a happy ending too when Tony and Joe discover the economy is actually in better shape than they have been pretending for the past three years.