The Squirrel & The Grasshopper


The squirrel works hard in the withering heat all summer long,
building and improving his house and laying up supplies for the
winter. The Grasshopper thinks he's a fool, and laughs and dances and
plays the Summer away. Come winter, the squirrel is warm and well

The shivering grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in
the cold.



The squirrel works hard in the withering heat all summer long,
building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The
grasshopper thinks he's a fool, and laughs and dances and plays the
summer away.

Come winter, the squirrel is warm and well fed.

A social worker finds the shivering grasshopper, calls a press
conference and demands to know why the squirrel should be allowed to
be warm and well fed while others less fortunate, like the
grasshopper, are cold and starving.

The ABC shows up to provide live coverage of the shivering
grasshopper; with cuts to a video of the squirrel in his comfortable
warm home with a table laden with food.

The Australian press informs people that they should be ashamed
that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to
suffer so while others have plenty.

The Labour Party, Greenpeace, Animal Rights and The Grasshopper
Council of Australia demonstrate in front of the squirrel's house.
The ABC, interrupting a cultural festival special from St Kilda with
breaking news, broadcasts a multi cultural choir singing "We Shall

Bill Shorten rants in an interview with Laurie Oakes that the
squirrel has gotten rich off the backs of grasshoppers, and calls for
an immediate tax hike on the squirrel to make him pay his "fair
share" and increases the charge for squirrels to enter Melbourne city

In response to pressure from the media, the Government drafts the
Economic Equity and Grasshopper Anti Discrimination Act, retroactive
to the beginning of the summer. The squirrel's taxes are reassessed.
He is taken to court and fined for failing to hire grasshoppers as
builders, for the work he was doing on his home and an additional
fine for contempt when he told the court the grasshopper did not want
to work.

The grasshopper is provided with a council house, financial aid to
furnish it and an account with a local taxi firm to ensure he can be
socially mobile. The squirrel's food is seized and re distributed to
the more needy members of society, in this case the grasshopper.

Without enough money to buy more food, to pay the fine and his
newly imposed retroactive taxes, the squirrel has to downsize and
start building a new home. The local authority takes over his old
home and utilises it as a temporary home for asylum seeking cats who
had hijacked a plane to get to Australia as they had to share their
country of origin with mice. On arrival they tried to blow up the
airport because of Australians apparent love of dogs.

The cats had been arrested for the international offence of
hijacking and attempted bombing but were immediately released because
the police fed them pilchards instead of salmon whilst in custody.
Initial moves to then return them to their own country were abandoned
because it was feared they would face death by the mice. The cats
devise and start a scam to obtain money from peoples credit cards.

A 60 Minutes special shows the grasshopper finishing up the last of
the squirrel's food, though Spring is still months away, while the
council house he is in, crumbles around him because he hasn't
bothered to maintain the house. He is shown to be taking drugs.
Inadequate government funding is blamed for the grasshopper's drug

The cats seek recompense in the Australian courts for their
treatment since arrival in Australia.

The grasshopper gets arrested for stabbing an old dog during a
burglary to get money for his drugs habit. He is imprisoned but
released immediately because he has been in custody for a few weeks.
He is placed in the care of the probation service to monitor and
supervise him. Within a few weeks he has killed a guinea pig in a
botched robbery.

A commission of enquiry, that will eventually cost $10,000,000 and
state the obvious, is set up. Additional money is put into funding a
drug rehabilitation scheme for grasshoppers and legal aid for lawyers
representing asylum seekers is increased. The asylum seeking cats are
praised by the government for enriching Australia's multicultural
diversity and dogs are criticised by the government for failing to
befriend the cats.

The grasshopper dies of a drug overdose. The usual sections of the
press blame it on the obvious failure of government to address the
root causes of despair arising from social inequity and his traumatic
experience of prison. They call for the resignation of a minister.

The cats are paid a million dollars each because their rights were
infringed when the government failed to inform them there were mice
in Australia.

The squirrel, the dogs and the victims of the hijacking, the
bombing, the burglaries and robberies have to pay an additional
percentage on their credit cards to cover losses, their taxes are
increased to pay for law and order and they are told that they will
have to work beyond 65 because of a shortfall in government funds.


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