Remember the mountain that labored long and hard - only to give birth to a mouse?
A near perfect metaphor for Australia's $40 million effort, under Krudd, to buy a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
And when, in late 2012, it was finally in the bag, do you remember Krudd's successor, Gillard, droning on about Australia finally securing "its own voice, an Australian voice, in the main decision-making bodies of the world"?
I said near perfect metaphor for a reason, because Australia has just given birth not to a mouse, but to the proverbial shithouse rat, voting with the US against the adoption of a resolution to merely set a date for the end of the 47-year Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories on the grounds - wait for it - that it lacked "balance" and sought to "impose a solution put forward by one party alone."
There you go, folks, $40m of your hard-earned $$$ just to keep Israel in the manner to which it's become accustomed.