The Year of the Monkey


This post was inspired by Sally Baxter’s delightful piece earlier this week, Monkey business ahead for Malcolm, Bill and Tony:

It’s the Lunar New Year, the most important festival on the Chinese calendar with many attendant traditions, all designed to maximise good luck in the year ahead. In the Baxter household we’ve been cleaning, sweeping away cobwebs and making sure that everything is pristine and welcoming for the new year.

With that important task concluded, it’s time to reflect on what might lie ahead in what promises to be a chaotic year, ruled as it is by the impetuous, clever Monkey. What does the Year of the Monkey have in store for 2016? Since it’s an election year I thought it would be fun to check out the Chinese horoscopes for our political leaders.

Our Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was born in the Year of the Horse; the leader of Her Majesty’s (for now) loyal Opposition Bill Shorten was born in the Year of the Goat; and the unofficial leader of the disloyal opposition Tony Abbott is a Rooster.

Like Sally, I thought it would be interesting to check out both the characteristics of each of the leaders’ signs, and their career horoscopes for this Year of the Monkey.

So, Malcolm Turnbull – the Year of the Horse (1954) . . . hmm, same sign as OH, though OH is somewhat older . . .


The Horse’s personality:

People born in a year of the Horse are extremely animated, active and energetic. Horses love to be in a crowd, and they can usually be seen on such occasions as concerts, theater performances, meetings, sporting events, and parties.

With a deft sense of humor, Horses are masters of repartee. They love to take center stage and delight audiences everywhere.

Sometimes, the Horse is a little self-centered, but it doesn’t mean that s/he can not be interested in others’ problems. Horses are really more cunning than intelligent, and that is probably why most Horse people lack real confidence.

What Are the Best Careers for Horses?

Jobs involving communicating with others attract Horses most. The Horse sign stands for leadership, management, and decision-making. Horses dislike taking orders.

The Horse can make it in any career that demands neither solitude nor meditation, for he is an extrovert and he needs to be surrounded by people who approve of him and flatter him.

Good career choices for Horses include: publicist, sales representative, journalist, language instructor, translator, bartender, performer, tour operator, librarian or pilot.

2016 for the Horse:

People born in a Year of the Horse will have good fortune overall in this Monkey Year. In particular, they will have better achievements in their career and win a lot in wealth.

However, everything has two sides and although things may run smoothly, they may also suffer from disruptions. Therefore, it will still be necessary for them to be on the ball.

Good Career Fortune

People born in a Year of the Horse will be very confident in their career during this Monkey Year, and they will be able to make great progress when they get the opportunity. However, they will be distracted by something and will be unable to fully concentrate on work, making it hard for them to reach the expected outcome.

However, they will still reap the rewards at the end of the year due to help from friends. In the fifth and tenth Chinese lunar months, they will have the most disruptions, so they should increase their awareness and beware of loop-holes in their business.

In contrast, they will have good opportunities in the first, fourth, eighth, and eleventh Chinese lunar months, which they should make full use of.

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The former PM, Tony Abbott, is a feather duster Rooster (1967).


The Rooster’s personality:

People born in a year of the Rooster are very observant. Hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented, Roosters are very confident about themselves.

Roosters are always active, amusing and popular among the crowd. Roosters are talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. They like to be the center of attention and always appear attractive and beautiful.

Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or just a social gathering. They enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charm at any occasion.

Roosters expect others to listen to them while they speak, and can become agitated if others don’t. Vain and boastful, Roosters like to brag about themselves and their accomplishments.

Their continually seeking the unwavering attention of others annoys people around them at times.

What Are the Best Careers for Roosters?

Roosters are more motivated than other animals in the Chinese zodiac, making their careers a priority in their lives. Roosters are hard working, multi-talented, and can deal with a variety of jobs.

Good career choices for Roosters are newsreader, sales person, restaurant owner, hairdresser, public relations officer, farmer, athlete, teacher, waiter, journalist, travel writer, dentist, surgeon, soldier, fireman, security guard, and police officer.

2016 for the Rooster:

People born in a Year of the Rooster will have mixed weal and woe in this Monkey Year. This is mainly because both lucky and unlucky stars will shine on them.

Good Career Fortune

People born in a Year of the Rooster will make good achievements in their career this year if they take the initiative. Businessmen will get plenty of money, officers will be promoted, and job hunters will get higher positions. However, they must pay special attention to workers around them, and avoid disputes relating to relationships and money.

They will turn calamities into blessings and get good outcomes from misfortunate events if they do everything carefully in the first and second Chinese lunar months. Everything will go extremely smoothly in the fourth, seventh, tenth, and eleventh Chinese lunar months.

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The Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten – a Goat (1967) . . . as am I, though 12 years older.


The Goat’s personality:

People born in a year of the Goat are generally believed to be gentle mild-mannered, shy, stable, sympathetic, amicable, and brimming with a strong sense of kindheartedness and justice.

They have very delicate thoughts, strong creativity, and perseverance, and acquire professional skills well. Although they look gentle on the surface, they are tough on the inside, always insisting on their own opinions in their minds. They have strong inner resilience and excellent defensive instincts.

Though they prefer to be in groups, they do not want to be the center of attention. They are reserved and quiet, most likely because they like spending much time in their thoughts. Goats like to spend money on fashionable things that give them a first class appearance. Although goats enjoy spending money on the finer things in life, they are not snobbish.

What Are the Best Careers for Goats?

People born in the year of the goat prefer to work in a team. Their best work partners are Horses. They are not crazy about status and power. Unless asked, they won’t ever volunteer for anything and act as leaders. Good career choices for goats are pediatrician, actor, daycare teacher, interior designer, florist, hair stylist, musician, editor, illustrator, and art history teacher.

2016 for the Goat:

People born in a Year of the Goat will have a prosperous fortune in 2016. They will turn calamities into blessings and be content.

Good Career Fortune

In this Year of the Monkey, people born in a Year of the Goat will have great developments in their career. They will complete work with ease and yield twice the results with just half of the effort. They will also receive guidance and instruction from the right person. Therefore, it will be a good time for them to carry out their great plans.

Their career will go extremely smoothly in the first, second, seventh, ninth, and twelfth Chinese lunar months. They should make full use of this opportunity. For the rest of the year, even ordinary working-class people will be hopeful of being promoted. When conversing with others, they should be cautious about their choice of words, or they may cause damage to their career.

They will encounter lots of disruptions in their career in the fourth and tenth Chinese lunar months, and will need to increase their level of vigilance to deal with them.

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Just for the hell of it, I thought it would be interesting to look at the “personality” and prospects of . . .

The Coalition government – a Snake (2013).

Fujimini Island

The Snake’s personality:

In Chinese culture, the Snake is the most enigmatic animal among the twelve zodiac animals. People born in a year of the Snake are supposed to be the most intuitive.

Snakes tend to act according to their own judgments, even while remaining the most private and reticent. They are determined to accomplish their goals and hate to fail.

Snakes represent the symbol of wisdom. They are intelligent and wise. They are good at communication but say little. Snakes are usually regarded as great thinkers.

Snakes are materialistic and love keeping up with the Joneses. They love to posses the best of everything, but they have no patience for shopping.

Snake people prefer to work alone, therefore they are easily stressed. If they seem unusually stressed, it is best to allow them their own space and time to return to normal.

2016 for the Snake:

Overall Fortune Trend for Snakes in 2016 — bittersweet.

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Nova Online

(I am indebted to China Highlights for the horoscopes.)

417 thoughts on “The Year of the Monkey

  1. More coverage of the poll.

    Fairfax-Ipsos poll: voters cool on Malcolm Turnbull as Coalition support drops below 2013 election levels
    February 14, 2016 – 7:10PM
    Mark Kenny
    Chief political correspondent

    A summer marred by ministerial crises and the prospect of a higher GST has taken the shine off the Turnbull government, sending the Coalition’s share of the vote below that achieved by Tony Abbott at the 2013 election.

    A four point two-party preferred slump to 52-48 still has the government winning but is set to dispel any lingering early election barracking from within the government. Just one in five voters (22 per cent) would look favourably on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull running to the polls before his full term is served. Mr Turnbull has told his party to be on guard for a snap poll should key legislation be blocked in the Senate.

    Opinion Feb 14 2016 at 7:00 PM Updated 20 mins ago
    Fairfax Ipsos poll: Bill Shorten deserves a crack
    by Phillip Coorey

    Tuesday last week marked one year since Tony Abbott survived the first leadership spill, if only because no one chose to run against him.

    At the time, Labor’s lead in the polls was pretty identical to the lead the Coalition holds today under Malcolm Turnbull, but Bill Shorten was way ahead of Abbott as preferred prime minister.

    AFR Poll of Polls

  2. I heard good-ish things about this morning’s Insiders, so I’ve caught up with it this afternoon. First time I’ve seen the thing in ages. Here’s what I picked up from it:

    – Cassidy opened up with “the Turnbull Government is not in chaos”, which I thought was an odd way to put things. Defensive, in fact. That general attitude of ‘don’t call it chaos’ permeated the whole show. Just a sense of ‘well, things aren’t good but let’s see if we can draw some positives from it’.

    – On a panel of what I thought would be generally even-handed journos, only Katharine Murphy was at all keen on criticising the government. Probyn and Riley tended to follow suit once she’d spoken up, but neither offered anything critical unprompted. Cassidy frankly looked edgy every time they strayed into that territory, and looked to change the subject as quickly as he could.

    – The interview with Bowen was standard, except that Bowen looked unusually comfortable and totally on top on what he was saying. Cassidy tried and tried to create the impression that the changes to negative gearing would be bad for Middle Australia, but Bowen hammered him down every time. Bowen also made it crystal clear that this was intended to shift the focus to building new housing, not punishing investors. I thought Cassidy’s crack about the ALP having a battle, historically speaking, winning in opposition from 47-53 was a bit snarky. Well, very snarky. It sounded like a man lashing out because all his debating points had been quashed.

    – The panel’s attitude to the negative gearing issue was that the ALP’s policy position makes sense, but that Morrison, despite ridiculing it in some Sunday paper, would probably adopt it by Budget time, and that that would be a problem for the ALP. And people wonder why the ALP don’t release policies well ahead of the election….

    – The focus of the reshuffle was firmly on how wonderful Robb and Truss had been, and to a lesser extent how much ‘new talent’ is available to the Liberals. Didn’t sound convincing to me. They virtually glossed over Robert, at least until Murphy piped up and said his behaviour was far more shocking than everyone was making it out to be. She was also scathing of Ruddock. They were all in awe of Turnbull’s capacity to gild the turd, and notably uncurious as to how turdy the turd actually is.

    – Overall, it wasn’t bad. but it does sound a bit gossip-columny at times. They go on and on about how things will play and what image is being presented, but none of them are keen on discussing what things mean, whether policies are any good or will do any good.

  3. Aguirre

    Thanks for that. We taped it but only to hear Bowen, just fast forwarded to that segment, then deleted it. From bits I read I twitter, you have captured the essence of the lightweight discussions that happen there.

    I once was a devoted ‘Insider’ watcher, I wouldn’t go out, answer the phone, talk to anyone that came. Now I only tape it if I want to hear what the guest actually has to say, as opposed to what the msm report, then I delete the tape, I don’t even both watching the cartoon section.

    • I wouldn’t even waste time recording it now. If – big ‘IF’ – I want to see some part of it I go to their website and just watch the bit I want.

      Aguirre’s run-down sounds pretty much what I’ve seen online. Bowen apparently did very well and made Cassidy look a fool.

  4. Anyone with any sense knew that once Labor had released their negative gearing policy two things would happen.

    1 – Scrott (and probably the MSM) would rubbish it.

    2. The government would come out with something similar, but not as good, making them look as if they are just playing catch-ups.

    John Quiggin summed it up well here.

    Shorten wins the tax debate

    I hope things go on like this, with Labor setting policy and the governent trying to come up with something similar, and failing.

  5. L2

    “Bowen apparently did very well and made Cassidy look a fool.”
    Bowen earned a gold koala stamp for his comebacks to Bazza’s “gotchas’.

  6. kk
    “Good gracious me the Truffles has aged WAY quickly.”

    I have this theory about why Turnbull is so unable to make decisions or take any sort of decisive action.

    The man is ill.

    He went on some weird herbal ‘cleansing’ diet ages ago to lose weight. Since then he has most likely not been eating properly. His blood sugar levels are probably drastically low now, going by the ennui and enervation he shows in parliament. He’s now so impaired he can’t function properly mentally, and he is visibly ageing before our eyes.

    The man need a few decent meals of steak and chips instead of herbal magic brews.

    No-one, not even Turnbull, should lose that much weight in one month, and any so-called ‘doctor’ who promotes that sort of thing should be struck off. A healthy weight loss is around 1kg a week.

    • Leone,

      Is it possible that fpm toned recommended the quack to waffles to demonstrate that there were no hard feelings?

    • Possible, but I don’t think Tony could afford even a passing acquaintance with a pricey Eastern Suburbs quack. More likely one of Lucy’s posh friends.

    • I admit I didn’t read the Daily Mail link until after I had commented, so I suspect you are right.

  7. The big news is, of course, the narrowing. The narrative ever since Turnbull was handed the leadership (that’s what it was, really, he’d never go to the trouble of actually fighting for the thing) was “How far Turnbull?” In fact, some predictions had him establishing and maintaining a lead that would virtually obliterate the ALP. Assumptions ranged from ‘very comfortable’ to ‘commanding’.

    Well, polls are starting to show the lead is within 52-48 and closing. And I still don’t see any goodies the Liberals can hand out between now and the election. Turnbull’s charisma was supposed to do all the work for them – as well as providing cover for the dastardly deeds the party still intended to pull on the country.

    As with Abbott, constant media repetition of “isn’t he a great guy!” just isn’t enough. The party also has to do something. And given they haven’t bothered to ‘do something’ since at least 2009, I don’t think the odds are all that high that it’s going to happen now.

    I suspect we’re going to hear a whole lot about approval rating and PPM for a while now. And very little about 2PP.

  8. This Zika virus thing –

    Saw this today, and I think there could be something to it. Assorted governments and agencies have leapt onto blaming mosquitoes very quickly, although the virus has been known about since 1952, and has been around for who knows longer than that with no known links to birth defects. Suddenly an ‘outbreak’ of the virus is being blamed for abnormal numbers of babies being born with microcephaly. It can’t be just coincidence that the South American countries now reporting those abnormal numbers are the same areas that have been sprayed with Pyriproxyfen.

    Zika is not to blame; doctors say chemical larvicide is causing epidemic of Brazilian birth defects.

    I might need a tin-foil hat, but when Monsanto is mentioned alarm bells go off.

    I saw a news item on Sky this afternoon about the virus and they showed trucks spraying this stuff all over villages, saying ‘this is all they can do to contain the outbreak’. What if they are just making it all so much worse?

  9. Has any political journalist pointed out the bleeding obvious – the Coalition’s 2PP polling is now lower than the 2013 election result.

    To refresh the memory – 2013 2PP = Coalition 53.49, Labor 46.51

  10. I have seen that, Leone, but only on Twitter.

    On a related note, now I know why the press gallery have been going Shorten so hard lately. They must have seen this coming, and have been doing some pre-emptive stuff. You always get heightened Shorten moaning and ridicule just prior to the ALP gaining in the polls.

    Turnbull being Turnbull, his #1 priority now will be rehabilitating his own personal image. He’ll be doing lots of things unrelated to politics.

  11. No wonder he had to go

    The Northern Territory’s deputy leader has resigned from cabinet after revelations of personal business dealings with a Vietnamese company he was also working with for the government.

    Earlier in the week Willem Westra van Holthe maintained he had not created a conflict of interest in planning to personally invest in a project for CT Group, for whom his partner was working at the time, and with whom he was working on official government business to develop a dragon fruit orchard in the Top End.

  12. More problems for Robert, and Waffles

    Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has referred Stuart Robert’s China trip to the Australian Federal Police, asking them to launch an investigation into whether the former minister intended to benefit from the visit.

    Labor had called for Mr Robert to be sacked over the trip in 2014, during which he appeared in a signing ceremony for a mining deal between Nimrod Resources and a Chinese business.

    In a letter to AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin, Mr Dreyfus argued the “publicly reported facts” about Mr Robert’s trip showed his conduct “may also have involved serious criminality”.

    “It is clear that Mr Robert sought to benefit Mr Marks, a significant Liberal donor, but the revelation that Mr Robert himself stood to gain financially through his shareholdings in a company related to Nimrod is even more serious,” Mr Dreyfus wrote.

    “The Prime Minister has been careful to say only that this created an ‘impression’ that Mr Robert stood to gain personally from his trip.

    “Whether he intended to do so now merits a proper police investigation.”

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Mark Kenny looks into the Ipsos poll details. The shine has been knocked off the government he says.
    Malcolm’s not quite the guy we wanted him to be opines Peter Hartcher. He pretty much dismisses Shorten.
    Here’s Michael Gordon’s take on the poll.
    Amanda Vanstone says her bit about the reshuffle.
    This SMH editorial puts it to us that Turnbull is struggling with scandal, disunity and dithering.
    Chris Bowen has done a pretty good job in dismissing the criticisms of Labor’s new taxation policy.
    And Michelle Grattan says Turnbull and Morrison should not underestimate Labor on taxation.
    “View from the Street” gives us a Valentine’s Day welcome to our romantic and sensual new ministry.
    Virginia Haussegger piles into the breakfast TV bimbos with some effect,
    Peter Martin on how many of our highest earners reckon they are “battlers”.

  14. Section 2 . . .

    Could Barnaby’s “common sense” economics sink us all?
    Wilson vs Downer for Goldstein. Could be a doozy of a battle.
    How on earth can one “suffer” of one has not committed to an investment? We knew this sort of stuff was coming didn’t we!
    The incomparable George Christensen and like minded Coalition colleagues are agitating against Turnbull funding a program on school bullying. (Copy the following string into a Google search).
    A decision on the release of the Cunneen tapes could be made as early as today.
    Many alleged organised crime figures are set to take on the police over their banning from the casino and racetracks.
    Turnbull’s son is heavily implicated in the $100m collapse of PlayUp.
    This professor is angry about this government’s attack on public health.
    Trump and Jeb go toe to toe again.
    Peter FitzSimons says that old age ain’t what it used to be. He gives Pell a serve too. There’s a good joke towards the end.

  15. Section 3 . . . with Cartoon Corner

    Bob Ellis and the death of Scalia.
    Apart from this one from Pat Campbell on gravitational waves I can’t find any new Fairfax cartoons this morning.

    Mark Knight has had enough of flares at soccer games.
    A pretty good one from Bill Leak.
    Is that Shorten in David Rowe’s spotlight?

  16. Turnbull’s new ministry will be like one of those scrappy militia squadrons made to march to impress the visiting potentate…: all miss-steps and untidy uniforms and clumsy spins and turns …be lucky if some-one’s gun doesn’t go off and they all shoot each other in the foot!

  17. I really can’t take SMH editorials seriously, not after the one they wrote before the last election telling their readers to vote for Abbott.

    Now we have weasel words – “yet another dysfunctional regime that promises big and delivers small.”

    This ‘regime’ is the same government that I didn’t vote for in 2013. Despite what the MSM would have us believe it is not a new government, not unless I somehow slept though an entire election campaign. It’s not a new ‘regime’ either. Same government, same policies, same MPs, same IPA/Murdoch influence, So why the’yet another’ reference? There’s only one interpretation I can put on that. It’s a snide reference to the Gillard government. A government that despite all the handicaps managed to achieve so much more than the current rabble could even dream about. At least that allegedly ‘dysfunctional’ government managed to keep its promises, get all its legislation through a very difficult parliament, and managed to get all its budgets through as well. This government still has not been able to get the 2014 budget past the senate, last year’s budget ditto, this year’s budget, unless Turnbull pulls an election swifty on us, will meet the same fate.

    The crap that passes for ‘journalism’ in this country is an absolute farce.

  18. i just want to put it on the record that men can be the biggest gossip-mongers and Chicken Littles, two things they’re always so keen to attribute to women. Over at my control group the two biggest topics are some ex-footballer shagging some other ex-footballers wife, and “oh my god our rents are going to double because of Labor ending negative gearing!!”

    The former is an orgy of moralism. But everybody still wants to know all the gory details of course, and are quite happy to pass judgement without them.

    The latter is mostly jumping to conclusions, a kind of Pavlovian reaction to the term ‘negative gearing’. Apparently, nobody is going to be able to afford to live in a house ever again.

  19. Bloody algae that develops in my pool!..comes from god knows where..Nth, Sth, East and west!..I’m going to chlorinate the bastard till it burns your eyes just to look at it!

  20. Quick HI Update…

    After giving the other side a drubbing on process and inadmissable evidence the other day, we now have another THREE whole weeks to prepare again for the investigators. They are tying themselves in knots. They have based their case on HI being allegedly incompetent, but all they are showing up is their own.

    In short, we actually do read what they send us. And it is not well-prepared at all. They are still getting used to the idea of an employee they have boxed into a corner, now with nothing to lose, actually fighting back.

    We spoiled ourselves and left the house yesterday for a lovely Sunday walk by the Harbour, we have so much time up our sleeves. We used to do this often when we were courting, but not for years now. It was a nice nostalgia trip.

    • You’ll need some decent R&R once you’ve ground them into the dust where they belong.

  21. I get it now!..Turnbull is like a sad-sack version of the last tuxedo-dressed “Ring-Master” at some tin-pot circus, introducing clowns and costume-dressed up as animals with all the sincerity and gravitas of a Moscow Circus big-top maestro..: ‘And NOW, ladies and Gentlemen..The greatest, largest, most magnificent…”

    Tragic, hopeless, silly prick.

  22. BB,

    Each and every little win you achieve against those incompetent pricks in HI’s workplace warms the cockles of my heart. Talk about a David v Goliath battle that you and HI have on your hands! Really and truly, both of you deserve to be awarded a great big heap of dollars in compensation for the months and months of pain and suffering heaped upon you by these turkeys that ought not be in charge of a chicken run. I do wonder how on earth such people get into senior jobs in the Public Service in the first place.

    • Yes. Let it all play out first, but you’d wonder if there was not a case for the Ombudsman or ICAC.

  23. BB

    Three weeks to tear down their latest rubbish. So pleased you are both able to wind down a little and enjoy some pleasure. Go get ’em tiger. 🙂

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