Timing.

By Bridgette Burton

Characters A politician An Advertising executive A pressure group representative A member of the General Public The politician stands at the front of the stage as if delivering a speech. The three others stand behind the polly. The politician amends his speech as they comment and discuss. POLITICIAN: We understand that global warming is an important issue.. ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: God, “Global Warming”, so tired. We really need another phrase, to capture the public imagination. PRESSURE GROUP: “Important” is a subjective term, we don’t have any empirical evidence that suggests that it’s important. GENERAL PUBLIC: Is this is the same as climate change? POLITICIAN: We understand that Planetary Weather Unpredictability is an issue that requires some attention. Our party is dedicated to exploring all the possibilities available that will reduce the impact of... ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: “Pee-dub-u”! I thought we agreed that we’d refer to it as “PWU”, sounds interesting and snappy and “now”. GENERAL PUBLIC: Global Warming is now. ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: (correcting) “PWU, in the now”. GENERAL PUBLIC: Global warming is in the now. It was also in the yesterday, if you want to be absolutely correct. PRESSURE GROUP: Also, If the possibilities explored are going to impact in a negative way on the businesses of Australia that provide valuable jobs and exports to this country then those possibilities cannot be explored. Timing. Bridgette Burton ©2011 Page 1 of 4

ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: Change it to “A range of possibilities.” PRESSURE GROUP: “A finite range”. GENERAL PUBLIC: Are there possibilities? I do Earth Hour. ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: Excellent contribution. PRESSURE GROUP: Except Earth Hour does not recognise the needs of the energy companies at all. That’s one hour of revenue lost to them. GENERAL PUBLIC: Its one hour. PRESSURE GROUP: Lost to them. POLITICIAN: We understand that PWU is an issue that requires some attention. Our party is dedicated to exploring some of the possibilities that will lead to the reduction in emissions and directly impact the source of the problem. ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE/PRESSURE GROUP: (together) Don’t say “problem”. ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: Glass is always half full. GENERAL PUBLIC: Of what? PRESSURE GROUP: That insinuates that there is a problem, we don’t actually know that. We are simply responding to the overall trend in the international community. GENERAL PUBLIC: Which has been to recognise that there is a problem. PRESSURE GROUP: No, the trend is to consider the environment. That’s a good message. We want to consider it. GENERAL PUBLIC: And then go ahead anyway. ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: Considerately. POLITICIAN: Our party is dedicated to exploring some of the possibilities that will lead to the reduction in emissions.. PRESSURE GROUP: Also, don’t say emissions or reduction. GENERAL PUBLIC: If we don’t say emissions or reduction, then what are we talking about. ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: Solutions for finite concerns. PRESSURE GROUP: Exactly. GENERAL PUBLIC: The concerns are emissions, that’s not a secret. Everyone knows that. Timing. Bridgette Burton ©2011 Page 2 of 4

PRESSURE GROUP: Do they? I don’t necessarily know that. I will feel concerned about the things that my representatives will tell me to be concerned about. I don’t want to waste time being concerned about things that aren’t mentioned. GENERAL PUBLIC: So what would you be concerned about if he says finite concerns. ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: Small things. Little things that I don’t need to be too worried about because my representative is dealing with. Don’t sweat the small stuff. PRESSURE GROUP: And it’s all small stuff. The ad exec and the pressure group high five. Politician: We understand that PWU is an issue that requires some attention. Our party is dedicated to exploring some of the possibilities that will lead to a thorough examination of those finite concerns. ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: Not sure about thorough. GENERAL PUBLIC: I like thorough, it makes me feel like something is happening. The ad exec and pressure group look at each other and shrug. ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: Ok. GENERAL PUBLIC: So what are they actually doing? PRESSURE GROUP: Looking into it. GENERAL PUBLIC: How? ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: Thoroughly. POLITICIAN: We understand that PWU is an issue that requires some attention. Our party is dedicated to exploring a few of the possibilities that will lead to a thorough examination of those finite concerns. If elected we will immediately convene a taskforce to perform a year long study, culminating in a report of suggested steps. ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: hold on a sec... PRESSURE GROUP: No, no stop. Wait a minute. A taskforce? Sound serious. Surely a committee would be more benign? ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: Also “When elected “, don’t say “if”. You’re a winner. GENERAL PUBLIC: So, a committee to look thoroughly into the finite concerns of an issue that requires some attention and produce a report of suggested steps? Timing. Bridgette Burton ©2011 Page 3 of 4

PRESSURE GROUP: Yes. ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: No. PRESSURE GROUP: No? ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: I think that a report is too passive, we need something that pops! We need... GENERAL PUBLIC: An outcome. ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: Shh, I’m thinking. A multimedia display incorporating the most cutting edge Australian technical design artists. Who are Aboriginal. PRESSURE GROUP: Sure. Sounds fun. GENERAL PUBLIC: Why? ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: It will create jobs and pizzazz! GENERAL PUBLIC: So, a committee that will present the final report as a sort of installation piece. ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: Perfect! Installation. That’s the word I wanted. PRESSURE GROUP: Use longitudinal too, for the committee. Great word. They high five again. POLITICIAN: We understand that PWU is an issue that requires some attention. Our party is dedicated to exploring a few of the possibilities that will lead to a thorough examination of those finite concerns. When elected we will immediately convene a committee to perform a longitudinal study, culminating in a multimedia installation by renowned Aboriginal visual artists. We are listening to the people of Australia, we are the people of Australia. ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: Oooh, I like that last bit. Gave me shivers. PRESSURE GROUP: Perfect. GENERAL PUBLIC: I don’t really know what’s going on, but I feel strangely reassured. Plus I love multimedia installations.

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