PM Kevin Rudd was visiting a primary school and he went into one of the classes. They were in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings.
Teacher asked PM if he’d like to lead the discussion on the word “TRAGEDY.” So our illustrious leader from Queensland asked the class for an example of a ‘tragedy.’
One little boy stood up and offered “If my best friend who lives on a farm is playing in the field and a tractor runs over him and kills him that would be a tragedy.”
“No,” said Kevin from Queensland, “that would be an accident.”
A little girl raised her hand, “If a school bus carrying 50 children drove over a cliff killing everyone, that would be a tragedy.”
“No” said PM. “That’s what we would call a great loss.”
The room went silent. No other child volunteered.
Kevin searched the room. “Isn’t there someone here who can give me an example of tragedy?”
Finally, a small boy raised his hand. In a small voice he said, “If the plane carrying you and Ms Gillard was struck by a ‘friendly fire’ missile and blown to smithereens that would be a tragedy.”
“Fantastic!” cried Kev from Qld. “That’s right! And can you tell me why that would be a tragedy?”
“Well,” said the boy, “It has to be a tragedy, because it certainly wouldn’t be a great loss and it probably wouldn’t be a flamin’ accident either.”
-via Andrew Bolt reader Tess of Brisbane