The Art of the Australian Insult

Embarrassed to be Australian
July 10, 2008, 8:32 am
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“If, as Lee Borkman suggests, “Australians are not an inherently respectful people”, I fear any joy I might have experienced as a Catholic next week will be vastly overshadowed by my embarrassment at being Australian.”


Michael McIntosh pens one of two responses in the Sydney Morning Herald to a letter defending the negative tone of reaction to World Youth Day. Similarly, Len Green argues,

“Lee Borkman says that Australians are simply “taking the piss” out of World Youth Day. It won’t take long for word to get out thayt they have conspired to annoy, harass, pester and bother a large body of ardent young tourists. Intending visitors may well conclude that this land of yobbos is best avoided.”


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