The Art of the Australian Insult

With these two we don’t need comedians
August 21, 2008, 8:18 am
Filed under: Intellectuals and expats, Politicians | Tags: ,

“Just who is this Germaine Greer person who pours scorn and venom on any issue which generally requires some  modicum of knowledge of the subject and a dash of sensitivity? Doesn’t she know we already have Paul Keating, who aces her on all counts, all the while regaling us with anecdotes of his brilliance? With these two, we really don’t need comedians – but some relevant commentators might just be useful.”

John Vickary, Cairns, letter to The Australian. There have been many letters in response to the argument by Aboriginal academic Marcia Langton that Germaine Greer’s “rage” argument is racist.

“Taken as a whole, her arguments are racist,” says Professor Langton, the chair of Australian indigenous studies at Melbourne University. “They are also just plain wrong.”

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