The Art of the Australian Insult

Can a rich man enter the Kingdom of Kevin?
September 18, 2008, 2:50 am
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“There is nothing like the member for Wentworth rising in high dudgeon, I always say,” spat the Prime Minister, in a full-frontal, chest-beating attack. “It’s a piece of theatre from central casting as confected as the member for Wentworth’s recent discovery of compassion for pensioners.”

Annabel Crabb observes that Kevin Rudd is paying far more attention to Malcolm Turnbull than he ever did to Brendan Nelson, who was regarded, she notes, with an attitude  of “benign indulgence”. Both Rudd and Turnbull are, of course, very wealthy, and make much of battling when they were children; the former sleeping in a car, the later slumming it in a rented flat in Vaucluse.  “Perhaps it will be possible,” notes Crabb, “for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Kevin.”


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